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Psalms 141 – 144

Psalm 141

The godly put their trust and hope in the LORD their Deliverer and call upon Him. 

Psalm 141:1 Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.

Here the prayers of the repentant and faithful are likened to incense which rises up to heaven as a sweet perfume to God.

141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

The godly will seek help from God to learn and live by every Word of God and to speak and teach righteousness. 

141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.  141:4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

Flatteries bring destruction and death but correction to godliness is deeply appreciated by God’s faithful, because such correction purges out evil and brings life everlasting.

141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be [for those who rightly correct me] in their calamities.

When the wicked are overthrown at the coming of Messiah, the people will turn live by every Word of God.

141:6 When their [wicked rulers] judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my [the words of godliness] words; for they are sweet.

Godly people will be afflicted by the wicked and will die like all men, but God will give them victory over death and raise His faithful to eternal life.

141:7 Our bones are scattered at the grave’s mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.  141:8 But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.  141:9 Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.

The unrepentant wicked will perish, and those who live by every Word of God, God will deliver to everlasting life.

141:10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.

 

Psalm 142

In all our troubles we are to put our trust in the Almighty and cry out in sincere repentance to Him for deliverance.

Psalm 142:1 I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. 142:2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

There is no help from men and we are not to put our trust in men who cannot even deliver themselves, we are to trust in the Mighty God of our salvation, and we are to live by every Word of God and not by the false words of men.

142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path.  In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.  142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me [help me]: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

In tribulation even, today’s brethren will be humbled and will finally learn to trust and live by every Word of God; and will cry out to God for deliverance, and they will repent of following the false words of men.

142:5 I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. 142:6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

142:7 Bring my soul out of prison [God will deliver His faithful out of bondage to Satan, sin and death], that I may praise thy name [the name represents the Being, so this means to praise God Himself, who is our Deliverer] : the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

 

Psalm 143

When we find ourselves in times of trouble and we wonder what to do and where we should go; there is only one answer.  We must turn to God and immerse ourselves in the Word of God.  We must humble ourselves before God and diligently seek Him with a whole heart. 

We must sincerely repent of trusting in the unscriptural and false words of men to turn to and to live by every Word of God.  Only then can we expectantly call on God for His mercy and deliverance, and the Eternal Deliverer will hear us and accept us as His own.

Psalm 143:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.  143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

When we become proud and self- justifying, full of our own ways and our own high opinions of our own righteousness; God will correct us, crushing our arrogance to contrition and humbling us before Him.

143:3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.  143:4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

When our pride has been purged and turned to humility before God, then we will turn in sincere repentance to remember and to study the Word of God to learn it and internalize it and to live by every Word of God.

143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

Then in our wholehearted turning to the Eternal He will deliver his people from bondage to Satan, sin and the grave in the resurrection.

143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.  143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

143:9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies [our enemies are spiritual; Satan, sin and the grave]: I flee unto thee to hide me.  143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness [the upright live by every Word of God].

143:11 Quicken [make alive, give life, resurrect] me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.

A faithful servant obeys his master; therefore we are the servants of those we obey. Either doing what we want – which is sin – to our own destruction; or obeying and living by every Word of God, receiving God’s Gift of  Eternal Life.

143:12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul [our enemies are spiritual; Satan, sin and the grave]: for I am thy servant.

 

Psalm 144

God’s faithful are strengthened by the Almighty to fight all evil and sin, and God goes before those who diligently live by every Word of God to deliver them and give them victory over Satan, sin and the grave itself. 

Praise God our Deliverer who is Worthy to be Praised!  let us Rejoice in Him forever!

Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war [against evil], and my fingers to fight [against sin]: 144:2 [God is] My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me [God will grant his faithful to rule the nations, as he has granted the resurrected David to rule all Israel].

God is great and loved mankind His created children.

144:3 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! 144:4 Man is like to vanity [a wisp of smoke here and gone,  compared to God]: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

A prophecy of the coming of Christ to rule all nations.

144:5 Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.  144:6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them [the enemies of Christ at His coming]: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

144:7 Send thine hand from above; rid me [as a type of Christ being rid of the enemies of God at His coming], and deliver me out of great waters [meaning many peoples Rev 17:15], from the hand of strange children; 144:8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

When Christ comes and God’s dead are resurrected and given the kingdoms of men, and the enemies of God are destroyed:  A new song of the Great Victory will be sung in praise of the Mighty Delivering God! 

144:9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

It is God who will deliver David from death and who will deliver His people from the grave to sit on thrones as kings in the earth.

144:10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

When Christ comes he will deliver his faithful from Satan, sin and death and the wicked will be vanquished fro  off the earth as the Holy Spirit of God is poured out on a humbled and repentant humanity (Joel 2:28). 

144:11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange [wicked people] children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:

Then the blessings of God will be poured out on the earth; first during the millennium and then forever more.

144:12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:  144:13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: 144:14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case [living by every Word of God]: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. 

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