Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000608
00:16 Hello, and welcome to His Words Are Life.
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer, and today we're going to be reading in
00:21 the book of Psalms.
00:22 I know sometimes, for me and for many of us,
00:26 we can become discouraged thinking that we're basically
00:32 standing alone; that nobody really understands us,
00:35 or cares, or notices.
00:38 In the middle of the Psalm that we were reading the last time,
00:42 and we're going to pick up; Psalm 73, David is experiencing
00:45 some of those same sentiments.
00:47 He's expressing how he's surrounded by enemies,
00:51 and he's feeling alone.
00:53 We're going to pick up his conclusion of the matter,
00:56 but before we start, let's pray together.
00:58 Dear Lord, thank You for these words.
01:01 Thank You for the assurance that we are never alone,
01:04 in spite of how we feel.
01:06 We love You, and thank You for loving us.
01:09 Picking up in Psalm 73, verse 23.
01:13 Nevertheless I am continually with thee:
01:18 thou hast held me by my right hand.
01:21 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel,
01:24 and afterward receive me to glory.
01:27 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth
01:33 that I desire beside thee.
01:35 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength
01:41 of my heart, and my portion for ever.
01:44 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish:
01:49 thou hast destroyed all them that go whoring from thee.
01:53 But it is good for me to draw near to God:
01:58 I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare
02:02 all thy works.
02:04 Psalm 74.
02:06 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger
02:14 smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
02:17 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old;
02:21 the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed;
02:25 this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
02:27 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations;
02:32 even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.
02:35 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations;
02:39 they set up their ensigns for signs.
02:42 A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes
02:45 upon the thick trees.
02:46 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once
02:51 with axes and hammers.
02:53 They have cast fire into thy sanctuary,
02:55 they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of
02:59 thy name to the ground.
03:01 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together:
03:05 they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
03:09 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet:
03:13 neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
03:18 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach?
03:21 shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
03:25 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand?
03:29 pluck it out of thy bosom.
03:30 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst
03:34 of the earth.
03:35 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength:
03:38 thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
03:41 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest
03:45 him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
03:48 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood:
03:51 thou driedst up mighty rivers.
03:53 The day is thine, the night also is thine:
03:57 thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
04:00 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
04:03 thou hast made summer and winter.
04:05 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord,
04:09 and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
04:13 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude
04:17 of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy
04:21 poor for ever.
04:22 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth
04:26 are full of the habitations of cruelty.
04:29 O let not the oppressed return ashamed:
04:33 let the poor and needy praise thy name.
04:36 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause:
04:40 remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.
04:44 Forget not the voice of thine enemies:
04:47 the tumult of those that rise up against thee
04:50 increaseth continually.
04:53 Psalm 75; this is the King James Version.
04:58 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks,
05:00 unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near
05:05 thy wondrous works declare.
05:07 When I shall receive the congregation
05:09 I will judge uprightly.
05:11 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are
05:14 dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it.
05:18 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked,
05:23 Lift not up the horn: lift not up your horn on high:
05:28 speak not with a stiff neck.
05:31 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west
05:36 nor from the south.
05:38 But God is the judge: he putteth down one,
05:42 and setteth up another.
05:44 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup,
05:48 and the wine is red; it is full of mixture;
05:51 and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof,
05:55 all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out,
05:58 and drink them.
06:00 But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises
06:04 to the God of Jacob.
06:05 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off;
06:08 but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
06:13 Psalm 76.
06:16 In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
06:21 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
06:27 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword,
06:32 and the battle.
06:34 Thou art more glorious and excellent
06:37 than the mountains of prey.
06:39 The stout-hearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep:
06:43 and none of the men of might have found their hands.
06:47 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse
06:51 are cast into a dead sleep.
06:54 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand
06:58 in thy sight when once thou art angry?
07:01 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven;
07:04 the earth feared, and was still.
07:06 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth.
07:12 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee:
07:14 the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
07:17 Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God: let all that be round about
07:23 him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
07:26 He shall cut off the spirit of princes:
07:30 he is terrible to the kings of the earth.
07:33 Psalm 77.
07:36 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice;
07:40 and he gave ear unto me.
07:42 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord:
07:45 my sore ran in the night, and ceased not:
07:48 my soul refused to be comforted.
