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Psalms 79 – 81

Psalm 79

A prophecy of the future captivities and the destruction of the temple

Psalm 79:1 O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.

The past destructions of the city Jerusalem and the temple were fore runners of a final treading down of the city and the captivity of physical Israel for 42 months; and the captivity of spiritual Israel, the spiritual temple of God.

79:2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth. 79:3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.  79:4 We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.

Speaking of the tribulation in our time David asks how long will these things be?  Later God will answer through Daniel, for 1,260 days (Dan 12:7).

79:5 How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

David asks that the oppressors also be humbled.

79:6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name. 79:7 For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.

David pleads sincere repentance and asks deliverance for Israel; which prayer will be granted with the coming of Messiah the Christ.

79:8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low. 

David pleads for deliverance so that God will be made known and glorified as the Great Deliverer.

79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.  79:10 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.

God will deliver his sincerely repentant of both physical and spiritual Israel who have been corrected, and they shall never more depart from living by every Word of God

79:11Let the sighing [repentance] of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;

The nations will also repent after their own correction, and they will turn to embrace the Eternal with a whole heart (Isaiah 60).

79:12 And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.

79:13 So we thy people [all sincerely repentant people] and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

 

Psalm 80

A call to God for deliverance from the correction of great tribulation

Psalm 80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd [God, YHVH] of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

God will reveal his strength and deliver the repentant

80:2 Before Ephraim [today’s British peoples]  and Benjamin [Benjamin is part of the two tribe kingdom of Judah] and Manasseh [the founding peoples of America] stir up thy strength, and come and save us [from the correction of the now imminent great tribulation].

80:3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine [shine on us with the blessing of deliverance]; and we shall be saved.

David calls on God to save us after we sincerely repent

80:4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?80:5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.  80:6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.

80:7 Turn us again [in sincere repentance to God], O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine [the light of deliverance]; and we shall be saved.

80:8 Thou hast brought a vine [Israel] out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen [ ejected the wicked from the promised land], and planted [Israel in the land] it.

Israel was given the land of promise and she grew and overspread the land.

80:9 Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land.  80:10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars.  80:11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.

Why has God corrected his vine Israel?  We are corrected because we have turned away from God into many sins.

80:12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?  80:13 The boar [spiritually unclean sinners] out of the wood [world] doth waste it, and the wild beast [unconverted aliens] of the field doth devour it.

Oh God, remember us in our distress and save your vine, Israel [both physical and spiritual]; when they sincerely repent and turn to embrace godliness.

80:14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit [save] this vine [Israel]80:15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.

Physical and spiritual Israel will repent at the rebuke and correction of the LORD.

80:16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.  80:17 Let thy hand be upon [strengthen the repentant to zealously live by every Word of God] the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

Preserve us from ever again turning away from God

80:18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.  80:19 Turn us again [back to God, to live by every Word of God], O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

 

Psalm 81

All God’s faithful will rejoice in the New Moons and the Feasts of the LORD

81:1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. 81:2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

81:3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, [all the New Moons of each year including the Feast of Trumpets] in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day [the Feast of Trumpets]. 81:4 For this was [made] a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.

81:5 This he [God] ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he [God commanded and ordained the New Moon celebrations with the first New Moon of the first month and commanded the Feasts of the LORD at Sinai.] went out through the land of Egypt [at the time that Jacob went out of Egypt; including the giving of the Word of God at Sinai]: where I heard a language that I understood not.

God delivered them from the burden of bondage in Egypt; and God has delivered us from the burden of bondage to sin: and God will yet call all humanity to himself in the main fall harvest of mankind!

81:6 I removed his shoulder from the burden [of bondage]  his [the hands of the called out] hands were delivered from the pots [the pots of slime for making bricks in Egypt].

As physical Israel called out for deliverance, let us also call out for deliverance from spiritual bondage. When Israel called, God answered; and when we call in sincere repentance, God will answer us with his deliverance.

81:7 Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

What does God require of us?  We are to obey and exalt God alone above any and all others: We must NEVER allow anyone or anything to come between us and God or to separate us from zealously living by every Word of God. 

81:8  Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me; 81:9 There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship [obey] any strange god.

Seek out the Eternal God, hungering and thirsting after his righteousness; and love to live by every Word of God in exuberant enthusiasm; and we shall be filled.

81:10 I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide [to physically eat, figurative of internalizing the Word of God], and I will fill it  [if we hunger and thirst after godliness, God will fill us with the righteousness of his Word].

At their appointed time all humanity will be delivered from bondage to sin; and called to come to God! 

The following is true of physical Israel and it is also true of today’s spiritually called out Ekklesia

81:11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would [have nothing in God] none of me. 81:12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

We know the history of Physical Israel; even so the conditions in today’s spiritual Ekklesia [where every one trusts in their own counsels] are at the point where we will be rejected by God the Father and Jesus Christ (Rev 3:15-22) and given over to the affliction of the flesh, so that God may perchance save the spirit and bring us to sincere repentance. 

God calls on physical Israel to sincerely repent and the remnant will do so when Messiah comes; God is also calling today’s spiritual Ekklesia to sincerely repent, so that God can save us in the resurrection to eternal life. 

81:13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! 81:14 I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

The remnant will repent when Christ comes and the ancients will be resurrected back to physical life (Ezek 37)  and they will eventually repent in the fall main harvest typified by the Feast of Tabernacles, and then they will run to the Mighty One of Abraham!

81:15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever. 81:16  He should [If we will only sincerely repent and turn to live by every Word of God with a whole heart, God will feed the sincerely repentant with the sweet honey and unleavened bread of every Word of God] have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

God wants to save all humanity; and God will do so at their appointed times.

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