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Psalms 50 – 54

Psalm 50

Psalm 50:1 The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called [to everyone on the earth all day long] the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

Jesus Christ the Messiah will come to Jerusalem which he will enter on  the foal of a donkey from the Mount of Olives to become King of kings bringing peace to all nations as the prophets have said. Then the glory of Messiah will shine forth from the physical Jerusalem until the glory of God the Father also shines forth from the New Jerusalem

50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

Messiah the Christ who is also the very Creator God who was made flesh to die for and redeem repentant humanity from bondage to Satan and sin: will resurrect the godly dead, delivering all those who have lived by every Word of God to life eternal; and he will destroy the armies of the wicked.  

When he comes he will not keep silent, he will powerfully rebuke all sin and he will teach all humanity to live by every Word of God the Father. 

50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.  

Messiah the Christ will come from the heavens above, to judge the nations with the justice and wisdom of every Word of God the Father

50:4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

The chosen overcomers  who have entered the New Covenant through sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God will be resurrected to spirit.

50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.  50:6 And the heavens [all the holy angels] shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.

God testifies against physical and spiritual Israel because of their need for sacrifices to cover their continual sins; for all things belong to God and he desires that we obey him so that we would have no need of sacrifice.  

In verse 8 the word “reprove” is properly translated “justify”  Strong’s lexicon H3198; verse 8 meaning “I will testify against thee – and I will NOT justify thee for all your sacrifices because you remain in sin.”

50:7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.  50:8 I will not [God says “I will testify against thee – and I will NOT justify thee for all your sacrifices because you remain in sin.”]  reprove [properly “justify” Strong’s lexicon H3198] thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.

God does not want sacrifices for our sins, rather God wants us to STOP sinning

50:9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.  50:10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.  50:11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.  50:12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.  50:13 Will I [does God want to receive our sacrifices?] eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

Trust in God and sin not:  Offering many sacrifices for not living by every Word of God without any real repentance, is meaningless and is NOT acceptable to God

50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows [including keeping our baptismal commitment to live by every Word of God] unto the most High:

50:15 And call upon me [let us trust in God to deliver his faithful] in the day of trouble: [God promises that he will deliver his faithful from death itself in a resurrection, and the dead raised to life will rejoice greatly] I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

God will judge the wicked [especially religious leaders and teachers] who live by their own ways and refuse to live by every Word of God.  

How is it and by what right do these false teachers claim to teach the Word of God, seeing that they despise to live by every Word of God and instead teach their own false traditions as if they were of God when they are an abomination to God?

50:16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?  50:17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.

Wicked false teachers teach the brethren to idolize false leaders and corporate entities above the Word of God, so that they might profit

50:18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.  50:19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil [to teach idolatry and many things contrary to the Word of God], and thy tongue frameth [teaches deceits] deceit.

The wicked speak evil of the righteous, even against the godly in their own families

50:20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.

Because God was patient and did not immediately rebuke the wicked, they thought themselves godly in their wickedness.  That time of patient forbearance is now past and the wicked shall be thoroughly corrected in the fiery furnace of great tribulation

50:21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

God calls today’s elders and religious leaders and teachers of the New Covenant to sincerely repent and to teach and live by every Word of God

50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation [conduct] aright [to live by every Word of God] will I shew the salvation of God.

 

 Psalm 51

An Psalm of repentance and prayer for mercy

Psalm 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 

Only sincere repentance and a wholehearted commitment to live by every Word of God will bring cleansing from sin by the application of the sacrifice of Christ the Lamb of God (Rom 2:13).

