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Confidence (vs 1-3)
Admission (vs 4)
Schemers (vs 5-8)
Betrayal (vs 9)
Request (vs 10-12)
One day, a mother explained to her five-year-old daughter;
That if she chose to disobey her, she would have to live with the consequences.
The little girl looked terrified and said:
Please dont make me live with the Consequences. I want to live here with you!
Well, unbeknown to that little girl,
We all live with the consequences of the choices and decisions that weve made.
Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Essayist, Poet and Author, 1850-1894)
"Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
This psalm was written by a king who had to live with the consequences of his actions.
David the king had committed the sin of adultery with a woman called Bathsheeba.
When Bathsheeba became pregnant;
David tried to cover up that sin by arranging for her husband Urriah;
To be placed on the front line in battle, knowing he would be killed.
Although in time David would realise his folly and later repent of his sin;
(You can read about it in Psalms 51&52):
He STILL had to live with the consequences of his foolish actions;
Question: What were those consequences?
Nathan the prophet told him (2 Samuel chapter 12 verse 10);
That his sin was forgiven, but The sword will never depart from your house.
David had wrecked a mans home and family;
Now he would experience his own home and family in turmoil.
That turmoil would reveal itself most clearly and painfully;
In his son Absalom.
Absalom was the third and favourite son of Davidson of David,
With his wife Maachah, daughter of Talmai (1 Chronicles 3:2, 2 Samuel 3:3)
2 Samuel chapter 14 verse 25 describes Absalom;
As the most handsome man in the kingdom.
Absalom decided to rebel against his father;
And he made a bid for the throne wanting to be crowned king.
He built support for himself among the common people;
By promising justice for all.
His plan of betrayal seemed to work well as all Israel and Judah flocked to his side,
And David, with only a handful of supporters was forced to flee and hide.
You can read the sad story of events in 2 Samuel chapters 11-16.
So the background to this Psalm is believed to be the rebellion of Absalom:
Yet despite the sad and sordid circumstances to this Psalm;
Notice that it starts off positively with a note of praise.
(1). Confidence (vs 1-3)
Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.
2 The LORD protects and preserves them
they are counted among the blessed in the land
he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
3 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
Rev.Martin Niemoeller was one of Adolf Hitlers least favourite people,
Rev. Niemoeller was placed in prison and summoned to a special court.
He was as you might expect afraid.
He had no idea what to expect!
But according to the writer Francis Gay,
As he was taken along the seemingly endless corridor to the courtroom,
He heard a low voice speaking
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