Please read Psalm 65.
Our next Psalm is David’s prayer to God for protection from his enemies who are persecuting him.
Please read Psalm 64.
Psalm 63 was written while David was in the wilderness of Judah probably around the time he was fleeing from his son, Absalom. As you read through the psalm notice how David continues to desire to Worship God, how he thirsts after God and trusts God in the middle of his desert time.
Please read Paslm 63.
I happen to love this chapter in Psalms because it has one of my favorite life verses tucked away within it. I have several life verses depending on what season I was in during a certain part of my life. This one came from my days at bible school in 1991:
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us” (verses 5-8).
This morning please read through Psalm 62.
This morning we’re going to be reading through Psalm 61. In this Psalm we see that this prayer was composed at the time when David was fleeing Absalom. As we’ve been reading through the Psalms this year we can see a common theme to David’s prayers. He knows that in times of danger, when all seems to be lost, that he can go to God his Rock.
Please read Psalm 61.
Please read Psalm 60.
In this Psalm we are reading David’s plea to God for help as he suffered a devastating blow by another nation during a battle. This Psalm reminds me of how important it is to go running to the Lord when we feel defeated. We have to remind ourselves that there is always victory and healing through Jesus Christ.
Every month we on the Stillness blog memorize a verse from the bible. I never use to be a fan of memorizing scripture because it has and still is very hard for me. I know the struggle is real for those of us who aren’t good at memorizing but I’m here to tell you that it is possible to overcome your memorizing obstacles.
The key to memorization is the review. Always review all the verses you’ve memorized to keep them fresh in your mind. This is why I only memorize one verse a month. It allows me to learn a new verse but also take the time to review older verses. I also don’t review every verse I’ve memorized in one sitting. I split them up so that in one week I’ve gone through them all a few times. It is all about baby steps my friends. I don’t believe God cares how long it takes for you to memorize His Word. I think He cares more about the fact that you are.
This year we are memorizing the Beatitudes. If you are new to the blog and want to join us just start at the beginning and work your way through them. You’ll have to play catch up if you want to. Or just start from the beginning and work at your own pace. Again, it is more important that you start memorizing than it is that you try to keep up with those of us who are now on verse 10.
The next beatitude we are memorizing deals with persecution. When it says, “righteousness’ sake” it is referring to Jesus. When we are persecuted for the Jesus’ sake we are promised the kingdom of heaven for our sufferings. My bible commentary says about those who persecute believer’s, “Their (christians) integrity condemns the ungodly world and brings out its hostility. People hate a righteous life because it exposes their own unrighteousness.”
Verse 10 seems to be hitting closer to home now that I see the world changing as much as it has been these past several years. I can see a shift in the way people view Christianity and believe it is the start of what will one day be the persecution of Christians in the United States. We’ve lived a very comfortable life here in the states while several of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world live with persecution on a daily basis. It is time to start standing firm in our faith and that includes memorizing scripture among other things.
The current month’s verse along with the previous verses are located on the right hand side of the blog.
Note: Quote from the Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald.