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Tuesday, November 25 2014

Psalm 4: David's Prayer

"Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer"

Many of the Psalms are prophecies that were set to music ("an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner" The WordNet Dictionary). Included among them is the only eyewitness account of the Crucifixion as seen through the Messiah's own eyes as He looked down from the Cross (see The Messianic Psalms and The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified).

"22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture." (Psalm 22:16-18 KJV)

Numerous of the Psalms are prayers of faith, that are also arranged to music. Some examples of "To the chief Musician ... hear my prayer."

David

"4:1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer." (Psalm 4:1 KJV)

"17:1 A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips." (Psalm 17:1 KJV)

"55:1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication." (Psalm 55:1 KJV)

"61:1 To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David. Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer." (Psalm 61:1 KJV)

"64:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy." (Psalm 64:1 KJV)

"86:1 A Prayer of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy." (Psalm 86:1 KJV)

"142:1 Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave. I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication." (Psalm 142:1 KJV)

"143:1 A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness." (Psalm 143:1 KJV)

The famous Twenty-Third Psalm is a statement of faith that is also a prayer of faith. It doesn't ask for anything because "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want."

"23:1 A Psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Psalm 23:1-6 KJV)

King David (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David) well-understood the principle of "Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD" (verse 5 below). David's prayers were a righteous man's statement of living faith (see Faithful Doers Of The Word) - not a dead "faith" that merely claims the LORD's Name for the worship of one's self or circumstances (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

"4:1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

4:2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. 4:3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 4:6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. 4:7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety." (Psalm 4:1-8 KJV)

Fact Finder: How and why were David's prayers heard and answered? Why does the same promise apply to everyone?
See How To Pray: 12 Biblical Principles Of Personal Prayer


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This Day In History, November 25

571 BC: Servius Tullius, king of Rome, declared victory over the Etruscans. The Roman Republic grew out of that earlier Roman monarchy; Imperial Rome, which was a restoration and expansion of the Roman Monarchy, from King to Emperor, grew out from the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

The Roman Senate 1177: During the "Crusades" between the Church of Rome against the Muslim nations for control of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South), Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeated Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.

1487: Elizabeth of York was crowned Queen Consort (i.e. wife of a reigning king) of England. Elizabeth was a daughter, sister, niece and wife of a number of English monarchs – Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III and Henry VII. She was the mother of King Henry VIII, and the grandmother of his children Mary I, Elizabeth I and Edward VI.

1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa became the first known European to sight the Pacific Ocean. He claimed the entire Pacific Ocean, and all lands anywhere that were touched by it, for Spain.

1555: In Germany, the Peace of Augsburg was declared. It was the first effort in the so-called Holy Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) to allow Lutheranism (Protestantism) and Catholicism to exist together in the Holy Roman Empire (not a difficult task because the doctrines of Roman Catholicism and "Protestantism" are practically identical; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

1644: Ole Romer was born. The Danish scientific researcher and astronomer was the first to accurately determine the speed of light - 186,000 miles per second. Light can travel around the entire earth 7 times in 1 second, or travel from the earth to the moon in just over 1 second.

1667: An earthquake struck the area of Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.

1703: The Great Storm of 1703, with winds up to 120 mph (the most powerful windstorm ever recorded Britain) killed over 9,000 people.

1741: Forces supporting Elizabeth, daughter of Peter I the Great, staged a coup d'etat to seize the Russian throne from Ivan VI. Elizabeth was empress of Russia from 1741-1762.

1759: A Mediterranean earthquake devastated Beirut, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria; approximately 40,000 people died.

The Mediterranean Sea 1818: The first human blood transfusion took place at a hospital in London, England.

1839: A cyclone struck India with a 40-foot storm surge; 20,000 boats and ships were destroyed and an estimated 300,000 people were killed.

1867: Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. The fortune that he made from the explosive and his other weapons-of-war manufacturing interests (i.e. cannons) was used to finance the Nobel Prizes that are named after him - including, ironically (some say hypocritically), the Nobel "Peace" Prize.

1914: German General Hindenburg called off the Lodz offensive 40 miles from Warsaw. The Russians lost 90,000 to the Germans' 35,000 in 2 weeks of fighting.

1917: The National Hockey League (NHL) was established, in Montreal (i.e. the "national" referred to Canada). The original 5 teams were the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Arenas. Quebec had a franchise but decided not to operate that season. The Boston Bruins became the first U.S. team to join, in 1924.

1936: The "Anti-Comintern Pact" was signed between Germany and Japan; it provided for collaboration between them in opposition to Communist International. Italy joined the next year.

1940: 240 Jews and a dozen British policemen were killed in the sinking of the Patria in Haifa harbor. In order to prevent the removal of the Jewish refugees on the ship from "Palestine," the Haganah (a Jewish "resistance" group; in today's terminology, they would be defined as "terrorists") arranged to blow a hole in the ship's hull, intending to force the disembarkation of the passengers. Tragically however, the ship sank almost immediately. Ironically as well, the Jewish "resistance" were fighting the British who liberated the land of Israel from centuries of Ottoman (a Muslim empire of Turkey) rule (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

1941: A Japanese naval armada left their home ports to carry out their attacks on numerous Australian, Dutch, British and U.S. targets (the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was just one of many Japanese near-simultaneous attacks on nations all across the Pacific in December of 1941).

1941: In the Mediterranean, the British battleship Barham was sunk by a German U-boat (German Unterseeboot, meaning "undersea boat" i.e. a submarine) off Sollum, Egypt, killing 848 British Navy seamen.

1956: The first transatlantic telephone cable between Europe and North America went into service.

1984: William Schroeder became second human to receive an artificial heart. After 18 days with the mechanical heart, he suffered a series of strokes that left him in a vegetative state. He died August 7 1986, from a lung infection, 620 days after receiving the artificial heart.

1996: Israeli troops and Palestinian (a word that originated from "Philistine") security forces exchanged gunfire in Jerusalem and in other areas in Israel, set off by Palestinian opposition to an Israeli historical research tunnel dug in Jerusalem in the area of the Temple Mount (see What Was Holy About Herod's Temple? and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today). The confrontation was described as the heaviest fighting in Jerusalem since the area was captured by the Jews during the 1967 Six Day War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

2009: The 2009 Saudi Arabian Floods inundated the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during a Hajj pilgrimage. 3,000 cars are swept away and 122 people died in the waters, with 350 others missing.





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