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Psalms 13-18


A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson 
Thru the Bible in a Year
         The theology of Psalms emerges from an underlying understanding of the sovereignty of God.  He is the Creator and Preserver of everything in creation.  His glory is displayed in creation.   He alone is the true God, and He tolerates no rivals or the honoring of false gods.  He opposes those who in their pride ignore Him or take advantage of other people (the exploitation of others is a cardinal sin).  There is great hope for the future and a belief that God=s justice will finally prevail in the present.  God is seen as the defender of the weak and disenfranchised, and He is able to accurately judge everyone because He knows every hidden secret in every human heart.  He has chosen Israel to be His people, David as His model king, and is sending a savior to establish His Kingdom forever.
         Psalm 13 is a prayer expressing the frustration of living in a world dominated by evil people.  Nevertheless, as is the case in so many psalms, the writer ends in a note of confidence in God=s response and overall justice.  Psalm 14 is a reminder of just how bad the wicked are:  enough to insist God does not even exist!
         Psalm 15 is a discussion of the requirements for entry into the temple of God.  In every instance the prerequisites are ethical, having to do with the way we think about and treat other people.  It is the contention of this psalm that such conduct not only allows access to God but provides stability for life.
         Psalm 16 is a prayer in time of great danger.  It includes recognition for the blessings God has given before danger came and asserts the safety God will provide in current circumstances and in the eternal pleasures waiting for us at God=s right hand.
         Psalm 17 is a prayer appealing for justice, asserting consistent loyalty to God, and advising everyone who hears it that the Lord is the One to call upon in times of need.  David, the writer, asserts that, in the end, everything will work out well.
         Psalm 18 is repeated (with minor differences) in 2 Samuel 22.  It is a song of thanksgiving for God=s deliverance of David from his enemies, of gratitude that his efforts to live uprightly have been noticed by God, and of awe at the ways of God in dealing with his needs.
         Reread Psalm 15 again and ask yourself:  What do I need to change to fit into this pattern?   Reread Psalm 17:6-7 and ask yourself what else you need to be secure today.  Then remember that God is with you.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010