June 23, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 16

I love hymns, songs written by faithful men and women in the past who penned marvelous words about our amazing God and his work in our lives. Take for instance this verse from Come Thou Fount

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,

Till released from flesh and sin,

Yet from what I do inherit,

Here Thy praises I’ll begin;

Here I raise my Ebenezer;

Here by Thy great help I’ve come;

And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,

Safely to arrive at home.

You know this guy was having a good day after writing these lines. I mean, when you fit the word Ebenezer into your lyrics, that good work!

The Psalms are divided up into 5 books, which represents, not when they were written, but when they were collected and added to the psalter in the Temple. These psalms were the Temple’s hymnal and Psalm 16 was a great hymn.

Verses 1 and 2 declare David’s unwavering confidence in the Lord—his only help in times of trouble. Likewise, we see David’s delight in those who love the Lord in verse 3 while verse 4 declares that those who chase after idols face trouble. David then declares that he will have no participation in idol worship. Instead, in verses 5 and 6 David uses the metaphor of receiving an inheritance to declare how God has blessed him. In the same way that a son receives an inheritance earned through no effort of his own, David declares God’s rich blessing. In addition, David praises God for his instruction in verse 7. The word translated “mind” in the NASB or “heart” in the NLT is actually the Hebrew word for “kidneys,” which is understood here as the center for moral character. At night when David lays down, the Lord instructs him deep in his innermost parts.

Verses 8–11, like the verse above from Come Thou Fount, praise God for what he will do in the future based on what he has done in the past. When David penned these words, he expresses supreme confidence that the Lord will do as he has promised (see 2 Sam 7:12–17). After this Psalm was written, then later collected in the Temple’s hymnal it was repeated, read, and probably sung until the time of Christ. Then on that great day in the city of Jerusalem, after Jesus’ departure when the Holy Spirit fell on the Apostles fulfilling the promises of Jesus and the prophets before him, Peter spoke these familiar words from the psalter (Temple Hymnal). As one commentator writes, “Verses 8–11 were cited by Peter on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:25–28)… in reference to Christ’s resurrection. So the words of David are also typological; they transcended his own experience and became historically true in Christ.”

As the saying goes, “the New in the Old concealed, the Old in the New revealed.” Before Christ, these words were an encouragement for God’s faithful; after Christ, they remind us of His ultimate provision. So we sing, “Here I raise my Ebenezer (the stone of help from 1 Samuel 7:12), Here by Thy great help I’ve come; And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home.

For those of you that read this, I’d love to get 100% responses.

What Christian song or hymn are you listening to today to remind you of your hope in Christ?

Here’s mine:

By: Tyler Short

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

9 thoughts on “June 23, 2016”

  1. “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
    You support my lot.
    The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
    Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.”

    This is a guy who recognizes that much of his success in life came from being in the right place at the right time. But rather than allow that to be a crutch or a source of pride, he continues to bless God with everything that he is and be obedient and teachable. It’s a side of David I’d never thought of before.

  2. Thanks for the commentary today, Tyler. There are so many wonderful hymns of the faith that it is hard to choose just one. This is one of my all time favorites:

    My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
    But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
    On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
    All other ground is sinking sand,
    All other ground is sinking sand.

    When darkness veils His lovely face,
    I rest on His unchanging grace;
    In every high and stormy gale,
    My anchor holds within the veil.

    His oath, His covenant, His blood,
    Support me in the whelming flood;
    When all around my soul gives way,
    He then is all my hope and stay.

    When He shall come with trumpet sound,
    Oh, may I then in Him be found;
    In Him, my righteousness, alone,
    Faultless to stand before the thro

  3. Christ Is Enough. It’s rather catchy in lyric and in song in several parts.

    Like David, the believer must always set the Lord before him, constantly meditating upon His rock-solid character. In such a riveted focus upon God will the Lord Jesus become the believer’s delight, v.11.

    Try this: Remind yourselves that the Lord has brought us to the path of life and that He alone can bring joy and eternal pleasures. Then we can echo the words of David saying, v.8, “I will not be shaken,” — not by the false gods or the people who pursue him, v.4. I will trust in Christ!

