GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 90

57. GOD’S NATIONS, KINGS AND RULERS (2)
We continue our study on God’s nations, Kings and Rulers.

2. GOD’S KINGS

a) The Kings Of The Earth Take Their Stand
2:2 The Kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.

b) The Kings Of The Earth Belong To God
47:9 The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.

c) All Kings Will Bow Down to God
72:11 All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.

d) God Is Feared By The Kings of The Earth
76:12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.

e) All The Kings Of The Earth will Revere God’s Glory
102:15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.

f) God Will Crush Kings
110:5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.

3. RULERS

a) Be Warned
2:10-11 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.

b) Rulers – Injustice And Violence
58:1-2 Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge uprightly among men? v2No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

c) Rulers Persecute The Psalmist
119:161 Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.

d) Thrown Down From The Cliffs
141:5b-6 Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers; v6their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
102:15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.

NEW TESTAMENT LINK
King Of Kings

1 Timothy 6:15b-16
– God, the blessed and only Ruler, the Kings of kings and Lord of lords, v16who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honour and might forever. Amen

NOTE: This is the last instalment of the series.

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 89

57. GOD’S NATIONS, KINGS AND RULERS (1)
The word ‘nations’ is mentioned at least 75 times in the Psalms. Note that the teaching about God’s nations is very varied.

1. GOD’S NATIONS

a) Proclaim Among The Nations
9:11 Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.

b) The Nations Have Fallen
9:15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.

c) God Rules Over The Nations
22:28..for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

d) God Foils The Plans Of The Nations
33:10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

e) The Nations Will Praise God
45:17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

f) God Reigns Over The Nations
47:8 God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.

g) Among The Nations
57:9 I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.

h) Guide The Nations
67:4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.

i) All Nations Will Be Blessed
72:17 May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.

j) All The Nations Are God’s Inheritance
82:8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.

k) Declare His Glory
96:3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

l) Let The Nations Tremble
99:1 The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.

m) The Nations Will Fear
102:15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.

n) Exalted Over All The Nations
113:4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
47:8 God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.

NEW TESTAMENT LINK
A Holy Nation

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 88

56. GOD’S WORLD AND PEOPLE (2)
We continue our study on God’s world and people.

2. GOD’S PEOPLE
The word ‘people’ is mentioned at least 95 times in the Psalms.

a) May God’s Blessing Be On His People
3:8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.

b) God Is The Strength of His People
28:8 The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

c) Trust In God
62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

d) God Redeemed His People
77:15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

e) God Led His People
77:20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

f) If My People
81:13-14 “If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways, v14how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!

g) God Forgave
85:2 You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.

h) God Will Not Reject
94:14 For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.

i) We Are God’s People
100:3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

j) Very Fruitful
105:24 The Lord made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous for their foes,

k) God Brought Out His People
105:43 He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy;

l) God Surrounds His People
125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.

m) God Will Vindicate His People
135:14 For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.

n) God Takes Delight In His People
149:4 For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
149:4 For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.

NEW TESTAMENT LINK
The People Of God

1 Peter 2:10
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 87

56. GOD’S WORLD AND PEOPLE (1)

1. GOD WILL JUDGE THE WORLD
9:8 He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.

2. MEN OF THIS WORLD
17:14 O Lord, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life.

3. TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD
19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. v2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. v3There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. v4Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

4. REVERE GOD
33:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him.

5. LISTEN
49:1-3 Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world, v2both low and high, rich and poor alike: v3My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.

6. GOD FOUNDED THE WORLD
89:11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.

7. GOD BROUGHT FORTH THE WORLD
90:1-2 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. v2Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

8. THE WORLD IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED
93:1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.

9. LET THE WORLD RESOUND
98:7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
33:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him.

NEW TESTAMENT LINK
The Words Of Jesus, “Go Into All The World.”

Mark 16:15
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 86

55. GOD’S MORNING AND EVENING

1. REJOICING COMES IN THE MORNING
30:4-5 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. v5For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

2. I WILL SING OF YOUR LOVE
59:16 I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

3. GOD CALLS FORTH SONGS OF JOY
65:8 Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.

4. GOD’S LOVE IN THE MORNING
92:1-2 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, v2to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

5. WAITING FOR GOD
130:6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

6. PRAYERS IN THE MORNING AND EVENING

a) I Lay My Requests
5:3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

b) I Cry Out in Distress
55:17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

c) My Prayer Comes Before God
88:13 But I cry to you for help, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

d) Satisfy Us
90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

e) Let The Morning Bring Me Word
143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.

