Reach for the Sky
This is for the music leader.
He is the servant of the
It is for David.
This tells me that: he is not afraid of God:
· he does not see that this matters,
· he tells himself that God will not see the bad things that he does,
· he thinks that God will not hate these bad things,
· he says things that are bad and not true,
· he has stopped being honest,
· he does not do anything good,
· he makes bad plans on his bed at night,
· he decides not to do things in a good way,
· he does not turn away from doing wrong things.
In verse 2, the Bible does not say who ‘he’ is. When we think it is God, we put it in brackets: (God). If ‘he’ means the bad man in this verse, then the bad man will not believe that he has done wrong.
Verses 1 and 2 tell us about the inside of a bad person. That is the part that we cannot see. Verses 3 and 4 tell us about what he does. That is the part that everyone can see.
Your truth reaches the clouds.
LORD you make men and animals safe.
The children of men are safe under the shadow of your
You give them all a drink of pleasure from your river,
In your light we will see light.
Sky – When we see it, we remember His kind love
Clouds – When we see them, we remember God is faithful and keeps his promises
Mountains – When we see them, we remember God is righteous and does what is good
Sea – When we see it, we remember His justice, so that God does what is fair
Part of verse 9 is difficult to understand: ‘In your light we will see light.’ We need light to see things that are in our world. We need special light from God to see the things that are in God's world.
Give your goodness to the people that have clean hearts.
Do not let bad people make me run away.
Somebody knocked them down and they cannot get up again.
There are bad people all around us. If we know God and love him then we do not want bad people to stop God doing this. We must pray as David prayed.
‘Walk proudly’ in Hebrew is ‘the foot of pride.’ People with feet of pride go through life (or walk through life) thinking that they are better than God. The psalm ends by telling us what will happen to bad people. One day they will fall down and never get up again. God will decide when this will happen.