A Psalm of Repentance; read on the Day of Atonement by the early Ekklesia
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 wholeheartedly 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 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 so 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; so 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).
The godly are humble before God their Father to learn the wisdom of godliness
Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
Those who are humble before God, who have quieted the spirit of self-will in sincere repentance, will receive mercy. The proud and self-willed will be corrected and humbled to contrition and their pride in their own ways will be 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.
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 who exalt idols of men, will be weaned from their pride and self-will never again 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!
A prophecy of blessings for God’s faithful
David asks God to remember him for his zeal for God’s House and his dedication to live by every Word of God. Yes, David sinned, but whenever he found himself in sin he Sincerely Repented and STOPPED sinning! We are to also STOP sinning and we must never justify ourselves or use excuses to continue in our 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 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 God’s Spirit; through internalizing the very nature of God through living by every Word of God.
132:6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood. 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 [especially the New Covenant called out] 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 [do not reject] the face of thine anointed.
God promised David that his children will also rule. Spiritually, just as people of faith and the works of faith are the children of Abraham (Gal 3:7), the sincerely repentant who are people after God’s own heart are the spiritual children of David.
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 will 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 will be raised up and he will 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.
Those who make it their life’s work to live by every Word of God, internalizing the very nature of God, shall be at one in complete unity with God forever; and they shall be anointed with the oil [the Holy Spirit] of eternal life
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 133:2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head [the anointing oil representing the Holy Spirit], 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 fully united with God; and they will receive the gift of eternal life.
Those who turn away from unity with God for unity with others, 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.
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 supposed 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 spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
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.
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.
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.