Posts Tagged ‘Psalm 46’

Ever Present Help

February 22, 2015

Psalm 46:1-3 NIV
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 34:19 NIV
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all …

No matter how overwhelming your troubles appear,
Do not nurse them
Do not curse them
Do not rehearse them!

Cast them on the Lord
Trust Him to reverse them!

1 Peter 5:6-7 AMP
6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,
7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

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The Light of His Face

November 3, 2013

Psalm 4:6Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
…… Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.
…… Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!
…… Let the smile of Your face shine on us, LORD.

Praise You Lord Jesus! The light of Your face reveals Your goodness. Shine(smile) on us today as we seek Your beautiful face!

In the light of face of the Lord Jesus, His goodness is revealed …

  • His life and refreshing

    When the king smiles, there is life; His favor refreshes like a gentle rain-Pr 16:15

  • His blessing, protection, grace and peace

    May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD make His face shine{smile} on you, and be gracious to you; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. -Num 6:24-2

  • His deliverance/salvation

    O LORD God of hosts{invincible warrior}, restore us; Cause Your face to shine{smile} upon us, and we will be saved{delivered}. Deliver us because of Your faithfulness{unfailing mercy&love}! -Ps 80:19, 31:16

  • Knowledge of the glory of God

    For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. -2 Co 4:6

  • His beauty/delight

    May the favor{beauty} of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. -Ps 90:17

Psalm 27:4-8
4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:

That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”

Psalm 89:15Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound{shout}! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.

Word Study

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From NetBible Ps 4:6

From NetBible Num 6:24-26

  • The verb “to keep” concerns the divine protection of the people; its basic meaning is “to exercise great care over,” “to guard,” or “to give attention to” (see TWOT 2:939). No doubt the priestly blessing informed the prayer and promise that makes up Ps 121, for the verb occurs six times in the eight verses. So in addition to the divine provision (“bless” basically means “enrich” in a number of ways) there is the assurance of divine protection.
  • To be gracious/ show favor = The picture of divine favor – the beaming face of a parent for his beloved.
  • For God to lift up his face is for God to give peace. The idea of the fallen face is one of anger (see Gen 4:6,7); and the idea of the hidden face is that of withholding support, favor, or peace (see Deut 31:18Ps 30:8Ps 44:25). If God lifts his face toward his people, it means he has given them peace – peace, prosperity, completeness, health, safety, general well-being, and the like.

From NetBible Ps 90:17

  • “and may the delight of the Master, our God, be on us.” The Hebrew term נֹעַם (noam, “delight”) is used in Ps 27:4 of the Lord’s “beauty,” but here it seems to refer to his favor (see BDB 653 s.v.) or kindness (HALOT 706 s.v.).

From NetBible Ps 89:15

  • “who know the shout.” “Shout” here refers to the shouts of the Lord’s worshipers (see Pss 27:6; 33:3; 47:5)

Related:
The Light of His Face{prayer}
Like Gentle Spring Rain

Look Up!

December 26, 2009

… Look up and lift up your heads(gates of praise), because your redemption (deliverance) is drawing near. -Lk 21:28

Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in. -Ps 24:7

Lift up your eyes and KNOW!

He takes His battle position; He stands, and shakes the earth;
With a mere look He frightens the nations.
The nations tremble and the ancient mountains are shattered;
The perpetual hills are flattened, bowed down.
His ways are everlasting!
-Hab 3:6

I see the King of Glory
Coming on the clouds with fire –Rev 1:7,14
The whole earth shakes,
The whole earth shakes … –Ps 18:6-7

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved{shaken, removed}, but abides{endures} forever. As the mountains surround{encircle} Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds{encircles} His people, from this time on and forevermore. -Ps 125:1-2

Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast{unfailing} love{mercy, lovingkindness} of the LORD surrounds{encompasses} those who trust in Him. -Ps 32:10

Lift up your eyes and SEE!

O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him. -Ps 34:8

Beloved
I know you feel the shaking
I know you see the darkness
Do not be afraid – COME to me
I AM
Set Me continually before –Ps 16:8-9
TRUST Me
ABIDE.

I AM making you a strong mountain
A mountain which cannot be shaken or removed
A mountain that abides forever
Upon the strong foundation of Christ our King!

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.  -Mt 5:14-16

Lift up your eyes and SING!
HOSANNA! BLESSED IS THE KING!
BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!

The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock!
Let the God of my salvation be exalted. -Ps 18:46
I will not be moved!
My heart is glad and my glory rejoices!!!!! -Ps 16:8-9

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Psalm 46
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

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Related:
Don’t Let the Rocks Cry Out! (meaning of hosanna)
Come Up into the Mount


Lift Up Your Eyes

June 24, 2009

Lift up your eyes
Know where your help comes from.

I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. -Ps 121:1-2

Know NOTHING is too hard for the Sovereign LORD!

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. -Jere 32:17

Know that the Lord is good, His love and mercy never fail.

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. -Ps 106:1

Know that the Lord is faithful.

The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it. -1 Thess 5:24

Know that the Lord watches over you.

The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand. – Ps 121:5

Lift up your eyes
Know where your help comes from
Be still
Know.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah -Ps 46:10-11

Stills

You cannot be still and know unless you lift up your eyes to I AM.

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Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcHvkxFJy8E

I Lift My Eyes Up
Brian Doerksen (taken from Psalm 121)

I lift my eyes up to the mountains
Where does my help come from
My help comes from You
Maker of heaven, Creator of the earth
I lift my eyes up to the mountains
Where does my help come from
My help comes from You
Maker of heaven, Creator of the earth

Oh how I need You Lord
You are my only hope
You’re my only prayer
So I will wait for You
To come and rescue me
Come and give me life

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Psalm 121:1-2    I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Why does the psalmist say I lift up my eyes to the “hills” instead of the “Lord”? From the Netbible hills [02022], the majesty, height and power of the mountains reaching up to the heavens above the clouds led people to associate these hills or mountains with gods. So looking to the hills or mountains is another way to say look to the power and majesty of the gods — but doesn’t really specify which God? The amplified version sheds more light on this.

Psalm 121:1 AMP    I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]–From whence shall my help come?

The psalmist was saying I lift up my eyes to the hills, meaning the specific hills of Mount Zion and Moriah. These are not just any hills that the psalmist is looking up to, these hills are closely associated with the Lord Most High, the Maker of heaven and earth! Zion is the Lord’s chosen dwelling place forever, the place where He is enthroned.

Psalm 132:13-14   For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: “This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it”.

Psalm 2:6   I have installed My King On My holy hill of Zion.

Psalm 9:11   Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.

Mount Moriah is where Abraham offered up Isaac, his only true beloved son, as a sacrifice to the Lord(Gen 22:1-19). Here the Lord himself provides the lamb for sacrifice. This points to the sacrifice of Jesus as the Lamb of God(Jn 1:29,36), God’s only beloved Son(Jn 3:16; Mt 3:17, 17:5).

Wow! The Psalmist by saying I lift up my eyes to the hills{ Mount Zion and Mount Moriah} is actually saying to focus on the Lord’s dwelling place, majesty and  presence and to remember Jesus the Lamb of God, His blood sacrifice. It’s only by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus,  that we can come into the presence of a Holy God and know where our help comes from – the Maker of heaven and earth, the Sovereign Lord.

Psalm 123:1   To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
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Related:
Lift Up Your Eyes (article)