Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 52 – 54

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 near 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 the last 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 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 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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