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Psalms 42 – 45

Psalm 42

If we hunger and thirst after every Word of God like a person dying of thirst or famine, then we will surely learn and internalize the Word of God to live by it and we shall be filled, becoming like God in our thoughts and deeds through thinking and living like God thinks and lives 

Psalm 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

The righteous continually hunger and thirst after God and his Word (Mat 5:5)

42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

The wicked mock the godly asking “where is God?” 

42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

The righteous remember and live by every Word of God, and delight to come before God on God’s Sabbath and true appointed Holy Days

Why should the righteous who love God and live by his Word be distressed?  Let us rejoice despite our many trials, for the very King of the Universe loves us with a passionate enduring everlasting love, and has promised with unshakable promises to give us eternal life with him!

42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

Wherever we are and whatever our trials, let us remember God our Father in heaven and put our trust on him, always living by every Word of God

42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from [in our exile] the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. 42:7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

David is inspired to speak of his exile across Jordan from the rebellion of Absalom, as an allegory of  the correction of Babylon in our days.

42:8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

When we find ourselves in distress and the great trials of God’s correction, let us sincerely repent and cry out to God for our deliverance.  If we love God enough to live by every Word of God, he will deliver us from all sorrows and from the terrors of sin, death and the grave; therefore let our thoughts always be on him and may songs of his praise be ever in our mouths.

42:9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 42:10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

God is the Hope and Deliverer of his faithful; let us put our trust in him and rejoice in his ultimate deliverance to eternal life, always

42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 

Psalm 43

God will judge every person by whether they have sincerely repented and lived by every Word of God or not  

Revelation 20:12   And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

David asks why he is oppressed when he has chosen to live by every Word of God.  This is the question covered in the books of Job and Ecclesiastes

Psalm 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

David in his oppressed state, feels that God has cast him away; but in truth the oppression has been allowed because God is working with him and is using that tool to teach him important lessons

43:2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

David calls upon God to lead him to the Ark of God on the Holy Mount, which is a figurative way of saying that he wants to be in the presence of God always

43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth [every Word of God is truth]: let them lead me; let them [living by every Word of God will bring us into the presence of God in the resurrection to spirit] bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. 43:4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Whenever we are discouraged in this physical life, remember that the godly who live by every Word of God, have God’s unbreakable promise of a resurrection to eternal life and a much better world.

43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him [those who live by every Word of God, will SHOUT his praises after our resurrection to spirit and eternal life], who is the health of my countenance [God brings health and healing from sin, death and the grave], and my God.

 

Psalm 44

Through the Scriptural record we hear of the mighty deeds of God; including God’s calling out and deliverance of Physical Israel, which is an allegory of God’s calling out and deliverance of a Spiritual Israel.

Psalm 44:1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told [and recorded for us] us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.  44:2 How thou didst drive out the heathen [drive the wicked out] with thy hand, and plantedst them [established the Mosaic Covenant People]; how thou didst afflict the [wicked] people, and cast them out.

Physical Israel defeated the physical wicked and gained the physical promised land, not by their own strength but by the power of God; and spiritual Israel shall gain victory over the spiritual Pharaoh of this world, Satan and sin; and shall inherit the Promised Land of eternal life, not by their own strength but by the power of God

44:3 For they got not the land in possession [of the physical promised land] by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour [God was merciful] unto them.

David asks God to remember his past acts of deliverance and save the Covenant People in all their distresses.  The deliverance of the Mosaic Covenant being a type of the spiritual deliverance from the spiritual enemy [Satan and sin] of the faithful New Covenant called out. 

44:4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob [Israel both physical and spiritual] . 44:5 Through thee will we push down our enemies [the physical enemies of the Mosaic Covenant People being a type of the spiritual enemies of Satan and sin of the New Covenant People]: through thy name will we tread them [wickedness and sin] under that rise up against us.

God’s faithful will put their trust in him to deliver them, just as he delivered others by his mighty deeds in the past

44:6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.  44:7 But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.

44:8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever.

Selah.

A prophecy about the trials of the Godly

44:9 But thou hast cast off [we suffer and it seems that we have been rejected], and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.  44:10 Thou makest us to turn back [run away]  from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.  44:11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat [slaughter]; and hast scattered us among the heathen.  44:12 Thou sellest thy people for nought [the faithful must often endure many trials and are given into the hand of their enemies], and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.  44:13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.  44:14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

Although the process may hurt for a short time, the perfecting of the faithful through their trials is a blessing from God.

