Today’s reading is: Psa. 68-70; 86; 101
- The believer should be in daily anticipation of the day in which God will arise and scatter His enemies (Ps. 68:1-4).
- The believer should be in daily appreciation for the provision God makes in his life in this fallen world (Ps. 68:5,6,19-23).
- The believer should reflect upon the Lord’s past works of might, and continually glorify Him for His faithfulness (Ps. 68:7-14). Verse 8 has a NT allusion in Heb. 12:26.
- The believer should be on constant alert for the angelic conflict that rages about him (Ps. 68:15-18).
- The mountain of Bashan represents the kingdom of fallen angels (Ps. 22:12).
- This mountain of many peaks envies God’s holy mountain (Ps. 68:16).
- The Lord of Hosts maintains a standing army of elect angels for battle with the forces of Satan (Ps. 68:17).
- David prophetically looks ahead to Christ and His victory over the forces of Satan (Ps. 68:18; Eph. 4:8,9; Col. 2:15).
- David prophetically looked ahead to the building of the temple, and ultimately to the reign of Jesus Christ (Ps. 68:24-31), in which time all the kingdoms of the earth will praise Him (Ps. 68:32-35).
- Psalm 69 is the prayer of a believer who is over his head in Divine discipline (Ps. 69:1-4 cf. Jn. 15:25).
- David endures his discipline, and gives the glory to the Lord for the Lord’s allowing him to remain faithful (Ps. 69:5-12). Verse 9 is cited in Rom. 15:3.
- The unbeliever who sees the believer fall rejoices in that fall.
- The unbeliever who sees the believer fall scoffs at the believer’s repentance.
- David’s zeal for the house of the Lord is only exceeded by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (Ps. 69:9; Jn. 2:17).
- David’s confession comes “at an acceptable time” (i.e. now) (Ps. 69:13-15).
- God’s answers to prayer are given on the basis of His perfect character, and His matchless grace (Ps. 69:16-19).
- When David looked to human beings for sympathy, he received a prophetic response which looked ahead to Christ (Ps. 69:20,21; Matt. 27:34,48 || Mk. 15:23,36; Lk. 23:36; Jn. 19:29).
- David pronounced an imprecatory prayer against those who partake of the table of demons (Ps. 69:22-28; 1st Cor. 10:21). Vv.22-23 are cited in Rom. 11:9,10. Verse 25 has a NT citation in Acts 1:20. The Book of Life in v.28 is likely based on the Mosaic reference in Ex. 32:32 and has several NT allusions (Phil. 4:3; Rev. 13:8; 17:8; 20:15; 21:27).
- Through the endurance of sufferings, believers are equipped to offer sweet smelling savors (Ps. 69:29-33).
- Through the endurance of sufferings, believers are equipped to praise the Lord, and inherit the blessings He has promised (Ps. 69:34-36).
- Psalm 70:1-5 is nearly identical to Ps. 40:13-17. Also, many Hebrew manuscripts attach these verses to Psalm 71.
- David prays for the Lord’s immediate deliverance in view of his imminent danger (Ps. 70:1,5).
- David prays for the temporal life adversity of the wicked (Ps. 70:2-3).
- David prays for the temporal-life prosperity of the righteous (Ps. 70:4).
- Believers need a spiritual life dedicated to prayer (Ps. 86:1-10).
- God answers prayer in response to our affliction and need (Ps. 86:1; Phil. 4:19).
- God answers prayer in response to our godliness (Ps. 86:2; Heb. 5:7).
- God answers prayer in response to our persistence (Ps. 86:3; Lk. 18:1-8).
- God answers prayer in response to our living sacrifice (Ps. 86:4; Rom. 12:1).
- God answers prayer in response to our recognition of His absolute Sovereignty (Ps. 86:5-10).
- Believers need a spiritual life dedicated to Bible study (Ps. 86:11-13).
- Believers need a spiritual life dedicated to the Lord throughout conflict (Ps. 86:14-17).
Psalm One Hundred One
- Psalm 101 can be thought of as David’s inaugural prayer when he takes office as King of Israel.
- David intends to conduct his reign, as he conducts his life—according to the integrity of his heart (Ps. 101:1,2,6-8).
- David understands that this life of integrity will require a removal of evil things (Ps. 101:3-4), and evil people (Ps. 101:5).
- The greater fulfillment of this psalm is the Lord Jesus Christ’s inaugural prayer when He takes office as King of Israel.