L. A. Marzulli
To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David. GIVE ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my meditation. What I find interesting here is that we get a glimpse of the former Temple system of worship. You will notice that the Psalm is addressed to the Chief Musician! I have often wondered what the music that was composed for worship thousands of years ago sounded like. Then David – the author of this Psalm – asks that the Lord, the creator of the Universe, God – the real one – would listen to what he is asking, his prayer. That the Most High God would consider David’s meditation. What we get a sense of is that David communed with God. This wasn’t an abstract relationship. David expected an answer, which was based on previous times of prayer in which he saw his request answered!
Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. We get another shot of David’s relationship in that he directs his prayer, the first thing in the morning. Peggy, my wife of 26 years, and I read the word first thing in the morning. We read a passage, talk about it and then we go to our prayer list. This is a great way of starting off the day and centers us on things that are above, not things that are below. It also reminds us that there are many people who need a touch from the Lord….
For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. We get a glimpse of the attributes of the Most High God here as we see that he doesn’t take pleasure in the wicked deeds of men. We also realize that it is impossible for evil, those who are of the Fallen One to reside in his kingdom. We also get another glimpse of this in the Book of Revelation, where we see a list of those who will not enter the kingdom: REV 21:8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. Again there is a line in the sand, showing us that those who consider themselves to be something and are not i.e. the boastful, shall not stand in the presence of the Lord! We also see that God hates – and that’s pretty strong language there – those who work evil or iniquity. We are covered by the blood of Jesus. When we do “stuff” like steal, cheat, rob, lie, mislead, harbor anger, bitterness, envy – the list is almost endless – and yet we are forgiven, covered by His blood, so that God sees us, already seated in the heavenlies with him! Hbr 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. This is strait-forward as we see that the Lord abhors that man who would commit murder and one who is deceitful. Often these two traits work together. However, Moses, David, and Paul all were murderers, yet they found forgiveness. Of course I’m not justifying their actions, but I remind us of this to show the mercy of the Most High God!
But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. David knew that the Lord was merciful and this was before the cross. How much more on this side of Calvary, where Jesus shed His blood, once for all time as a remission for all the nasty stuff that human beings would do throughout all of time…
Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face. We all want to be led by the Lord as it is both reassuring and the best way to live. David, like most of us, unfortunately has those who would seek to destroy his life, his enemies. We are instructed to, pray for those who spitefully use us. In other words, we are not to be a doormat for abuse, but we are to place those who abuse us in the hands of the Living God and watch how He will work. I have seen this applied over and over again. If we pray He works, if not we will!
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue. There are those people who do not have our best interest at heart. We must learn to discern who they are and distance ourselves from them. Those who appeal to our ego’s should immediately send off spiritual flares. The flesh always likes to be exalted, the spirit knows better.
Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, For they have rebelled against You. David is asking the Lord to act. Notice he is not acting on his own, he’s asking the Lord to intervene. We are told that rebellion is as a sin like witch craft. That’s a heavy indictment, but it is true. However, forgiveness and grace are always available because of Him who died for us. This is not an excuse to be rebellious, rather it is an open door where we can get healed and put these actions away from our lives.
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. Here is a spiritual lesson that we would do well to remember. When we put our trust in Him, we will rejoice. He is our shield, our strength, our high tower, our defense. He will put a shield around us and defend us.
For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. Knowing that He is with us, even in the valley of the shadow of death, can bring us comfort even in the most difficult of times. He loves us and no thing can separate us from that love.
Romans 8:36-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.