(This is all the ESV version of the Bible)
Happy Wednesday! Remember when I said I had a posting schedule? I think I have successfully posted on one of those days, one time. One day, I will consistently post. However, today is not that day..but it’s okay. We are all good in the hood. Today, I wanted to mix it up and do a good ole bible study. Type out some bible verses, unpack them with y’all, and identify what in the world the verses mean for life now. the Bible is so relevant for today’s life and struggles, everything we go through, the people in the Bible also went through. It’s comforting and reassuring, because it shows us even further that God knew what was coming up, for generations to come. He is ALL-KNOWING.
(4) Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.
(5) He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them.
(6) With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
(7) For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
For some backstory, Psalm 54 was an individual lament, asking for God’s help against those who threaten the lives of the faithful. The actual title, The Lord Upholds My Life, connects the song to the events of 1 Samuel 23:19. The Psalm 54 is focusing on God’s protection.
The title of the Psalm also comes back in verse 4, included with God is my HELPER. The Lord is the UPHOLDER of my life. The definition of upholder is to prevent from falling or sinking; support. The Lord prevents us from falling. He keeps us from harm and is our strength. Through anything and everything.
Verses 6-7 really hit me, because of the inner meaning, and just a little definition that changes everything. “With a freewill offering” I will sacrifice to you;” a freewill offering is a peace offering to celebrate God’s goodness with a meal in His presence. (Leviticus 7:16) It is talking about sacrificing for God, and even though in this case it is the offering/meal, in other cases it is everything. We give everything to our God, our flaws, sadness, addictions, faults, EVERYTHING.
Verses 6-7 is the worshiper looking forward to enjoyment of God’s presence, favor, and goodness. He holds us forever, and all we have to do is believe.
(1) Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
(2) Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
(3) because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
(4) My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
(5) Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.
(6) And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest;
(7) yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness;
(8) I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.
(9) Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues; for I see violence and strife in the city.
(10) Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it;
(11) ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace.
(12) For it is not an enemy who taunts me-then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me-then I could hide from him.
Just a couple notes from these verses, because overall I think this just explains pain and the trials that we will face as not only christians, but humans. Verse 1 is just simply the writer (or singer, because Psalms=book of songs or poems) saying to the Lord, please listen to me. Hear my troubles, have mercy on me.
Verse 9-this really got me, y’all. The whole passage I’m covering today has gotten me but specifically Verse 9– “Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues; for I see violence and strife in the city.” Is this not so relevant to what is happening today!? There is so much pain and distress happening all over the world. We have turned away from God and the earth is feeling the burn.
The “divide their tongues” references to Genesis 10:25 where God divides the language and people begin to stop understanding each other, because they are not speaking the same language.
Verse 12 will bring us into the next few verses, but basically it is starting to say the real people hurting us, and its not our enemies.
(13) But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, and my familiar friend.
(14) We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.
(15) Let death steal over them, let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
(16) But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.
Alright. We got a lot going on in these verses. It’s revealed to us that the people pushing against us and threatening us is not an enemy, but a companion. “a man, my equal, my companion, and my familiar friend.” That’s tough to think about. A friend is someone who is there for you, through thick and thin ready to make you laugh and hold you close when you go through tough times. And now the singer is saying that that is who is threatening us as christians. It is not someone who is nameless. Crazy to think about, but at the end of the day, Verse 16. Verse 16. VERSE 16, Y’ALL.
“I call to God, and the Lord will SAVE ME.” A simple prayer, a plea to the good Lord, will save us. He will save us. I don’t know about y’all..but that is one of the most reassuring things ever. That no matter what, we have the One True King behind us to save us and take care of us. Even through the toughest battles, no matter who has wronged us, He will always, always, make it right.
♫ song of the day // desert soul by rend collective
When you need help, ASK GOD. When you don’t, THANK GOD.