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Psalms 77 – 78

Psalm 77

A prophecy of the repentance of Israel during the tribulation;  the nations and peoples of physical and spiritual Israel will cry out to God for deliverance in the hour of her correction

Psalm 77:1 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. 

The sufferings of the nations will be grave during the hour of correction, bringing great lamentation and sorrow and people will cry out to God for deliverance

77:2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

Then the people will remember God and cry out to HIM; then they will be ready to enter a New Covenant with God (Jer 31:31). 

77:3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

The people shall suffer so greatly that the time will come when they are sleepless with sorrows so overwhelming that they will be unable to properly express them

77:4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Then the people will consider and remember the good times and realize that they were blessed from the God, whom they refused to follow

 77:5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. 77:6 I call to remembrance my song [past joys] in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

The people will remember God and acknowledge that they sinned against him in return for his blessings; and they will cry out in sincere repentance begging God not to forsake them any longer

77:7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?  77:8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?  77:9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

The people will remember God and will turn unto him

77:10 And I said, This is my infirmity [my fault because of my sin]: but I will remember the years of the right hand [the blessings] of the most High.  77:11 I will remember the works [the mighty deeds] of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

Then the people will think on the mighty deeds and marvelous wisdom of God

77:12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

Going to God’s sanctuary is an allegory for seeking God  

Then the people will seek God with all their hearts and they will acknowledge the greatness, glory, power and wisdom of God.

77:13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?  

At his coming the wisdom and power of  Messiah the Christ will be manifest to all peoples

77:14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.  77:15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

God is so mighty in His power that the waters of the Red Sea parted before God and Mount Sinai shook and trembled at His presence.  

When Christ comes all people will learn that God is able to go where he wills, and to do as he wills; and they will rejoice that God is just and full of mercy and will deliver humanity from bondage to Satan and sin and mankind will turn to him with a whole heart.

77:16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.  77:17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.  77:18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.  77:19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

77:20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

 

Psalm 78

A recounting of the history of physical Israel from Egypt to David as a lesson in loyalty and rebellion for us today

In this Psalm David rehearses the failures of Israel to keep the Mosaic Covenant with God and explains the need for a New Covenant; beginning by calling the people to listen to the law.

Psalm 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter [explain secrets] dark sayings of old:  78:3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

The Word of God will be taught to all generations

78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

The New Covenant is the addition of a more efficacious sacrifice and the gift of the Holy Spirit to write God’s law and every Word of God on the hearts and in the minds of the people; so that the people would be enabled to live by every Word of God (Jer 31:31)

78:5 For he established a testimony in Jacob [Israel], and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

The New Covenant will begin in its fullness on the Feast of Pentecost when Christ comes, and a spiritual New Covenant Israel would then live by every Word of God forever

78:6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:

The New Covenant spiritual Israel [into which all nations will be grafted], through the indwelling of God’s Spirit, will internalize and live by EVERY Word of God, and their hope will be in God throughout  all generations

78:7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

Physical Mosaic Covenant Israel was a rebellious people who continually departed from God, but New Covenant Israel (Jer 31:31) will be different and they will never again depart from living by every Word of God

78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

Recounting the departure of Ephraim [a type of all Israel] from God

78:9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.  78:10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;  78:11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.

The mighty deeds of God are forgotten by most of Israel and are considered ancient cultural myths today. 

Recounting the mighty deeds of God in delivering physical Israel out from bondage in Egypt; which are an allegory of the mighty deeds of God in delivering the people out from bondage to sin and Satan the god-king of this world.

78:12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.  78:13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through [being drowned at the bottom of the sea was death, and dividing the sea was a picture of God opening the graves and resurrecting the people in the future]; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.  78:14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire [the cloud and fire signifying God’s presence in his people].

78:15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness [picturing the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God for repented sin so that the waters of the Holy Spirit could be poured out on the sincerely repentant], and gave them drink as out of the great depths [of water pouring out of the rock] .  78:16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers [as an allegory of the pouring out of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit when Messiah comes].

78:17 And they sinned [Israel rebelled in the wilderness in spite of the miracles from God] yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.  78:18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.  

78:19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table [feed us with flesh] in the wilderness?  78:20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?

God was angry because the people had no faith or trust in him after all his miracles

78:21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;  78:22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:  78:23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,  78:24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. 78:25 Man did eat angels’ food [manna]: he sent them meat [the flesh of quails] to the full.

Then God gave them the flesh of quails in the wilderness and the people gorged themselves in their lust, still rejecting to trust and live by every Word of God

78:26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. 78:27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: 78:28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. 78:29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;

The people did not give glory to God or trust in him and continued in their sins, so God , the Being who later gave up his God-hood to become flesh as Jesus Christ; poured out his fury on them.

 78:30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, 78:31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.  78:32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

Because Israel would not put their trust in God to live by his Word, they suffered through their generations

78:33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble. 78:34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.

They would remember God in the extremity of their distress and then quickly forgot God in better times.

78:35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

To this very day physical and spiritual Israel pay lip-service to God while refusing to live by every Word of God.

78:36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. 78:37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant [which Covenant; BOTH the Mosaic and the New is to live by every Word of God].

Israel provoked God very often, yet he forgave them.

78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. 78:39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.  78:40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!  78:41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.  

The miraculous  plagues on ancient Egypt by which God delivered Israel listed.

78:42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.  78:43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan. 78:44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.  78:45 He sent divers sorts of [biting] flies  among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.  78:46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust. 

 78:47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.  78:48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.  78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels [spirits] among them. 78:50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;  78:51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:

God afflicted the Egyptians and delivered his called out, as an allegory that God will ultimately  afflict the wicked and will deliver the sincerely repentant out of bondage to sin

78:52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.  78:53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.  78:54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary [to the land of promise and the temple mount, as a type that God will deliver the sincerely repentant out of bondage to sin and bring them into the household of God], even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.

Once they repent in the time of correction God will again restore Israel and divide the land among them

78:55 He cast out the heathen [a general term for unbelievers and wicked] also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

Yet even in the promised land Israel was repeatedly unfaithful to God.

78:56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies: 78:57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

They were commanded to worship God at his temple in God’s presence, and most simply would not go up to the temple of God and claimed that they were worshiping God when they went to the pagan high places. Thus they paid lip-service to God while refusing to do what God commanded; just as today’s spiritual called out Ekklesia of the New Covenant does.

78:58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.

God then removed his Ark from among the people because they had forsaken him. 

78:59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:

78:60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;

God strengthened the Philistines to correct Israel.

78:61 And delivered his strength [the Ark of God’s presence] into captivity [to the Philistines], and his glory into the enemy’s hand (1 Sam 4-5). 

78:62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.  78:63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.  78:64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

Then the people called on God to deliver them and God arose and plagued the Philistines.

78:65 Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.  78:66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts [with hemorrhoids]: he put them to a perpetual reproach.

Then God chose David of Judah as king of Israel

78:67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim: 78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.

God then chose Jerusalem and chose the temple mount as his sanctuary instead of Shiloh

78:69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.

David is made the shepherd king over all Israel, and a resurrected spirit David will be king over a once again united Israel when Messiah comes; and they will feed the flock of Israel with every Word of God!

78:70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:  78:71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.  78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

 

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