Transition

The act of passing from one state or place to the next

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Weekly One Word – August 4, 2019

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Sometimes waiting in the corridor you need to see the beauty in what God is doing in your life. One friend put it this way, a pause, waiting for God to lead you to that open door. I have to admit I do not think my “hallway” of wait looks beautiful like this pic. I think a hallway is boring, it is just a passage to the next doorway. This picture puts it in a whole new perspective. The view is ornate, full of detail, drawing your attention to look up. It adds an expectation, and excitement as you wait for your new door. If the corridor looks like this, what is behind the next door?

God wants us to be excited about what He has in store for us. Replace your anxiety with anticipation. If you are waiting in “the hallway”, take a moment to see the intricate details that God has put in your view. He is working in your life at this very moment. Ask Him to open your eyes to see the splendor of His handiwork. It may be that when you look up and acknowledge Him, He will direct you to the next door. Get ready, your adventure awaits

Bridget Goodwin

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Word of the Week – July 28th, 2019

Expectant

“Marked by eager anticipation”


I find it interesting that one of the definitions of expectant is, “in an advanced stage of pregnancy”. “She was expectant (big; great; large; heavy) with child.” What a joyous time for the new mom to be. She is planning, preparing for this special event with excitement and she is engaged in different events to help prepare her for this new chapter in her life.

“The Spirit gives us life…” (2 Corinthians 3:6b KJV)

“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:12 KJV). “It is the Spirit who gives life…..” (John 6:63 AMP) Jesus came to give us life, and life more abundantly. My walk with Jesus should be of excitement and expectancy, not dread and doom. Our experiences should be viewed as a birthing process, a season. Just as the birthing process culminates in pain to produce life, our trial, our experience may have its moment of pain, and agony, but it brings forth “an expected end”.

What are experiencing today, at this very moment? Are you waking up every morning with a mental inventory that plays in your head, listing all the troubles and things that loom on your horizon like ominous clouds in an approaching storm? Fear and panic seizing you, almost taking your breath away? Or as your feet hit the ground, you are praying, asking God, “What do you have planned for me today?”, because you are expecting, excited, ready to engage with the Spirit in the WORD, worship and prayer. The fear replaced with faith, and the panic with peace, dread with dreams, because you are learning to walk in His Spirit, that gives, life, not death. Maybe you are not sure how to handle these dark thoughts, and you are seeking help. I have found during these moments, quote His WORD, a passage of worship, declaring life.

The birthing period and process varies in every mom’s life. Just as our own spiritual development, this process is different. However, some things do not vary and that is how God and His Spirit operates. If He said, “I will never leave you.” He never will. He will hold your hand as we cry and scream through the contractions of birth, reminding us to just breathe, and push! Soon, that sweet little cry you will hear, as God births something new in your life, and you will, soon forget the painful contractions as you see what God has birthed in your spiritual life.

Song

https://youtu.be/X1eMZiOJ0a0

I woke up with this song during the week, the lyrics rolling over….”you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet…”

Here are the complete lyrics of Danny Gokey’s Song.

“Haven’t Seen it Yet”

Hmm

Have you been praying and you still have no answers?

Have you been pouring out your heart for so many years?

Have you been hoping that things would have changed by now?

Have you cried all the faith you have through so many tears?

Don’t forget the things that He has done before

And remember He can do it all once more

It’s like the brightest sunrise

Waiting on the other side of the darkest night

Don’t ever lose hope, hold on and believe

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet

You’re closer than you think you are

Only moments from the break of dawn

All His promises are just up ahead

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet (oh)

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet (oh)

Maybe you just haven’t seen it

He had the solution before you had the problem

He sees the best in you when you feel at your worst

So in the questioning, don’t ever doubt His love for you

‘Cause it’s only in His love that you’ll find a breakthrough, oh

It’s like the brightest sunrise

Waiting on the other side of the darkest night

Don’t ever lose hope, hold on and believe

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet

You’re closer than you think you are

Only moments from the break of dawn

All His promises are just up ahead

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet (oh)

