August 18

August 18

 

Psalms 109-111

 

Book #5: 107-150, cont’d.

 

Psalm 109

 

This is an imprecatory Psalm…one which calls on God to judge sinners.

 

For a further explanation of what an imprecatory Psalm is see:

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/do-i-not-hate-those-who-hate-you-o-lord

 

Psalm 109:1-5-David says that in return for his good and love his enemies have shown nothing but false accusations and evil.  He calls out for God to judge them.

Psalm 109:6-20-David asks God to severely judge them.  He mentions several specific actions (:6-19) and asks God to let this be His judgment against the (:20-21)…

  • let him be responsible to someone who is wicked (:6)
  • let there be someone who is constantly watching him trying to find fault in him (:6)
  • find him guilty for whatever he is accused of (:7)
  • let him become so spiritually disoriented that even his prayers are for things that are sinful (:7)
  • make his life short (:8)
  • let someone else take over what he has worked for (:8)
  • take his life so that his children and wife will have neither a father, nor husband (:9)
  • take all that he owns so that he has nothing to leave to his children and they become destitute beggars going to great effort to find the basics of life (:10)
  • let the loan institutions seize all that he owns (:11)
  • let people that he does not know take over all of his assets (:11)
  • don’t let anyone be kind to him (:12)
  • don’t let anyone be kind to his children (:12)
  • don’t let there be anything that he can leave to benefit others (:13)
  • don’t even let people remember who he was by the time his grandchildren are born (:13)
  • hold him accountable for his parent’s sins (:14)
  • let his sins be continually brought up before the Lord, so that He will continually hold him accountable for the wrong he did to other people (:15-16)
  • let the curses that he placed on other people come back upon him (:17-19)

Psalm 109:21-25-David describes the condition he is in as a result of the vicious attacks of his enemies.  It has affected every area of his life: emotionally (:22), physically (:23-24), spiritually (:24a), and socially (:25).

Psalm 109:26-31-David calls upon the Lord to save him.  Once again, he doesn’t ask for God’s help based on anything that he has done, but on God’s “lovingkindness” (:26)…His love as expressed through the covenant He has made with His people.  He asks that God save him in such a way that it will be obvious that He did it (:27).    He asks that those that accuse him will be publicly humiliated for what they have done (:28-29).  David says that he will praise Him before the people (:30-31).

 

Psalm 110

 

This is a Messianic Psalm that speaks of the reign of the Messiah (Jesus) as King (:1-3), Priest (:4), and victorious Warrior (:5-7).  It is one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament…

  • verse 1-Matthew 22:44; 26:64; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42,43; Acts 2:34,35; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Ephesians 1:20,22; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3,13; 8:1: 10:12; 12:2.
  • verse 4-Hebrews 5:6,10; 6:20; 7:17,21
  • verse 5-Romans 2:5; Revelation 6:17.

 

Psalm 110:1-3-In its Messianic interpretation, these verses may be paraphrased to read…

  • verse 1: “God the Father says to God the Son: rule alongside of Me until this present age on earth is completed.”
  • verse 2: “God the Father will establish the rule of God the Son on earth during the millennium.”
  • verse 3: “During the millennium, God’s people will voluntarily follow God the Son, Who will lead them continuously renewed energy.”

Psalm 110: 4-Jesus will serve as both priest and king during the millennium.  This is the same way that Melchizedek served.

 

For information on the identify of Melchizedek see:

http://www.gotquestions.org/Melchizedek.html

http://www.icr.org/books/defenders/341

http://www.letusreason.org/Doct16.htm

 

Psalm 110:5-7-These verses picture the Battle of Armageddon…that ends with the Second Coming of Christ to the earth (cf. Revelation 19:15).  Afterwards, He will reign on earth for 1,000 years (this is the millennium).

 

Psalm 111

 

This Psalm is an acrostic that uses the Hebrew alphabet, which contains 22 letters (all consonants).  There are 22 lines in succession…each beginning with the next letter in the alphabet.

 

Psalm 111:1-The Psalmist says that he will publicly give praise to the LORD.

Psalm 111:2-The reason for the Psalmist’s praise are the “works of the LORD”.

Psalm 111:3-4-The splendor of God’s works leave a permanent impression on those that study them.  This was God’s intention.

Psalm 111:5-6-God’s good works include…

  • the daily food that He provides
  • His constant oversight of the covenant He has made with His people
  • the Promised Land that He has taken from other nations and given to His people.

Psalm 111:7-8-Those laws for living which God has established are righteous and permanent…and His people will be obedient to them.

Psalm 111:9-God has saved a people to be His very own and established a permanent covenant with them.

Psalm 111:10-True wisdom for living comes from having reverence for God (who created everything) and those understand will obey Him.

 

Prayer: Father, thank You that we know the end of the story.  Jesus is coming again and He will establish His kingdom here on earth for 1,000 years.  We will reign with Him during that time.  Afterward, we will go to Heaven for all of eternity.  Lord, it gives such confidence, such faith when we know that our future is safe and secure.  It has already been determined by You.  Help me to live by faith during this time…not worried, or concerned, about the future.

 

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