Friday, August 17, 2018

Let JESUS Be Exalted In The Highest

Psalm 70 NIV

For the director of music. Of David. A petition.

1Hasten, O GOD, To Save me;
Come Quickly, LORD, To Help me.

2May those who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
3May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
4But may all who seek YOU
rejoice and be glad in YOU;
may those who long for YOUR Saving Help always say,

“The LORD Is Great!”

5But as for me, I am poor and needy;

Come Quickly To me, O GOD.
YOU Are my Help and my Deliverer;
LORD, Do Not Delay.

Psalm 70

 David here prays that GOD Would Send,

I. Help to himself (v. 1, 5).

II. Shame to his enemies (v. 2, 3).

III. Joy to his friends (v. 4).

These five verses were the last five verses of Psalm 40. He seems to have intended this short prayer to be both for himself and us a salve for every sore.

In singing this Psalm, we may apply it to our particular troubles, whatever they are.

We Will Not Be Put To Shame Because of JESUS, our REDEEMER

Psalm 69 NIV

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

1Save me, O GOD,
for the waters have come up to my neck.

2I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.
3I am worn out calling for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
looking for my GOD.

4Those who hate me without reason
outnumber the hairs of MY head;
many are MY enemies without cause,
those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal.

5YOU, GOD, Know my folly;
my guilt is not hidden from YOU.

May those who hope in YOU
not be disgraced because of ME;
GOD of Israel,
May those who seek YOU
not be put to shame because of ME.

7For I endure scorn for YOUR Sake,
and shame covers MY Face.

8I am a foreigner to MY OWN family,
a stranger to MY OWN mother’s children;

9 For zeal for YOUR House Consumes ME,
and the insults of those who insult YOU fall on ME.

10When I weep and fast,
I must endure scorn;
11when I put on sackcloth,
people make sport of me.
12Those who sit at the gate mock me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.
13But I pray to YOU, LORD,
in the time of YOUR Favor;
in YOUR Great Love, O GOD,
answer me with YOUR Sure Salvation.

14Rescue me from the mire,
Do Not Let me sink;
Deliver me from those who hate me,
from the deep waters.
15Do Not Let the floodwaters engulf me
or the depths swallow me up
or the pit close its mouth over me.
16Answer me, LORD, out of the Goodness of YOUR Love;
in YOUR Great Mercy turn to me.

17Do Not Hide YOUR Face from YOUR servant;
Answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
18Come near and Rescue me;
Deliver me because of my foes.
19YOU Know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
all my enemies are Before YOU.
20Scorn has broken my heart
and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but I found none.

21 They put gall in MY Food
and gave ME vinegar for MY Thirst.

22May the table set before them become a snare;
May it become retribution andb a trap.
23May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.
24Pour out YOUR Wrath on them;
Let YOUR Fierce Anger Overtake them.
25May their place be deserted;
Let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
26For they persecute those YOU Wound
and talk about the pain of those YOU Hurt.
27Charge them with crime upon crime;
Do Not Let them share in YOUR Salvation.

28 May they be blotted out of the Book of Life
and not be listed with the righteous.

29But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
May YOUR Salvation, GOD, Protect me.
30I will praise GOD’S Name in song
and glorify HIM with thanksgiving.

31This will please The LORD more than an ox,
more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
32The poor will see and be glad—
you who seek GOD, may your hearts live!
33The LORD Hears the needy
and Does Not Despise HIS captive people.
34Let heaven and earth Praise HIM,
the seas and all that move in them,

35for GOD Will Save Zion
and Rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it;
36the children of HIS servants will inherit it,
and those who love HIS Name will dwell there.

Psalm 69

David was hated wrongfully. Now, in this, David was a type of CHRIST, and diverse passages in this Psalm are applied to CHRIST in the New Testament and are said to have their accomplishment in HIM (v. 4, 9, 21), and v. 22 refers to the enemies of CHRIST.

So that (like Psalm 22) it begins with the Humiliation and ends with the Exaltation of CHRIST, one branch of which was the destruction of the Jewish nation for persecuting HIM.

By the satisfaction CHRIST Made To GOD for our sin By HIS Blood, HE Restored that which HE Did Not Take Away; HE Paid our debt, Suffered for our offenses. Even when we can plead “not guilty”, as to men’s unjust accusations, yet Before GOD we must acknowledge ourselves to deserve all that is brought upon us.

All our sins take rise from our foolishness. They are all done in GOD’S Sight. David complains of the unkindness of friends and relations. This was fulfilled in CHRIST, Whose brethren did not believe on HIM, and WHO Was Forsaken by HIS OWN disciples. CHRIST Made satisfaction for us, not only by putting off the Honors HE Deserves As The SON of GOD, but by Submitting to the greatest dishonors as The SON of Man.

In singing this Psalm we must have an eye to the Sufferings of CHRIST, and the Glory that followed.  In a world where unrighteousness reigns so much, we must not wonder if we meet with those who are our enemies wrongfully and without reason for being that.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

From The SOVEREIGN LORD JESUS, Comes Escape From Death

Psalm 68 NIV

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.