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet (yeah yeah, yeah yeah, oh)

Maybe you just haven’t seen it

He is moving with a love so deep

Hallelujah for the victory

Good things are coming even when we can’t see

We can’t see it yet, but we believe that

He is moving with a love so deep

Hallelujah for the victory

Good things are coming even when we can’t see

We can’t see it yet, but we believe that

It’s like the brightest sunrise

Waiting on the other side of the darkest night

Don’t ever lose hope, hold on and believe (don’t ever lose hope)

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet

You’re closer than you think you are (yes, you are)

Only moments from the break of dawn (Oh)

All His promises are just up ahead

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet (oh)

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet (oh)

(You gotta hold on, hold on)

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet (oh)

Just haven’t seen it yet, ooh

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Colby Wedgeworth / Ethan Hulse / Danny Gokey

Haven’t Seen It Yet lyrics © Essential Music Publishing

God Bless!

Bridget Goodwin

Notes for Psalms 7

 

 

Devotional of a Psalmist

Do we reward evil to them that are at peace with us? Let’s be cautious as was David. GOD investigates our hearts and reins (our mind). Our conclusion should be, God judgeth all, and we are safe in HIS defence. So, let’s praise HIM with extended hands, surrendering to the LORD, because of to HIS equity, let’s celebrate in song to the MOST HIGH SUPREME – GOD!

Psalm 7

(Shiggaion (aberration, that is technically, a dithyramb, or rambling poem) of David, which he sang (through the idea of strolling minstrelsy; to sing) unto the Lord concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite (looking into the lineage of the Benjaminites, interesting….Saul, we know of the long war of David and Saul, was the son of Kish, a Benjaminite – 1 Sam. 9:1-2; Shimei, the son of Gera, a Benjaminite – 2 Sam. 19:16, the household of Saul, curses David in 2 Sam. 16:5; man of Belial, named Sheba, a Benjaminite, blew the trumpet and proclaimed that we have no part of David, no inheritance, every man to his tents, and every man of Israel went from David and followed Sheba, but the men of Judah, clave unto their King – 2 Sam. 20:1-2; also another interesting fact and connection, Esther 2:5 mentions about her uncle, Mordecai, the son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish a Benjaminite, is this the same Shimei that David spared in his reign after Shimea cursed him and later commanded Solomon to use his wisdom in dealing with Shimei in 1 Kings 2:8-9, yet Shimea could not listen to Solomon’s command and later was slain, three years after he agreed to Solomon’s terms, because he broke his word, and left Jerusalem)

    1: O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust (to flee for protection): save (to be open, wide or free; to be safe) me from all them that persecute (to run after usually with hostile intent) me, and deliver (to snatch away) me:

2: Lest he tear (to pluck off or pull to pieces) my soul like a lion (in the sense of violence), rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver (defend).

3: O LORD my God, if I have done (to do or make) this; if there be iniquity (evil, unjust) in my hands (hollow hand or palm; figuratively power);

4: If I have rewarded (to treat a person well or ill) evil unto him that was at peace (to be friendly) with me; (yea, I have delivered (to strip) him that without cause (undeservedly) is mine enemy (adversary)🙂

5: Let the enemy (hating) persecute (to run after) my soul (vitality), and take (overtake) it; yea, let him tread down (oppressor, trample) my life upon the earth, and lay (to reside or permanently stay) mine honour (splendor: glory) in the dust (ashes, powder). Selah.

6: Arise (perform), O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage (outburst) of mine enemies: and awake (stir up (self)) for me to the judgment (verdict) that thou hast commanded.

7: So shall the congregation of the people (gather) compass thee about (revolve, surround): for their sakes therefore return (to turn back) thou on high (an elevated place).

8: The LORD shall judge (to rule, strive) the people (a flock): judge (pronounce sentence) me, O LORD, according to my righteousness (right), and according to mine integrity (completeness; innocence) that is in me.

