TFOTB | May 16th | Reading 137 of 366 |

BOOK 19 of 66  | Psalms 3,4, & 12


Highlight Verses | Psalm 3:1-8

‘A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.’

YAHWEH, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, “There is no help for him in God.” (Selah-Take Note!) But You, O YAHWEH, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried to YAHWEH with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. (Selah-Take Note!) I laid me down and slept; I awoke; for YAHWEH sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O YAHWEH! Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies upon the cheek bone; You have smashed the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to YAHWEH, Your blessing is upon Your people. (Selah-Take Note!) (NSB)

Some Observations | 

Here is the double greatness of King David, seen both in the apprehended character his Great God and his ability to apply those character absolutes to both comfort and encourage himself in the goodness and mercy of this great God, his God, even YAHWEH. Listen and note, ‘Selah,’ for this is the key to all victories, to redemption from every encompassing darkness, even to the turning of everything wrong into everything right, and that is, the ability to encourage yourself in your great God, your merciful and good God.

Final Reflections  |

David stated the facts of the situation to God. Then he declared who God was to him, & acted on it by sleeping! Then he got up & got on.



BOOK 19 of 66  | Psalms 13, 28, & 55


Highlight Verses | Psalms 13:1-6

HOW long will You forget me, O YAHWEH? forever? how long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O YAHWEH my God, lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him,” and those that trouble me rejoice when I slip and slide. But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to YAHWEH, because he has dealt bountifully with me. (NSB)

Some Observations | 

Here again is the greatness of David. He states his feelings regarding the facts of his situation. There is no gloss over here, there is no emotional disregard of the state of his heart. Then he complains to God questioning the delay of His deliverance, stating clearly that he is at the edge of life, he is hanging on by his fingernails, one more sigh might be his last. Then he speaks of his enemies and therefore of God’s enemies, for God is His friend, and he says, ‘Look they will rejoice over my being moved and laugh at You in the so doing for You did not keep the man who hoped in You.’ Finally, David, by faith, sings from the pit, declaring God’s coming salvation. 

Final Reflections  |

Life is a box of chocolates, a mixture dark bitterness and sweet milk caramels filled with oozing yumminess. Faith always eats the milk chocolates last and praises God in the so doing.