Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians
The Beginnings of All Things Created
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. (Psalms 18:30 AV)61. The way of our LORD GOD is perfect. The road He travels, the way of life that He chooses, is accomplished with integrity and truth.
62. The word of the LORD GOD is pure. His speech and message is tried and true. His word is refined and perfect.
63. The LORD God is a shield to all that trust in him. He protects those who flee to Him for protection.
1 ¶ <<A Prayer of David.>> Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee. 3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. 4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. 6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. 7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
Let's breakdown our Scripture study of Psalms 86:1-13 to smaller study segments...
1 ¶ <<A Prayer of David.>> Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee. 3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. 4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. (Psalms 86:1-4 AV)64. The LORD GOD has the ability to hear the prayers of His people who are depressed and in need.
65. The LORD GOD has the ability to preserve and protect the souls of His holy people.
66. The LORD GOD can choose to save His servants that trust Him.
67. The LORD GOD can choose to be merciful and bestow kindness on one of His people.
68. Calling out to the LORD daily allows the LORD GOD to understand and be merciful to your needs.
It is so very important to realize that the LORD GOD is not obligated to be merciful. He chooses to show kindness to whom He Wills. Just as a natural life father does not constantly show every kindness to his child, the LORD GOD assumes the same position. If every kindness is given to a person by the LORD GOD, eventually, that person would become a spoiled child, expecting rather than requesting mercy. The LORD GOD relies on the communication between a person and Himself to determine the intensity of need. Certainly a father that hears on a daily basis that their child has a deep soul need is more apt to respond, than hearing a whining demand for his father's every kindness and attention for excessive, extravagant and inessential needs.69. The LORD GOD can bring joy and cheer up the soul of a person that lifts his soul up to the LORD GOD.
Notice how the soul is lifted to the LORD GOD...The LORD GOD does not go down to the person to bring joy, but, rather, the person lifts His soul to the LORD GOD to receive joy.
5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. 6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. (Psalms 86:5-6 AV)70. The LORD GOD is good and wants to forgive. He does not want our relationship with Him to cease as a result of sin. He is ready to forgive, and will give the repentant sinner abundant kindness if they call upon Him for forgiveness.
The LORD GOD does not forgive sin with plenteous mercy because He has to.....He does it because He is good and chooses to forgive.71. The LORD GOD has the ability to hear the prayers of His people and the choice to treat each prayer, according to it's merit, in the way He Wills. David asks the LORD God to pay special attention to his earnest prayer. He asks the LORD GOD to perk up His ears and to hearken to his intense entreaty.
These words suggest that not all prayer is
regarded by the LORD GOD as requiring His specific attention. It appears
that David was fearful that his prayer would get lost in the midst of
the mundane prayers of others. He was shouting to the LORD GOD that his
prayer was important, his prayer did matter, his prayer was a stand out,
and needed the direct attention of his LORD GOD.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. (Ps 86:7 AV)72. The LORD GOD will pay attention and respond to your prayers when you are facing trouble, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress or tribulation.
As stated before, the LORD GOD responds to intense prayers, especially and always when you are in trouble. If your prayers are mundane, the LORD GOD's response will be limited, at best. The popular visualization of having a direct telephone line to the LORD GOD, that allows a person to tell the LORD GOD everything on His mind and wish list, is a figment of a persons imagination. The LORD GOD, is all powerful and all knowing. He is not the personal genie of anyone. He responds to the important things that He chooses to respond to. One time when the LORD GOD will always respond, is when one of His people are facing imminent danger. We must always have faith that our LORD GOD will hear our prayer in times of distress, just as David did when he faithfully reminded the LORD GOD of his confidence that He would not fail him in times of trouble.
8 ¶ Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works. 9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. 10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. (Psalms 86:8-10 AV)73. Our LORD GOD is unlike all other gods. His Works are unique and different from the works of all other gods.
74. All nations whom the LORD GOD has made shall eventually come and worship before Him. All of His created nations will glorify His name. To "glorify His name" means to love, honor, respect, praise and memorialize the uniqueness of our LORD GOD's existence.
75. The LORD God does great and wonderful things.
76. The LORD GOD is the only real and true God.
Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. (Psalms 86:11 AV)77. The way of the LORD GOD must be taught. It is a specific way of life, a precise and particular journey that man does not grasp on his own.
78.Your walk in the way of the LORD GOD must be in truth.
To walk in truth with the LORD GOD requires you to be stable and trustworthy. You must separate yourself from man's expectations, society's demands and church's doctrines. You must walk with stability in the specific way the LORD GOD has Chosen for you to walk. Be trustworthy to the LORD GOD and He will teach you to walk in His way.79. To follow the way of the LORD GOD requires you to join the revealed knowledge He has given you together into a cohesive understanding. This united understanding can happen within a person only through the LORD GOD's allowance.
80. When a person's understanding is allowed to become united together in revelation, a reverent fear for the LORD GOD is created within that person. It is a good thing to be fearful of the LORD GOD.
One of the ways we measure a student's spiritual growth level is by examining the fearful reverence he has for the LORD GOD. If that fearful reverence is not present, then we know that the student does not have substantial spiritual understanding and is in fact a young or lazy Christian. Only when the LORD GOD joins the truthful revelations together in a person's understanding, will that person have the ability to see the LORD GOD in truth, and be in awe of His presence.
12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. 13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. (Psalms 86:12-13 AV)81. The LORD GOD's mercy is great toward His people.
82. The LORD GOD should be praised and his name glorified for eternity as a result of his loving kindness in delivering our souls from the lowest hell.
14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. 15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. 16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. 17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. 19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. (Psalms 145:14-20 AV)83. The LORD GOD upholds all of His people that fall. He sustains and raises up all of His people that are bowed down
84.The LORD GOD gives His people meat at the appropriate time. The typology for meat is the nourishing substance that is taken into the body (common), life (natural), or soul (spiritual) to sustain life, provide energy and promote growth.
