July 29

Pastor’s Note

What a great declaration in Psalm 56 of our need to trust God when circumstances tempt us to fear (compare v.3 and v.11). Let the praise of Psalm 57 and the sobriety of Psalm 58 be reflected in our thoughts and prayers today. In Acts 28 we see a fulfillment of Christ’s promise of protection when we give our lives and energy to reach others with the gospel in the name of Christ.

— Pastor Mike

Psalms 56-58

In God I Trust

To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam [1] of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

56:1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?

All day long they injure my cause; [2]
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They stir up strife, they lurk;
they watch my steps,
as they have waited for my life.
For their crime will they escape?
In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings; [3]
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that [4] God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

12 I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.

Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam [5] of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.

57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

My soul is in the midst of lions;
I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

They set a net for my steps;
my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my way,
but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
Awake, my glory! [6]
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

God Who Judges the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam [7] of David.

58:1 Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods? [8]
Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
your hands deal out violence on earth.

The wicked are estranged from the womb;
they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
so that it does not hear the voice of charmers
or of the cunning enchanter.

O God, break the teeth in their mouths;
tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
Let them vanish like water that runs away;
when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime,
like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,
whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away! [9]

10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

Acts 28:1-15

Paul on Malta

28:1 After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people [10] showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice [11] has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly, [12] and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.

Paul Arrives at Rome

11 After three months we set sail in a ship that had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods [13] as a figurehead.12 Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13 And from there we made a circuit and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 14 There we found brothers [14] and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. 15 And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 56:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[2] 56:5 Or they twist my words
[3] 56:8 Or wanderings
[4] 56:9 Or because
[5] 57:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[6] 57:8 Or my whole being
[7] 58:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[8] 58:1 Or mighty lords (by revocalization; Hebrew in silence)
[9] 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
[10] 28:2 Greek barbaroi (that is, non–Greek speakers); also verse 4
[11] 28:4 Or justice
[12] 28:10 Greek honored us with many honors
[13] 28:11 That is, the Greek gods Castor and Pollux
[14] 28:14 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 15, 21

  • CheriClark

    OT

    Psalm 56: 3-4 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

    Then: David is stating that he trusts in God. That when he is afraid he trusts in God.

    Always: We as believers should always trust in God.

    Now. Life is sometimes fearful. The antidote for being afraid is to trust in God. God – the creator of the universe- is there for us to run to when we are afraid. If He is on our side who do we need to fear? No one. If He is on our side what situation should cause us fear? None. May we respond rightly when fear creeps in by putting our trust in God.

    NT

    Acts 28:9 9 And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured.

    Then: Paul has been shipwrecked on his way to Rome. He is a prisoner. On hearing that the father of the island’s leader is sick, Paul prays and lays hands on him. He is cured. The rest of the islanders who are sick come to Paul and are cured.

    Always: We as believers should always be about our Father’s business despite our personal situation.

    Now: Paul is not exactly in a good situation. But his response is always to be obedient to and to glorify God. He showed that during the travels on the ship and during the shipwreck. He shows that here after they are shipwrecked on the island. He doesn’t wallow in feeling sorry for himself. He does what God would have him do. Do we? Are we wrapped up in our personal misery or do we serve our God? Do we focus on our problems or are we obedient to what God requires of us? We can completely trust God for our situations – all of them. May we instead focus on what God would have us do. May we be about our Father’s business.

    • Anne Ventura

      May I not be fearful to trust. May I always strive to obey!

  • Debbie Maxwell

    Psalm 57:2 I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me.

    Focusing on He who “fulfills” HIS purpose for me…. How amazing it is to me that an almighty God cares what happens to me/us and has a purpose and a plan.

    There are so many scriptures that testify to that; my favorites to meditate on;
    Psalm 138:8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

    Phil.1:6 And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

    Heb. 13:21 equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

    Right out of the gate…. Goal today: 1. bring glory to God in whatever way I/we can. 2. Share the gospel; and plant seeds leading to repentance and faith.

    • CheriClark

      I also am grateful that He has a plan for my life and it ends with me in His presence. How sweet is that!

    • Anne Ventura

      Amen Debbie!! Am in awe of God who cares for me. Same mindeset..

  • Beth Metcalf

    For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
    Psalms 56:13 “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” Psalms 57:5
    (Thank you Lord Jesus for delivering me from the death of sin, that I may walk in you, my Light of Life.

    • CheriClark

      Oh- Yes – thank You Lord !

  • Alyssa Cuccia

    “For you have delivered my soul from death,
    yes, my feet from falling,
    that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.” Psalm 56:13

    I love reading verses like these that remind me of the gift of salvation that I have received from the Lord. He has “delivered my soul from death”! This is worth rejoicing over!! Pastor Mike exhorted us at revival to thank God more often for our salvation and to remember to praise Him for this gift that we have been given. Today I am praising the one who paid my debt and raised me up from death to life. Praise God for choosing me to be His very own child! Praise Jesus for coming to take on my shame and guilt and pay the price in my place on the cross! Praise the Holy Spirit for convicting me of my sin and softening my heart towards the gospel! We have so many reason to prise God today but if you are saved, let this be at the top of your list: that the Lord has brought you from darkness to light, from the power of sin and darkness into His glorious kingdom of light.
    — He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. — Colossians 1:13-14

  • Anne Ventura

    Psalm 56:8

    You have kept count of my tossings;
    put my tears in your bottle.
    Are they not in your book?

    Lord, what comfort to know that you hear and remember my prayers . You care for me. May I strive to love you as you love me.

    Acts 28:15

    15 And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.

    Lord, when we set our hearts and desires to please you we are encouraged by your Spirit. May I be faithful to your gospel with words from your Spirit that will be received as comfort and truth to the one you have chosen as receipient.

  • Sam Funk

    Psalm 56:10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise,
    11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
    What can man do to me?

    What a great perspective to have, especially when the world is attacking from all sides.

    Psalm 57:9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.

    Wherever you are, whatever the circumstances we can give thanks to the Lord for our future with him!

    Psalm 58:11 Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
    surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

    Like the Centurion who marveled at the resurrection of Christ (Matt 27:51-54), I believe there will come a time when the whole world will be in awe of Jesus!

    Acts 28:9 And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured.

    One thing that inevitably brings crowds of people is the healing of illnesses. People want to feel well and be able to function in society, to enjoy life, Disease and sickness changes the quality of life so that many other things aren’t so important.

  • CrisFrancisco

    July 29, 2015

    OT
    3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? (‭Psalm‬ ‭56‬:‭3-4‬ ESV)

    Our trust needs to be in God and in his word (his character, promises, etc). When we trust him (his will, his timing, his decisions), we will not be afraid no matter what circumstances arise and who may threaten us. 

    NT
    15 And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage. (‭Acts‬ ‭28‬:‭15‬ ESV)

    Never underestimate how much impact you can make in another’s life by encouragement and prayer. Let’s love each other in that way so that the world may know that we love God in the way that we love one another.