Read 113.) Psalms 70, 71, 77, 83 and 86. Psalm 70: A brief prayer of 5 verses. No doubt, David is in trouble here, and feels he is in need of a speedy answer! It’s them again; those who seek his very life. Verses 1 and 5 are his plea. Verses 2 and 3 are his complaint. But, it is verse 4 that constitutes his words of faith and hope. “Let God be exalted!” Psalm 71: A longer 24 verses. The issue appears to be the same; many fierce enemies. The first 4 verses is David’s plea for God’s help. Verse 20a is meaningful to us, as we are prone to think that God wills only what we think is good, but God is also an author of our troubles, too; though we may not necessarily understand why. Verse 20b is also of significance, as it tells us where Sheol, the place of the dead, is, as well as expressing his hope of the resurrection! All that in just one verse! He goes into praise at this point v.22 thru 24, and concludes, with the very last expression, that God heard, answered, and delivered David once again! Psalm 77: These 20 verses are from one Asaph. Who is this? See I Chronicles 25:1+2. Asaph was one of David’s chief singers, and prophesier! The Spirit of God would come upon him, and he would speak words from God. We see some of these here for the first time. Notice that the style is not quite the same as David’s. There seems to be more art to it, and of a greater ‘depth.’ This is not to put David down, but to explain that Asaph had not the experiences David had, and could be a more contemplative soul. He pleads for help with the first verses, in the past tense, but then ‘explains the process’ by which he appealed to God for His aid with the remainder. He meditates upon the greatest works of God, specifically the parting of the Red Sea for Israel from Exodus chapter 14. How then could that not have actually happened?
Psalm 83: Some 18 more verses from Asaph, a chief singer of David’s. Wow! Check THIS out! This is so current for all Israel today. It is a plea for national deliverance and safety from all Israel’s enemies round about. But, carefully note just who these enemies ARE! Edom, Moab and Ammon is modern-day Jordan. Philistia is modern-day Gaza, where ‘Palestinians’ live. Assyria is in modern-day Iraq. The psalmist is pleading with Yahweh, by name, for deliverance from all their Ishmaelite enemies. These people are the modern-day Arabic and Muslim peoples of the nations that surround Israel today! As Asaph here prays, so God still answers to this day! Finally, Psalm 86: We’re back to David for 17 verses. As with others, David is in fear of his life. Men, having no regard for God, seek to kill him. He is still in trouble here, and has yet to be delivered. But, think on this; if you were in grave difficulty, and the Spirit of God were come upon you to pen such words as these, would not your fear go away, and an assurance of a divine deliverance rise up within you? Would God come to you in such a way, and then abandon you to your foes? Surely not! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell