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Psalms 50-55

6/6/2020 - 6/7/2020 - Psalms 50-55

 Devotional Journey    
     led by Dr Gene Pearson 
Thru the Bible in a Year
       Psalm 50 is an expression of renewed commitment to Israel=s Covenant with God.  It rebukes false worship and sacrifice and is reminiscent of Amos, Micah and Isaiah=s condemnation of going through the motions without true reverence.  In all this, the wicked are condemned.
       Psalm 51 is David=s prayer for forgiveness and renewal after his sin with Bathsheba.  Lines such as "Against You, You only have I sinned..." are reminders that our conduct is not ever strictly personal; it must always be evaluated in view of our relationship with God.  While David makes many claims of righteousness in other psalms, here there is only contrition and a petition for healing: 
"Create in me a pure heart ... renew a committed spirit within me."
       Psalm 52 is an assertion by David of his unswerving confidence in God when the an evil enemy attacks.  Psalm 53 recounts the futility of being the evil man in a very similar fashion to Psalm 14.  Psalm 54 is a plea for God's help at the crucial moment of attack by ruthless, and therefore evil enemies, and an affirmation of David=s confidence in God's triumph.
       Psalm 55 continues the theme of attack by the wicked -- this time by a former friend.  It would appear to be based on Absalom's conspiracy against his father (2 Samuel 15-17).  Unable to fly away, David is nonetheless able to call to God and be sustained.
       What do you do in the face of unfair or evil opposition or attacks?  Do you ever feel like running away?  David did, but like most of us, he could not find a way.  Standing in the middle of turmoil he turned to God and found encouragement and hope.  So can we -- if we turn to Him.
       Today, decide that at the first hint of trouble you are going to put yourself in God's hands and, ignoring what you cannot control, work on what you can, trusting all along that God will see you through.  It is a great way to live!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010