9: Oh let the wickedness (bad or evil) of the wicked (actively bad person) come to an end (in the sense of completion or failure); but establish (to set up, fix) the just (lawful, righteous (man)): for the righteous (just) God trieth (to test; to investigate: tempt) the hearts and reins (figuratively the mind (as the interior self)).

10: My defence (shield) is of God, which saveth (to be safe) the upright (straight: equity, just) in heart (the centre of anything).

11: God judgeth (pronounce sentence; to govern) the righteous, and God is angry (to be enraged: abominable) with the wicked every day.

12: If he turn (turn back) not, he will whet (hammer out (an edge), sharpen) his sword (a cutting instrument); he hath bent (to string a bow) his bow, and made it ready (preparation).

13: He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death (natural; figuratively pestilence, ruin); he ordaineth (to do or make (systematically and habitually) his arrows against the persecutors (pursue hotly).

14: Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief (toil, that is wearing effort), and brought forth falsehood.

15: He made a pit (dig; plot), and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch (a pit (especially as a trap) which he made.

16: His mischief (wearing effort) shall return upon his own head, and his violent (wrong; unjust gain) dealing shall come down (to descend) upon his own pate (the crown of the head: top of the head).

17: I will praise (revere or worship (with extended hands) the LORD according to his righteousness (equity): and will sing praise (to make music, celebrate in song and music) to the name of the LORD most high (Supreme).

  • The voice of a warrior, contemplating the words of demise from an enemy(ies). Battle and strategic planning, careful attention to details for destruction to be carried out, and yet David realizes that his defence is God. God tries the heart knows exactly what is at the centre of our life. The just and unjust are open before Him. No one can hide from the Supreme One. David also notes his weakness of maybe rewarding evil to one that was at peace with him. This trail of warfare against him was causing David to reflect on his failures.
  • In Verse 7 he defends the congregation, and pleads the Lord to go back on high, and declares the Lord will judge the people and his own righteousness.
  • God judges, and is angry with the wicked EVERY day, this is staggering, the translation reads, abomination. Verse 12, an opportunity to turn, and if not, all the plans, the schemes, the instruments for piercing, to the death destruction, shall all come upon his own head.
  • David places his confidence in the Lord’s just ways, and celebrates in song and music to the Lord. Oh to lift our hands and worship, and celebrate with voice and instruments, because all is judged right from our God, the Supreme One.

By Bridget Goodwin, an in-depth study of the Book of Psalms, references; King James Version, Strong’s, and Halley’s Bible Handbook.

Psalms 6 Notes

Devotional of a Psalmist

(Are you suffering today from a physical illness or mental stress? You can hope in the LORD, each morning His mercies are renewed, all you have to do is cry out to Him, and HE in His tender kindness, will have mercy, if you only turn to Him, wholeheartedly…)

Psalms 6

(To the chief Musician on Neginoth (stringed instrument/possibly the head of strings) upon Sheminith (probably an eight stringed lyre – Haley probably a male choir; A Psalm of David)

1. O LORD, rebuke (correct, chasten) me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure (indignation).

2. Have mercy (properly to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favour, bestow) upon me, O LORD; for I am weak (sick): O LORD, heal (mend, to cure) me; for my bones (figuratively the substance: strength, life) are vexed (tremble inwardly, alarmed or agitated).

3. My soul (vitality) is also sore (exceedingly) vexed (alarmed): but thou, O LORD, how long?

4. Return (to turn back), O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save (to be free or succour) me for thy mercies’ (kindness) sake.

5. For in death there is no remembrance (recollection; commemoration) of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks (revere or worship with extended hands; praise)?

6.I am weary (be exhausted, to tire, to toil) with my groaning (sighing: mourn); all the night make I my bed to swim (causatively to inundate); I water my couch with my tears (weeping).

7. Mine eye is consumed (shrink, that is fail) because of grief (sorrow); it waxeth old (grow old) because of all mine enemies.

