Saturday, 2 August 2014

Psalm 11-15

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

11:1-3 In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “…what can the righteous do?”

If we are trusting God, then we are doing something – we’re trusting God! The psalm then tells us that “The Lord is in his holy temple” (v.4) – all is well because God is on the throne. He sees all that is going on (v.5) and in due course he will respond (v.6).

Susan said...

12:1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

Actually people have never been faithful or loyal. Furthermore they don’t want anyone to tell them what to do (v.4). But in due time the Lord will act (v.5).

Susan said...

13:5-6 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

Even though David is in a bad spot (v1.-2) and it seems like God has forgotten him (v.3-4), David chooses to continue to put his trust in God. He knows that God has already been good to him (v.6) and will be again. He knows God loves him and this is his comfort and strength.

Susan said...

14:5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.

The presence of God will fill some with dread. Some will dread the presence of Christians. It will be the smell of death to their plans, their ambitions (2 Corinthians 2:16). Some will not want fellowship with us.

Susan said...

15:5 Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

Whoever is kind, and does the right thing is not “shaken”. They don’t live in fear of things coming back to “bite” them. They can live in peace not worried about being found out.