Author: Stephen Ricker

BDBD is Psalm 20:6-9

The congregational repertoire continues with a devout man of God such as a prophet or Levitical priest singing, “Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.” When I am about to place myself in an engagement that if I […]

BDBD is Psalm 20:1-5

David composed this psalm. Most commentaries agree that the intent was for this repertoire to be reciprocated between the king and God’s people before the king engaged in a challenging enterprise for God’s people, especially before a battle. The intent is the same as when a congregation prays for its elders and pastor, when a […]

BDBD is Psalm 19:14

The last verse states two actions of a believer in Jesus, indicating that the entire psalm resulted in their enacting. The first is meditation of the heart. The second action is speaking or singing what he had meditated. Of course, David or someone else wrote down his meditations. Meditations are contemplations of the mind and […]

BDBD is Psalm 19:10-13

The Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible) is equated to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29) and the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:17-49). They are wise instructions and encouragement to followers of the Lord Jesus. Those like me who are rescued from poor life choices and being controlled by sinful impulses know […]

BDBD is Psalm 19:7-9

Five Hebrew words describe the Pentateuch – also known as the Decalogue, the five books of Moses, and the laws of the covenant with Israel. The Hebrew words are translated: the law (instruction), statutes, precepts (testimony), commands, and ordinances (judgments) of the LORD. At the time of the creation of this psalm, the only other […]

BDBD is Psalm 19:4b-6

The sun rises above the horizon into the visible sky in the morning and sets below the opposite horizon in the evening often in brilliant displays of kaleidoscope colors. Paired with its absence as its emitted light shines on and rays heat up the opposite side of the earth, the day is established marking the […]

BDBD is Psalm 19:1-4a

A clear night silent gaze beholds bright lights twinkling little diamonds in the sky. Questions befall. “Why,” I wonder, “do you shine so divine above my sigh and awe.” You speak non-audibly to my spirit and soul. What message do I behold? “Where it to my future,” a fool quires. “No,” the wise answer, “The […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:47-50

David, named in the last verse concludes his doxology by summing up what he has been proclaiming. David is God’s king. David is God’s anointed. David knows he is the Lord’s chosen and anointed king. David recalls God’s promise while a lad. (1 Samuel 16:13) He experienced God’s grace in making it happen. The whole […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:46

The psalm’s crescendo has reached its climax. The choir reaches its highest chords and exhibits the mastery of a virtuoso. The musicians’ souls pour into their instruments. The limbs of the audience tingle and their torsals swell. Joyous tears moisten checks. Arms reach to the heavens in exultation, “The LORD lives! Praise be to my […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:43-45

David endured so many threats from his own people in the days of Saul’s reign. Now he was crowned king of Israel. He reigns over other nations. People he never had acquaintances bow down to him. His commands are obeyed with trembling. David is the unquestioned premier monarch. This psalm is a prophecy psalm relating […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:37-42

David prayed and trusted in God. He waited for God for many years to rescue him from a life he did not want to live. God did not send an army of immortal spiritual beings we call angels to strike down all his enemies so David could be king of Israel. Instead, God enabled him […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:30-36

David publically acknowledged in this Psalm the depths of his soul’s firm belief that the Lord God’s blessing had made freedom from his enemy’s oppression a reality. This Psalm was written sometime between Saul’s suicide (1 Samuel 30-31; 1 Chronicles 10) and when David’s kingship over all of Israel was finally fully established (2 Samuel […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:25-29

God reveals his character to all; yet to each, he reveals himself in his own way. Those who are faithful to the Lord God and his ways, the Lord God is faithful to them. He does not leave them. Jesus promised, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:20-24

While David was on the run from Saul and his army David made sure to inquire of the Lord (1 Samuel 22:1-6) and follow the Lord’s ways (21). David did not harm Saul even when he could have killed him twice. (1 Samuel 24 & 26) The temptation was great for his men said, “This […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:16-19

The Lord God had anointed David to be the next king of Israel when he was but an unrecognized lad. (1 Samuel 16:13) The fulfillment of the promise began looking possible when he was moved from being the family shepherd boy to the court musician and armor-bearer in the household of King Saul. (1 Samuel […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:7-15