Romans 5:3   And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  5:4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Psalm 44:15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,  44:16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger. 44:17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant. 44:18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;  44:19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons [a desolate wilderness], and covered us with the shadow of death.

When trials come upon us we will remember our God, and despite the hatred of others, we shall continue to faithfully live by every Word of God in sincerity and truth.

44:20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;  44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

God knows who his zealously faithful are; and God knows who has departed from his Word turning aside to false ways

44:22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

Those who seek to faithfully live by every Word of God will have many trials in this world

44:23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.  44:24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?  44:25 For our soul [lives] is bowed down to the dust [the grave]: our belly [bodies are in the grave] cleaveth unto the earth.  44:26 Arise for our help, and redeem us [and resurrect us] for thy mercies’ sake.

The above is a figurative call from the faithful dead, for God’s deliverance and the resurrection to spirit

 

Psalm 45

A Prophecy of Jesus Christ

Psalm 45:1 My heart is inditing [considering] a good matter [the coming of Messiah]: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king [Messiah the King of kings]: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

45:2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace [the mercy of Christ  for the sincerely repentant through his sacrifice as the Lamb of God and his teachings to repent and live by every Word of God] is poured into [pours out from the lips of Christ] thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever [God the Father shall (and did) raise him up to eternal life] .

45:3 Gird thy sword [the sword of Truth, which is every Word of God] upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

Messiah the  Christ was spiritually prosperous because of Christ’s humility and zeal to live by the truth of the Word (the righteousness) of God

45:4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible [wonderful things] things.

45:5 Thine arrows [God’s correction] are sharp in the heart of the king’s [the correction of the King of kings destroys the unrepentant wicked] enemies [the wicked]; whereby the people fall under thee. 

The correction of the wicked will cause the people to fall to, or turn to, Christ and God the Father

The throne of God the Father over the universe is eternal; and the throne of Messiah the Christ under God the Father over humanity shall last forever

45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right [just and righteous] sceptre.

45:7Thou [Jesus Christ and every godly person] lovest righteousness [every Word of God], and hatest wickedness [anything contrary to the Word of God]: therefore God, thy God [the Father]  hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness [the Holy Spirit and the anointing of the resurrected Christ as the High Priest of the priesthood of Melchizedek] above thy fellows.  45:8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia [the perfumed Holy Oil, a type of the Holy Spirit], out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

The Ekklesia as the collective bride of Christ, is likened to the daughters of kings [i.e. royalty 1 Peter 2:9]

45:9 Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir [the bride of Christ] .

The children of God the Father are admonished to forget the past things they were called out of, and to pay attention to live by every Word of God; so that they might be desired and accepted as the bride of the King of kings

45:10 Hearken, O daughter [the Spiritual Ekklesia,  the called out children of God the Father], and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house;

If we are faithful to live by every Word of God we shall be a most desirable bride of great beauty to Jesus Christ the Messiah the Deliverer, our Royal Husband, our Lord.  

Let those called out to be a part of the bride of Christ; worship [obey] God the Father, and Messiah, Jesus Christ their Husband 

45:11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

When Christ comes with his bride they will rule the nations under God the Father, and the nations will bring gifts to the bride who rules with her Husband

45:12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.

The faithful called out collective daughter of God the Father, is full of the inward beauty of living by every Word of God and dressed in the purity of linen ( Revelation 19:8) embroidered with fine gold, being pure in spirit

45:13 The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. 45:14 She shall be brought unto the king [the King of kings] in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her [the pure holy angels shall bring her to C hrist] shall be brought unto thee.

The bride will be brought to the throne of God in heaven (Rev 15, 19), with great rejoicing for the marriage of the Lamb.

45:15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace

The chosen will be resurrected to spirit and taken to the heavenly palace of God the Father, to be married to Christ the Lamb of God (Rev 15, 19)

The leaders of the nation will be replaced by Jesus Christ the King of kings 

45:16 Instead of thy fathers [the leaders (figuratively fathers) of the nations, will be replaced with God’s resurrected chosen] shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes [Christ will set up God’s resurrected faithful to rule the nations] in all the earth.

45:17 I will make thy name [God the Father and Messiah the Christ] to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

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