8. Depart (go aside) from me, all ye workers (to do or make systematically and habitually, to practice: commit) of iniquity (specifically an idol); for the LORD hath heard the voice (to call aloud) of my weeping (continual-weeping).

9. The LORD hath heard my supplication (entreaty); the LORD will receive (to take: accept) my prayer (intercession, supplication).

10. Let all mine enemies (hating; an adversary: foe) be ashamed (be disappointed) and sore (wholly, speedily) vexed (tremble, alarmed or agitated): let them return (to turn back; retreat) and be ashamed suddenly (a wink, a very short space of time).

  • Such grief for David, was this physical or mental stress? It could be both, so stressed and agitated that it affected his physical body. Such weeping, was this when he was fleeing Saul, or was this when he was faced with his own sins and weakness?
  • David always turned to God for his deliverance.
  • Chastening is not a mean or cruel act, Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” Proverbs 12:1 “For whom the Lord loveth He chaseteneth (educate, discipline, instruct, learn, teach)….if ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons….no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth (give away, back, repayment, perform, restore, render) the  peaceable fruit of righteousness…” Hebrews 12:6, 7 & 11, HE does not afflict willingly, we all could relate to chastening, God is there to shew mercy.
  • Jeremiah recalls to mind his hope, Lamentations 3:1-18 first describes his desolation of suffering, this is what he is remembering, but in verse 21 he recalls to whom HE can hope, the LORD! Vs. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33.
  • David had enemies, and he even put them in God’s Hands
  • We can’t blame those around us, David realised it was him, David always accepts the blame of himself, “I’m the problem”
  • Even in distress, “All things work together for good…” Romans 8:28
  • If the Psalms would have ended at 8, it would be depressing, but 9, God comes to the rescue, WE HAVE HOPE!

“Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4

By Bridget Goodwin, an in-depth study of the Book of Psalms, references; King James Version, Strong’s, and Halley’s Bible Handbook.

Notes from Psalms 5

 

Devotional of a Psalmist

(Do you start your day with prayer? We can cry out to our King & God. All of our musings we can share with HIM. Are you fleeing from the 7 sins that the LORD hates?? What is in your heart, the centre of your being? You can find that perfect peace, in HIM.) 

Psalms 5

(A Psalm of David – to the chief musician upon Nehiloth – the stringed instrument- Halley’s & Strong’s-flute. A morning prayer)

  1. Give ear (broaden out the ear with the hand) to my words, O LORD, consider (look well to) my meditation (musing).
  2. Hearken (to prick up the ears, incline) unto the voice (to call aloud) of my cry (halloo), my King, and my GOD: for unto Thee will I pray (intercede, make intercession).
  3. My voice shalt thou hear (regard) in the morning (break of day), O LORD (Jehovah); in the morning will I direct (to set in a row, arrange, put in order) my prayer unto thee, and will look up (properly to lean forward, that is, to peer into the distance; to await, wait for).
  4. For Thou art not a GOD that hath pleasure (pleased with, delight in, favour) in wickedness (wrong, especially moral: iniquity): neither shall evil (bad, evil naturally or morally) dwell (to turn aside from the road for a lodging, that is sorjourn as a guest) with Thee.
  5. The foolish (to boast) shall not stand (to place as to stay) in thy sight (presence, favour): Thou hatest (utterly) all workers (to do or make systematically and habitually, especially to practice) of iniquity (exert oneself, usually in vain; specifically an idol).
  6. Thou shalt destroy (to perish) them that speak (arrange) with leasing (falsehood; untruth, deceitful): the LORD will abhor (loathe, destest) the bloody (as that which when shed causes death) and deceitful (in the sense of deceiving; fraud: feigned, guile, subtilly, treachery) man.
  7. But as for me, I will come (to go or come: abide) into thy house (temple) in the multitude (abundance) of thy mercy (kindess): and in thy fear will I worship (bow down, humbly beseech) toward thy holy temple.
  8. Lead (to guide: govern, straiten) me, O LORD, in thy righteousness (rightness: justice) because of mine enemies (opponent); make thy way (a road, as trodden, figuratively a course of life or mode of action) straight (to be straight or even; figuratively to be right) before my face.
  9. For there is no faithfulness (certainty) in their mouth; their inward (the nearest part, that is the centre) part is very wickedness (in the sense of eagerly coveting and rushing upon; also ruin: iniquity); their throat is an open sepulcher (burying place, grave); they flatter (to be smooth figuratively) with their tongue.
  10. Destroy (to be guilty; by implication to be punished or perish) thou them, O GOD; let them fall by their own counsels (purpose: device); cast them out (push off) in the multitude (abundance) of their transgressions (rebellion); for they have rebelled against Thee.
  11. But let all those that put their trust (to flee for protection) in Thee rejoice ( probably to brighten up, that is figuratively be blithe or gleesome: be glad, merry) let them ever (eternity) shout for joy (to shout, usually for joy, sing aloud), because thou defendest (to entwine as a screen; to fence in, cover over, figuratively protect) them: let then also that love (to have affection) thy name be joyful ( to jump for joy, that is exult: be joyful, rejoice, triumph) in Thee.
  12. For Thou, LORD, wilt bless (as a benefit) the righteous (the lawful); with favour (delight) wilt Thou compass (to encircle for protection) him as a shield.