The oppressed have a day of gladness and celebration to look forward to. Those ridiculed and harassed because of their steadfast faith in God can rest assured that their fear and tears are answered. Those excluded and reviled by the powerful wicked can be assured that their hope in Jesus is not misplaced. The start […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:4-6

Mortal danger is poetically personified. Deep sorrow is like cords entangling and pulling one down to death. Mellencolly emotions weigh one down immobilizing the soul till death becomes one’s closest attendant, waiting for me to willing follow to the end. Some live in a state of numbness. Invisible cords keep one from moving. Some turn […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:3

David states the reason for praising his Lord. His acclimation is because the LORD, whom he prayed to is worthy of praise. All should have a reason to praise the LORD. This reason is best and always true; Jesus is worthy. If for no other reason, I can and will praise the Lord Jesus who […]

BDBD is Psalm 18:1-2

Who is worthy of praise? If anyone is worthy of praise because of strength, glory, prowess, wisdom, ferocity, love, compassion, and truth, then the Lord Jesus is worthy by an eternity more. When to praise the one who deserves loving exultation? David, the servant of the Lord sang praises to Jesus when he delivered David […]

BDBD is Psalm 17:13-15

Whenever someone does ill towards me I sometimes think, “The Lord judge between me and them,” not wanting to take revenge against them, but let the Lord Jesus vindicate me. I want the Lord to rise up, confront, and bring them down. I beseech the Lord to rescue me from the wicked. This is what […]

BDBD is Psalm 17:10-12

David is pleading to the Lord God against his foes who surround him. They have callous hearts. They have an unfeeling indifference to David’s suffering. They have ganged up against him and want to pulverize him to the ground. They are determined and eager like a hungry wolf whose gaze is fixed on the sheep. […]

BDBD is Psalm 17:6-9

David requests God because he knows the Lord will answer him. He seeks God’s ear so that He can hear his prayer. Confidence in God is a part of prayer. Do I believe God will hear my prayer? Even though God may not grant my request will I have faith in him? David asks the […]

BDBD is Psalm 17:1-6

David is praying to the LORD his God. He has a request that he calls a cry. He is sure that his request is righteous. Before he presents his request he invites God to examine his heart and way. He confides that he is not trying to deceive. David said that though the LORD would […]

BDBD is Psalm 16:8-11

Jesus is the path of life that God made known to David (11). Jesus is life, in him is no death. Jesus told confused Martha and Mary just before he raised their brother Lazarus from the dead, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; […]

BDBD is Psalm 16:5-7

David, the youngest of many brothers and perhaps the only son of his father’s second wife (or concubine), had an ongoing life problem. He pondered his unsure future and where he belonged. His inheritance according to the law of Moses was questionable. His seven elder brothers did not think well of him. They gave him […]

BDBD is Psalm 16:1-4

David is the author of this Trust Psalm. He asks God to keep him safe. Why? Because David takes refuge in God. God is his protector and shelter from danger and hardship. He rescues him from death and gives him a delightful inheritance. God is his inheritance. (Numbers 18:20-24; Deuteronomy 10:8-9) God in verse 1 […]

BDBD is Psalm 15

Everyone wants access to God though our core being is also repulsed by the nature of God (Romans 1). The essence of this psalm, composed by David, is how one gains access to God. Access to God is of course granted by God. Without permission, a person may not enter the King of kings presence. […]

BDBD is Psalm 14:4-7

Hope exists for everyone. Jesus’s ministry included everyone. He helped and taught the rich and the poor, the religious elite and the social outcast, and the intelligent and the simple-minded. However, the evildoers never learned. They devour God’s people as men eat bread. Some believe, but most reject. The Lord Jesus, David’s God, was the […]

BDBD is Psalm 14:1-3

The Psalm starts by establishing a truth with fact. The truth is that every human soul is morally depraved. With this truth, God says that we are fools. Fool in Hebrew is “nabal” meaning “vile person, one who is morally deficient”. The fact to establish the truth that every soul is morally depraved is that […]

