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June 4 - Evening

"Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
people without regard for God.

- Selah -

Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.
Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them."

- Psalms 54:1-5

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Calling on the Name of the Lord    

Psalm 54 was the prayer for deliverance that David prayed when the Ziphites from the Wilderness of Ziph reported to Saul in First Samuel 23:19-24 that they knew David was hiding in their hill country.

David begins in 54:1 by seeking God’s “name” which, according to 54:6, is YHWH or “Lord.” To have the “Name” was to have the presence of God and the presence of God would include his character and his salvation (protection, deliverance, etc.) This concept is seen in Deuteronomy 12:5, 11, 21 when the Lord said he would “put his name” in the place for him to be worshipped (Jerusalem) and then again in 1 Kings 8:1-66 when Solomon dedicates the temple as the seat of the presence of the Lord because God had put his name there.

In the wilderness of Ziph “in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jeshimon” (1 Sam. 23:19) David asks God to “Save me…by your name!” (Ps. 54:1) The word “save” comes from the Hebrew root word that means “to be wide and broad” and communicates idea of being set loose in wide open space, free from constrictions. The meaning is “help,” “deliver,” “rescue.” In the second line of 54:1 David uses the word “vindicate” when he asks God to “vindicate me by your might.” The word “vindicate” is a legal term from the Hebrew court system that means “defend” and “judge.” David considers himself innocent. He sees himself as righteous, yet persecuted by villains in a military conflict and in a legal battle.

David is asking for the presence of God to be manifest and to deliver him from the hands of men. These men are described in Psalm 54:3 as:

  • “Strangers” ("Arrogant foes") who “are attacking” David. These would be the men of Ziph who are handing over David merely for political gain. David has done these men no harm, thus he calls them “strangers” because David doesn’t even know them.
  • “Ruthless men”…“without regard for God.” Saul is the “ruthless” tyrant who is persecuting David, the man of God. If Saul knew God’s will, God’s word and God’s ways he would not be hunting David, yet because Saul is “ruthless” and is “without regard for God” he comes against God and God’s man.

At the end of 54:3 David writes Selah as if to stop and meditate on the content of the first three verses:

  • God’s name is his presence;
  • God’s presence is salvation;
  • God hears David;
  • David is innocent in a legal matter that has escalated into a military conflict;
  • the men who betray David have no quarrel with David;
  • the man who hunts David, the man of God, has no regard for the things of God

Then, after a time of meditation, Psalm 54:4 begins with the Hebrew word hineh meaning “Look!” which is written in a form that means, “Look! God is about to help me” or “Look! God has already began helping me.”

            “Surely! God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” – Psalm 54:4

David then states in 54:5:
            “Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them!” - Psalm 54:5

  Christian Quote from Church History
"There's a great deal of ego bound up with Christian ministry today...But impressing people isn't
the name of the game. Today's heroes are tomorrow's zeroes."
- Frank Viola
Something to Ponder??

Six Reasons Young People Leave the Church

Isolationism. One-fourth of 18- to 29-year-olds say church demonizes everything outside church, including the music, movies, culture, and technology that define their generation.

Shallowness. One-third call church boring, about one-fourth say faith is irrelevant and Bible teaching is unclear. One-fifth say God is absent from their church experience.

Anti-science. Up to one-third say the church is out of step on scientific developments and debate.

Sex. The church is perceived as simplistic and judgmental. For a fifth or more, a "just say no" philosophy is insufficient in a techno-porno world. Young Christian singles are as sexually active as their non-churched friends, and many say they feel judged.

Exclusivity. Three in 10 young people feel the church is too exclusive in this pluralistic and multi-cultural age. And the same number feel forced to choose between their faith and their friends.

Doubters. The church is not a safe place to express doubts say over one-third of young people, and one-fourth have serious doubts they'd like to discuss.

- from David Kinnaman's book
You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith
(source here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Epieikes (Gr) – Gentle (Eng) – a Greek word from epi-, which means “unto,” and eikos, which means “likely.” Together epi- and eikos (epieikos) mean “equity, lenient, kindly.” The character of epieikes is the man who looks with patient reason at the facts. The opposite is to be contentious. It is used in the following verses: 1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 3:2; James 3:17; 1 Peter 2:8; 2 Cor. 10:11 and Phil. 4:5. A man who possesses epieikes is reasonable, fair, lenient and equitable as a leader and humble and steadfast as a servant instead of hateful or bitter towards others and blasphemous towards God when treated with injustice and disgrace or is disregarded.


This is list #4 of 4 that identifies a total of forty-one bullae (seal impressions in clay) used on official documents and sealed by someone mentioned in the Bible or by a servant of a biblical personality. The existence and discovery of these bullae (seal impressions in clay) attest to the accuracy and historicity of the text in the Old Testament documents:

Gedaliah and Pashhur (Jer.38:1) says, “Gedaliah son of Pashhur”

Azariah and Hilkiah (2 Kings 22:4-14; 23:4; 1 Chr.6:13; 9:11; Ezra 7:1) two finds say, “Seal of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah (the high priest) and “Seal of Hanan, the son of Hilkiah the priest”

Jehozhaz (2 Kings 23:31-34; 2 Chr.36:1-4) says,
“Jehozhaz the son of the king”

Pedaiah (1 Chron.3:18) says, “Pedaiah the son of the king”

Seraiah and Neriah (Jer.51:59) says,
“Seraiah son of Neriah”

Ba’alis (Jer.40:14) two finds say, “Baal-yasha king of the [Ammonites]” and “Milcom the servant of Ba’alis”

Jaazaniah (2 Kings 25:23) says, “Jaazaniah servant of the king”

Shelomith the sister of Elnathan (1 Chr.3:19; Ezra 8:16) two say, “Belonging to Shelomith” and “Belonging to Elnathan the governor”

Sanballat, Governor of Samaria (Neh.2:10) says, “{Belonging} to […]iah son of [San]ballat, Governor of Samar[ia]”

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

I will realize that God’s presence is salvation, deliverance and strength for those who believe.

  "Do not set foot on the
path of the wicked
or walk in the
way of evil men."

- Proverbs 5:14
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
basalt stone hourglass shaped grain grinder that sat over a cone shaped basalt stone Model of the Western Wall of Herod's New Testament
This is an industrial baslt stone grinder made and found at Capernaum.
This hourglass-shaped piece would be placed over a stationary cone-shaped piece of basalt stone and turned by a wooden post fit into the square hole
on the side of this top piece of the grinder. Grain would be placed in the
top of this piece and fall through a hole in the center to be ground on this
top piece turning on the bottom cone piece.
See Dr. Carl Rasmussen's photos and explainations here, here and here.
See a similar grinder found at Pompeii here.
See a diagram with explanation of the Roman grinder here.
Model of the Western Wall of Herod's New Testament
Temple Mount (Labeled photo here. Details here.)
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