The LORD is mighty, valiant; HE will fight and win our battles. We must shout, the battle is the LORD, not ours!

Let’s rejoice, HE is our salvation. Shout with joy!

Proverbs 6:16-19 – Six things the LORD hates; seven are an abomination!

1. A proud (to be high, exalt (self) promote) look (conceit)

2. A lying (untruth; by implication a sham) tongue (speech, evil speaker, talker)

3. Hands (the open one (indicating power, means direction) that shed (to spill forth; to mound up; to expend) innocent (blameless, exempted) blood (as that which is shed causes death)

4. A heart (the centre of anything) that deviseth (in a bad sense); hence from the idea of secrecy); practice secretly) wicked (trouble, vanity; specifically an idol) imaginations (intention, plan, purpose, thought)

5. Feet (a step) that be swift (to hurry; promptly, be carried headlong) in running (to rush: break down, divide speedily) to mischief (evil)

6. A false (untruth) witness (abstractly testimony; specifically a recorder) that speaketh lies (falsehood; literally untruth: leasing)

7. He that soweth (spread) discord (strife) among brethren (a brother: kindred, like)

I recall two scriptures to cement this thought of our heart and mind. 

“Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalms 119:11

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3

To run this race, it takes a mental discipline. You must dwell, muse, on the “good things”. Yes, things will come into your mind, the past, the present and the future, BUT if our mind is stayed on HIM, and HIS WORD we have hid in the centre of our being, we will not sin, and we will have peace. We have been equipped with the right tools to combat the wiles of the Devil. Use them!

“Casting down imaginations, and everything high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV

 

          By Bridget Goodwin, an in-depth study of the Book of Psalms, references; King James Version, Strong’s, and Halley’s Bible Handbook.

 

The Devotional Of A Psalmist – Psalms 4 Notes

 

Devotional of a Psalmist

(This Psalms is an evening prayer; David could lie down and rest in safety, because only the LORD gives peace. David could pray to the LORD in His distress and the LORD heard him.

Do you feel distressed, entrapped, cornered today? The Lord can enlarge your space, Have faith in God! In this moment of stillness, declare in your heart to stand and commit yourself to God. Communicate with Him; illuminate my heart, LORD. Remember God is not a God of statistics. The same God that listened to David hears your prayer. Rest in HIM! )


PSALMS 4

(To the Chief Musician on Neginoth – refer to Haley’s page 249 – Liturgical & Musical Titles…read…refer to meaning of title – A Stringed Instrument. Stringed instrument mainly the Harp & Psaltery, David was so gifted of God and clever in that he made the instruments. 1 Chronicles 23:5, “four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.”  Wow, what an Orchestra!! )

