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Psalms 85 – 87

Psalm 85

Repentance and rejoicing over God’s deliverance

Physical Israel will be delivered from her captivity and Spiritual Israel will be delivered from her correction, and when God’s correction has brought forth the fruits of sincere repentance our sins will be forgiven.

Psalm 85:1 Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.  85:2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.  85:3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.

Yes LORD, turn us to you and bring us to sincere repentance even if we need correction.

85:4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

God will not be angry forever neither will our correction last over long, for when God has brought us to sincere repentance he will deliver us and raise us up in his Love.

85:5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

When we have been corrected and humbled God will show mercy and save us, and we will hear the Word of God and we will live by every Word of God from thenceforth and forever more.

85:7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.

Then we shall be reconciled to God the Father and we will dwell in peace with God forever, never again departing into the folly of sin against our Mighty God.

85:8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

Those that respect God and fear to sin against the Word of God will be blessed with eternal salvation.

85:9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

Messiah the Christ will bring truth, righteousness and peace to the earth; God’s Word is Truth and God’s Word is Righteousness.

The righteousness of living by every Word of God brings peace and unity between people and God and brings peace and true unity between all godly people. 

85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 85:12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. 85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

 

Psalm 86

An entreaty for God to hear our prayers

The entreaty begins with a declaration of our NEED for God and our humility before God, acknowledging that we are spiritually poor and needy of God’s Righteousness; the exact opposite of today’s called out spiritual Ekklesia and their pride (Rev 3:14-22).

Psalm 86:1 Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

God will hear the plea for salvation of all those who put their trust in God to live by his Word 

86:2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee. 86:3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

God will accept and rejoice in all those who live by every Word of God and dedicate their lives to him.

86:4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul [dedicate my life].

All who live by every Word of God and put their trust in him to call on him will be delivered

86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.  86:6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. 86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. 86:8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.  86:9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

There is NO other God but the Family of YHVH and all nations will sincerely repent and call upon the LORD to worship [live by every Word of] God.

86:10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

All people must and most people will sincerely repent of going contrary to the Word of God and they hunger and thirst to internalize and live by every Word of God (Mat 5:6).

86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk [we are to live by God’s Word] in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

If we shout praises and do not live by every Word of God we do not glorify God, we are merely paying lip-service as we rebel against Him. 

We truly glorify and praise God through living by every Word of God.

86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

God’s mercy is great towards the sincerely repentant, who STOP living contrary to the Word of God.

86:13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

The proud reject the Word of God and they reject those who live by the Word of God preferring their own imaginations.

86:14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

The proud reject those who seek to live by every Word of God, and God rejects the proud.

God is merciful and accepts the sincerely repentant.

86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

The godly welcome and even pray for God’s correction to keep them in God’s ways; but the proud wicked will not hear correction.

86:16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

God will do good for his faithful, resurrecting them to eternal life; the wicked will see this and be humbled.

86:17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

 

Psalm 87

The situation of Jerusalem is in the mountains and the Temple of God is on the Holy Mount.  Those who seek to be in the presence of God have a sure foundation for life eternal and peace everlasting.

Psalm 87:1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.

God loves Jerusalem, the place he has chosen; above all other places.  This is an allegory that God loves the spiritual New Covenant faithful within whom he dwells.

87:2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

Those who live in the presence of God’s dwelling place in the physical millennial Jerusalem Temple are greatly blessed; and those who are the faithful spiritual house in whom God dwells trough God’s Holy Spirit are even more blessed.

 87:3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

The city of God, Jerusalem,  is an allegory of the faithful to God in whom God dwells through his Holy Spirit.

87:4 I will make mention of Rahab [a term meaning prideful boaster; used for the Egypt of the exodus as a type of sin] and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.

Jerusalem will be considered the great city because God’s Temple and presence is there and anyone born there will be greatly blessed. 

This is a type that those faithful to God will be greatly blessed, because God will resurrect and exalt those in whom God’s Spirit dwells and they shall be born of God

87:5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. 87:6 The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

87:7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs [The physical Temple is an instructional allegory that the salvational water of the Word and Spirit of God comes from God in the heavenly Jerusalem (Gal 4:26).] are in thee.

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