    Then we can stand with men like Richard Baxter, who said, “Always preach as a dying man to dying men, as if never to preach again.” If today were your last day to live, what words would you want people to hear? “For You will not abandon my soul…” (v.10)

  4. It is not Christmastime, but I’ve been reading through Luke. This is one of my favorite Christmas carols because of the lyrics by Charles Wesley:

    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the new born King;
    peace on earth and mercy mild,
    God and sinners reconciled!”
    Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
    join the triumph of the skies;
    with the angelic hosts proclaim,
    “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the newborn King!”

    2 Christ, by highest heaven adored,
    Christ, the everlasting Lord!
    Late in time behold him come,
    offspring of the virgin’s womb.
    Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
    hail the incarnate Deity,
    pleased as man with us to dwell,
    Jesus, our Immanuel. [Refrain]

    3 Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
    Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
    Light and life to all he brings,
    risen with healing in his wings.
    Mild, he lays his glory by,
    born that we no more may die,
    born to raise us from the earth,
    born to give us second birth. [Refrain].

    Also, “Come Ye Thankful People Come” is another excellent hymn, focusing on remembering God’s provision and looking forward to His ultimate return. http://www.hymnary.org/text/come_ye_thankful_people_come

  5. Ever Be has been in my heart this week:
    Your love is devoted like a ring of solid gold
    Like a vow that is tested like a covenant of old
    Your love is enduring through the winter rain
    And beyond the horizon with mercy for today

    Faithful You have been and faithful you will be
    You pledge yourself to me and it’s why I sing

    Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips
    Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

    You Father the orphan
    Your kindness makes us whole
    And you shoulder our weakness
    And your strength becomes our own
    Now you’re making me like you
    Clothing me in white
    Bringing beauty from ashes
    For You will have Your bride

    Free of all her guilt and rid of all her shame
    And known by her true name and it’s why I sing

    Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips
    Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

    You will be praised
    You will be praised
    With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord

  6. I love Rock of Ages….it has so much truth in every line! It is a very full picture of the Christian life and our eternal hope. Encouraging and powerful every time I hear it.

    1 Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
    let me hide myself in thee;
    let the water and the blood,
    from thy wounded side which flowed,
    be of sin the double cure;
    save from wrath and make me pure.

    2 Not the labors of my hands
    can fulfill thy law’s demands;
    could my zeal no respite know,
    could my tears forever flow,
    all for sin could not atone;
    thou must save, and thou alone.

    3 Nothing in my hand I bring,
    simply to the cross I cling;
    naked, come to thee for dress;
    helpless, look to thee for grace;
    foul, I to the fountain fly;
    wash me, Savior, or I die.

    4 While I draw this fleeting breath,
    when mine eyes shall close in death,
    when I soar to worlds unknown,
    see thee on thy judgment throne,
    Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
    let me hide myself in thee.

  7. One of my favorites is “In Christ Alone”. At my request, we sang it during my wedding ceremony and it remains very special to me.

    In Christ alone my hope is found,
    He is my light, my strength, my song;
    this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
    firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
    What heights of love, what depths of peace,
    when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
    My Comforter, my All in All,
    here in the love of Christ I stand.

    In Christ alone! who took on flesh
    Fulness of God in helpless babe!
    This gift of love and righteousness
    Scorned by the ones he came to save:
    Till on that cross as Jesus died,
    The wrath of God was satisfied –
    For every sin on Him was laid;
    Here in the death of Christ I live.

    There in the ground His body lay
    Light of the world by darkness slain:
    Then bursting forth in glorious Day
    Up from the grave he rose again!
    And as He stands in victory
    Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
    For I am His and He is mine –
    Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

    No guilt in life, no fear in death,
    This is the power of Christ in me;
    From life’s first cry to final breath.
    Jesus commands my destiny.
    No power of hell, no scheme of man,
    Can ever pluck me from His hand;
    Till He returns or calls me home,
    Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

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