Posted: November 15, 2011
We have been studying this Psalm under the title heading of an invitation to come unto Him. Let us look this week at a last section of this Psalm that I am calling come ye people and hear Him.
I begin in verse 16 of the invitation where we are confronted with a call to tell them. David calls for the assembly to come and hear. He calls for a select group of people that he calls those that fear God. The word fear has the idea of reverential awe and to hold in the highest regard. David says I want to tell you what God has done for my soul. It is no need to tell what man has done we have enough today who are trumpeters for that cause. Let us tell our stories of God's mercy wherever we go that man might be comforted and helped. Be careful when picking your audience to tell of His mercies; do not cast your pearls before swine. The wrong audience will only mock and make fun of what the Lord has done for you.
Let us see another part of this invitation in verse 17 that I am calling tell Him. It is amazing how praise and prayer go hand in hand. A song and supplication certainly love to hang out together. I do not see how you can have one without the other. It is clear from David's thoughts that praise begets prayer and prayer will certainly birth praise. Every trial is sent into our lives for us to see our Lord solve them. Then we can tell it and give Him glory and praise by way of supplication and song.
In verse 18 I see in our invitation the thought of turn from it. It is here the king deals with the great hindrances to prayer being answered. The hindrance is the regarding of sin in the heart. The word regard has the meaning of a continual gaze, and of an aversion for, to cherish, a love for, and an excuse for it. If any of these things are present in our dealing with sin the Bible simply says God will not hear my prayer. God told Cain sin was lying at his door and kept the Lord from coming in. I feel the only response to sin can be turn from it.
In verses 19-20 of our invitation we find the thought of the test proved. We know that sin is not living in our hearts unconfessed if the Lord hears our prayers. We find from the text that God not only hears but attends to the request. The word attends means to take care of. In verse 20 David ends this Psalm as it began with praise. He gives the Lord praise for not only hearing him but showing him mercy. The Psalm of invitation sure makes me want to go to Him and spend some time in His glorious presence. Have you given Him sometime today to come unto Him?