David thanks God as he reminisces about his life
Psalm 23 is an allegory about the called out first fruits who are called to become kings in the Kingdom of God.
The called out first fruits of the New Covenant are to follow God and to live by every Word of God the Good Shepherd just like David did; and if they continue in doing so, they will be filled with the spiritual meat of the Word of God and in the resurrection they will receive eternal life and all good things.
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
God leads us to the green pastures of the spiritual food and water of the Word of God, which brings life eternal.
23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
God has promised that all who follow God and diligently live by every Word of the righteousness of God will have their lives restored in the resurrection to eternal life from the dead.
23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Even though we die physically, if we accept the rod of God’s wise instructional correction and lean on the sure staff of God’s Righteous Word we need not fear, for if we are faithful to live by every Word of God we have God’s unshakable promise that he will raise us up from the valley of death to eternal life as a spirit.
23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
God has promised that if we are faithful to live by every Word of God, he will anoint us with his Holy Spirit and will raise us up to eternal life and the anointing of kingship and priesthood in the sight of our enemies.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
We have God’s unbreakable promise that if we are faithful to live by every Word of God, enduring and overcoming all things through the power of God dwelling in us, God’s mercy and blessings will pour down upon us like a river and we shall dwell for all eternity in the house [family] of God.
All things were created by God [the YHVH family] and belong to God
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 24:2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
The physical temple is an allegory of the heavenly Temple. This question is an allegorical question, asking who will be in the resurrection to spirit and stand forever before God.
Only the person who is clean from any and all sin, being cleansed from all past sin by sincere repentance, the application of the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God and going forward to live by and be filled full with every Word of God; will be filled with the righteousness of the Word of God and lifted up from the grave to eternal salvation.
24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Only those who reject all sin and seek God with a whole heart to live by every Word of God; will be saved from death to eternal salvation.
24:6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
If we open up the gates and doors of our hearts in sincere repentance and a wholehearted dedication to live by every Word of God, he will enter and dwell within us through his Holy Spirit (Rev 3:19-22).
24:7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
If we are faithful to sincerely repent and turn away from all departure from the Word of God to live by every Word of God, the doors of our hearts will be opened eternally to the Holy Spirit of the King of Glory; and God shall dwell eternally within us through his Holy Spirit.
24:9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 24:10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
A psalm of sincere trusting faithfulness to God, revealing the proper relationship between man and God
Psalm 25:1 Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
We are to give ourselves wholly to God in complete submissive humility.
25:2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. 25:3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
If we put our trust in God to live by his every Word we shall never be ashamed, for God will lead us victorious over Satan, over bondage to sin and over the grave itself. Those who refuse to live by every Word of God shall surely be greatly ashamed when they see the godly exalted while they are sternly rebuked.
25:4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
God’s Word is Truth and brings eternal salvation to all those who live by it. Let us all sincerely repent and turn to live by every Word of God, and pray that Almighty God always remembers his merciful nature and forgives us for all our repented sins.
25:6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
Let us sincerely repent of all our past sins and commit to “go and sin no more,” knowing that our merciful God will be gracious unto us to forgive and forget our past wickedness
25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.
Every Word of God is life, for God’s Word teaches those who humble themselves to learn from him, how we may depart from all sin and live forever.
25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Those who walk in the paths laid out by the Word of God and keep their commitment to live by every Word of God, will live in Truth and will receive the mercy of the LORD.
25:10 All the paths [the whole Word of God] of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as [diligently live by every Word of God] keep his covenant and his testimonies. 25:11 For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
The iniquity of men is great, but God is greater and will deliver men from their bondage to sin.
25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
Those who are humbly submissive to live by every Word of God shall be taught of God because they have chosen the ways of God; and those who live by every Word of God shall inherit the earth in the resurrection of the chosen.
25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
God’s salvation and the secret things of God shall be revealed to those who love God enough to live by every Word of God.
25:15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
If our eyes and thoughts are ever focused on the Eternal to do his will, he shall surely deliver us.
25:16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
Let us cry out in sincere repentance to our Mighty One for his sure deliverance.
25:19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
The true enemies we struggle with are Satan, sin and death.
25:20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
God will deliver all those who put their trust in him, to follow him and live by God’s every Word; delivering them from their bondage to Satan, sin and the grave.
25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
If we are filled with the integrity and righteousness of the Word of God through living by every Word of God, the Eternal will save us.
25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
God the Father has redeemed the sincerely repentant with the blood and life of the Lamb of God.
The reward of a resurrection to eternal life in a leadership role is very great, therefore God’s faithful will be tested regarding our fidelity to God; to prove our dedication to absolute faithfulness to live by every Word of God.
Psalm 26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide. 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins [God examines our most secret thoughts and deeds and tests our loyalties to Him alone.] and my heart.
God’s Word which is righteousness and loving kindness; was ever in David’s mind and should always be in our minds
26:3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
We are not to keep company [for social or religious purposes] with the wicked who are not zealous to live by every Word of God
26:4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. 26:5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
Psalm 26:6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
David washed himself in innocency which is a poetic way of saying that the sincerely repentant are immersed in godliness and washed clean from all wickedness through living by every Word of God [Ephesians 5:25-26] and the application of Christ’s sacrifice for all sincerely repented PAST sins; which then enables us to approach the throne of God the Father.
26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
Let us all witness to and publish the greatness of God, for God has done wonderful things for us!
26:8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. 26:9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: 26:10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
God will account all those who live by every Word of God as faithful godly persons.
26:11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me. 26:12 My foot standeth in an even [permanent] place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.
Those who walk [live] by every Word of God and stand on the sure and solid foundation of the Rock of our Salvation, will receive the mercy of the LORD and be accounted among God’s beloved faithful.