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Psalms 6 – 10

Psalm 6

A prayer for deliverance

Psalm 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.  6:2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me [deliver us from the Adversary for we cannot deliver ourselves]; for my bones are vexed [by the enemies of righteousness].  6:3 My soul [breath, life] is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?

How long must I wait for your merciful deliverance?

6:4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul [breath, life]: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. 

David is faithful to God but feels overwhelmed by the  adversaries of godliness; who refuse to live by God’s Word and who persecute those who do.

The dead are like a machine with the power switch shut off, unable to do anything

6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 

This is a call to be saved from physical death, as an allegory of being saved from the grave in the resurrection to spirit.

6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim [with my tears of sorrow]; I water my couch with my tears. 6:7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

God will deliver all those who exalt and put their trust in him to live by God’s Word, and all those who condemn them for their Christ-like zeal for God will be ashamed.  

6:8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.  6:9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. 6:10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

 

Psalm 7

David’s prayer for deliverance from the ungodly continues

Psalm 7:1 O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: 7:2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

The natural thing is to lash back at our tormentors but whenever we fall into trials we must first examine ourselves asking God to reveal to us the reason for the trial, and asking God to help everyone involved to learn from the situation, and then we are to sincerely repent if we have done any sin ourselves.

7:3 O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; 7:4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)  7:5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

David set an example which is also a prophecy of the conduct of Christ, who would later also command his people to follow this example.

Matthew 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

David calls for and prophesies of the coming of Messiah the Christ to deliver his people from their enemies. 

Psalm 7:6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded. 7:7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

Messiah the Christ will judge the people according to whether they are righteous in living by every Word of God or not.

7:8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to [whether we are righteous according to God’s Word] my righteousness, and according to mine integrity [whether we live by God’s Word or not] that is in me.

7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked [who reject any zeal to live by every Word of God] come to an end; but establish the just [who do live by every Word of God]: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins [kidneys; tests our weaknesses].

7:10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.  7:11 God judgeth [delivers] the righteous [who are those zealous to live by every Word of God], and God is angry with the wicked every day.  7:12 If he turn not [if we will not repent of our lack of zeal to live by every Word of God, we shall be corrected in tribulation], he will whet [sharpen] his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.  7:13 He hath also prepared for him  [for the unrepentant who compromise with the Word of God] the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

7:14 Behold, he travaileth [see the end of the wicked who work to do evil and rebel against godliness] with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 7:15 He made a pit [the wicked are trapped in their own false imaginations], and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. 7:16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

The Eternal delivers those who internalize the righteousness of God through living by every Word of God; and the Eternal corrects and rebukes all those who will not live by every Word of God

7:17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

 

Psalm 8

The Glory of God and His Kindness to Men

Psalm 8:1 O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name [reputation] in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

God works through the weak of this world to confound the mighty, so that all may know that such weak persons did not do the work on their own, but that the work was done by the power of Almighty God.

8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

The Father calls the childlike and the weak in the wisdom of this world, so that he might give them the wisdom of God which surpasses all human wisdom. In that way the wise and great of this world will be forced to admit that this is not a natural wisdom but the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than [much wiser than the understanding of carnal man] men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [of this world] are called:

1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things [those that are ignorant of worldly wisdom] of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; [so that no flesh should glory in itself; and so that all men would eventually understand that all glory belongs to God alone]

1:28 And base things of the world, and things   which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not [are nothing in the eyes of this society], to bring to nought things that are: 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

1:30 But of him are ye   in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and   sanctification, and redemption: 1:31 That, according as it is   written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Those steeped in worldly knowledge will consider the wisdom of God to be foolishness and will not respond positively to it. Therefore God must call out those who are ignorant in worldly wisdom, who will respond positively to the wisdom of God.

No man can say that he understands the things of God by his own efforts.   Understanding is the gift of the Holy Spirit which guides into all truth and provides us with understanding of the things of God.

God does not call many wise in this society lest they become vain and proudly self-righteous; falsely thinking that they have understood and become righteous by their own efforts. God calls the poor of spirit, the contrite of heart, the humble; because they will exalt their God and will not exalt themselves.

Those who exalt themselves will be abased, so that being humbled they too can be saved. It is the Spirit, the very mind and nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ dwelling in us; which gives us the wisdom, righteousness and sanctification of Christ; who is our redemption!

Jesus Christ dwelling in us through the Holy Spirit; will empower us to obey God the Father [as Christ did and does] and such obedience will be rewarded with the gift of even more understanding!

The wise of this society think that obeying God is foolishness and they will not obey God’s Word.   Therefore they cannot receive the Holy Spirit which gives understanding;  until they have been humbled.

The Spirit of God is the wisdom, truth and mind of God and the Word of God defines God’s mind and nature; therefore if we reject any zeal to live by every Word of God, we are rejecting God and God’s Spirit!

If we refuse to DO what is godly; we are rejecting the very nature and Spirit of God!

The leaders and elders of today’s spiritual Ekklesia who reject Nehemiah because they want to pollute the Sabbath; are rejecting a part of the very mind of God!  They are rejecting the Spirit of God!

When we Prove All Things and hold fast only to what God has proclaimed in his Word; then we are building the nature of God within ourselves!

