Deliverance

The Book of Psalms

New Day Dawning: A Morning Psalm, Day 1

Theme: What a Morning!
 
In this week’s studies we learn how David overcame his adversaries by committing himself into the Lord’s protection.
 
Scripture: Psalm 3:1-8
 
After Psalms 1 and 2, which are foundational psalms—the first stressing the importance of the law of God in one’s life, and the second the ultimate triumph of the Messiah—there are a number of psalms dealing with various circumstances that come into the godly man’s life in which he

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New Day Dawning: A Morning Psalm, Day 2

Theme: A World of Foes
 
In this week’s studies we learn how David overcame his adversaries by committing himself into the Lord’s protection.
 
Scripture: Psalm 3:1-8
 
A second reason for taking the title of the psalm literally is that the images of the psalm are military, which fits the situation in 2 Samuel well.4 Both the examples of military language as well as the general correspondence between the psalm and the condition of David described in 2 Samuel

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New Day Dawning: A Morning Psalm, Day 3

Theme: The Psalmist’s Confidence in God
 
In this week’s studies we learn how David overcame his adversaries by committing himself into the Lord’s protection.
 
Scripture: Psalm 3:1-8 
 
Much happens in this psalm in the space between the first two stanzas, marked out by selah. The first stanza is an expression of the crisis that has come into the psalmist’s life because of the enemies who have risen up against him.

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New Day Dawning: A Morning Psalm, Day 4

Theme: “Though This World with Devils Filled”
 
In this week’s studies we learn how David overcame his adversaries by committing himself into the Lord’s protection.
 
Scripture: Psalm 3:1-8
 
To many people the most appealing part of this psalm is the third stanza, the part in which David tells how he was able to lie down and sleep even in the midst of the sudden great danger occasioned by Absalom’s rebellion (vv. 5-6).

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New Day Dawning: A Morning Psalm, Day 5

Theme: A Confident Cry for Deliverance
 
In this week’s studies we learn how David overcame his adversaries by committing himself into the Lord’s protection.
 
Scripture: Psalm 3:1-8
 
The last section of the psalm is a confident cry for God’s deliverance, because the psalmist knows that God has heard him and will provide deliverance. 
 
David’s words are actually a war cry, as I suggested earlier.

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Friday: God Who Saves, Part 1

Theme: Paul’s Use of This Psalm
From this week’s lessons we see how in the Old Testament God showed his power on behalf of his people, and that this is the same God who goes before us and triumphs through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Psalm 68:1-18

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Wednesday: Struck Down, but Not Destroyed

Theme: Imprecations on the Wicked
In this week’s lessons, we learn about God’s triumph for his people over persecutions.
Scripture: Psalm 129:1-8
What should we pray for in regard to those who persist in evil? That they should repent and be converted, of course. But if they do not? Surely we are not to pray that they might prosper! 
Charles Spurgeon is excellent at this point. Here is what he says:

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The Riot in Ephesus

Monday: Opposition

In last week’s study we saw the remarkable success Paul’s preaching had at Ephesus. He stayed there for two years, and he taught every day. As a result of this effort, the Word of God spread from Ephesus throughout the entire Roman province of Asia. But it was not without opposition. In the second half of Acts 19, we see how opposition developed in Ephesus because of all that was being accomplished through Paul’s preaching.

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Tuesday: The Gospel’s Success

The riot in Ephesus, described in Acts 19:23-41, was a proof of Paul’s success. If Paul had come to the city and had simply made a tiny, little beginning, with only a few people meeting perhaps somewhere in a home, none of this would have happened. A movement like that would have had no impact on Ephesian society. But the fact that there was a riot and so many people got stirred up in defense of Artemis is proof of how successful the preaching of the Gospel had been.

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Wednesday: Appealing to Numbers

There are two spirited defenses of Artemis in this chapter. Demetrius gave his first. We have his speech in the first paragraph, that is, in verses 23 to 27. Then, beginning in verse 35, the town clerk does much the same thing. By this time, he was already quieting the uproar, but he gives many of the same arguments Demetrius used, though in different language.

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Thursday: Appealing to Emotions

As we have seen, the appeal to numbers was the argument used at Ephesus. Demetrius said, “Everybody worships Artemis.” Not everybody did, of course. Paul and the other Christians did not. But even if everybody else did, that alone did not make Artemis a true goddess nor her worshipers right. Just because you are told, “Nobody believes that anymore” (or the reverse, “Everybody does it”) doesn’t mean you should be part of the majority.

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Friday: Christian Impact in the World

What was the outcome at Ephesus? For one thing, the Christians were vindicated. Paul was not attacked, and he was eventually able to leave Ephesus, seemingly without any trouble. To us that may seem somewhat incidental, but it was not incidental to Luke since he records in detail (as he did at Corinth, where Gallio would not listen to the accusations brought against Paul) how Paul and the Christians were vindicated. Those who were in charge said, “These people have done nothing wrong.”

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