85. When the LORD GOD opens his hand and gives nourishment to people, He is able to satisfy the desires of every living thing.
86. The LORD GOD is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works.
87. The LORD GOD is near to all that call upon him as long as they call upon him in truth in a established, trustworthy, stable manner.
88. The LORD GOD will fulfill the desire of them that fear him.
Remember how we said that the LORD GOD was not your personal genie at the beginning of this study? The LORD GOD is gracious and wants to delight His people that He loves, just as any father wants to bring delight to his children. The LORD GOD requires, however, that to receive your desire, you must first fear Him. To fear the LORD GOD, requires you to first have your spiritual understandings united into revelation by the LORD GOD. To have spiritual understanding at all requires you to study the Word of God and learn to walk in His ways with trustworthiness and stability. To study the Word of God requires you to be one of His children. To be one of His children requires you to be a follower of Christ. To be a follower of Christ requires you to be baptized and believing. You cannot be baptized, unless you are repentant of sin, and the LORD GOD has chosen you to receive faith and called you closer to Him. So if you meet each of these requirements, and if you truthfully come to Him with your request in His acceptable, trustworthy and stable way, He will be true and fulfill your desire. What a wonderful Father He Is!89. The LORD GOD will hear the cry of His people when they are in trouble, and He will save them. The people that He will hear and save are the same people that fear him, and as a result have their desire fulfilled.
90. The LORD GOD will protect all people that love Him.
91. The LORD GOD will destroy all people that are wicked.
He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. (Habakkuk 3:6 AV)92. The ways of the LORD GOD are everlasting.
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33 AV)93. The ways of the LORD GOD are past finding out. His judgments and ways are contained within the depth of His wisdom and knowledge, and can never be completely known by man.
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:6-7 AV)94. The LORD GOD is compassionate and kind. He is patient and abounds in goodness and truth.
95. The LORD GOD maintains mercy and protects the status of thousands of His people.
96. The LORD GOD forgives iniquity, transgression and sin according to His Will. He does not forgive upon demand, but according to His rules that He has revealed to men.
97. He does not forgive the wicked, and He may hold up to four generations responsible for their perverse and evil sins.
Recently, a very young Christian who we had
just met asked us to pray for a woman acquaintance of hers. We asked
what type of prayer was needed. She explained that her non-Christian,
non-believing friend, had suffered tremendously in recent years with the
sickness of anorexia, which was kicked in beyond her control as a result
of a traumatic divorce. The sick woman's daughter had threatened to kill
both her mom and herself "to put both of them out of their misery". The
young Christian then went on to list crisis after crisis this poor woman
had experienced in recent past, to convince us that this woman needed
our prayers. She said that she had tried to witness to the woman, but
the woman would have nothing to do with the Word of God.
19 ¶ Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! 20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Psalms 31:19-20 AV)98. The LORD GOD's goodness is great. His goodness is reserved for those people that fear and trust His Ways over the ways of men.
99. The LORD GOD hides and protects His people from the snares of men.
100. The LORD GOD hides and protects His people from the evil accusations and gossip of men.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. (Psalms 65:4 AV)101. The LORD GOD chooses who comes to Him, and causes that person to dwell in His presence, under His protection and be one of His people.
102. The chosen people of the LORD GOD are completely filled with the goodness of the LORD GOD's dwelling places.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. 5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. 6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man. (Psalms 5:4-6 AV)103. The LORD GOD hates wickedness.
104. The LORD GOD does not allow evil to dwell with Him.
105. The LORD GOD does not let the foolish stand in His sight.
106. The LORD GOD hates all workers of iniquity.
107.The LORD GOD will destroy all liars.
108. The LORD GOD loathes violent, cunning, sneaky men.
And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: (1 Peter 1:17 AV)109. The LORD GOD is impartial, and judges every man's work with the same criteria.
Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. (Psalms 89:14 AV)110. The LORD GOD is always right in His decisions, discernments, reproofs and truth. This very quality of always being right in His Ways, identifies Him as always "Righteous".
7 ¶ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8 AV)111. Love comes from the LORD GOD. If a person loves then He is born of God.
To be born of God is different from being evolved from His Creation. We will examine this concept in this study. You should also understand that to be "born of God" and "chosen of God" are two different concepts, which will be explained further on in this study.112. If a person does not love, He does not know the LORD GOD. If He does not know the LORD GOD He is not born of God.
113. The LORD GOD is love.
To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. (Deuteronomy 32:35 AV)114. The LORD GOD seeks revenge for those against Him and His People, and He will make them pay in due time.
21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. 22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. (Deuteronomy 32:21-22 AV)115. The LORD GOD is a jealous God. When people worship other gods of nothingness, the LORD GOD becomes very angry.
116. The LORD GOD is wrathful towards those who turn their back on him, and as a result, He will turn His back on them, and make them feel the jealousy and anger that they caused Him.
If you do not understand the Ways of the LORD
GOD, then you will never be able to serve Him as He Wills. If you do not
serve your LORD GOD as He Wills, you may face His disappointment, anger,
punishment, or disdain. It’s not a fairy tale that we live...Our LORD
GOD is an awesome and powerful Father who has distinct Ways. He demands
His children to know His Ways, and the closer you are called to Him, the
more He expects from you. The closer you get to the LORD GOD, the more
you must know to accomplish His Will, and the more He holds you
accountable to His standards.
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Kathy L. McFarland is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from Liberty University, and is currently seeking her Master of Divinity (Professional Ministries Track) degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary & Graduate School. Kathy is a noted expert on Old Testament exegesis, Christian apologetics, and Bible typology and mysteries.