51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me [we are to be always alert to seek out and expunge our sins]. 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: [let us accept that our own ways and stubborn self-will  are wrong, and that God’s Word is right and the right way to live] that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psalm 51:7 Purge me with hyssop [Hyssop was used to sprinkle the blood of the lamb, this reference meaning: please purge my sins by the blood of the Lamb of God.], and I shall be clean [from  all sin]: wash me, [with the water of the  Word and Spirit of God (Eph 5:26)] and I shall be whiter than snow. 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness [when God tells us that we are forgiven we will delight in God’s salvation]; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 51:9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

51:10 Create in me a clean heart [God will purify the sincerely repentant from all sin and all proud self-will, to follow God]   O God; and renew a right spirit [give us a proper godly attitude of love for God and loving zeal  to live by every Word of  God] within me. 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation [deliver the repentant by thy tender mercies, for we abhor our sins against the Word of God]; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

When we live by every Word of God, we set an example for all who see us; and we learn by doing the ways of God so that we may teach others to do the same. 

51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 51:14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit [submissive humility before God, with all stubborn self-will and pride crushed to powder]: a broken and a contrite heart [the pride of sin crushed to powder], O God, thou wilt not despise.

51:18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion [Messiah, come to Jerusalem and build the Kingdom of God]: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 51:19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering [When Christ comes God will convert Israel and Jerusalem to sincere repentance, and then their repentance (now sincere) and their sacrifices both physical and spiritual will be accepted.]: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Sin and Trespass Offerings represent sin repented of, and Burnt Offerings represent the righteousness of wholehearted obedience, dedication and Christ-like zeal to live by every WORD of God.

 

Psalm 52

Why do the wicked boast of their deeds, their positions and their wealth, which will quickly perish? Only the good righteous Word of God, and those who live thereby, will last forever!

Psalm 52:1 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

The wicked deceive with their speech to gain followings and advantage over others

52:2 The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.  52:3 Thou [deceivers] lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

The deceitful words of the wicked devour the people and their means,  teaching the brethren to make idols of men and thereby stealing their lives as well as their goods

52:4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

Those who deceive the brethren into idolizing men and corporate entities above any zeal to live by every Word of God will surely feel the wrath of God

52:5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

Those who live by the righteous Word of God will see the destruction of the unrepentant wicked, who do as they decide for themselves and refuse to live by every Word of God 

52:6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him [scorn wickedness]:

Those who live by the righteousness of every Word of God shall see the end of the unrepentant and say:

52:7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Those who live by the righteousness of every Word of God shall flourish with the oil of the Holy Spirit like a strong growing olive tree, full of oil.

52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

The godly know that their righteousness is not their own, but is the gift of God;  and they wait on and live by every Word of the Righteousness of God

52:9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

 

Psalm 53

A  prophecy of conditions just before the tribulation

Luke 17:26   And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

In these latter days all mankind is corrupted and wickedness abounds

Psalm 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

As in the days of Noah, today God looks for righteousness on the earth and finds almost none, for even the spiritual Ekklesia is corrupted

53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.  

There is none righteous on the earth today, yet a very small fraction of today’s called out Ekklesia, a very few; are repentant and seeking that the worthiness and righteousness of Christ be applied to them

53:3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  53:4 Have the workers of iniquity [most of today’s elders and church leaders Isaiah 56:10-12]  no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

Our fears and the tribulation will fall upon us in a time of peace (1 Thess 5:3)

53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee [those who refuse to be subject to God will be corrected in great tribulation]: thou [God will correct today’s wicked earth in great tribulation] hast put them [those who reject living by every Word of God] to shame, because God hath despised them.

Longing for deliverance

53:6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

 

Psalm 54

A prayer for the deliverance of the sincerely repentant

Psalm 54:1 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.  54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.  54:3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

All flesh must die, both the godly and the wicked; the difference being that those who put their trust in God to live by every Word of God will be delivered from death into eternal life as incorruptible spirit; while the unrepentant wicked will, after all hope for them is gone; be destroyed forever.

54:4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul [life].

Satan and sin are the real enemies, and God will destroy Satan, sin and death itself

54:5 He shall reward evil [destroy] unto mine enemies [the real enemies are Satan and sin]: cut them off in thy truth. 

After they are delivered from bondage to Satan and sin, all humanity will rejoice in God.

54:6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.  54:7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

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