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Today’s reading is: Psa. 68-70; 86; 101

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Psalm Sixty-Eight

  1. The believer should be in daily anticipation of the day in which God will arise and scatter His enemies (Ps. 68:1-4).
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. The believer should be on constant alert for the angelic conflict that rages about him (Ps. 68:15-18).
    1. The mountain of Bashan represents the kingdom of fallen angels (Ps. 22:12).
    2. This mountain of many peaks envies God’s holy mountain (Ps. 68:16).
    3. The Lord of Hosts maintains a standing army of elect angels for battle with the forces of Satan (Ps. 68:17).
    4. David prophetically looks ahead to Christ and His victory over the forces of Satan (Ps. 68:18; Eph. 4:8,9; Col. 2:15).
  5. 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 Sixty-Nine

  1. Psalm 69 is the prayer of a believer who is over his head in Divine discipline (Ps. 69:1-4 cf. Jn. 15:25).
  2. 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.
    1. The unbeliever who sees the believer fall rejoices in that fall.
    2. The unbeliever who sees the believer fall scoffs at the believer’s repentance.
  3. David’s zeal for the house of the Lord is only exceeded by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (Ps. 69:9; Jn. 2:17).
  4. David’s confession comes “at an acceptable time” (i.e. now) (Ps. 69:13-15).
  5. God’s answers to prayer are given on the basis of His perfect character, and His matchless grace (Ps. 69:16-19).
  6. 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).
  7. 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).
  8. Through the endurance of sufferings, believers are equipped to offer sweet smelling savors (Ps. 69:29-33).
  9. Through the endurance of sufferings, believers are equipped to praise the Lord, and inherit the blessings He has promised (Ps. 69:34-36).

Psalm Seventy

  1. Psalm 70:1-5 is nearly identical to Ps. 40:13-17. Also, many Hebrew manuscripts attach these verses to Psalm 71.
  2. David prays for the Lord’s immediate deliverance in view of his imminent danger (Ps. 70:1,5).
  3. David prays for the temporal life adversity of the wicked (Ps. 70:2-3).
  4. David prays for the temporal-life prosperity of the righteous (Ps. 70:4).

Psalm Eighty-Six

  1. Believers need a spiritual life dedicated to prayer (Ps. 86:1-10).
    1. God answers prayer in response to our affliction and need (Ps. 86:1; Phil. 4:19).
    2. God answers prayer in response to our godliness (Ps. 86:2; Heb. 5:7).
    3. God answers prayer in response to our persistence (Ps. 86:3; Lk. 18:1-8).
    4. God answers prayer in response to our living sacrifice (Ps. 86:4; Rom. 12:1).
    5. God answers prayer in response to our recognition of His absolute Sovereignty (Ps. 86:5-10).
  2. Believers need a spiritual life dedicated to Bible study (Ps. 86:11-13).
  3. Believers need a spiritual life dedicated to the Lord throughout conflict (Ps. 86:14-17).

Psalm One Hundred One

  1. Psalm 101 can be thought of as David’s inaugural prayer when he takes office as King of Israel.
  2. David intends to conduct his reign, as he conducts his life—according to the integrity of his heart (Ps. 101:1,2,6-8).
  3. David understands that this life of integrity will require a removal of evil things (Ps. 101:3-4), and evil people (Ps. 101:5).
  4. The greater fulfillment of this psalm is the Lord Jesus Christ’s inaugural prayer when He takes office as King of Israel.