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Psalms 72 – 74

Psalm 72

Psalm 72:1 Give [teach] the king thy judgments [God’s Word], O God, and thy righteousness [God’s Word] unto the king’s son.

In the Kingdom of God Messiah will rule the whole earth and the resurrected David will rule all Israel while the resurrected saints will rule all nations in the righteousness of every Word of God

72:2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

72:3 The mountains [national governments will bring peace and not war] shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills [local governments will teach the righteous Word of God], by righteousness.

The King of kings and his Bride [the resurrected chosen] will rule the nations in the righteousness of every Word of God

72:4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

God the Father and Messiah the Christ will be honored and greatly respected and obeyed forever

72:5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

When the nations turn to live by every Word of God, the whole earth will be blessed by the righteousness of God and the rule of Messiah the King of kings.  God’s Spirit will rain down upon the earth and the physical rains will fall in due season.

72:6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

In the millennium peace will flourish and when God the Father comes down to the cleansed earth, peace and the righteousness of every Word of God shall flourish forever

72:7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

Every enemy of God who refuses to live by every Word of God,  will either sincerely repent or they will be destroyed forever.

72:9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.  72:11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

72:12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

When  Christ comes he will deliver all those who were poor in the spirit of pride and stubborn self-will and who hungered and thirsted to live by every Word of God.  Christ will raise them up from death to life eternal 

72:13 He [Messiah the Christ] shall spare the poor [in the spirit of self will] and needy [who hunger and thirst after godliness], and shall save the souls [lives] of the needy. 72:14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood [the death of the righteous is precious to God, because God will resurrect them from their rest] be in his sight.

Jesus Christ [Hebrew:  Yeshua Mashiach]  was resurrected to become the King of kings, and the chosen who loved and lived by every Word of God, will arise in the resurrection to eternal life as spirit.

72:15 And he shall live [to reign as King of kings], and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.

When Christ comes after the devastation of the tribulation, the remnant of Israel will be a mere handful of her former self, but from that handful a great harvest [mighty nations] shall spring forth, like a tree barely able to stand, shaking for the abundance of its fruit.

72:16 There shall be an handful of corn [grain] in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

Jesus Christ the King of kings shall rule under God the Father; forever

72:17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

72:18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.  72:19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

72:20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

 

Psalm 73

This Psalm is about why the godly suffer and the wicked often prosper in this physical life. Solomon the son of David, having learned about such questions from his father, discusses the subject further in Ecclesiastes.  This question is also a main topic of Job.  

God was good to the faithful of Mosaic Covenant, and God is good to the faithful of the New Covenant spiritual Israel

Psalm 73:1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

How foolish it is to be envious of the prosperity of the wicked, because they and their prosperity will quickly perish

73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone [envy at the prosperity of the wicked can tempt us to slip into sin and depart from the path of godliness]; my steps [walk (life of godliness) with God] had well nigh slipped. 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

The wicked will die but in life the prosperous wicked have nothing to restrain them and are set above all because of Satan’s blessings on them

73:4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.  73:5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

Wicked men who are exalted to any office [including elder] become full of pride, and being unrestrained by faithfulness to God they abuse others for their own advantage

73:6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.  73:7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.  73:8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.  73:9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

73:10 Therefore his people return hither [those the wicked deceive, serve the wicked deceivers]: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. 

The cunning deceiver is filled with material goods and has the respect of those he deceives.

The wicked deceivers convince themselves that they are righteous, pointing to their prosperity as a sign, and think that God will not punish them for their deeds

73:11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?  73:12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

If we see the prosperity of the wicked and begin to think that we are serving God in many trials for nothing, we are tempted to follow the wicked to receive physical prosperity and relieve our trials

73:13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

When we envy the prosperity of the wicked, we tempt ourselves and begin to think that we have purified ourselves to godliness for nothing, because the godly face many trials

73:14 For all the day long have I been plagued [suffered trials], and chastened every morning [because we try to live by every Word of God].

