Morning devotion: Read Psalm 109

Psalms 109:21  ¶But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. 22  For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. 23  I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust. 24  My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness. 25  I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads. 26  Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy: 27  That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.28  Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.

29  Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle. 30  I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. 31  For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

The focus of this last portion of Psalm 109 changes from the bitter pill of the lost man and the enemy of David and of Christ, to the relationship of one with the Lord God. This portion also gives us a glimpse into the Lord Jesus and His relationship with God the Father.

Psalms 109:21  ¶But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. 22  For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

While those who are condemned with their own doings, he asks the Lord to bless him. He realizes mercy comes from the Lord. He gives a reason. Not a reason of bragging but a reason of truth, for God sees the heart. He states he is poor and needy.

Realizing his inadequacies, he knows he is poor and needy. This prayer is not you nor I, it is to God.

Matthew 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  

It is the contrition and humility of the heart being revealed here. It the poor and needy spirit that realizes their need for the Lord. He knows that God honours the poor in spirit and lifts the humble of heart.

James 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Psalms 51:17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Knowing this truth, he praises the Lord.

Psalm 109: 30  I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.  31  For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

Psalm 109: 23  I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust. 24  My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness. 25  I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads. . 26  Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:

While there is no worry here, there is a sense of foreboding because of the intercession and concerns of the world. He is in a long-term fasting mode, praying and drawing close to God while the world shakes their head and reproaches him for his concern for them and his personal walk with God.

The whole purpose for this intercession is that they, the lost and unsaved, may know the Lord.

Psalm 109: 27  That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.28  Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice. 29  Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.

Elijah prayed – 1 Kings 18:37  Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

Jesus prayed the same thing – John 17:23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

There will always be rejoicing when others see the truth and come to Christ. Alas, there will also be those who never come to the truth.

The conclusion is this: Psalm 109: 30  I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. 31  For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

Would you trust the Lord, would you have stand with you?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook