Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 130 – 133

Psalm 130

A Psalm of Repentance [later appointed to be read on the Day of Atonement].

Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.

David cries out in repentance out of the depth of his despair over sin as an example for us that we should also sincerely repent and turn to the Eternal. 

130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that [that we may be saved and remain alive to honour God]  thou mayest be feared.

Let us all sincerely repent and seek our God with all of our hearts, let us all beg our merciful LORD to remember our sins no more and to forgive us that we may serve him and live by his every Word from henceforth and forever more!

130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 130:6 My soul waiteth [longs] for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

Let us sincerely repent and long for the Eternal’s merciful redemption; that we may serve Him with wholehearted diligence, now and forever more! 

130:7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.  130:8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Messiah has paid the penalty for our iniquity with his own life as the Lamb of God; redeeming the sincerely repentant who fully commit to:  “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11, and “To live by every Word of God” (Matthew 4:4).


Psalm 131

Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise [devote myself] myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

Those who are humble before God and who have quieted the spirit of self-will, will receive mercy.  The proud and self-willed will be corrected and humbled to contrition as their pride in their own ways is crushed to powder.

131:2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

As a child is weaned from its mother never to return to her breast again; so the proud and self willed lovers of their own ways and exalters of idols of men, will be weaned from their pride and self-will; never to return to that error.

131:3 Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.

When our pride in our own ways, false traditions and idols of men is crushed to powder; we shall turn to put our trust in the LORD forever and ever more!


Psalm 132

A Millennial Prophecy

David asks God to remember him for his zeal to live by every Word of God; and to build a temple for God. 

Yes, David sinned, but whenever he found himself in sin he Sincerely Repented! 

Proverbs 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again [quickly repents]: but the wicked shall fall into mischief [be destroyed for not repenting from his sin].

Psalm 132:1 Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions: 132:2 How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob; 132:3 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; 132:4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, 132:5 Until I find out a place [build a Temple to God] for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

This speaks of seeking the Eternal and the things of God with all our hearts, to build ourselves into a fitting Temple for His Spirit; through internalizing the very nature of God by living by every Word of God. 

132:6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it [the Ark of the Covenant that was released by the Philistines and arrived in Beit Shemesh which is Ephrata near Bethlehem (1 Sam 6)] in the fields of the wood [and David sought to bring the Ark up to Jerusalem] .

132:7 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool. 132:8 Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.

Let the priests and children of God be faithful, clothed with the righteousness of living by every Word of God; let them rejoice in the LORD forever more! 

132:9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.

132:10 For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed [king David].

God promised David that his children who are faithful to God should rule after him. 

God will also keep his promise to raise up all those who keep their Covenant to live by every Word of God and give them kingdoms as well.

132:11 The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. 132:12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. 

This is a promise that those who faithfully live by every Word of God shall live forever. 

God Chooses Jerusalem

132:13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. 132:14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. 132:15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. 132:16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

David shall be raised up and shall rule all Israel forever, because of his continual repentance and love to live by every Word of God

132:17 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. 132:18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.


Psalm 133

Brethren are the children of the same father and those who love and serve God the Father in wholehearted zeal are brothers indeed; for they serve and are at peace with God the Father through the presence of the Holy Spirit [the very nature] of God dwelling in all those who obey Him (Acts 5:32).

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity [WITH GOD]! 133:2 It is like the precious ointment [anointing oil, representing the presence of the Holy Spirit] upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

This speaks of unity with God; and every person who is fully united with God is also united with all other persons who are themselves fully united with God.

Those who turn away from unity with God to seek corporate unity and  unity with men, will not receive the gift of eternal life. 

The godly who have the courage to take a stand and to live by every Word of God even if that means being ostracized by others, are the people who will receive eternal life for their love of God. 

Like the rain the dew waters the earth and is an analogy of the Holy Spirit, in this case the dew which brings life to the earth is an analogy of the Holy Spirit which brings spiritual eternal life.

133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. 