BDBD is Psalm 13

Psalm 13 could be titled “How Long” or “Forget Me Not”. David, the author is grappling with melancholy and disturbing thoughts. Repeated stupefying speculation has become like an unrelenting railroad wheel clanging over rail cracks. Thought is fixated on his enemy’s triumph over him. Sorrow fills his being. He is entangled in his own web. […]

BDBD is Psalm 12:7-8

Confidence in the Lord is expressed and believed. Though evil people walk around boldly because they have the upper hand, those who trust in the Lord will be strengthened by their God. We know that he protects us from such people forever. Though at present liers oppress and deceive I can have confidence in the […]

BDBD is Psalm 12:5-6

The Lord responds with a reassuring word to the cast down and to David who presented the request. The Lord God does see the oppression of the weak and he hears the groaning of the needy. After the prayer, the Lord says he will arise and protect them from those who malign them. I note […]

BDBD is Psalm 12:2-4

David’s appeal to the Lord in verses 1 and 2 has two parts. First, the faithful, those who are morally true and loyal have disappeared (1). Second, everyone is lying. Their lies are flattery, saying one thing while not believing what they say (2). The worst scenario is when they say kind words while secretly […]

BDBD is Psalm 12:1

Psalm 12 is a plead-psalm. David is seeking the Lord’s help for every tongue seems false, the weak are oppressed, and the needy groan. Looking everywhere he cannot find anyone who is godly. The Hebrew adjective “hasid” is translated as “godly” meaning a kind, virtuous, and moral person. As the Lord later said through the […]

BDBD is Psalm 11:4-7

The LORD is the covenant name for the God of Israel. Since the LORD came in bodily form he has also been called Jesus. Jesus is now on his heavenly throne. Jesus is observing every act and the motivation for the act of the righteous. He examines their heart. Those that are wicked the LORD, […]

BDBD is Psalm 11:1-3

Everyone has had life’s foundations, including relational, political, and moral support give way. (“Foundations” in vs 3 is “shata” in Hebrew meaning political and moral support; i.e. 82:5) Most are too familiar with life-pillars unexpected shaking. Just as citizens living in cities built near a seismic fault ask, “What can we do now that shaking […]

BDBD is Psalm 10:12-18

David’s lamented questions turn into a jubilant poetic prayer. His joy is engulfed in the Lord’s compassionate triumph. The Lord does see trouble and grief. He is the helper of the fatherless. God calls all to account for wickedness, all things done while in the flesh. His patience allowed them to repent, not wanting any […]

BDBD is Psalm 10:1-11

David looks at society and his unassuming life and asks two grievous life questions, “Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” Repeating too often it seems, God does not seem to see me in my time of trouble for I am not happy, do not […]

BDBD is Psalm 9:17-20

The grave (Sheol in Hebrew) is not the subject of family and friends parties. Most people do not like thinking about the end of our physical life. The one who brings up the subject will find themself alone in a crowd of lifetime acquaintances. Two occasions exist when we ponder the eventual end of our […]

BDBD is Psalm 9:11-16

Today’s BDBD verses have some joined phrases requiring God’s revelation during deep Bible study. Phrases like “enthroned in Zion” (What Zion for the temple was not built in David’s life? The tabernacle and then the ark was moved to Jerusalem late in David’s life. So, what and when is Zion referring to?); “proclaim among the […]

BDBD is Psalm 9:3-10

The Psalms (like this one), the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles all agree, that a time is coming when God will judge the living and the dead. (Daniel 11-12, Matthew 24, Mark 13) When Jesus comes again, “he will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.” Those who were enemies […]

BDBD is Psalm 9:1-2

David announces a decision to the Lord his God. David declares that he is going to praise the LORD. David is going to let it all out. His heart will gush forth with exaltation like a geyser from the earth. David is going to reveal in song all of the Most High’s wonders. Heartful worship […]

BDBD is Psalm 8:3-9

Verses 3 and 4 remind me of the celebrated hymn “O Lord My God”. I also think of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman congregation, “…since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal […]

