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Psalms 117 – 118

Psalms 117

God showed great mercy in keeping his promise to Abraham and calling physical Israel out of Egypt.  He has shown great mercy in calling an early spiritual harvest out of bondage to sin over the past 6,000 years.  God’s Word is truth and it will endure and be kept by the faithful forever! 

Instead of compromising with and rejecting the truth of God to exalt our own false traditions and idols of men and corporations; we should be rejoicing at our calling out of such sin, and into becoming ONE in complete unity with God the Father and the Son! 

117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Instead of a gluttonous meal and idle gossip, do think on and discuss God’s deliverance for the faithful sincere keepers of his Word on the Night to be Much Remembered; picturing the beginning of physical Israel’s march of deliverance out of Egypt, and our march of spiritual deliverance out of bondage to Satan and sin.

 

Psalm 118

118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. 118:2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 118:4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

If we love God the Father and Jesus Christ enough to keep the whole Word of God and we sincerely repent of doing our own ways; then God will deliver us into the large place of the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!

118:5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

Regardless of what happens to us physically; if we are faithful unto our death we have the Promise of Almighty God to bring us up out of our graves and into his Promised Land of eternal life. 

No person, not even an angel or some elder, can separate us from the love of our Mighty One!  Only our own sins and our refusal to live by every Word of God can separate us from God; and even then he still loves us and will correct us!  

What man or spirit can condemn the faithful when we are faithful to live by every Word of God and our eternal spirit High Priest makes daily intercession for us his beloved?

Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

We will be tempted, tried and even killed for our love for the whole Word of God, just as Jesus was; yet death will have no power to hold us, just like it had no power to hold our Leader! 

8:36   As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Be strong and of a good courage and commit ourselves to faithfully live by every Word of God the Father with enthusiastic zeal!  Sincerely repent of all past sins and the idolizing of men and their institutions and false traditions. 

The Eternal who parted the Red Sea and destroyed the first born of Egypt is on our side; IF we are on HIS side and live by every Word of God to follow him wherever he goes!

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

The Eternal will take the part of all of those who zealously take HIS part and love him enough to DO what he teaches!  The Eternal will correct those who persecute his people and when they eventually repent they will turn to the same kind of zeal to love, learn and keep the whole Word of God that fills God’s faithful:  Yet the adamantly unrepentant will have their part in the eternal destruction of the lake of fire. 

118:7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

Trust in God and his Word more than anything else!  Test the words of all men against the whole Word of God and hold fast ONLY to what is good according to the whole Word of God.

118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

All those who attack and persecute the faithfully zealous of God will be corrected and if unrepentant they will be destroyed.  Yes, even the many elders of today’s spiritual Ekklesia who pressure and persecute the righteous to try and turn them away from their zeal, will be thrown into the correction of great tribulation. 

When the Adversary surrounds us with his agents and rises up against us; if we RUN to our God and his Word, we shall be delivered from Satan and sin.

118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. 118:11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

In the name of [by the authority of, the command of] the Eternal all the enemies of the righteousness of the Word of God will be destroyed.

118:12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

The enemy is Satan and bondage of sin, and Satan has worked hard to make us fall away from our zeal for our God.  Resist him in the name of the Eternal and victory will be gifted to us by our Deliverer just like he led physical Israel victorious out of physical bondage in Egypt!

118:13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.

David now begins to quote the song of Moses (Ex 15, Rev 15)  which is to be sung by the resurrected bride at the Marriage of the Lamb before the throne of God the Father in heaven! 

Our God is mighty, He is valiant, He is gloriously victorious over all his enemies [Satan and sin]:  He is great and greatly to be honored and praised!

118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. 118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. 118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

David did die physically,  Here he refers to the resurrection to eternal life after which he will eternally declare the mighty works of YHVH, the Eternal.

118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

God will correct his people who go astray, in order to bring them back to him, but God will not give up on those he has called, or willingly give us over to the flames.  Only we can choose the eternal death of fire by our adamant refusal to repent from our departure from living by every Word of God.

118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

God  is righteousness; and the Word of God defines the righteousness of God!

118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: 118:20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.

God hears our sincere repentance and he gives us his merciful salvation, by applying the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to us.

118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

David prophesies of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God and how he would be rejected for a time.  David prophesies of the day of salvation, speaking of the Passover when the Lamb of God was sacrificed for the salvation of all sincerely repentant people.

118:22The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 118:23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.  118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made [the Passover which God has ordained]; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Blessed are all those who are faithful in their complete submission to live by every Word of God.

118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ in the flesh, brought the light of spiritual understanding; and he was bound by his promise to die for the sins of humanity like the sacrifices were bound on the altar.

118:27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

Here we have a most fitting end to the Passover service; a praise of God for his eternal mercies for his creation!

118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

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