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Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 16 – 18

Psalm 16

Psalm 16:1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

The goodness of men is as nothing compared to the goodness of God.

16:2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my [own] goodness extendeth [does not reach to God] not to thee; 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Seeking out knowledge of the worship false gods and the teachings of the unconverted to believe them is an abomination to the Great God, and is spiritual adultery against the espoused Husband of our calling.  All those who do this will be confounded and made ashamed.

16:4  Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood [false teachings bring death] will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

Let the children of God stay upon God their Father in heaven and on our espoused Husband, and not follow idols of men.

16:5  The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou [God] maintainest my lot [God gives the lot of eternal life and many blessings to his faithful].

16:6The lines [borders] are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. 16:7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins [kidneys, symbolic of sensitivity to God] also instruct me in the night seasons [think on the things of God in the night]. 

A prophecy of the resurrection of Christ who would never be moved from living by every Word of God, and who was therefore exalted by God the Father back to the glory he had before the foundation of the world.

John 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life [which is to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4)]: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

Psalm 17

The Eternal hears the righteous who live by every Word of God, and his judgments are equitable and just.

Psalm 17:1 Hear the right[eous], O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips [but comes from sincerity of heart]. 17:2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

17:3 Thou hast proved mine heart [God tests us to prove our sincerity and faithfulness]; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing [no sin is imputed to those who live by every Word of God and have been justified by Christ]; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Those who live by every Word of God are kept from destruction.

17:4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. 17:5 Hold up my goings [keep me in every Word of God]  in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

A prayer for mercy and deliverance

17:6 I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. 17:7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

17:9 [Save me from] From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies [a figure of Satan and sin], who compass me about17:10 They are inclosed in their own fat [caught by their pride]: with their mouth they speak proudly.

17:11 They have now compassed [the wicked stalk the godly to take them in their snares] us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth [the wicked hunt the godly like an animal seeks spoor when hunting prey]17:12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places. 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him [disappoint the wicked by saving us from the spiritual predator who would devour us], cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is [by the sword of truth, the Word of God] thy sword:

The righteous are not to seek the riches of this world; they are to be satisfied with the acceptance of God the Father through Christ. The joy of the zealous is to see the coming of Christ and godly  righteousness spread out like a flood over all humanity

17:14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake [when we are resurrected from death we will see God] with thy likeness.

 

Psalm 18

God is the salvation of all those who live by every Word of God.  Make this personal; When David uses the word “I” do not think of David; think of “I” as meaning ourselves.

Psalm 18:1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies [Satan and sin].

If we run away from God by compromising with his Word; we are running towards our own destruction. If we run to God and redouble our zeal when we face trials; we are going to the True and Only source of our Deliverance and Salvation!

18:4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 18:5  The sorrows of hell [the grave] compassed me about: the snares of death prevented [death stops our fight] me.

WHO shall we call upon when we face trials? Who shall deliver us? Our own compromising with the ONLY thing that will save us, our zeal for God’s law? Or the Fashioner and Giver of the Word of God which brings life eternal?

18:6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Be diligent to please God and to live by every Word of God; then we will be on God’s side; and when the enemy attacks, Almighty God will be our Defender and work everything out.

Even if we suffer to the death in this life; God will keep his promise and raise us up in that Day!

It is better to die in worldly poverty and ignominy, being hated and destroyed for our zeal for our God; than to live grandly in this life by compromising with God’s ways and receive eternal condemnation.

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross [burdens] daily, and follow me.

9:24 For whosoever will save his [physical] life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his [physical] life for my sake, the same shall save it [shall save his spiritual life, be raised up and have life eternal].

9:25  For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away [by God]? 

9:26  For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

A prophecy of the Lord’s deliverance of the godly and the discomfiture of the wicked at the coming of Messiah the Christ.

Psalm 18:7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. 18:8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. 18:9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. 18:10 And he rode upon a cherub [the angelic white horse of God], and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. 18:11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters [clouds] and thick clouds of the skies. 18:12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

Revelation 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

The Mighty One will destroy the powers of darkness and deliver all those who love him enough to follow his leadership and live by every Word of God.

Psalm 18:13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. 18:14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

The crossing of the Red Sea and rising up out of the waters is used as an allegory of the godly being raised up from the grave of death.

18:15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world [the dry land under the sea was revealed by God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt, as an allegory of the resurrection of the godly at the coming of Christ] were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

Just as God delivered Israel from the god-king of Egypt; God will deliver his zealous from the hands of Satan the god-king of this world and from the grave of death pictured by the sea.

18:16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. 18:17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. 18:18 They prevented me [sought the destruction of the godly] in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay [powerful deliverance].

The Almighty will deliver all those who are zealous to live by every Word of God. The Eternal will deliver his beloved and set them with a good reward of eternal life and rulership as priests and teachers over the whole earth.

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Psalm 18:19  He brought me forth also into a large place [as kings and priests over the whole earth]; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

Those who delight to live by every Word of God will be delivered to eternal life.

18:20  The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness [zeal to live by every Word of God]; according to the cleanness [sinlessness] of my hands hath he recompensed me. 18:21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

18:22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me. 18:23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. 18:24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

18:25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; 18:26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself forward. [self-willed].

