Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 56 – 58

Psalm 56

A prayer for mercy and God’s deliverance 

Our Adversary Satan oppresses the godly with many trial and temptations daily and we need to cleave to our God trusting in him for deliverance 

Psalm 56:1 Be merciful unto me, O God: for man [the wicked] would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.

Our real enemy is Satan who is behind the acts of wicked men

56:2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.  56:3 What time [whenever] I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Trust in God, for if we live by every Word of God which is Wisdom and Righteousness, we need not fear what men or Satan can do, because our Deliverer will raise us up from death itself granting the gift of eternal life to all those who love him and keep his Word

56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

The wicked twist the words of God and men to deceive men to turn away from living by every Word of God

56:5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

Many false teachers conceal themselves behind a facade of godliness, while like wolves in sheep’s clothing they use clever words to deceive us. 

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power [the authority of God’s Word by declaring that they are the deciders] thereof: from such turn away.

Psalm 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide [conceal or disguise] themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Can the wicked escape the judgment of God by deceits?

56:7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the [wicked] people, O God.

God knows our paths in this life and he knows our trials and sorrows

56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

When we put our trust in God to live by his Word, God will deliver us

56:9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

God is to be praised because his Word is Wisdom and Righteousness

56:10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

The faithful KEEP their baptismal commitment to live by every Word of God and follow no man [no matter who they claim to be] contrary to God’s Word

56:12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

Only Almighty God can deliver men from bondage to Satan, sin and eternal death.

56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?


Psalm 57

A prayer of repentance and God’s merciful deliverance, by those who put their trust in God

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.  57:2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

Satan would swallow up the godly in death and the grave but if we are faithful to follow and to live by every Word of God,  God will deliver us from Satan and death

57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth [God’s Word is truth, John 17:17].

The wicked are like roaring lions surrounding those who are faithful to God (1 Peter 5:8)

57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Even in great distress and death let us exalt the Eternal and his Word above all else

57:5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

The wicked attempt to deceive those who trust in God and live by every Word of God, but the wicked will fall into their own snares because they believe their own lies and deceits, not living by every Word of God

57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit [a grave] before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

The hearts and minds of the faithful are always dedicatedly fixed on God and on living by every Word of God

57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed [on God and living by God’s every Word]: I will sing and give praise.

In the resurrection the faithful will awaken in a resurrection to a glorious eternal spirit body

57:8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

The faithful to God praise him and rejoice in him always, but when they are resurrected to spirit their joy will be full and they will shout “He’s Alive, and by his Mighty Power we are alive!”  The faithful will praise and rejoice in God and his Word FOREVER! 

57:9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.  57:10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.  57:11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.


Psalm 58

Is there righteousness in men, or do they need the righteousness of God?

Psalm 58:1 Do ye [men] indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?  58:2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh [fill the earth with injustice and violence] the violence of your hands in the earth.

People are born without knowledge of God, people must be taught what is right and what is wrong through living by every Word of God.  

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.  

The unrepentant wicked are like serpents which cannot be charmed [pacified and controlled], the wicked rejoice in their sins and will not be instructed in righteousness.

58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 58:5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

May God deliver his faithful from the poison tongues and pens of deceivers and from the mouth of the roaring lion [Satan]

58:6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.

May God deliver his faithful from the devices of the wicked and bring the evil to nothing.

58:7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.  58:8 As a snail which melteth [in the hot sun], let every one of them [the unrepentant wicked] pass away: like the untimely birth [stillborn miscarriage] of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

Verse 9 is a reference to the burning of thorns for fire to cook with, meaning: before your pots can be warmed by the fire.  This is a reference to the sudden and complete overthrow of the wicked at the coming of Christ 

58:9 Before your pots can feel the [heat of the burning thorns] thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.  58:10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the [the coming of Christ as King of kings to destroy wickedness from off the earth] vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

When Christ comes to resurrect the chosen and destroy the wicked, the whole earth will know the justice of God and everyone will see that there is a reward of eternal life for faithfulness and a reward of destruction for wickedness

58:11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

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