Psalm 10 – 17

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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series

Psalm 10 – 17

I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:6 AMP

Bible Basis

June Book Read From Read To Devotional
27th Psalm Chapter 10 Chapter 17 Psalm 10 – 17

Memory Verses

For the Lord is [absolutely] righteous, He loves righteousness (virtue, morality, justice); The upright shall see His face. Psalms 11:7 AMP

“Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy,
Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” Psalm 12:5 AMP

I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:6 AMP

Keep and protect me, O God, for in You I have placed my trust and found refuge. Psalm 16:1 AMP

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

God. The Creator of all mankind. David sings songs and prays to God.
David. In the Books of Samuel, David is a young shepherd who gains fame first as a musician and later by killing the enemy champion Goliath.

Today’s Devotional Reading:  Psalm 10 – 17

Psalm 10 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 11 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 12 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 13 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 14 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 15 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 16 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 17 Amplified Version (AMP)

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Psalms

David complains of the wickedness of the wicked, describes the dreadful pitch of impiety at which they had arrived (to the great dishonour of God and the prejudice of his church and people), and notices the delay of God’s appearing against them, Ps. 10:1-11. II. He prays to God to appear against them for the relief of his people and comforts himself with hopes that he would do so in due time, Ps. 10:12-18 (Chapter 10).

In this psalm we have David’s struggle with and triumph over a strong temptation to distrust God and betake himself to indirect means for his own safety in a time of danger. It is supposed to have been penned when he began to feel the resentments of Saul’s envy… (Chapter 11).

It is supposed that David penned this psalm in Saul’s reign, when there was a general decay of honesty and piety both in court and country, which he here complains of to God, and very feelingly, for he himself suffered by the treachery of his false friends and the insolence of his sworn enemies. I. He begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust, Ps. 12:12. II. He foretels the destruction of his proud and threatening enemies, Ps. 12:34. III. He assures himself and others that, how ill soever things went now (Ps. 12:8), God would preserve and secure to himself his own people (Ps. 12:57), and would certainly make good his promises to them, Ps. 12:6 (Chapter 12).

The apostle, in quoting part of this psalm (Rom. 3:10) to prove that Jews and Gentiles are all under sin (Rom. 3:9) and that all the world is guilty before God (Rom. 3:19), leads us to understand it, in general, as a description of the depravity of human nature, the sinfulness of the sin we are conceived and born in, and the deplorable corruption of a great part of mankind, even of the world that lies in wickedness, 1 John 5:19 (Chapter 14).

The scope of this short but excellent psalm is to show us the way to heaven, and to convince us that, if we would be happy, we must be holy and honest. Christ, who is himself the way, and in whom we must walk as our way, has also shown us the same way that is here prescribed, Matt. 19:17. “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” In this psalm, I. By the question (Ps. 15:1) we are directed and excited to enquire for the way. II. By the answer to that question, in the rest of the psalm, we are directed to walk in that way, Ps. 15:2-5. III. By the assurance given in the close of the psalm of the safety and happiness of those who answer these characters we are encouraged to walk in that way, Ps. 15:5 (Chapter 15).

This psalm has something of David in it, but much more of Christ. It begins with such expressions of devotion as may be applied to Christ; but concludes with such confidence of a resurrection (and so timely a one as to prevent corruption) as must be applied to Christ, to him only, and cannot be understood of David, as both St. Peter and St. Paul have observed, Acts 2:2413:36. For David died, and was buried, and saw corruption. I. David speaks of himself as a member of Christ, and so he speaks the language of all good Christians, professing his confidence in God (Ps. 16:1), his consent to him (Ps. 16:2), his affection to the people of God (Ps. 16:3), his adherence to the true worship of God (Ps. 16:4), and his entire complacency and satisfaction in God and the interest he had in him, Ps. 16:5-7. II. He speaks of himself as a type of Christ, and so he speaks the language of Christ himself, to whom all the rest of the psalm is expressly and at large applied (Acts 2:25-28) (Chapter 16).

David being in great distress and danger by the malice of his enemies, does, in this psalm, by prayer address himself to God, his tried refuge, and seeks shelter in him. I. He appeals to God concerning his integrity, Ps. 17:1-4. II. He prays to God still to be upheld in his integrity and preserved from the malice of his enemies, Ps. 17:5-813. III. He gives a character of his enemies, using that as a plea with God for his preservation, Ps. 17:9-1214. IV. He comforts himself with the hopes of his future happiness, Ps. 17:15. Some make him, in this, a type of Christ, who was perfectly innocent, and yet was hated and persecuted, but, like David, committed himself and his cause to him that judgeth righteously (Chapter 14).


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