In this prayer psalm, David repeats portions and phrases of many previous Psalms. So should our prayers often lean on the truths and promises of Scriptures. The backdrop of this Psalm is probably David's exile during his son's rebellion. He is in a dangerous situation and surrounded by many enemies. He desperately needs God's protection and favor.
Like Psalm 80, this is another Psalm of revival and "turning." The Psalmist remembers the former mercies of God when He turned himself away, granting mercy instead of wrath (3). Now he prays that God would "turn us," and "revive us again" (4,6). Notice that God does all the turning!
What the Psalmist is praying for is true forgiveness; something that justifies and pardons sin. Forgiveness is a place where the demands of truth can walk hand-in-hand in relationship with mercy. The Psalmist describes them coming together with a kiss. New Testament believers see them married in a perfect union at Calvary. The price for my sins is paid, justice has been met, and I receive mercies pardon! What a beautiful miracle!
Here is the longing and hunger of the hearts of those who are true servants of God. More than anything, they long for His presence. Those who long for and live in His presence will experience renewed spiritual strength, answered prayer, and the glory of God.
In this prayer for protection, Israel is described as God's "hidden ones." Hidden here does not mean that they secretly belong to God, but that they are covered with God's protection.
The enemies of God's people have always joined forces with the object of removing the memory of their name. But those who oppose Christ and His Kingdom may read here of their eternal end.
This Psalm serves as a reminder that there is a court higher than then supreme court and every other high court of the world. It is heaven's court and the sovereign God is the Judge. Every judge who hands down unjust decisions favoring the wicked be warned! God will rise up and judge the whole earth.
This is a Psalm of what could have been but disobedience would not allow. It begins on a high note of praise to God for deliverance from the cruel slave labor in Egypt but it turns suddenly with the sad words, "But my people would not hearken to my voice" (11).
If we are determined to walk our own way, or to follow our own heart, God has determined to let us go. When that happens, the picture of blessing becomes a picture of what could have been (13-16).
In this Psalm of intercession, the Psalmist pleads with God for revival and the restoration of His people. Israel is depicted as a vine which God brought out of Egypt and planted. It wasn't long until the vine flourished and spread. However, due to the sin of Israel, the wall of God's protection collapsed leaving the vine open to attacks from the enemy.
Three times the Psalmist prays, "Turn us again." This is always the prayer of God's people preceding revival and restoration.
This Psalm is a lament for Jerusalem. The Psalmist is pleading with God to forgive Israel and to punish the nations that have destroyed Jerusalem and God's temple. His motivation is the glory of God and the reputation of His name among the heathen (9-13).
This Psalm is a parable with the purpose of teaching lessons from the past. It was written to remind Israel of their spiritual failures, unbelief, and unfaithfulness and to contrast that with the amazing grace of God.
It lays out the importance of passing these lessons from generation to generation in an effort to avoid repeating past failures. Their forefathers had failed to keep God's covenant and refused to live by His instructions. They forgot all that God had done for them.
The Psalmist demonstrates this by recounting the events of the Exodus and wilderness wanderings. The people murmured while God mercifully performed miracles. God was faithful despite the numerous failings of His people. Yet they continued to sin.
God's people would turn to Him with their words to avoid punishment but their hearts were far from Him. Still, He had compassion on them and showed mercy.
This parable is meant to compare the incessant failures of man with the immense mercy of God. The failing of man is tragic but the grace of God is glorious. We have no excuse!
The Psalmist goes from a sigh to a song and he gives us the key to do the same. The desperation in the first half of this Psalm is palpable. The Psalmist feels abandoned, forgotten, and alone. He is desperate for God's presence but He is nowhere to be found.
In a moment of doubt, the Psalmist resigns himself to the fact that this may be his fate; he is abandoned by God. But just then, at his lowest point, he remembers. He recalls all of the wonderful works of god in the past. He begins to name them. The whole tone of the Psalm changed from a sigh to a song and it hinges on remembering. That is the key!