God will destroy the proud, the conceited, the arrogant; and God will bring down the haughty. God WILL SAVE those who endure all things to live by every Word of God and please him.

18:27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks [abase the proud]. 18:28 For thou wilt light my candle [resurrect the faithful to eternal life]: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

God shall raise up his faithful from the grave and open their eyes in eternal life.

Through diligent obedience to every Word of God we shall receive enlightenment into God’s true ways. By God’s Word we learn wisdom and by his power he will deliver us.  By God’s power we overcome all wickedness and even the grave itself.

18:29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

The commandments, statutes, precepts and judgments of God are perfect and not to be neglected or compromised with.

18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Dear brethren, if we are persecuted or punished for our diligent zeal and obedience to the Word of God; Fear Not, Stand Fast and wait on God’s deliverance!

18:31 For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?

God is our strength and our salvation; let us rely on HIM; and RUN to HIM all our lives, forever and ever. It is God’s Word which will make us perfect before him.

18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. 8:34 He maketh my feet like hinds’ [deer’s feet, to leap gracefully] feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

18:34 He teacheth my hands to war [to wield the two edged sword, of truth], so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

The battles and wars of the Psalms and of David are allegories of our spiritual battles against the forces of evil. All the power of the enemy is broken by the power of truth. God’s Word is truth, therefore God is truth and God cannot lie.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Psalm 18:35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness [love and mercy for those who live by every Word of God] hath made me great.

18:36  Thou hast enlarged my steps [God increases our understanding so that we may avoid sin and not perish] under me, that my feet did not slip [into sin].

We are to resist the enemy of sin and Satan and the sin and compromise which so easily besets us, and by the POWER OF GOD, we are to overcome all sin and become united with our God in mind, action and spirit through diligently living by every Word of God.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the [called] sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be [look like]: but we know that, when he [Christ] shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3:3 And everyman that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Brethren, EVERYONE is to purify himself from all sin, so that we may be pure as Christ was pure and sinned not! We are to become pure from even the faintest trace of sin, which is the breaking or compromising with even the least part of God’s Word. We are to avoid even the appearance of sin!

James 3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Psalm 18:37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them [David’s enemies were a type of Satan and sin which are to be overcome by us]: neither did I turn again [let us not turn aside from godliness; let us demolish and totally destroy all sin]  till they were consumed.

18:38 I have wounded them [destroyed Satan and sin] that they were not able to rise [that no sin will ever again rise up in us]: they are fallen under my feet [by God’s power and our diligence, all sin shall be as ashes under the feet of the godly].

We are to fight the good fight and destroy the enemy of sin which oppresses us.

If we are valiant and depend on the power of our God to deliver us and enable us to overcome; instead of giving up the struggle for the pottage of an easy life; God shall deliver us with his Mighty Deeds like He delivered Israel out of Egypt!

18:39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle [If we will only be faithful to live by every Word of God, God will provide the power to fight sin]: thou  [God] hast subdued under me those [subdued Satan and the sin that afflicts us] that rose up against me.

18:40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies [God gives us power over the sin that assaults us, and all sin is destroyed in us through sincere repentance and the atonement of Christ; and the Spirit of God is given to us to enable us to keep all of God’s Word]; that I might destroy them that hate me [Satan and sin, for sin works in us to destroy us].

Any person who teaches that we may overlook and tolerate sin and doctrinal heresy in our midst for the sake of [a false] organizational unity; is a FALSE TEACHER and should be cast out! Indeed, he is either foolish or a liar, for he is saying that doctrinal DIS-unity somehow brings unity

18:41 They [God’s enemies and sinful commandment breakers] cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.  

Repentance means to STOP doing what we are doing and change our thoughts and actions, God will not respond positively to insincere repentance.

The lax and lukewarm for the Word of God will be beaten into the dust of contrition in the soon coming great tribulation. If they repent, they will still have to prove their repentance by suffering in the flesh to save the spirit.

God will NOT deliver those who sin against him! We must first sincerely repent of our sin and turn to God with passionate Christ-like love and zeal to live by every Word of God.

18:42 Then did I beat them [the enemy as a type of pride and sin] small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

The overcomer who loves and lives by every Word of God will achieve victory over sin and will be exalted to eternal life as rulers and priests by the power of God; to teach the paths of salvation to all the earth in the Kingdom of God.

18:43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people [the strivings of sin and Satan against us]; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

After the day of the Lord’s coming is here, God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28) and humanity will submit to the Eternal God the Father and to his High Priest and King of the earth Jesus Christ, and to the priests and kings of his government.

A prophecy of Christ and the resurrected Chosen

18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers [those who have not known God, shall come to God the Father through Christ] shall submit themselves unto me [Messiah the Christ]. 18:45  The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close [hiding] places.

Jesus Christ is the ROCK of our salvation and he does the will of God the Father: Delivering us from Satan and all sin, and ultimately giving us a birthright inheritance of eternal life.

Why would anyone want to sell the birthright of this calling for a church catered meal on the Sabbath! or any other such sin of self-indulgence?

18:46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.18:47 It is God that avengeth [delivers us] me, and subdueth the people under me.

18:48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent [wicked] man.

18:49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. 18:50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king [God the Father delivered Jesus Christ in a resurrection to eternal spirit to become King of kings, and David and all God’s faithful will also be resurrected to eternal life as spirit]; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

 

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