When the brethren do as the men over these organizations tell them to do, contrary to  any part of the whole the Word of God; we are exalting such men over God’s Word; which is IDOLATRY and spiritual ADULTERY against our espoused Husband! 

Idolatry and adultery are forbidden by God’s law, and if we do what men say instead of what God’s commands; we are rejecting the very nature and mind of God!  We are rejecting Almighty God and God’s Spirit, for idols of men!

God will stop the mouths of the wisest rebels with his far greater wisdom. 

What is man compared to God?

Psalm 8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

What is man that the Great God has given men dominion over the earth and all the things therein?  Our dominion is a gift from God the Creator, and none of these things was created by men.

8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 8:7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8:8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

8:9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

 

Psalm 9

David prophesies of the joy of the people at the  coming of Christ

Psalm 9:1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

At his coming, Messiah shall reprove the enemies of God who refuse to serve the Eternal.

9:3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.9:4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause [Christ shall deliver all those who live by every Word of God]; thou satest in the throne judging right.

Messiah shall rebuke the wicked who spurn any part of the Word of God, until they are crushed into repentant contrition.

9:5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen [all those who are unwilling to live by every Word of God], thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.

Satan the destroyer and death itself, shall come to an end; but the Eternal and the godly shall live forever!

9:6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

9:7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment [to judge all nations righteously by every Word of God forever].

It is sound godly judgment that establishes a people. Compromising with God’s Word and tolerating sin will only bring ultimate destruction and ignominy.

Encouragement for all those who make the Eternal their trust.

9:8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

God will not forsake those who put their trust in Him, and seek to live by every Word of God.

9:10 And they that know thy name [all those that know God] will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Praise and glorify God now and forever more!

9:11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

9:12 When he maketh inquisition for blood [God judges between the faithful to give them eternal life, and the wicked to destroy them], he remembereth them [those who live by the Word of God]: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

God will remember and deliver those who have been afflicted for their love and loyalty to Him.

9:13 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: 9:14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

The wicked shall fall into the snares that they have laid for others; they seek to exalt themselves and they shall destroy themselves.

9:15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell [the grave], and all the nations that forget God [shall be rebuked with a rod of iron].

Physically the poor being cared for, are an allegory that those who are poor in the carnal spirit of rebellion against God [and rich in godliness] shall be delivered by God.

 9:18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

May Christ come quickly to deliver his faithful and to rebuke the wicked to sincere repentance. 

9:19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen [those who reject living by every Word of God] be judged in thy sight.

9:20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

The religious leaders of this world who oppose the Word of God, and all those who mock and persecute the zealous for God, will soon be taught that the Eternal is God, and that: Beside HIM there in NONE OTHER (Deu 4:35-40) !!!  

The whole world will be taught this lesson in the very near future.

 

Psalm 10

The godly righteous will be delivered and the wicked will be corrected or destroyed.

10:1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

The wicked are full of arrogance and pride in their own ways and persecute those who truly love and live by every Word of God.

10:2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

10:5 His ways [the ways of the wicked] are always grievous; thy [God’s Word is beyond the understanding of the wicked] judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his [God’s] enemies, he puffeth [snuffs his nose] at them.

10:6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

10:7 His mouth is full of cursing [blasphemy claiming to be of God when he is not]  and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. 

Like a physical murderer hides himself; the spiritual murderer who murders by deceiving the brethren away from their zeal for God, loves secrecy and hates the light of exposure of his deeds.

10:8 He [the wicked conceals his evil, hating exposure of his intentions]  sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. 10:9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10:10 He croucheth, and humbleth [the wicked makes himself appear humble so as to deceive the unwary who are not grounded on the sound doctrine of the Word of God]  himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

The wicked man has no pity on others but uses them as his own merchandise, destroying them in the physical and spiritual sense.  The wicked plunder the needy and hasten to enrich and exalt himself; and the spiritually wicked do this in the spiritual sense, neglecting any zeal to live by every Word of God and teaching others to follow them in doing likewise.

Psalm 10:11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it [thinking that God will not see or care what he does].

The spiritually wicked says that “I am God’s servant and I have a right to do these things,” forgetting the words of Christ.

Matthew 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 24:50  The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 24:51  And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Psalm 10:12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

God will deliver his faithful from the wicked smiter who oppresses God’s beloved.

The wicked do not believe that God will judge him as wicked or remember his deeds against God’s Word and the Beloved Faithful of the Lord.  The wicked man deceives himself saying that:  “Jesus is love and will wink at and overlook our sins.”

10:13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.  10:14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

God shall root out every deed of wicked rebellion against his Word and end all persecution against God’s zealous faithful.

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 25:43  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

25:44  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 25:45  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

25:46  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

If this is the end of those who did not help; how much more sore is the end of those wicked men, who drive out the righteous who are full of Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God?  

You who are zealous and under pressure; remember the words of our Lord.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: 4:4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Psalm 10:15 Break thou the arm [break their power and strength to deceive] of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.  10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen [the wicked will be converted or destroyed] are perished out of his land. 

When Messiah comes no more oppression will be allowed in the earth.

10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble [before God]: thou wilt prepare [circumcise our hearts by bringing people to sincere repentance] their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: 10:18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

 

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