To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. 5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous. 6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge. 7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
David’s motivation behind writing this Psalm was a sad and desperate one, to say the least! His son, Absalom, was chasing him and David had to flee from Jerusalem. This had to be one of David’s darkest moments, I would say. After all, his own flesh and blood was out to kill him. What a price David paid for his sin with Bathsheba! The repercussions of sin goes further than anyone can possibly foresee. It wasn’t enough that David lost the baby that was conceived in his adulterous act with Bathsheba. No, it went further than that. David brought death into his household the minute he plotted to have Uriah killed. Death followed him throughout his life despite his repentance. Oh how careful we must be!!
As I meditate on this Psalm today, I see a God that never left David’s side nor did He forsake David. David knew this. In Psalm 13 we saw how David started out in despair but ended his Psalm praising and singing to the Lord. This same God who saw David through the darkest hours of his life is the same God that is right there with me!
~Hebrews 13:5b I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
That’s a promise to me!! I have read that this phrase in Greek has five negatives. However, when it was translated into English, there were double negatives so they were removed because it is bad grammar. If I was to translate the verse verbatim, it would sound like “I will not never leave thee, nor not never forsake thee.” I love the double negatives because they are so much more emphatic! Can you see someone adamantly pounding his fist on the table as he says, “I will NOT (pounding fist) … NEVER (pounding fist) leave thee, nor NOT (pounding fist) … NEVER (pounding fist) forsake thee!??? Wow, that sure does pack a punch (no pun intended), doesn’t it?
On a side note, there are other such instances, for example, the term “Verily, verily” which can be like saying today, “I’m serious, I’m serious” Another double type of emphasis and very emphatic. In fact, there are 24 occurrences of “Verily, verily” recorded in the King James Bible and all of them are in the Book of John! I’m merely speculating here but I find it interesting that there were 24 of these statements in John. John’s Gospel is known to be the clearest depiction of salvation spoken by Jesus Christ, Himself. Many have begun a trek trying to disprove the Bible and have reached John’s Gospel only to have been saved as a result. The number 24 can be found in Revelation 4:4 and 4:10. There were 24 elders who bowed down and worshipped our Lord and Saviour. It is said that these are representative of the 12 Tribes of Israel under the Old Covenant and the 12 Apostles under the New Covenant. Both combined, 24, are worshipping the Saviour. Twenty four times “Verily, verily” is found in John in the best possible depiction of salvation spoken by the Saviour Himself. How perfect is that? How much more could Christ emphasize the need for His redemption to both Jew and Gentile? I don’t know if I’m even close to being right on this – I just think it’s neat how these numbers just keep popping up 🙂
So back to today’s text. The same God who was so concerned about David is concerned about you and me. He won’t leave us nor will He forsake us. No matter how dark the circumstances may be, He is there!
~Matthew 28:20b …and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.