1May GOD Arise, May HIS enemies be scattered;
May HIS foes flee Before HIM.

2May YOU Blow them Away like smoke—
as wax melts before the fire,
May the wicked perish Before GOD.
3But may the righteous be glad
and rejoice Before GOD;
May they be happy and joyful.

4Sing To GOD, sing in praise of HIS Name,
Extol HIM WHO Rides on the cloudsb ;
Rejoice Before HIM—HIS Name Is The LORD.

5A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is GOD in HIS Holy Dwelling.

6GOD Sets the lonely in families,c
HE Leads out the prisoners with singing;

but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
7When YOU, GOD, Went Out before YOUR people,
when YOU Marched Through the wilderness,
8the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain,
Before GOD, The One of Sinai,
Before GOD, The GOD of Israel.

9YOU Gave abundant showers, O GOD;
YOU Refreshed YOUR weary inheritance.
10YOUR people settled in it,

and from YOUR Bounty, GOD, YOU Provided for the poor.

11The LORD Announces The WORD,
and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:
12“Kings and armies flee in haste;
the women at home divide the plunder.
13Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,
the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver,
its feathers with shining gold.”

14When The ALMIGHTY Scattered the kings in the land,
it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.
15Mount Bashan, majestic mountain,
Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
16why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
at the Mountain Where GOD Chooses To Reign,
Where The LORD HIMSELF Will Dwell Forever?

17The chariots of GOD are tens of thousands
and thousands of thousands;
The LORD Has Come from Sinai into HIS Sanctuary.

18 When YOU Ascended on high,
YOU Took many captives;

YOU Received gifts from people,
even from the rebellious—
that YOU, LORD GOD, Might Dwell there.

19 Praise Be To The LORD, To GOD our SAVIOR,
WHO daily Bears our burdens.

20 Our GOD Is A GOD WHO Saves
From The SOVEREIGN LORD Comes escape from death.

21Surely GOD Will Crush the heads of HIS enemies,
the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
22The LORD Says, “I Will Bring them from Bashan;
I Will Bring them from the depths of the sea,
23that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,
while the tongues of your dogs have their share.”
24YOUR Procession, GOD, Has Come Into view,
the Procession of my GOD and KING Into the sanctuary.
25In front are the singers, after them the musicians;
with them are the young women playing the timbrels.
26Praise GOD in the great congregation;
Praise The LORD in the assembly of Israel.
27There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them,
there the great throng of Judah’s princes,
and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.
28Summon YOUR Power, GOD ;
Show us YOUR Strength, our GOD, As YOU Have Done before.
29Because of YOUR Temple at Jerusalem
kings will bring YOU gifts.
30Rebuke the beast among the reeds,
the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations.
Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver.
Scatter the nations who delight in war.
31Envoys will come from Egypt;
Cushk will submit herself to GOD.
32Sing to GOD, you kingdoms of the earth,
Sing praise to The LORD,
33To HIM Who Rides Across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
WHO Thunders with Mighty Voice.
34Proclaim the Power of GOD,
Whose Majesty Is over Israel,
Whose Power Is in the heavens.
35YOU, GOD, Are Awesome in YOUR Sanctuary;
The GOD of Israel Gives power and strength to HIS people.

Praise Be To GOD!


This is a most excellent psalm, but in many places the genuine sense is not easy to come at. It does not appear when, or upon what occasion, David penned this psalm; but probably it was when, GOD Having Given him rest from all his enemies round about, he brought the Ark (which was both the token of GOD'S Presence and a type of CHRIST'S Mediation) from the house of Obed-edom to the tent he had pitched for it in Zion for the first words are the prayer which Moses used at the removing of the Ark, Numbers 10:35.

From this he is led, by The SPIRIT of Prophecy, to speak glorious things concerning The MESSIAH, HIS Ascension Into Heaven, and the Setting up of HIS Kingdom in the world.

I. He begins with prayer, both against GOD'S enemies (v. 1, 2) and for HIS people (v. 3).

II. He proceeds to praise, which takes up the rest of the psalm, calling upon all to praise GOD (v. 4, 26, 32) and suggesting many things as matter for praise.

1. The Greatness and Goodness of GOD (v. 4-6).

2. The wonderful Works GOD Had Done For HIS people formerly, Bringing them through the wilderness (v. 7, 8), Settling them in Canaan (v. 9, 10), Giving them victory over their enemies (v. 11, 12), and Delivering them out of the hands of their oppressors (v. 13, 14).

3. The special Presence of GOD in HIS church (v. 15-17).

4. The Ascension of CHRIST (v. 18) and the salvation of HIS people by HIM (v. 19, 20).

5. The victories which CHRIST Would Obtain Over HIS enemies, and the Favors HE Would Bestow Upon HIS church (v. 21-28).

6. The enlargement of the church by the accession of the Gentiles to it (v. 29-31).

7. And so he concludes the psalm with an awful acknowledgment of the Glory and Grace of GOD (v. 32-35).