[Lam 3:21-23 KJV] 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Many Psalms are pleas for God's deliverance from enemies. They paint the picture of the scene before God's intervention. This Psalm is a praise to God after the deliverance. It paints the picture of an all-powerful God who has stepped onto the scene and utterly destroyed the enemy.
If you are waiting for God's deliverance, know that this is the end of all evil and He is your victory!
This Psalm is a praise for the justice of God. We do not see perfect justice in this world today. However, at the time that God has planned, He will bring justice to all evil. The strength of the wicked will be broken and the strength of the righteous will be increased.
This Psalm was written at a time of great destruction in Jerusalem. It describes the work of God's enemies (4-8). They have burned the sanctuary and destroyed every place of worship. The Psalmist makes a plea for deliverance and appeals to God's covenant with Israel (1-3, 20, 22).
The strongest plea we can make in prayer is to pray the promises of God. These are prayers that he is sure to answer.
The physical conditions in Jerusalem then are reflected in the spiritual conditions of many churches today. This should grieve our hearts and drive us to our knees.
Like Psalm 34, this Psalm deals with the seeming prosperity of the wicked and the suffering of the righteous. The Psalmist admits, I almost slipped in my faith when I thought about this (2-3). But when he went into the sanctuary (the presence of God), God showed him the eternal destiny of the wicked.
This revelation put the problem in the perspective of eternity (17-20) and reveals the blessing enjoyed by the righteous which is greater than any suffering (25-28).
The Psalmist almost slipped when his faith faltered but, in the end, it is the wicked who will slip and fall (2, 18) because their faith is not in God. As for the righteous, whatever suffering may come, God is his portion (26) and that is everything.
According to its title and final verse (20), this Psalm appears to be a prayer of King David for Solomon’s (his son) future reign as King. However, it is a messianic Psalm describing the millennial reign of Jesus Christ as several of its verses can only fully apply to Him (8, 11, 17).
This prayer is an expansion of the New Testament prayer, “Thy Kingdom come.” It is the type of prayer that should arise out of the hears of God’s people who desire to see His glory cover the earth.
This Psalm is an expansion of Psalm 70 and it is much more personal. It is a prayer for a quick deliverance from enemies to their confusion and shame.
The Psalmist remembers God’s faithfulness and his trust in God from the time he was just a child. He is now facing a new trial in the older years of his life and it feels like the enemy is winning.
His faith shines through in the final verses. He declares, “You are going to restore me again” (20-21). And he looks into the future with eyes of faith and says, “I will praise thee...for they are brought to shame that sought to hurt me” (22-24).
This short Psalm is a prayer for a speedy deliverance from enemies. There are two requests here: come quickly and help me and put my enemies to shame.
Along with Psalm 22, this Psalm is the most frequently quoted in the New Testament. The humiliation and rejection of Jesus are clearly seen. Verses 14-20 describe His Gethsemane experience and verse 21 prophesies an event which occurred during His crucifixion.
The Psalmist is rejected and alienated because of his righteous zeal for God's Kingdom. He has spoken against sin and pleaded for revival among God's people. For this he suffers at the hands of those who were comfortable with the spiritual status quo.
Here we have the victory parade of a conquering King leading His people from slavery to His sanctuary. It looks back to the exodus from Egypt and journey to Canaan and, mystically, to the work that Jesus did during the time He was buried. He took the keys of death, hell and the grave and led captivity captive. In this Psalm, God is a loving father, a mighty leaders, a helpful support, a merciful friend, and a saving redeemer.
This Psalm is Messianic and Millennial in that the contents and requests therein will be fulfilled when Christ returns to reign over all the earth for one thousand years. Waht an incredibly blessed time that will be!
God's saints should pray for that day to come. We should also pray that the lost world would come to know Jesus by witnessing His blessing on His people. That blessing is not a material blessing but it is the power and joy of the Holy Ghost in our lives.