BDBD is Psalm 8:1-2

The Psalm of David starts with praise for the LORD (YHWH in Hebrew), our Lord (adon in Hebrew meaning sovereign). The name of the LORD is the manifestation of his character. It has no separate existence apart from the YHWH, but is synonymous with God in his gracious manifestation and accessibility to his people. The […]

BDBD is Psalm 7:11-17

David was on the run from a man who wanted to kill him. He was a fugitive in his own land. Life was not sunshine on the beach. David did not take action for he considered he might be wrong. Instead, David asked the Lord to be his shield. He asked God to be the […]

BDBD is Psalm 7:6-10

Life is often overwhelming, a relentless barrage for adults and adolescents alike. Continuous are the assaults against body, heart, and mind. Few reliefs can be found that are not self-destructive. Life is often like living in a besieged city. Enemies’ weapons encircle, constantly firing at a shield wall with gaps and grass openings with no […]

BDBD is Psalm 7:1-5

David was being pursued by Cush, a Benjamite. King Saul was also a Benjamite. Cush was part of the forces that Saul sent to find and tear David apart like a lion would, or at least Cush would bring him to King Saul for judgment, prison, and/or execution. David could not go to one of […]

BDBD is Psalm 6:6-10

David’s illness is physical, caused by a heavy soul. He is faint because he is in anguish. He groans and weeps all night long because of his foes. Sorrow endlessly flows like the tears from his eyes, down his cheeks, and into his drenched pillows. A weighed-down heart and turbulent mind can be the source […]

BDBD is Psalm 6:1-5

David starts this psalm with a plea to the LORD for mercy. David knows he is a sinner and thus deserves rebuke and discipline. Part of God’s wrath is disciplining his congregation. David asks the LORD for relief and mercy. David is very ill. He is faint and his bones are in agony. Though he […]

BDBD is Psalm 5:9-12

David’s enemies spoke lies about him, not a word from their mouth can be trusted. Their heart, the source of the lies is filled with destruction. David did not take revenge against his enemy’s lies. He did not strike out against them. He may have been king when he wrote these words. He may have […]

BDBD is Psalm 5:7-8

David has great respect for the LORD. Reverence is a feeling of profound awe, respect, and love. In God’s mercy and righteousness, David trusts. He tells the LORD that he will come into God’s house and bow down toward God’s holy temple. The house and holy temple that David is speaking of is not the […]

BDBD is Psalm 5:1-6

Prayer for David was a regular morning routine. Prayer for David was communicating and communion with his God, his King, and his LORD. This personal psalm starts with David asking God to give an ear to his words and sighs. David is crying to his God and King for help. God hears not only words, […]

BDBD is Psalm 4:5-8

David called to the Lord in anxiety and distress. The Lord heard and stilled his soul. David searched his heart in the silence of a dark night. The light of the morning star calmed and quieted. He meditated on his bed instead of sinning. The thought entered his mind, “Offer right sacrifices and trust in […]

BDBD is Psalm 4:1-4

David, the author is calling on the LORD, his God. He beseeches God to answer his prayer. David asks for relief from his distress. Anxiety has entered his soul weighing him down like an elephant is sitting on his chest and a methodical drum pounds in his head. He seeks God’s mercy. David knows his […]

BDBD is Psalm 3:1-8

King David, the author is amidst despair and trouble. His beloved son Absalom has turned against him in a violent attempt to become king. (2 Samuel 13:22, 29, 39, 14:33, 15:12, 31, 15:13-14, 16:8, 21, 17:1) Much of David’s life had encountered many foes, among them some have tried to kill him. David responded by […]

BDBD is Psalm 2:8-12

A warning is made to kings, rulers, presidents, and leaders. Jesus’ inheritance will be to the ends of the earth. He will rule with an iron scepter. A scepter is a staff held by a sovereign as an emblem of authority. A scepter could be made of anything. Being made of iron, the scepter displayed […]

