Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 48 – 49

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 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 [fled 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 from 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 [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 that would redeem the repentant with his own life, dying only once and never needing to die again for his sacrifice is perfect; followed by his resurrection 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], and it ceaseth [The Lamb of God dying only once and never needing to die again because his sacrifice is 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 shall 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 are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright [those who live by every Word of God shall have dominion over the earth in the resurrection] shall have dominion over them in the morning [the resurrection]; and their beauty [even the most beautiful shall rot in the grave] shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 

The life (spirit of man) dwells in the physical  body; and the body which is the dwelling of the spirit of man,  shall 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 shall resurrect the faithful from 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, 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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