150 Psalms – 75 written by David
The history of David can be found in 1 Samuel 16 – 1 Kings 2
David anointed – 1 Samuel 16
David and Goliath – 1 Samuel 17
David spares Saul twice – 1 Samuel 24 and 26
Saul dies in battle with the Philistines – 1 Samuel 31
Absalom tries to take the throne from David – 2 Samuel 15
Absalom dies in an accident – 2 Samuel 18
David has Solomon anointed as king before he dies – 1 Kings 1-2
The Psalms are very personal. They express the whole range of emotion.
-Yearning for vengeance then humility and forgiveness
-Plea for protection, praise for deliverance
-Worship and praise
Through all of these emotions we see confidence in God’s guidance and provision
Many people pray through the Psalms, personalizing the Psalms
We are going to look at Psalms 1-5
Focusing on the sections that refer to the righteous
The verses about the wicked will have to wait for another lesson
Psalm 1 The Righteous are Blessed
Contrasts godly behavior with ungodly behavior
Teaches that choices have consequences and everyone reaps the consequences of their choices
How to position ourselves for blessings
Blessed is the man who
–doesn’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly
–doesn’t stand in the path of sinners
–doesn’t sit in the seat of the scornful
Blessed – Receives goodness and favor from God and experiences a sense of well-being that results in happiness, contentment and joy
Pick out the action words, and notice the progression. (walk, stand, sit)
Does this mean the godly should not associate with the ungodly?
This man described in verse one:
–delights in the law of the Lord
–meditates on God’s law day and night
–is like a tree planted by the rivers
–brings forth fruit in his season
The ungodly is like chaff that is blown away in the wind
Describes a tree growing by water
Jeremiah 17:7-8 Roots of a tree growing by the water
There is a difference between bearing fruit and leaves that don’t wither
Picture a person whose leaves have withered
Verses 5-6 The blessing goes much further than our physical lives. We will stand in the judgment and be in the assembly of the righteous.
See Chapter 15 for a description of True Worshippers
Verse 11 – Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling
Blessed are all who put their trust in Him
Chapter 3 – Morning Prayer
Lord, my enemies are increased. They trouble me and rise up against me.
They say…. There is no help for me in God.
You God are a shield for me.
You are my glory.
You are the one who lifts up my head.
I cried out to the Lord and He heard me out of His holy hill.
I laid down and slept.
I woke up because the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of my enemies who have set themselves against me, who have encircled me.
Rise up, Lord, and save me.
Chapter 4 – Evening Prayer
Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself.
The Lord will hear when I call to Him.
(Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked:
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.)
Stand in awe and sin not.
Commune with your own heart upon your bed
Put your trust in the Lord.
There are many who say… who will show us any good?
Lord, lift up the light of your face upon us.
You have put gladness in my heart, more gladness than in times of great harvest.
I will lay down in peace and sleep because you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Chapter 5 – A Prayer For Protection
Hear me, Lord. Consider my meditation.
Hear and take action at the voice of my cry, for unto You will I pray.
You will hear my voice in the morning, O Lord. In the morning, I will look up and pray to You.
I will come to your house in the abundance of your mercy
In fear will I worship. (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7)
Lead me in Your righteousness.
Make YOUR way straight before my face.
Let all those who put their trust in you rejoice. Let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them. Let them who love your name also be joyful in You. Because you, Lord, will bless the righteous. With favor will you surround him as with a shield.