  1. 1.     To the chief Musician on Neginoth (properly instrumental music; by implication a stringed instrument), A Psalm of David. Hear (heed, pay attention, respond) me when I call (call out), O God of my righteousness (moral, prosperity, equity): thou has enlarged (broaden, make room, make wide) me when I was in distress (narrow; a tight place; as an opponent crowding) ((a tight spot, blocked, cornered in by our Adversary, or situations that seem to imprison us, what is distressing you today??)) ; have mercy (favor) upon me, and hear my prayer (intercession, supplication).
  2. 2.  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory (splendor) into shame (disgrace, confusion, reproach)? How long will ye love (to have affection, friend) vanity (emptiness, no purpose), and seek (to search out) after leasing (falsehood, untruth)? Selah
  3. 3.  But know (by seeing, observation, recognition, instruction) that the LORD hath set apart (to distinguish, put a difference, separate, make wonderfully) him that is godly (properly kind, merciful, good) for himself: the LORD will hear (implication of attention) when I call (address by name, unto) him.
  4. 4.  Stand in awe (to quiver), and sin (to miss) not: commune (to say, avouch, consider, declare) with your own heart (the most interior organ, understanding) upon your bed, and be still (to be dumb; to be astonished, hold peace). Selah
  5. 5.  Offer (sacrifice) the sacrifices of righteousness (the right, equity), and put your trust (confident, sure hope) in the LORD.
  6. 6.  There be many (abundant) that say (boast self, challenge, charge), Who will shew (to see, have experience, provide) us any good (bountiful, favour, kindness)? LORD, lift thou up (to lift, exact, raise up, regard) the light (illumination, luminary in every sense, happiness) of thy countenance (the face – as the part that turns) upon us.
  7. 7.  Thou hast put (to give, appoint) gladness (blithesomeness, glee, exceedingly, rejoicing) in my heart (the centre of anything), more that in the time (when)that their corn (properly increase, wheat) and their wine (in sense of expulsion; fresh grape juice as just squeezed out).
  8. 8.  I will both lay me down (take rest) in peace (safe, that is well, happy, friendly), and sleep: for thou, LORD, only (separate) makest me dwell (in quiet, to remain) in safety (a place of refuge, the feeling, trust, secure)

 

  • A prayer…..evening, playing on the string instrument.
  • To have wisdom, to stand in awe, quivering in fear, to GOD, not sin in this moment of stillness, commune in my heart declaring GOD is in this, HE will take me through to the other side. Maybe it isn’t to be delivered, but walked right through the problem. We are to carry on with what GOD has commanded for us, all the while trusting in HIM.
  • Our trust must be in the LORD, no matter what or whom seems to be confusing us. GOD is not the author of confusion and doubt the Devil is.
  • Some may boast, to challenge your trust in God, Who will do you good and favour? Cry to the LORD to deliver and make known HIS face to shine upon us, for all to see the illumination.
  • Recall all the times GOD has appointed glee and rejoicing in your life, more than all of their wheat harvest of bounty and fresh wine. It is about what GOD has appointed in our lives, not our possessions. How can you be bitter when your all is in CHRIST?
  • Rest is easy, you know your happiness, and safety is in GOD, for only HE causes us to be safe. We are in HIS hand, and JESUS’ hand is their too.
  • “My, FATHER, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my FATHER are one.” John 10:29-30

 

By Bridget Goodwin, an in-depth study of the Book of Psalms, references; King James Version, Strong’s, and Halley’s Bible Handbook.

 

 

The Devotional Of A Psalmist – Psalms 3 Notes

Devotional of a Psalmist

(This chapter speaks of A Father and His son, a relationship that has turned for the worst. Yet through this tumultuous time, David turns to God. Facing not only his son, Absalom as an enemy, David encounters, Shimei, which curses him as he flees Jerusalem, but David does not retaliate in vengeance, but embraces the fact, that this also was of the Lord. When it is in our power to do good to those that curse us, can we?

