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Psalms 103 – 104

All through this day Israel trekked across the Red Sea and as the evening approached they came up out of the sea and began to rejoice over their deliverance. 

This event is an allegory that God has spiritually called some out of bondage to Satan and sin for six thousand years beginning with Abel until today.  The spiritually called out living and dying in their turn, pass through death to rise up resurrected to life eternal at the end of six thousand years, followed by a millennial Sabbath of rest and rejoicing in the presence of their Creator with Satan restrained.  

The seventh day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures the millennium.  There is NO WAY that the seven day Feast of Tabernacles could picture a one thousand year millennium. 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  

 


Psalm 103

Praise to God for his deliverance

Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

God can heal physical diseases and does so to teach us that God heals our spiritual infirmities.

103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Our LORD has redeemed our lives from death by the sacrifice of his own life.

103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

God makes the plants grow providing physical food, as an instruction that God is the source of the spiritual food of eternal life, the Word of God.

103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Every Word of God is Righteous and Just, bringing just judgment to humanity; saving the righteous and destroying the wicked.

103:6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

God gave HIS Word to Moses;  the laws of Moses are really the Law and Word of Almighty God our LORD.

103:7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

God has patiently warned us to repent of our rebellion and sins, but he will not always warn and his patience will come to its end, bringing much deserved correction on the unrepentant.  Yet God’s correction is in love so that by afflicting the flesh he might bring us to sincere repentance and save the spirit.

103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

God has not utterly destroyed us immediately for our sins, but has, in his love and great mercy patiently warned us.

103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Once the people sincerely repent and turn to love and live by every Word of God; God will extend mercy and abundantly forgive those who have respect for Him and are willing to live by every Word of God.

103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.  103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear [God forgives those who deeply respect God to live by God’s Word] him.

God knows that the flesh is transitory and that our lives are as nothing compared to Him, therefore he is very patient and merciful to those that love and respect him, sincerely repenting and turning to live by every Word of God.

103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.  103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.  103:16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear [deeply respect] him, and his righteousness [the righteousness of God is revealed in EVERY WORD of God] unto children’s children;

The Mosaic Covenant was to live by every Word of God; and the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31 is to live by every Word of God with the addition of a efficacious sacrifice and the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. 

Those who keep the New Covenant to live by every Word of God; will be resurrected to eternal  life, and will rule over all nations under Messiah the Christ in the millennium and beyond.

103:18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.  103:19 The LORD hath prepared his [the thrones of God are prepared in heaven but they shall rule over the earth Rev 5:10] throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

From the heavenly angels to the hosts of humanity, all living shall praise God forever.

103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

103:21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers [servants; all people will serve God] of his, that do his pleasure.

103:22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

 

Psalm 104

The greatness of God

Psalm 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

In appearance, God is a brilliant light; and his Word is the darkness and ignorance destroying Light of Truth.  In his wisdom God created the physical universe.

 104:2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

God created the earth and divided the waters from the land; God is spirit and is not limited by the physical laws which he has made.

104:3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:  104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:  104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.  104:6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

When God commanded:   

Genesis 1:9  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

Psalm 104:7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they [the waters removed and the dry land appeared]  hasted away.

104:8 They go up by [it rains and the waters come down from the mountains]  the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.  104:9 Thou hast set a bound that they [the seas and the waters] may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

By his design God has provided fresh water for all to drink and live; which is an allegory of the water of the Word and Spirit of God which gives life eternal.

104:10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. 104:11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.  104:12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.  104:13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

God has designed and given every plant for the earth that all creatures may eat and live; as an allegorical lesson that those who hunger and thirst after the righteousness of every Word of God shall live forever (Mat 5).

104:14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

Red wine is a symbol of the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God which saves and sets apart the repentant unto godliness; the oil is a type of God’s Spirit which enables us to live by every Word of God, the Word of life everlasting; unleavened bread is representative of every Word of God the Bread of Life Eternal!

104:15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

Jesus tells us in John 15 that he is the tree and God’s faithful are the branches grafted into him, and if we remain in him we will be nourished by God and we will bring forth much spiritual fruit to life everlasting

104:16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;  104:17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

God made the mountains and the hills for his purposes, and God designed different  animals to reside in every place. 

104:18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

The light of the moon was set in motion to set the beginning of the months, as the sun measures out the days (Gen 1).

104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. 

In the darkness the wild beast’s prowl, and in the daylight men work

104:20 Thou makest [the sun to go down] darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.  104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.  104:22 The sun ariseth, they [the wild beasts] gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.  104:23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

The great wisdom of God who made all the amazing things on the earth and in the universe.

104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

All the creatures of the sea were designed and given their roles in life by God.

104:25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.  104:26 There [over the sea] go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

God made them all and God sustains all his creatures directing them to their intended purpose.

104:27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.  104:28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.

All physical creatures are transitory and exist by the bounty of God

104:29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.  104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit [power], they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

God is spirit and exists from everlasting to everlasting; God will bring mankind to repentance and God’s plan and will, will be fulfilled; and God shall rejoice to give eternal life to mankind.

104:31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works [to give eternal life to humanity].

God is Almighty and his purpose will be fulfilled

104:32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

Let all that hath breath rejoice in the glory of God and in his merciful gifts.

104:33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

104:34 My meditation [thoughts] of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

All those who refuse to live by every Word of God will be eternally destroyed, but God’s faithful shall live forever with many good blessings.

104:35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

 

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