This Psalm I call My Psalm

Psalm 27 English Standard Version (ESV)

The last 2 Verses when I was baptized came out of my mouth on their own. I was a new Christian and after I did read it it made perfect sense. That was by The Holy Spirit. my favored translation is the New King James.

The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation

Of David.

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
    to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
    it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
    yet[b] I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire[c] in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek[d] my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”[e]
    Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.

1I believe that I shall look[f] upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible Psalm 8

8:1 your glory in the heavens. In Egyptian cosmology, the sky-goddess Nut was pictured arching over the earth, bearing the stars and heavenly lights on her body (see the illustration in the article “The ‘Vault’ and ‘Water Above’”). Mesopotamian religion also viewed the heavenly objects as deities (see notes on 19:1 – 2104:2). In one Egyptian text, the god Amun, the “Hidden One,” is conceived in some way as “farther above than heaven”; however, this refers to the mystery that shrouds his nature in comparison to the other Egyptian gods, and even Amun was born out of the waters of chaos. In contrast, the psalmist declares that Yahweh’s glory transcends the majestic heavens, even as they are merely his workmanship (see v. 3).

8:3 stars … set in place. In Akkadian literature, the various levels of heaven are made of various types of stone. The lower heavens were considered to be made of jasper, upon which Marduk, the chief god of Babylon, was reported to have drawn (etched) the constellations. The verb “set in place” is used when pictures or reliefs are being made. In Enuma Elish, Marduk draws the boundary lines for the year in the heavens. This refers to his setting the courses of the stars. The second half of v. 3 indicates that this psalm also has the heavenly bodies in mind. God elsewhere inscribes with his finger (Ex 31:18Dt 9:10), but fingers can also be used parallel to hands with regard to handiwork (Isa 2:8).

8:4 what is mankind … ? The dignity of human beings is stressed in this passage in a way unparalleled in the ancient Near East. According to Mesopotamian sources, men and women were created to relieve the workload on the lesser gods who were forced to cultivate land in order to feed the gods (see note on 103:14). When the growing human population became too noisy, the gods thought to extinguish human existence through the great flood. As a result of the flood, food offerings to the gods were no longer forthcoming. Only then did the gods find that humans were nonexpendable after all. Although humanity survived the flood, the gods decreed certain afflictions to keep the population from ever growing out of control again. According to Ps 8, far from being expendable slaves to the gods, human beings are the special objects of the Creator’s care in the vast universe.

8:5 angels. This Hebrew word (elohim) can also be translated “God.” Here it may refer to the entire class of those who inhabit the heavenly realm, also called the council of “divine beings,” which would include both God and those creatures commonly called “angels” (see notes on 29:182:191:11103:20; see also the article “Divine Council”). Mesopotamian myth relegated humanity to a servile status beneath the divine beings (see previous note). Ps 8 places human dignity nearly equal to the council of the heavenly realm.

8:6 you put everything under their feet. God created humankind as guardians of creation. The concept of guardianship is illustrated by an inscription of a certain Azatiwata, who in about 700 BC was appointed by a greater king to rule over a district of what is modern Turkey. Azatiwata claims that he brought all things under his guardianship in peaceful and prosperous order: “I placed them under my feet.”

8:7 – 8 The categories of the animal kingdom over which humanity is charged finds a partial parallel in the Egyptian Great Hymn to Aten, who made “All peoples, herds and flocks; / All upon the earth that walk on legs, / All on high that fly on wings.”

Billy Graham Devotional

field of harvest

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion. It is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ. When you start out, you start out as a baby. You must be fed on the simple things of the Bible, and you learn to walk in your Christian life gradually. At first you will fall down and make many mistakes, but you are to continue growing. However, there are many people who have stopped growing. They remain spiritual babes all their lives. I am afraid that this experience is all too common today. Perhaps it is yours.

Do you remember the day when you gave your heart and life to Christ? You were sure of victory. How easy it seemed to be more than conqueror through Christ who loved you. Thousands of Christians have struggles with themselves. The great need in Christendom today is for Christians to learn the secret of daily victory over sin.

Want more on how to grow your faith? Listen to this message from Billy Graham. 

Prayer for the day

Father, I fall so many times but how lovingly You give me Your strength to endure.

Recovery Insights from the Bible, Day 4

Today’s reading is drawn from Judges 16:4-21, John 14:6, and Psalm 31:5.

My Name Is Delilah

Delilah was devoted to a life of deception. Her greatest “accomplishment” was the destruction of a man who loved her—a man named Samson. Samson was an easy target for her trickery, since women were this strong man’s greatest weakness. Delilah’s con was paid for by the Philistine rulers in the staggering amount of “eleven hundred shekels of silver” (about 28 pounds) each (see Judges 16:5).

Isn’t it amazing the degree to which living a lie makes us susceptible to the lies of others? Three times Samson misled this wily woman, and each time she complained, “You have made a fool of me” (vv. 10, 13, 15).

In reality, Delilah needed no help in the area of foolishness. She prostituted herself to land a fortune in silver, a ruse that included lying to a man who was in love with her. After her successful betrayal of Samson, Delilah disappears from the biblical account. Her inheritance: the knowledge that the man who loved her was maimed, humiliated, and enslaved by her deception and greed. By the time Samson awakened to his blindness to the truth, his eyes had been physically gouged out (see v. 21).

How often do deception and addiction go hand in hand? Like Delilah, the addict will weave a web of deception in order to continue feeding his insatiable habit. And, sadly, it’s often easiest to go on deceiving those who love us, over and over again. The end product is a life wasted—our own—and all too frequently other lives are devastated—those we love, or at least those who love us.

The only escape from a life of dishonesty is an encounter with the truth—his name is Jesus. He’s the one who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). If we’ve wasted our lives in self-deception and in the manipulation and betrayal of those who love us, there’s still a way back to God. He can break the pattern of deception. Recovery forces us to face the truth in order to end the insanity that has taken over our life. David voiced a simple prayer that we may wish to make our own: “Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God” (Psalm 31:5).

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