Follow with me, this journey of David, as he flees Jerusalem and crosses Jordan, waiting for the Lord’s deliverance in regards to his son, Absalom that has turned against him, taking the throne. See David’s turmoil as he pens, this Psalms)

Psalms 3

(A Psalm of David – when he fled from Absalom his son – refer to the chapters that talks of this incident, 2 Samuel 13, 14, 15, especially 15:24-26 chapter 16, “if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation: But if He thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here I am, let Him do to me as seemeth good unto Him.” Vs. 28 “See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come a word from you to certify me.” Vs. 30 “David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.”

 16:10 “so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so? Vs 11b-12 “let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him. It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.”

 David has such a beautiful heart, a heart after the Lord, and a love for the people, “as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field…” (17:8b). 17:10 “he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man…” in regards to the counsel of Ahithophel that Hushai counseled against. Vs. 14 shows that God was at work to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.

David arose and all the people, they passed over Jordan, all of them, not one left behind. Absalom and the men of Israel pass over Jordan, on the trail of the King.

David finds refuge in Mahanaim with his entourage, vitals and bedding brought to them, because they were weary and hungry in the wilderness.

David had thousands with him! David divides the crowd into thirds appoints captains over them. David sends them to battle alone, they won’t let him go, he stands at the gate as they leave. He commands Joab, Abishai and Ittai, to deal gently with his son, Absalom. The battle was in the woods of Ephraim, a great slaughter happened this day, 20,000 men, the wood devoured more than the sword that day. The battle was scattered over the face of the country.

Absalom riding on a mule, meets the servants of David, the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, he was caught, the mule left him. Joab hears of this from a man, rebukes him for not killing Absalom, but the man was not about to disobey the orders of the King no matter how much Joab would of paid him. Joab goes back with three darts in his hand and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

Battle is over, Joab blows the trumpet, he holds the people back, Absalom is buried, Israel fled back to their tents. Chapter 18

David is waiting between the two gates….he is told, vs. 33, “and the King was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son, Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

2 Samuel 19:14-15 – David is summoned to come back, he is guided over Jordan…guess who goes to meet him first, Shimei, who cursed the King when he was fleeing! The King saves his life.

  • The character traits of David are so apparent in the Psalms.
  • Halley’s BIBLE handbook speaks of David, read from bottom of page 247

 

Psalms 3

  1. A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased (cast together) that trouble (an opponent as crowding, distress) me! Many are they that rise up against me.
  2. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help (deliverance, aid, victory) for him in God. Selah (suspension of music, that is pause).
  3. But thou, O LORD, art a shield (small one, or buckler, a protector) for me; my glory (splendor, honour), and the lifter up (to be high, to rise, hold up) of my head (place, time, rank).
  4. I cried (to call out) unto the LORD with my voice (aloud, yell), and He heard (to eye, to heed, pay attention) me out of his holy (sacred place, sanctuary) hill (mountain or range of hills). Selah
  5. I laid me down (take rest, sleep) and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained (to prop, bear up, lean) me.
  6. I will not be afraid (fear, dread) of ten thousands (abundance, myriad) of people, that have set (to place, appoint, mark) themselves against me round about (a circle, compass, on every side).
  7. Arise (decree, abide, enjoin, make good), O LORD, save (to free, succor, defend, bring salvation, get victory) me, O my GOD: for thou hast smitten (to strike) all mine enemies (hating, adversary) upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken (to burst, crush, destroy) the teeth of the ungodly (that did wrong).
  8. Salvation (something saved, deliverance, health, welfare, victory) belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing (prosperity) is upon thy people (flock, congregated unit). Selah.
  • 2 Samuel 15:30 read “Mount Olivet” the holy hill, bore his heart to the LORD, was able to lie down, in peace.
  • Twenty thousand men died in the battle that was in the wood Ephramim, 2 Samuel 18:6-7 read, many against David
  • David knew his life and its outcome was ever in the LORD’S hand.

By Bridget Goodwin, an in-depth study of the Book of Psalms, references; King James Version, Strong’s, and Halley’s Bible Handbook.