Compromising with the Word of God for organizational unity brings damnation.  Yes. God is the author of division between good and evil, and between those who truly serve Him and those who do not live by every Word of God. 

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke one with another; and  the LORD hearkened, and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before Him,  for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name.

God IS WATCHING US!  He knows what we do and what we say.  He is looking for those with open eyes who see the reality and who cry and sigh over the evils among his people: who genuinely CARE, who truly LOVE God enough to actually DO what he has commanded.

Ezekiel 9:4   And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

We are now at the time that Almighty God is sifting out those who turn to him in zealous, passionate, enthusiastic, abundant LOVE for God to live by every Word of God;  separating them out before correcting the lax, faithless and the lukewarm.

We are at the time of Malachi 3:16, Ezekiel 9:4 and Revelation 11:1-2 where the Holy is being separated from the profane, so that the outer court of the spiritual temple [people of God] can be given over to the gentiles [an allegorical term of the unconverted and faithless]  for their correction; while the inner court or Holy Place [the faithful] is preserved.

Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Malachi 3:17 And they [those who love God enough to zealously DO what he says] shall be Mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in the  day that I do make, even Mine own treasure; and I will spare them, as a man  spareth his own son that serveth him.

3:18 Then shall ye  again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God  and him that serveth Him not.

It is the people who LOVE God and his Word with all their hearts (Mat 22:36-38): who are upset and sorrow over the evils; repenting and seeking and serving Almighty God with all their hearts: Who are the true pillars and who will be spared and delivered as a part of the collective Bride of the Lamb.  It is those who have learned the difference between the Holy and the Profane who will be accounted worthy to judge the nations in God’s Kingdom!

3:19 For, behold, the day cometh, it burneth as a furnace; and all the  proud, and all that work wickedness, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh  shall set them ablaze, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither  root nor branch.

Those who would exalt men and institutions, obeying them above obeying God; those who compromise with the holiness of  Sabbath and Holy Days, those who follow the teachings of the pagans for their prophecy, their corporate church governance and some of their doctrine; those who lack any zeal for their espoused Husband and his Father; those who are not passionately burning with zeal for their Deliverer; those  who cling to their traditions and refuse to accept the increase of spiritual knowledge promised to them by the Eternal in Daniel 12: Will be cast into the furnace of affliction so that they might be humbled to contrite repentance.

The wicked who follow idols of men and have no zeal to live by every Word of God will be tried in the fire of affliction to see if they will sincerely repent, or if they must have the Birthright of their Calling taken away from them.

3:20 But unto you that fear [have RESPECT for God to do his will] My name shall  the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings; and ye shall go forth,  and gambol [play, rejoice] as calves of the stall.

3:21 And ye shall tread  down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day  that I do make, saith the LORD of hosts.

The Eternal shall deliver and exalt those who are humble before him; who truly LOVE him and DO his will.  They will be persecuted and attacked as Pharisaic and self-righteous by their brethren, NOW, but the Eternal shall be the reward of the faithful and they shall have a double portion for their present rejection by their brethren.

Matthew 10:32  Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Ultimately Jesus Christ will bring peace, but he will do so by destroying the wicked who refuse to sincerely repent.  At this moment the faithful and diligent called out are an infinitesimal minority in the world and even in the Ekklesia, which has fallen away from their zeal for keeping the Word of God. 

Right now the godly are being persecuted from within the Ekklesia and God is allowing this to TEST our zeal for HIM!  Will we turn away from God to idolize men; or will we be passionately faithful to follow the Lamb of God withersoever he goeth and to passionately KEEP the whole Word of God? 

Jesus Christ came to divide the righteous from the faithless; to divide those zealous to keep his Word, from the zealous for following idols of men! 

10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Christ’s message is a call to peace through reconciliation and unity with God!

That message is offensive to the carnal mind which will not be subject to God’s Word! Therefore that message will divide the faithful from the faithless of this world; and yes, it will divide the faithful from the faithless man followers in the Ekklesia.

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh [and seek the things of the flesh as their priority] cannot please God.

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.


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