BDBD is Psalm 2:7

Jesus is the Anointed One meaning he is the Absolute King (2, discussed in the previous BDBD). This verse and verse 12 declare that Jesus is also God’s Son. (Acts 13:32-33) When Jesus was baptized “…a voice came from heaven (declared): “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark […]

BDBD is Psalm 2:1-6

Psalm 2 is about the messianic reign of Jesus, the Anointed One as confirmed by New Testament quotes. (Matthew 1:17; Acts 4:25-27, 13:32-33; Hebrews 5:6; Revelation 2:26-27, 12:5, 15) The rage and conspiring against his rule is a fallen human state that all inherited from Adam. This was demonstrated when Herod and Pontius Pilate met […]

BDBD is Psalm 1

This Psalm by an unknown author compares two ways; that is lifestyle choices and their results. The first is the way of the wicked, sinners, and mockers (1). The second is the way of the righteous (6). The way of the righteous is blessed. Blessed, used 516 times in the Bible is a translation of […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:30

The fact that nothing; no wisdom, no insight, no plan can succeed against the LORD is proclaimed. The LORD is sovereign and controls people and nations. (16:4, 9, 19:21, 21:1) Being sovereign simply means that he exercises supreme and permanent authority. God is absolute. He has absolute right and ability to do all things according […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:29

Walking around with a bold face is for show. I do this to portray a fearless and daring demeanor. I want others and myself to believe I am courageous and in control of fear or even that I have no fear. Yet, is this what is happening inside? No. Circumstances control the wayward soul whether […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:28

This is the seventh and final time the book of Proverbs has a proverb concerning a false witness. (6:19, 12:17, 14:5, 25, 19:5, 9, 21:28) Some would say that seven is of significance because seven is considered “fullness” and “completion” in the Hebrew language and the Bible. I find it interesting that these seven contain […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:27

Anyone can offer a sacrifice to God, and anyone can make sacrifices for God, the sacrifice may be great, and the sacrifice may be small, if it is made with wicked intent, it is not acceptable at all. Such was the case of Cain. His sacrifice was not acceptable, for his heart was wicked. The […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:26

This verse is the second half of the proverb that started in the previous verse. Verse 25 is about a lazy sluggard. I take to heart the warning to not be a physical and spiritual sluggard. God enables me and gives me his strength when I ask him to help me live His way and […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:25

What does a sluggard crave? I presume it is anything that others crave. The reason that which he craves for will be the death of him is because he doesn’t work enough (if at all) to purchase or trade for it. He craves, but cannot obtain because he is poor and lazy. When he becomes […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:24

The Lord warns me through this proverb and in other Biblical passages about the danger of pride and arrogance. (3:34, 19:25, 29. 21:11) Biblical pride is undue confidence in and attention to one’s own skills, accomplishments, state, possessions, or position. The proud are haughty and conceited. The arrogant person expresses their pride. God gives the […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:23

I should guard my mouth and tongue if I want to avoid calamity. I should be as choosy with the words that come out as I am choosy with the food that goes in. I can easily keep dirty food out of my mouth. Why then is it not easy for me to stop dirty […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:22

Taking this proverb to mean a battle of wits instead of brawn would not be a stretch for “the wise has great power, and knowledge increases strength.” (24:5) Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian congregation, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:21

The Lord God promises that he who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, righteousness, and honor. Pursue means to follow in an effort to capture like a fox is pursued by hounds and a beautiful lady is often pursued by many suitors. The one who obtains the prize has put all of themself in […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:20

Storing up goods for future use is wise. Saving in good times so that when hard times come concerns the same principle. This was God’s direction through Joseph to Pharoah, “This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:18

Though this proverb is easy to read, I ponder what it means and how to apply it to life. The verse is about barter between two unnamed parties. Two types of people are being bartered. The wicked and unfaithful are being used as a ransom for the righteous and upright. This implies that the righteous […]

BDBD is Proverb 21:17

This proverb contains the guaranteed result of depleted human practice. Love pleasure => poverty. Love wine and oil => not becoming rich. It is designed to be a warning. Its intent is to keep me on the good and wise path. Amos’ prophecy stands, “You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions, […]