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Psalms 120 – 124

This is the Third Sabbath after the Wave Offering in 2017

 

Psalm 120

Psalm 120:1 In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me. 120:2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from [false accusers] lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

David in his distress seeks help and asks that he be saved from deceit and lies.  This refers to those false things said about him, and is also a request that God keep him free from committing this evil himself. 

David asks how the tongue can be controlled, because it seems beyond control: and says that the wicked tongue shall be destroyed.

120:3 What shall be given unto thee [deceitful tongue]? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?  120:4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

David then speaks of dwelling in Arabia [Meshek and Kedar] as a euphemism for being far from the Ark of God at Jerusalem.

120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!

Failing to live by the Word of God and the righteousness of godliness means dwelling very far from peace with God.

David speaks of being surrounded by the wicked who have no love of peace and do not know the way to peace which is to live by the Word of God. 

120:6 My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. 120:7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

 

Psalm 121

This is a prophecy of Jesus Christ and all godly people

Psalm 121:1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

David looks for help and there is no help from men, the true help of the godly comes from God and placing all our trust in the Eternal.  This is an allegory that God the Father would not allow Jesus Christ to be overcome sin.

121:2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 121:3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved [to slip, an expression that Christ would not sin]: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

David looks all about him and sees no help for him from anywhere on the earth; therefore he seeks the help of the Almighty, who saves his faithful; never resting from delivering those who live by every Word of God.  In particular tis is an allegory of God the father watching over the Son Jesus Christ.

121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel [including the faithful of New Covenant spiritual Israel]  shall neither slumber nor sleep. 121:5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 121:6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

Ultimately, after the faithful are harvested from the grave by our Mighty Deliverer;  the souls [lives] of the faithful shall be preserved forever more;  Jesus Christ being the first fruits of many.

121:7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 121:8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time [the resurrection to spirit and eternal life] forth, and even for evermore.

 

Psalm 122

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Going up to the House [Temple] of the LORD is an allegory of sincere repentance and wholeheartedly seeking God to live by every Word of God.

122:2 [speaking of the resurrection to spirit when David returns to Jerusalem] Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 122:3 Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

Jerusalem where the Ark was moved in David’s day and where God had Solomon build His Temple; will be the city of the Mighty Redeemer the King of kings over all the earth in the near future.  As Jerusalem was chosen by God as His city and the seat of the King of kings will be there; Going up to Jerusalem is an analogy of going to God in sincere repentance. 

As the tribes went up to Jerusalem to worship in ancient times, very soon all nation’s will flow to Jerusalem  seeking the Eternal and deeply hungering to learn of and live by every Word of God.

122:4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony [The Ark of the Covenant] of Israel, to give thanks [to worship] unto the name of the LORD.

When Messiah comes with his chosen, David shall again bring justice to Jerusalem and Messiah shall bring justice to the whole earth.

122:5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 122:7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 122:8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

Because Messiah the Christ will rule the whole earth from Jerusalem; and the new Temple will be there; and David will rule all the tribes of a united Israel from Jerusalem; all humanity will look to Jerusalem.

122:9 Because of the house of the LORD our God [in Jerusalem] I will seek thy good. 

When Christ comes he will build the Millennial Temple and will also dwell and rule from Jerusalem, and all nations shall flow to Jerusalem year by year to keep the Feasts of the LORD! (Zec 14:16) and God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28) and all people shall serve the LORD with wholehearted zeal to live by every Word of God!

 

Psalm 123

Psalm 123:1 Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

The faithful look up to God in awe and wonder like a maid looks up to her mistress and a young child its parents.

123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

123:3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 123:4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud. 

The passionately faithful to live by every Word of God are despised and held in contempt for our love of God and his Word.

Therefore our God will have mercy upon us and will reward the faithful in this life with a resurrection  to spirit to serve as kings and priests for our God (Rev 5:10).

Isaiah 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

Spiritual Israel shall have a double portion compared to the nations; to help them become an example of righteousness and help the whole world turn to God.

61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

Jesus Christ loves fairness, justice and the sound judgment of the whole Word of God; he hates spiritual extortion for offerings by the ministry. The people should give offerings as they can afford and as they have been blessed, not because they are talked into giving more than they can afford. He will direct the work of the zealous for God’s Word, in the truth of the whole Word of God. The New Covenant of marriage between Christ and his Chosen shall be an everlasting Covenant; but the unrepentant shall be cast into the fire.

61:8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

As a repentant physical Israel shall be blessed, so a repentant and zealous spiritual Israel shall be greatly blessed; but the unrepentant shall pass into nothingness.

61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

The whole Word of God with all its teachings [doctrine] and wisdom is beautiful!

61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation [which is the learning and the keeping of the whole Word of God] , he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness [of living by every Word of God] and praise [of God] to spring forth before all the nations.

Psalm 124

Psalm 124:1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; 124:2 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men [the Egyptians] rose up against us: 124:3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: 124:4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: 124:5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

God is on our side when we are on his side to follow Him and to live by every Word of God; when this is so then God will deliver us from bondage to Satan and sin and death itself! 

David speaking of the Red Sea says that it was Almighty God who delivered Israel in a way that no man could.  God’s deliverance out of the Red Sea is symbolic of God’s deliverance out of the grave for all those who faithfully follow Him and live by every Word of God!

124:6 Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. 124:7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

As God delivered physical Israel from bondage in Egypt and saved them from the Egyptians and the waters of the Red Sea:  Blessed is the LORD God who saves his faithful out of bondage to Satan and sin and delivers them from death out of the mouth of the grave!

124:8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Be always faithful to follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth (Rev 14:4) and to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4), for God alone can save man from death and the grave, and bring men into the harvest of eternal life! 

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