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Psalms 46 – 49

Psalm 46

Jesus Christ is the LORD and refuge of the faithful who live by every Word of God the Father

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present [God is always there to help the faithful; although he may allow trials to teach us important lessons, even during those trials he is there helping us to overcome] help in trouble.

Those who live by the righteous Word of God need never fear, for they shall be raised to eternal life on their day

46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 46:3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river of the Living Waters [the Holy Spirit] of eternal life for those who love and live by every Word of God

46:4 There is a river [of Living Waters of the Holy Spirit], the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High (John 7:37-39, Rev 22:1, 22:17).

Through his Holy Spirit God dwelt in his physical temple in Jerusalem and through his Spirit God dwells within his faithful.

46:5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her [God the Father will send Messiah the Christ to save his people], and that right early [quickly].

During the tribulation the nations will rage, but Jesus Christ [Hebrew:  Yeshua Mashiach] will come to deliver God’s faithful and destroy evil from off the earth

46:6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.  46:7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.  46:8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made [destroying the wicked] in the earth.

Our Mighty One will destroy war and the implements of war, to bring peace to the earth

46:9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

God the Father and Jesus Christ will be exalted over all things

46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Why should we fear anything, even death?  God the Father and Jesus Christ the LORD of hosts [armies] will deliver all God’s faithful who trust in God and live by every Word of God

46:11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

 

Psalm 47

Let us greatly rejoice over God’s plan of spiritual eternal salvation; and the coming of Christ to deliver God’s faithful, destroy all wickedness and rule all nations; teaching all people the way to eternal life in peace with God and man

Psalm 47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.  47:2 For the LORD most high is terrible [powerful and awesome]; he is a great King over all the earth.

47:3 He shall subdue the people under us [the resurrected bride will rule the nations with him], and the nations under our feet.  

God distributed the physical promised land to physical Israel, and he will distribute the nations and kingdoms of the earth to Spiritual Israel; the faithful collective resurrected bride of Christ

47:4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob [Israel; physical and spiritual]  whom he loved. Selah.

Messiah will come to resurrect his faithful with shouting and the blast of the seventh trumpet (Rev 10:7, 11:15); and after the Wedding Feast he will return to the earth WITH his bride (Jude 1:14) to destroy wickedness and rule all nations in the righteousness of every Word of God

47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

Let everything that has breath, rejoice at the coming of the righteousness of God to the earth!

47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. 47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

After Christ comes the nations of Israel will continue to live in the lands they have today, but  leaders and representatives of all the nations of Israel shall be gathered to their ancient physical promised land to live in the presence of their resurrected king David and in the presence of Messiah the King of kings.

47:9 The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.

 

Psalm 48

When Christ comes, Jerusalem will overflow with the Word and Wisdom of God, which will make her a thing of immense spiritual beauty; she shall be exalted above all nations and shall be called great; because the Ezekiel Temple of God the Father will be there  and Messiah the Christ will rule the earth with the beautiful Wisdom, Word and Righteousness of God.

Psalm 48:1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain [the temple mount] of his holiness.  48:2 Beautiful for situation [location], the [all nations shall flow to her to hear the Word of God (Isaiah 2:2)] joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Every dwelling in Jerusalem will be full of the knowledge and Spirit of God, and God will be the defense of the city, for it will be the city of God

48:3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

The rulers of the earth will see the coming of Christ, and they shall fear to dispute Christ when he comes and destroys the wicked

48:4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.  48:5 They saw it [The earth’s rulers will see the coming of Christ with his bride and the destruction of the vast armies of the wicked at Jerusalem.  They shall be greatly astonished and afraid.], and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away [flee to hide].  48:6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

Jesus Christ will destroy the wicked and establish his own authority under God the Father over all the earth forever. Jerusalem will first be the capital of the physical earth, and later the capital of the entire universe at the coming of God the Father and the New Jerusalem

48:7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.  48:8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.

The faithful consider the mercy and kindness of God when they assemble before him to learn the Word of God, and to praise and glorify the Eternal for his righteous Word

48:9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

The glorious righteousness and great reputation and mighty deeds of God to deliver humanity from bondage to Satan and sin will be known throughout the earth

48:10 According to thy name [deeds, reputation], O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

48:11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters [descendants of] of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments [God’s laws and decisions are just].

48:12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. 48:13 Mark ye well her bulwarks [which are the Word of God]  consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.

David pledges loyalty to God forever even to the death, and he will be raised up from the grave to incorruptible spirit with all of God’s faithful; to live forever with God

48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death [all our lives].

 

Psalm 49

Matthew 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul [lose his life forever]? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul [pnuema, breath, life]?

Psalm 49:1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:  49:2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

Let every person hear and understand that iniquity brings eternal death, but the Word of God is Light and Life eternal; and those who live by every Word of God need not fear anything, not even death itself, for God will raise them up to life eternal

49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom [God’s Word is wisdom]; and the meditation of my heart [deep prayerful thought on God’s Word, will bring understanding of the Word of God] shall be of understanding.

The godly will learn from the parables, object lessons and the teachings of Holy Scripture

49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

Even when the wicked are snapping like dogs at our heels and we live in a world surrounded by evil; those who live by every Word of God need not fear, for they will be resurrected to eternal life in peace with God

49:5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

Why set the heart on physical wealth when man cannot be redeemed by physical things, but must sincerely repent and have his past sins paid for and be redeemed by the sacrifice and life of the very Creator, the Lamb of God?

49:6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 49:7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

A prophecy of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God which redeems the sincerely repentant.  Christ needed to die only once, never needing to die again; because his sacrifice is perfect; and he was then resurrected to spirit to live forever.

49:8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious [the life of the Creator, the Lamb of God is the redemptive sacrifice that saves the repentant], and it ceaseth [The Lamb of God died only once, never needing to die again; because his sacrifice was perfect and redeems all repentant humanity.]  for ever:)  49:9 That he should still live [be resurrected] for ever, and not see corruption.

All flesh will die and all physical things shall perish; only God and those who live by every Word of God, whom God will raise up and change to spirit, will last forever 

49:10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.  

Men think that through their descendants they will live on, but God offers something much better; a resurrection from the dead to eternal life for every person willing to live by every Word of God!

49:11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.

Even great men will die like the brute beasts

49:12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not [still dies]: he is like the beasts that perish. 49:13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. 

49:14 Like sheep they [all men die just like the beasts] are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright [both the wicked and the upright will die] shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty [even the most beautiful and powerful of physical persons will all rot in the grave] shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

The life (spirit of man) dwells in the physical body; and the physical body which is the dwelling place of the spirit of man, will die and rot away in the grave.

God will apply the redemptive sacrifice of Christ to the sincerely repentant who live by every Word of God, and God will resurrect the faithful from physical death to eternal life as spirit.

49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

49:16 Be not thou afraid [impressed] when one  is made rich, when the glory of his house [of his physical things] is increased; 49:17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou [those who are prosperous in this world are praised of men]  doest well to thyself. 49:19 He shall go to the generation [we shall go to the grave like our fathers] of his fathers; they [the unrepentant wicked shall perish eternally] shall never see light. 

Although people may be prosperous and respected in this life, those who do not repent and go forward to live by every Word of God will die and perish forever like the brute beast

49:20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

 

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