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Friday, May 24, 2013

May 24: Psalms 108-110: David in Battle with a Bitter Enemy

Today’s Reading: Psalms 108-110

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Today's reading takes us through a battle: before, during, and after.

Psalm (P)Synopsis

Psalm 108

David is ready to sing God's praises. God, full of joy, makes use of Israel for His purposes. David wants to know when he will get to fight again—with God nothing is impossible.

Psalm 109

David is in the middle of a huge problem—he asks that God not ignore his cries for help. He wants God to punish his enemies with curses or death. David is almost unable to continue. He wants God to help him through these issues so He can praise God!

Psalm 110

God asks David's Lord to sit while God destroys His enemies. God's People join Him in His Quest. David's Lord is a permanent priest. God makes His King rule with confidence.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

When God's People serve Him, they become His instruments.

Israel becomes God's way of punishing those who do not obey Him—Moab, Edom, Philistia. Each tribe plays a different role but they all contribute to God setting things right on earth. God can use His People to set things right on this earth when they obey Him.

David is very angry at his enemy.

Psalm 109 is disturbing. You leave wondering how an enemy could be so hated. However, even when David is this disturbed with his enemy he will not exact revenge. He calls on God to do that for him. Never let a person drive you to seek your own revenge.

Remember Psalm 110.

It will be quoted at an important place in the New Testament. Whether David understands all of what he is saying or not is interesting but digresses from the main point. What is important is what he said.

Lord, make us instruments for you to set things right!

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