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Psalms 107 – 108

This is the first Sabbath after the Wave Offering in 2017

Psalm 107

A prophecy of deliverance from Babylon and deliverance at the end of the tribulation by the coming of Messiah; and in its spiritual context a prophecy and song of rejoicing over deliverance from bondage to sin.

Psalm 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Physically God will save his people from wherever they have been scattered, and spiritually the sincerely repentant will greatly rejoice over their redemption by the sacrificial death of our Creator when they are resurrected to spirit.

107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;  107:3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

In the tribulation the people will be afflicted.  

107:4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.  107:5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

God will deliver us when we cry out to him in sincere repentance.

107:6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.  107:7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

Men ought to praise God for feeding the hungry, and God will fill the spiritually hungry with the meat of every Word of God.

107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

God will correct and humble his rebellious children, but when they repent and run to him; God will deliver them.

107:10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;  107:11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:  107:12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

God is worthy of much praise for he delivers the sincerely repentant who are bound in the darkness of ignorance and sin into the light of the truth and delivers the repentant from bondage to sin.

107:13 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.  107:14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

God is worthy to be praised for he delivers humanity from bondage to Satan and sin.

107:15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  107:16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

Sinful men will be delivered when they sincerely repent and cry out to God for deliverance.

107:17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

The fool rejects the meat of God’s Word until he is afflicted and approaches eternal death.

107:18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

When the wicked finally sincerely repent the Eternal will save them.

107:19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.

Turning to live by every Word of God heals the sinner.  This is also a prophecy about the Logos the Word of God [Jesus Christ; Hebrew Yeshua Mashiach] who came to give his life in sacrifice for sinners. 

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Let all that has breath rejoice with thanksgiving before the LORD, God has power over all things and will also save humanity.

107:21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

God has power over the very seas and weather and has made the endless variety of creatures in the sea and on the earth.

107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;  107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.  107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. 

When the great storm rages the sailors fear and cry out to God for deliverance.  In the terrible storm of our great hour of trial we will also be afraid and call out to God for deliverance.

107:26 They [the waves] mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their [the sailors heart melts for fear in the storm] soul is melted because of trouble.  107:27 They [the seamen] reel to and fro, and stagger [in the heavy seas and raging waves] like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.  107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

In our hour of great trial, once we sincerely repent and call out to God for deliverance; Messiah will come to  deliver us and will calm the raging nations and bring his people to their land in peace.

107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

When Christ comes spiritual Israel will greatly rejoice at their resurrection, and physical Israel will be saved and will greatly rejoice; all humanity will also be saved and rejoice in the Word of God to live by it.

107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet [at peace]; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven [their land].

All the children of men will see and know the greatness of God and will praise him for his deliverance from bondage to Satan and sin.

107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD [YHVH] for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  107:32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

God has all power, he can turn the rich land into desert to correct the wicked.

107:33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; 107:34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

God’s rich blessings on the sincerely repentant who faithfully live by every Word of God.

107:35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.  107:36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;  107:37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.  107:38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

God corrects and humbles the proud who exalt their own imaginations above the Word of God.

107:39 Again, they [the proud will be diminished and humbled] are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. 

God is contemptuous of the leaders – including church elders – who lead the brethren astray from their zeal for God.

107:40 He poureth contempt upon princes [leaders], and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way [road or highway].

The physically poor are a type of the spiritually poor in the spirit of self-will and humble before God.  The humble will be exalted and the proud will be abased.

Matthew 23:12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Psalm 107:41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.  107:42 The righteous [the godly] shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall [be ended] stop her mouth.

The wise will live by every Word of God.

107:43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

 

Psalm 108

A song of praise to God for deliverance after Messiah comes.  This Psalm is about the deliverance of Israel and their resurgence during the millennium, but it is an appropriate expression of gratitude for God’s deliverance from any and all distress especially from bondage to sin and the grave. 

Psalm 108:1 O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

Let the faithful rise early to think on God’s Word and rejoice with music and with song through the day.

108:2 Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

From the millennial Jerusalem the Word of God and the way to his salvation will flow forth to all nations.

108:3 I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.  108:4 For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.

May all that lives and breathes turn to God in sincere repentance and be saved; may all who live exalt the Eternal above all else.

108:5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;

David speaks of Israel as God’s beloved, but all nations shall sincerely repent and be grafted into the spiritual New Covenant Israel and every person will be beloved of the LORD.

May every person be turned to live by every Word of God

108:6 That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me.

David speaks of God’s promise to him that he will rule a united Israel forever.

108:7 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.  108:8 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;

God has also promised that in the millennium after Christ comes, the resurrected David will be given rule over Moab, the Turks and Gaza.

108:9 Moab [Jordan will belong to David] is my washpot; over Edom [Turkey will be subject to David] will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia [Gaza] will I triumph.

These nations will be devastated by the armies from the East when they gather at Jerusalem and when Messiah the Christ comes he will give Jordan, Turkey and Gaza to the resurrected David.

108:10 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?  108:11 Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?

When Christ co0mes he will destroy the armies arrayed against Jerusalem.

108:12 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. 108:13 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

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