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February 3, 2020

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New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Leviticus 8-10
Audio: Leviticus 8-10


Psalm 54 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”

O God, save me by your name,
    and vindicate me by your might.
O God, hear my prayer;
    give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen against me;
    ruthless men seek my life;
    they do not set God before themselves. Selah

Behold, God is my helper;
    the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
    in your faithfulness put an end to them.

With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
    I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
    and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. For he has delivered me from every trouble,
        and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies (Psalm 54:7).

    God Has Delivered Me

    The Ziphites, mentioned in the heading of this psalm are only mentioned two other times in Scripture:

    1 Samuel 23:19 – Then the Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jeshimon? 20 Now come down, O king, according to all your heart's desire to come down, and our part shall be to surrender him into the king's hand.”

    1 Samuel 26:1 – Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding himself on the hill of Hachilah, which is on the east of Jeshimon?” 2 So Saul arose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph with three thousand chosen men of Israel to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.

    These two verses from 1 Samual bring to light the darkness David was facing when writing this psalm.

    He prays that God will:

    1. Save him (Psalm 54:1)
    2. Vindicate him (Psalm 54:1)
    3. Hear his prayers (Psalm 54:2)
    4. Listen to him (Psalm 54:2)
    5. Help him (Psalm 54:4)
    6. Uphold him (Psalm 54:4)
    7. Return evil to his enemies (Psalm 54:5)
    8. Put an end to his enemies (Psalm 54:5)

    This psalm ends with David's deliverance and triumph over his enemies. 

    One lesson we can learn from this short psalm is to pray whenever we have a problem or we find ourselves in difficulty or in fear. The threat on David's life was real but believers also have a genuine threat against our lives – from not only Satan but ourselves. 

    Ephesians 6:10-11 tell us, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil."

    Galatians 5:13-15 says, "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another."

    This is one of the reasons the body of Christ (Christians) are commanded to be in fellowship and why the early church in Acts 2:42, "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."

    Hebrews 10:19-25 says, "Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

    May we draw near to God and each other for strength and encouragement. 

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "A Prayer for Deliverance from the World" by Philip Doddridge

    "Blessed God! In the midst of ten thousand snares and dangers, let me look to you with the humble prayer that you would deliver me from those who rise up against me (Psalm 59:1) and that your eyes are on me for good (Jeremiah 24:6).

    When laziness is about to seize me, awaken me from idle dreams with a lively view of that invisible and eternal world to which I am headed!

    Remind me how important it is to make the most of the moments you give me—time to prepare for eternity.

    When sinners entice me, may I not consent (Proverbs 1:10). May my conversation with you give me a distaste for the conversations of those who are strangers to you—those who want to separate my soul from you.

    Help me to know my God-given place, and to keep at the work you have given me. But deliver me from the burdensome cares of this world, which would so absorb my time and thoughts that “the one thing needful” would be forgotten."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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