Friday, January 31, 2020

Psalm 15 - Who May Live On JEHOVAH'S Holy Mountain(=KINGDOM of CHRIST)

Psalm 15 NIV

A psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may dwell in YOUR Sacred Tent?

Who may live on YOUR Holy Mountain?

2The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear The LORD;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.

Psalm 15

Verse 1 serves to be the Question

Verse 2-5 are the Answer to it

How is this question and answer expressed in Old Testament language?

(1) By the Sacred Tent (Tabernacle) we may understand the church militant (fighting church), typified by Moses's tabernacle, and fitted to a wilderness-state, mean and movable. There GOD Manifests HIMSELF, and there HE Meets HIS people, as of old in the tabernacle of the testimony, the tabernacle of meeting.

Who shall dwell in this Tabernacle? Who shall be accounted a true living member of GOD'S Church, admitted among the spiritual priests to serve in the courts of this Tabernacle? We are concerned to know about this, because many people are in this Tabernacle who really have no part nor lot in the matter.

(2By the Holy Mountain we may understand the church triumphant (victorious church), alluding to Mount Zion, on which the Temple was to be built by Solomon. It is the happiness of glorified saints that they dwell in that Holy Mountain; they are at home there: they shall be forever there. It concerns us to know who shall dwell there, that we may make it sure to ourselves that we shall have a place among them, and may then take the comfort of it, and rejoice in anticipation of that Holy Mountain i.e. Kingdom of CHRIST.

Psalm 14 - The Fool Say, "There Is No GOD"

Psalm 14 NIV

For the director of music. Of David.

1 The fool says in his heart,

“There is no GOD.”

They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.

2The LORD Looks Down From heaven

on all mankind

To See if there are any who understand,

any who seek GOD.

3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

4Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on The LORD.

5But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
For GOD Is Present In the company of the righteous.

6You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
But The LORD Is their Refuge.

7 Oh, That Salvation for Israel Would Come Out of Zion!

When The LORD Restores HIS people,

let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 14

It does not appear upon what occasion this Psalm was penned. Some say David penned it when Saul persecuted him; others, when Absalom rebelled against him. But they are mere conjectures, which have not certainty enough to warrant us to expound the psalm by them.

The apostle Paul, in quoting part of this Psalm (Romans 3:10, etc.) to prove that Jews and Gentiles are all under sin (v. 9) and that all the world is guilty Before GOD (v. 19), leads us to understand it, in general, as a description of the depravity of human nature, the sinfulness of the sin we are conceived and born in, and the deplorable corruption of a great part of mankind, even of the world that lies in wickedness, 1 John 5:19.

In all the Psalms from the 3rd to this (except the 8th) David had been complaining of those that hated and persecuted him, insulted him and abused him; now here he traces all those bitter streams to the fountain, the general corruption of nature, and sees that not his enemies only, but all the children of men, were thus corrupted.

But our remedy can be discovered in CHRIST JESUS completely When HE Returns to Zion.

Oh, That Salvation for Israel Would Come Out of Zion!

When The LORD Restores HIS people,

Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Here is,

I. A charge exhibited against a wicked world (v. 1).

II. The proof of the charge (v. 2, 3).

III. A serious expostulation with sinners, especially with persecutors, upon it (v. 4-6).

IV. A believing prayer for the salvation of Israel and a joyful expectation of it (v. 7).

Psalm 13 - How Long Do We Wait For YOUR Return, LORD JESUS?

Psalm 13 NIV

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1How long, LORD? Will YOU Forget me forever?

How long Will YOU Hide YOUR Face from me?

2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

3Look on me and Answer, LORD my GOD.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

5But I trust in YOUR Unfailing Love;
my heart rejoices in YOUR Salvation.
6I will sing The LORD'S Praise,
For HE Has Been Good To me.

Psalm 13

This Psalm is the deserted soul's case and cure. Whether it was penned upon any particular occasion does not appear, but in general;

I. David sadly complains that GOD Had Long Withdrawn from him and Delayed to relieve him (v. 1, 2).

II. He earnestly prays To GOD To Consider his case and comfort him (v. 3, 4).

III. He assures himself of an answer of peace, and therefore concludes the Psalm with joy and triumph, because he concludes his deliverance to be as good as realized (v. 5, 6).

Psalm 12 - The WORDS Of JEHOVAH Are Flawless

Psalm 12 NIV

For the director of music. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.

1Help, LORD, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.

3May The LORD Silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue—
4those who say,
“By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?

5“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,

I Will Now Arise,” 

Says The LORD.

“I Will Protect them from those who malign them.”

6And The WORDS of The LORD Are Flawless,

like silver purified in a crucible,

like gold refined seven times.

7YOU, LORD, Will Keep the needy safe
and Will Protect us forever from the wicked,
8who freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Psalm 12

The Psalmist laments the decrease of good men. The pride and deceit of the wicked provokes GOD'S Wrath, Whose promise to avenge the cause of pious sufferers will be verified even amidst prevailing iniquity.

It is best believed that David penned this Psalm in the king Saul's reign, when there was a general decay of honesty and piety both in royal court and country, which he here complains of To GOD, for he himself suffered by the treachery of his false friends and the arrogance of his enemies.

I. He begs help of GOD, because there were none among men whom he can trust (v. 1, 2).

II. He foretells the destruction of his proud and threatening enemies (v. 3, 4).

III. He assures himself and others that, how bad things went now (v. 8), GOD Would Preserve and Secure HIS OWN people (v. 5, 7), and Would Certainly Make Good HIS Promises to them (v. 6).

Whether this Psalm was penned in Saul's reign or not, it is certainly calculated for a bad reign; and perhaps David, by The HOLY SPIRIT Foresaw that some of his successors on the royal thrones would bring things to as bad a pass as is here described, and Treasured Up this Psalm for the use of the Church age now. 

Psalm 11 - In JEHOVAH I Take Refuge

Psalm 11 NIV

For the director of music. Of David.

1 In The LORD I take refuge.

How then can you say to me:

“Flee like a bird to your mountain.

2For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.

3When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”

4The LORD Is in HIS Holy Temple;

The LORD Is on HIS Heavenly Throne.

HE Observes everyone on earth;

HIS Eyes Examine them.

5The LORD Examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
HE Hates with a passion.
6On the wicked HE Will Rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.

7For The LORD Is Righteous,

HE Loves Justice;

the upright will see HIS Face.

Psalm 11

Some of David's friends seem to have given him this advice when they saw Saul bent on his destruction: "Flee as a bird to your mountain;" you have not a moment to lose; your ruin is determined; escape for your life; get off as swiftly as possible to the hill-country, to some of those inaccessible fortresses best known to yourself; and hide yourself there from the cruelty of Saul.

They compare him to a little, fearful, trembling bird, wandering from its nest, moving through fear from place to place, whereas his heart was fixed, trusting In The LORD.

To which advice he answers, "In The LORD put I my trust," shall I act as one who believes he is forsaken of the Protection of The ALMIGHTY? No: I put my trust in HIM, and I am sure I shall never be confounded.