07:50 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained,
07:54 and my spirit was overwhelmed.
07:58 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled
08:02 that I cannot speak.
08:04 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.
08:08 I call to remembrance my song in the night:
08:12 I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit
08:16 made diligent search.
08:17 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favorable
08:23 no more?
08:24 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise
08:28 fail for evermore?
08:29 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut
08:35 up his tender mercies?
08:38 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember
08:44 the years of the right hand of the most High.
08:47 I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy
08:53 wonders of old.
08:54 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
09:00 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary:
09:04 who is so great a God as our God?
09:07 Thou art the God that doest wonders:
09:10 thou hast declared thy strength among the people.
09:13 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people,
09:17 the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
09:20 the waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee;
09:24 they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.
09:28 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound:
09:33 thine arrows also went abroad.
09:37 the voice of thy thunder was in the heaven:
09:40 the lightnings lightened the world:
09:42 the earth trembled and shook.
09:44 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters,
09:49 and thy foot-steps are not known.
09:50 Thou ledest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses
09:55 and Aaron.
09:57 Psalm 78.
09:58 This is the King James Version.
10:01 Give ear, O my people, to my law:
10:03 incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
10:07 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark
10:11 sayings of old: which we have heard and known,
10:14 and our fathers have told us.
10:16 We will not hide them from their children,
10:19 showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
10:23 and his strength, and his wonderful works
10:26 that he hath done.
10:27 For he established a testimony in Jacob,
10:30 and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers,
10:33 that they should make them known to their children:
10:36 that the generation to come might know them,
10:39 even the children which should be born: who should arise and
10:43 declare them to their children: that they might set their hope
10:47 in God, and not forget the works of God,
10:50 but keep his commandments: and might not be as their
10:53 fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation:
10:56 a generation that set not their heart aright,
10:59 and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
11:02 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows,
11:06 turned back in the day of battle.
11:08 They kept not the covenant of God,
11:10 and refused to walk in his law.
11:11 and forgot his works, and his wonders that he had shown them.
11:14 Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers,
11:17 in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
11:19 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through;
11:23 and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
11:25 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud,
11:28 and all the night with a light of fire.
11:31 He clave the rocks in the wilderness,
11:33 and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
11:36 He brought streams also out of the rock,
11:40 and caused waters to run down like rivers.
11:43 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High
11:48 in the wilderness.
11:49 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat
11:52 for their lust.
11:53 Yea, they spake against God; they said,
11:57 Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
12:00 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out,
12:03 and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also?
12:07 can he provide flesh for his people?
12:09 Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth:
12:13 so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up
12:17 against Israel; because they believed not in God,
12:20 and trusted not in his salvation:
12:23 though he had commanded the clouds from above,
12:26 and opened the doors of heaven, and had rained down manna
12:30 upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
12:35 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.
12:39 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven:
12:41 and by his power he brought in the south wind.
12:44 He rained flesh also upon them as dust,
12:47 and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
12:49 and he let it fall in the midst of their camp,
12:52 round about their habitations.
12:53 So they did eat, and were well filled:
12:56 for he gave them their own desire;
12:58 they were not estranged from their lust.
13:02 But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
13:06 the wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them,
13:10 and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
13:13 For all this they sinned still, and believed not
13:18 for his wondrous works.
13:20 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity,
13:23 and their years in trouble.
13:25 When he slew them, then they sought him:
13:28 and they returned and inquired early after God.
13:31 And they remembered that God was their rock,
13:34 and the high God their redeemer.
13:37 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth,
13:41 and they lied unto him with their tongues.
13:44 For their heart was not right with him,
13:47 neither were they steadfast in his covenant.
13:49 But he, being full of compassion,
13:53 forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not:
13:56 yea, many a time turned he his anger away,
14:00 and did not stir up all his wrath.
14:03 For he remembered that they were but flesh;
14:07 a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
14:11 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness,
14:14 and grieve him in the desert!
14:17 Yea, they turned back and tempted God,
14:19 and limited the Holy One of Israel.
14:22 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered
14:26 them from the enemy.
14:27 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt,
14:29 and his wonders in the field of Zoan:
14:31 and had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods,
14:34 that they could not drink.
14:36 Please join me again next time to read the book
14:38 of Psalms together.