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Psalms 64 – 66

Psalm 64

God will save his faithful from the ultimate enemy, Satan and bondage to sin and death

Psalm 64:1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.  64:2 Hide [deliver] me from the secret counsel [schemes] of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:  64:3 Who [have sharp vicious deceitful tongues] whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

The wicked will secretly start lying rumors, and falsely slander, libel and attack those who are faithful to God

64:4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

The wicked secretly conspire together to attack the faithful to God, or to deceive them.  The wicked love darkness but the godly love light and God will bring all things into the light in his good time

64:5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?  

The wicked lay awake at night imagining how to deceive the faithful for their own advantage and how to attack those who cannot be deceived

64:6 They search out iniquities [to do them]; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep [deep in thought to do evil].

Almighty God will correct the wicked and their own words shall condemn them.  When the people see the correction of God they shall fear God and they will be delivered from the deceits of the wicked

64:7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.  64:8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away. 64:9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

When God corrects the wicked and delivers those who live by the righteous Word of God, the faithful will greatly rejoice that righteousness has triumphed over evil

64:10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory [in God].

 

Psalm 65

The faithful shall keep their baptismal commitment [vow] and will praise God the Almighty their Deliverer

Psalm 65:1 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

When Christ comes he will rule all the earth, and in the main harvest all flesh shall come to God

65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

God calls the people out from their bondage to sin and when they sincerely repent he washes away all iniquity by the application of the sacrifice of Christ and the washing of water [the Holy Spirit] of the Word.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Christ lived and died for the good of his collective bride 

5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

The true spiritual Ekklesia consists of those who are called out by God the Father, who have sincerely repented and resolved not to sin anymore and who have been atoned for by the sacrifice of Christ, and who have been given God’s Spirit.

The true spiritual  Ekklesia is not a corporate organization. It is not a corporation. It is not one group or another group. It is the individuals, and collectively all the individuals who are filled with the Spirit of God and passionately live by every Word of God.

Christ lived a life of teaching and service and living by every Word of God, setting an example for the people; and we need to live by every Word of God the Father like Jesus did. It was his sinless passionate obedience to every Word of God as an example for us  that we should do likewise, that made Jesus Christ the Lamb of God an effectual sacrifice for the sins of the world!

WE should be pure from all defilement [blemishes] of sin and all evil.

To be a chaste, pure virgin means being washed clean through the sacrifice of Christ and living by every Word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we are cleansed from the pollution of following after other lovers. Christ becomes one with the faithful and we become one with him; in total unity of Spirit through internalizing and living by every Word of God as Jesus did!

Psalm 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away

Once we sincerely repent the sacrifice of the Lamb of God will be applied to us and we will be completely cleansed.  

Those who are faithful to live by every Word of God and are chosen as part of the bride will be blessed, for they shall be raised up to eternal life

65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy [temple] courts: we shall be satisfied with the [the Word of God] goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

Ultimately virtually all people will put their trust in God

65:5 By terrible [powerful, mighty, awesome] things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

Ultimately all the governments of the earth will be given by God to his chosen ones

65:6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains [a type of governments]; being girded with power:

The seas are types of many people

65:7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

When Christ comes and later when God the Father comes, the whole earth and all people both near and people very far off, shall see the signs of God’s majesty and they will rejoice and glorify him

65:8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens [the power and glory of God]: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

65:9 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river [water representing the Holy Spirit] of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn [grain, representing the unleavened Bread of Life, the Word of God], when thou hast so provided for it.

The earth shall be greatly blessed both physically and spiritually

65:10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.

65:11 Thou crownest the year [the main harvest at the end of the year, the Feast of the Ingathering of Nations, called Tabernacles] with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. 65:12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. 65:13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn [grain]; they shout for joy, they also sing [the nations will rejoice at the Feast of Tabernacles for the great physical and spiritual blessings from God].

 

Psalm 66

A Psalm for the Feasts of the LORD

Rejoice and proclaim the goodness of the LORD throughout all the earth

Psalm 66:1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:  66:2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

In the millennium, all people will worship and live by every Word of God; and later once the plan is completed and God the Father comes to the earth with the New Jerusalem, all humanity will rejoice in God forever

66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

The mighty deeds of God

66:5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible [awesome] in his doing [in his mighty deed for men] toward the children of men.

God divided the Red Sea and the river Jordan

66:6 He turned the [Red] sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.

God justly judges the nations and all the deeds of men, none can rebel against his Word and live

66:7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

Let the faithful praise God for he delivers us from death

66:8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:  66:9 Which holdeth [God gives eternal life to his faithful] our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

66:10 For thou, O God, hast proved [tested, purified and refined] us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried [refined and purified].

Physical Israel endured much in the wilderness before entering the physical promised land and spiritual Israel must endure many afflictions before they may enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.

God allows the faithful to be tested by many afflictions so that they might learn the righteousness of living by every Word of God and prove their loyalty to God

66:11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.  66:12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water [great affliction]: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place [the Promised Land of eternal life].

The faithful will keep their baptismal vow [commitment] of espousal to Jesus Christ to be his bride and to live by every Word of God.  

Sin offerings cover sin and burnt offerings are symbolic of patient willing wholehearted service to live by every Word of God

66:13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings [symbolic of patient willing wholehearted service to God]: I will pay thee my vows, 66:14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.

The faithful will give to God the offerings of faithful dedicated wholehearted service to live by every Word of God, and their prayers will rise up like sweet incense to God

66:15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.

The faithful will extol the Eternal and praise him always for his marvelous Word and his mighty deeds

66:16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.  66:17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

God hears and answers the prayers of those who live by every Word of God, God refuses to even hear the prayers of those who compromise with his Word.  If we even find sin desirable in our hearts God will not hear us.

66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: 66:19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.  66:20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me [because we sincerely seek to live by every Word of God].

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