365 Devotionals: Songs of Praise
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP
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Save my life, O Lord, for Your name’s sake; In Your righteousness bring my life out of trouble. Psalm 143:11 AMP
Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
David. A young shepherd who gains fame first as a musician and later by killing the enemy champion Goliath.
Today’s Devotional Reading: Psalm 139 – 143
From Matthew Henry’s Commentary
Some of the Jewish doctors are of opinion that this is the most excellent of all the psalms of David; and a very pious devout meditation it is upon the doctrine of God’s omniscience, which we should therefore have our hearts fixed upon and filled with in singing this psalm. I. This doctrine is here asserted, and fully laid down, Ps. 139:1-6. II. It is confirmed by two arguments:—1. God is every where present; therefore he knows all, Ps. 139:7-12. 2. He made us, therefore he knows us, Ps. 139:13-16. III. Some inferences are drawn from this doctrine. 1. It may fill us with pleasing admiration of God, Ps. 139:17, 18. 2. With a holy dread and detestation of sin and sinners, Ps. 139:19-22. 3. With a holy satisfaction in our own integrity, concerning which we may appeal to God, Ps. 139:23, 24. This great and self-evident truth, That God knows our hearts, and the hearts of all the children of men, if we did but mix faith with it and seriously consider it and apply it, would have a great influence upon our holiness and upon our comfort (Chapter 139).
This and the four following psalms are much of a piece, and the scope of them the same with many that we met with in the beginning and middle of the book of Psalms, though with but few of late. They were penned by David (as it should seem) when he was persecuted by Saul; one of them is said to be his “prayer when he was in the cave,” and it is probable that all the rest were penned about the same time. In this psalm, I. David complains of the malice of his enemies, and prays to God to preserve him from them, Ps. 140:1-5. II. He encourages himself in God as his God, Ps. 140:6, 7. III. He prays for, and prophesies, the destruction of his persecutors, Ps. 140:8-11. IV. He assures all God’s afflicted people that their troubles would in due time end well (Ps. 140:12, 13), with which assurance we must comfort ourselves, and one another, in singing this psalm (Chapter 140).
David was in distress when he penned this psalm, pursued, it is most likely, by Saul, that violent man. Isa. any distressed? Let him pray; David did so, and had the comfort of it. I. He prays for God’s favourable acceptance, Ps. 141:1, 2. II. For his powerful assistance, Ps. 141:3, 4. III. That others might be instrumental of good to his soul, as he hoped to be to the souls of others, Ps. 141:5, 6. IV. That he and his friends being now brought to the last extremity God would graciously appear for their relief and rescue, Ps. 141:7-10. The mercy and grace of God are as necessary to us as they were to him, and therefore we should be humbly earnest for them in singing this psalm (Chapter 141).
This psalm is a prayer, the substance of which David offered up to God when he was forced by Saul to take shelter in a cave, and which he afterwards penned in this form. Here is, I. The complaint he makes to God (Ps. 142:1, 2) of the subtlety, strength, and malice, of his enemies (Ps. 142:3, 6), and the coldness and indifference of his friends, Ps. 142:4. II. The comfort he takes in God that he knew his case (Ps. 142:3) and was his refuge, Ps. 142:5. III. His expectation from God that he would hear and deliver him, Ps. 142:6, 7. IV His expectation from the righteous that they would join with him in praises, Ps. 142:7. Those that are troubled in mind, body, or estate, may, in singing this psalm (if they sing it in some measure with David’s spirit), both warrant his complaints and fetch in his comforts (Chapter 142).
This psalm, as those before, is a prayer of David, and full of complaints of the great distress and danger he was in, probably when Saul persecuted him. He did not only pray in that affliction, but he prayed very much and very often, not the same over again, but new thoughts. In this psalm, I. He complains of his troubles, through the oppression of his enemies (Ps. 143:3) and the weakness of his spirit under it, which was ready to sink notwithstanding the likely course he took to support himself, Ps. 143:4, 5. II. He prays, and prays earnestly (Ps. 143:6), 1. That God would hear him, Ps. 143:1-7. 2. That he would not deal with him according to his sins, Ps. 143:2. 3. That he would not hide his face from him (Ps. 143:7), but manifest his favour to him, Ps. 143:8. 4. That he would guide and direct him in the way of his duty (Ps. 143:8, 10) and quicken him in it, Ps. 143:11. 5. That he would deliver him out of his troubles, Ps. 143:9, 11. 6. That he would in due time reckon with his persecutors, Ps. 143:12. We may more easily accommodate this psalm to ourselves, in the singing of it, because most of the petitions in it are for spiritual blessings (which we all need at all times), mercy and grace (Chapter 143).
About ten years ago, I wrote a song called, Matter of Time. Listen on ReverbNation.com at https://www.reverbnation.com/shenicagraham/song/9442087-matter-of-time. Here are the lyrics:
Behind The Music
Matter of Time is a declaration that you are about to step into your season of favor, so you’d better get ready. God is about to open up the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing – it’s just a matter of time. Have you lost something while you’ve been waiting on your blessing? God will restore what the enemy has stolen.
When I wrote Matter of Time, I had apparently been crying out to the Lord for something specific to be done in my life, the way David cried out in today’s reading complaining about all of the things that were going wrong in his life. Just like David, I turned to songwriting to express my emotion about what was going on (only I was a little less of a complainer).
When life deals you a foul play, you have to learn how to praise God anyway in the middle of the outfield – even though you have no way to catch the ball. You praise because you know that it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be up to bat again… You’ll have the next interview, or the unexpected tip, or some other unforeseen blessing that comes in like latter rain to clear up the drought in your life.
My Music Updates
July 18, 2021 – Holding at #2 Singer Songwriter. I was recently seeking direction about which song to release this month as a single to launch my iTunes album. In order to fund the full project, I planned to release a single and use the profits to finish the album. I thought I needed a certain producer, a certain record label, a certain composer… and the list of excuses went on as to why I could not release my single and reach some other goals.
Long story short, I went to a conference this weekend (July 16, 17, 18). I received a word that was prophesied over a decade ago and revealed again a year ago today, and again a few months ago. The word was that everything the enemy stole from my family is going to be restored; and he is going to pay for every thing he broke in my life – it’s just a matter of time.
After getting home from the conference, I checked WiSeekU for today’s devotional. The July 18 topic was none other than this: “Matter of Time” (https://goheirforce.com/2020/07/18/matter-of-time/) – where I shared the lyrics to this song. The original version is old school, but a needed message in times like these (my mother Deborah – a.k.a. Sunshine) is also a background vocalist on this song!).
David was told as a teenager that he would be anointed King; but the prophecy stood for twenty years before it came to pass. This is my twentieth year since seeing an opportunity. It’s just a matter of time before the windows of heaven are opened and the blessing is poured out mightily.
So here it is friends, by faith demand, the original “Matter of Time” is available for free download at https://www.reverbnation.com/shenicagraham. You can pre-order the updated version of Matter of Time (V 2.0) for a gift of any amount to https://paypal.me/gshenica. Funds will be used to professionally record a full-length album. Everyone who pre-orders the album or makes a purchase from my store at , will receive a FREE ACCESS CODE to a LIVE STREAM concert (code to be delivered before the event date, after the album is complete).
July 18, 2020 – Went from #4 Singer Songwriter (for a “long” minute) (at https://www.reverbnation.com/shenicagraham) … to now #1 on the local West Des Moines, Iowa Chart and #1 on the Regional Des Moines / Ames Iowa chart! NOW ranked 682 in the whole UNITED STATES of AMERICA and 986 GLOBALLY!
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