NEW TESTAMENT LINK
Very Early In The Morning

Mark 1:35
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 85

54. GOD’S DAY AND NIGHT (2)

2. GOD, THE PSALMIST AND NIGHT

a) Day and Night
1:1-2 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. v2But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

b) My Heart Instructs Me
16:7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

c) God Examines The Psalmist At Night
17:3 Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.

d) Weeping May Remain
30:4-5 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. v5For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

e) God’s Hand Was Heavy
32:4-5 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. v5Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”-

f) The Watches Of The Night
63:6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

g) Untiring Hands
77:2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.

h) Day And Night
88:1-2 O Lord, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. v2May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.

i) God’s Faithfulness At Night
92:1-2 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, v2to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

j) God Brings Darkness
104:20-21 You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. v21The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.

k) In The Night
119:55 In the night I remember your name, O Lord, and I will keep your law.

l) The Watches Of The Night
119:148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.

m) Darkness Is As Light
139:11-12 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” v12even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
30:4-5 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. v5For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

NEW TESTAMENT LINK
Walking By Day Or By Night

John 11:9-10
Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. v10It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 84

54. GOD’S DAY AND NIGHT (1)
The word ‘day’ is mentioned at least 70 times in the Psalms.

1. GOD, THE PSALMIST AND DAY

a) God Expresses His Wrath Every Day
7:11 God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day.

b) Day And Night Your Hand Was Heavy Upon Me
32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

c) By Day God Directs His Love
42:8 By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.

d) The Day is God’s
74:16 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.

e) The Cloud By Day
78:14 He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.

f) The Day He Redeemed Them
78:41-43 Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. v42They did not remember his power – the day he redeemed them from the oppressor, v43the day he displayed his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan.

g) One Day In God’s Courts
84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

h) In The Day Of My Trouble
86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.

i) Every Day
88:9b I call to you, O Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to you.

j) All Day Long
89:15-16 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. v16They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.

k) A Thousand Years
90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.

l) The Arrow That Flies By Day
91:4-6 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. v5You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, v6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

m) Proclaim His Salvation
96:2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.

n) This Is The Day
118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

o) All Day Long
119:97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.

p) The Sun Will Not Harm You
121:5-6 The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; v6the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

q) The Night Will Shine Like The Day
139:11-12 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” v12even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

r) In The Day Of Battle
140:7-8 O Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle – v8do not grant the wicked their desires, O Lord; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

NEW TESTAMENT LINK
As Long As It is Day

John 9:4
As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me.

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 83

53. GOD’S LIGHT AND DARKNESS (2)
We continue our study on God’s light and darkness.

3. GOD, THE PSALMIST AND DARKNESS

a) God Made Darkness His Covering
18:11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him – the dark rain clouds of the sky.

b) God Turns My Darkness Into Light
18:28 You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

c) The Darkness Is The Psalmist’s Closest Friend
88:16-18 Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. v17All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. v18You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.

d) Clouds And Thick Darkness Surround God
97:1-2 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice. v2Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

e) God Brings Darkness
104:19-21 The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. v20You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. v21The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.

f) God Sent Darkness
105:28 He sent darkness and made the land dark – for had they not rebelled against his words?

g) God Brought Them Out of Darkness
107:14 He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.

h) Darkness Is As Light
139:11-12 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” v12even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
18:28 You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

NEW TESTAMENT LINK
The Crucifixion

Matthew 27:45
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 82

53. GOD’S LIGHT AND DARKNESS (1)

1. GOD, THE PSALMIST AND LIGHT

a) God Turns My Darkness Into Light
18:28 You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

b) God’s Commands Give Light To The Eyes
19:8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

c) God Is My Light And My Salvation
27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?

d) In God’s Light We See Light
36:9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

e) The Light of God’s Face
44:3 It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.

f) The Light of Life
56:13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

g) Resplendent With Light
76:4 You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game.

h) The Light Of God’s Presence
89:15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.

90:8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

i) Light Is Shed
97:11 Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

j) God Wraps Himself In Light
104:2-4 He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent v3and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. v4He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.

k) God’s Light Shines Upon Us
118:27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.

l) A Light For My Path
119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

m) The Unfolding Of God’s Words
119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

2. PRAYERS FOR GOD’S LIGHT

a) Let The Light of God’s Face
4:6 Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.

b) Send Forth Your Light
43:3 Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?

NEW TESTAMENT LINK
God Is Light

1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.