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Psalms 19 – 22

Psalm 19

The greatness of God is seen in the earth and the marvelous starry heavens.

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

The glory of the creation is seen by all peoples and the glory of the Creator is much greater than the glory of his creation.

19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice [the creation is known by all] is not heard. 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.  19:6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

What is a man beside God? Who are we to question his Word? The Greatness of God is seen in his Magnificent Law.

19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul [men are converted from sin and saved from death through sincere repentance, the sacrifice of Christ and then living by the Word of God forever after]: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 

God’s Word gives knowledge of the way of eternal life.

19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Why do we desire gold and the perishable things of this world, shamefully going to the unconverted law for judgment against our brothers? Why have we not cleaved with all our hearts and all our strength, to every Word of God?

19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned [God’s Word warns us away from sin and the death which sin brings.]: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

There is no error in God.

19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret [May God cleanse us from every hidden sin which we may not see.] faults.

19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [brazen, impudent, pride and self-will]  sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

 

Psalm 20

A blessing on the zealous who live by EVERY WORD of GOD

Psalm 20:1 The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; 20:2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; 20:3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. 20:4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

Those who are filled with the righteousness of God through the keeping of every Word of God, will be delivered and blessed, and they will greatly rejoice

20:5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions. 

When we are delivered from the grave, all people will know that the LORD delivers those who exalt him.

20:6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we [the godly who put their trust in the Eternal and live by his Word] will remember the name of the LORD our God. 

Jesus Christ will deliver God’s faithful and will strongly rebuke and destroy the proud who exalt their own ways above any zeal to live by the Word of God.

20:8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

20:9 Save, LORD: let the king [King of kings] hear us when we call.

 

Psalm 21

Rejoicing over the blessings of God for his faithful 

God will resurrect his faithful from the pit of death and will make the resurrected David king over all Israel; and God’s faithful will be resurrected to become kings and priests over all the earth (Rev 5:10)!

Psalm 21:1 The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! 21:2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. 21:3 For thou preventest [God will bless his faithful in a resurrection to eternal life] him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.

21:4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him [God gives eternal life to his faithful], even length of days for ever and ever.  

A prophecy of Christ the King of kings, David and all the resurrected persons who will rule under Christ and God the Father.

21:5 His [all those faithful to God]  glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him. 21:6 For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.

All who put their trust in God the Father to live by his Word will be established in eternal life and shall never be moved. 

21:7 For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved. 

God the Father and Jesus Christ will strongly correct all those who will not live by every Word of God, and if they will not repent they shall ultimately be destroyed!

21:8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee. 21:9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.

All wickedness and the fruit of wickedness will be destroyed from off the earth.

21:10 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.  21:11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. 

The attempts of the wicked one to destroy Christ and to deceive the flock of God away from any zeal to live by EVERY WORD of God, will be overturned and in the long term will utterly fail.

21:12 Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back [wicked men will be corrected from their evil purposes], when thou shalt [reveal the wicked and correct them] make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.

21:13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.

 

Psalm 22

A prophecy of Jesus Christ the Passover Lamb of God

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?  22:2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

The cry for God’s attention to his plight as quoted by Christ on the stake as he died

How many of us feel this way in the time of our trials? Let us not fall away when deliverance seems to be delayed but let us stand firm in faith towards God and his promises and endure all things for our Awesome God just as Jesus Christ did.

This Psalm is a prophecy of Jesus Christ; and as he suffered we will also be persecuted (Heb 11).

Trust in God, he WILL deliver according to his promises in his own way and in his own good time. Perhaps allowing us to suffer and die like God the Father allowed his only begotten son to suffer and die so that he could keep his promise to raise up faithful sons from corruption to incorruption for eternity!

1 Corinthians 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

We are sown in physical death, to be reaped in a resurrection to a new spirit body; even as baptism shows a  person being buried under the waters with a physical carnal nature, to be raised up a new person with  a new spiritual nature!  We must then continue in the spiritual nature of God and not seek to turn back to the carnal physical nature that we are being delivered from.

15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul [physical creature]; the last Adam was made a [Jesus Christ was changed from flesh to spirit.] quickening spirit.

15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy [physical]: the second man is the Lord from heaven [spiritual].

15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

If we sincerely repent of breaking God’s law and then continue in living by EVERY WORD of GOD; we shall be raised up to eternal life.

15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

If we remain carnal and not subject to every Word of God; we shall NOT enter the resurrection to spirit.

15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we [the faithful and chosen] shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, [the physical will be changed to spirit] and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

The faithful who live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal, will be heard by God and they will be delivered by God in that day.

Psalm 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

22:4 Our fathers [the godly of Hebrews 11] trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou [they will be delivered from the grave] didst deliver them.  22:5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

The wicked scorn the godly, as contemptible; but God will deliver his faithful.

22:6 But I am a worm, [the wicked laugh to scorn those who love and live by every Word of God], and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 22:8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 

The wicked see the physical troubles and death of the godly righteous and judge that there is no profit in serving God; not understanding that God is trying us to perfect his people’s zeal and loyalty and that God will yet deliver us from the grave to eternal life. 

This is a prophecy of Jesus Christ, who knew God the Father from the beginning

22:9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. 22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

God the Father was always close to Christ and is always near those who love him and live by his Word.

22:11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 

Jesus died as the Lamb of God for us, so that just like he was resurrected, we might also be resurrected to spirit and eternal life.

22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

22:16 For dogs [packs of vicious attackers]  have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.  22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Jesus calls on God for deliverance

22:19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 22:20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling [life] from the power of the dog. 22:21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. 

Jesus the Lamb of God declared the existence of God the Father and taught that we should all live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4), and that we all should continually praise and glorify God the Father in words and in our deeds of doing God’s will like Christ did and does.

22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 22:23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

God the Father heard the cry for deliverance from Jesus Christ the Passover lamb of God, and raised him up from the grave to eternal life; and if we faint not in pleasing God and living by God’s Word, we shall also be raised up to eternal life.

22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he [God the Father] heard.

22:25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows [Jesus Christ sacrificed himself as the Lamb of God, as he had committed himself to do from the foundations of the world, Rev 13:8] before them that fear him.

22:26 The meek [the humble before God to live by God’s Word; shall be delivered from the grave] shall eat [shall internalize the Word of God] and be satisfied [the humble shall be full of the Word of God]: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart [those that seek God in humility and zeal to live by God’s Word shall live forever] shall live for ever.

22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and [in the Kingdom of God all people shall turn to God] turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD’s: and he is the governor among the nations.

22:29 All they that be fat [those that flourish] upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust [the dying] shall bow before him: and [everyone will know that only God gives eternal life] none can keep alive his own soul.

22:30 A seed [the descendants of the nation’s] shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation [the resurrected generation].

22:31 They [the resurrected chosen] shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people [to all the future generations] that shall be born, that he hath [that the Lamb of God was sacrificed for sin;  and the way of Salvation will be declared open to all peoples] done this.

 

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