The faithful who teach godliness are offensive to the wicked, who reject living by every Word of God preferring the pleasures of sin

73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

The reason that the wicked prosper and those who love to live by every Word of God suffer, can be a very troubling question until we seek the answer from God

73:16 When I thought to know [understand] this, it was too painful for me;

Once we understand the Word of God, we realize that the prosperity of the wicked is as transitory as a wisp of smoke in a gale; but those who learn to live by Every Word of God, internalizing the very nature of God, will be resurrected and changed to spirit and will live in great prosperity FOREVER

73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

The unrepentant wicked are appointed to eternal death

73:18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.  73:19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

The unrepentant wicked will soon die and remain dead forever, fading from the memory  of the faithful like a night dream fades in the light of the day

73:20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

When we understand that the end of the wicked is eternal death and that their supposed apparent prosperity is just a shadow which will fade with them; then those who love God and live by every Word of God will know that the wicked are nothing to be envied

73:21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

Those who love God and live by every Word of God, will live in great prosperity FOREVER, while the unrepentant wicked will perish forever. 

73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

Once we realize that our trials come upon us because God is working with us now, teaching us lessons that will save us for eternity; we will remain steadfast in all trials and will never again envy the quickly perishing unrepentant wicked.  We will remain steadfast to live by every Word of God FOREVER!

73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.  73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel [every Word of God], and afterward receive [God will resurrect the faithful to eternal life] me to glory.

The Eternal is the God of Salvation, there is NO other; though the flesh die, yet he will raise up his faithful to eternal life as spirit

73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

The unrepentant and their supposed physical prosperity shall ultimately perish, but those who put their trust in God and internalize God’s nature through living by every Word of God will live forever with God

73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.  73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

 

Psalm 74

A prophecy of the future falls of Jerusalem by Babylon and Rome, which are types of the final fall of Jerusalem by the climax of the Babylonian system, the now rising New Federal Europe

The captive people call on God to remember them and their sufferings

Psalm 74:1 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?  74:2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance [physical and spiritual Israel], which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

God’s people call upon God to see the desolation’s wrought by the Adversary

74:3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.  74:4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.

The fame of the wicked is great because they have defeated the nations of Israel

74:5 A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

A prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem; the first time by Babylon and later by Rome when the city and Temple were burned; these being types of the final fall of Jerusalem to Babylon the Great [the rising New Europe and her allies] in our time

74:6 But now they break down the carved work thereof [of Jerusalem and the Temple] at once with axes and hammers.  74:7 [a prophecy of the destruction of the Temple] They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.

Here David says that all the synagogues will be destroyed in the land, proving that the synagogue system was known to David.  The synagogue system originated with Moses and the setting up of Levitical schools to teach the people a basic education and the Word of God. 

74:8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

74:9 We see not our signs [today’s spiritual Ekklesia does not understand the Word of God, nor do they see their approaching correction]: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.  74:10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?

God is asked to lift up his hand and deliver the faithful and the repentant

74:11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.  74:12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

David recounts the mighty deeds of God and calls for God’s deliverance

74:13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. 74:14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.  74:15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.  74:16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.  74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

God is asked to remember that the wicked who are destroying HIS people have reproached God, and asks for God’s intervention 

74:18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached [Thee], O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.

God is asked to remember HIS Covenant with his beloved and deliver the faithful who are being persecuted; and to also deliver the apostates when they sincerely repent: this includes the apostate New Covenant spiritual Ekklesia who will quickly repent in their imminent correction

74:19 O deliver not the soul [life] of thy turtledove [beloved people, bride]  unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.  74:20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

The persecuted for godliness will be delivered, and the apostates will sincerely repent and turn to God in wholehearted zeal

74:21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed [the faithful will not be ashamed for putting their trust in God]: let the poor [in self-will and rebellion against God] and needy praise thy name [because God will deliver them].

God will indeed arise and Messiah the Christ will come; first to resurrect his beloved faithful chosen, and then to come WITH them to save all Israel and destroy wickedness from off the earth.

74:22 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily. 74:23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

 

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