Today’s reading is: Psa. 103; 108-110; 122; 124
Psalm One Hundred Three
- The “Bless the Lord, O My Soul” psalm is a beautiful psalm of praise, with many treasures of Scripture.
- Bless (NIV: praise). בָ ַרךְּ bārak #1288: to bless, be blessed. (Berachah = blessing).
- All our blessings come from God (Eph. 1:3).
- It is our privilege to bless God in turn—through the praise and thanksgiving that we freely offer him(Heb. 13:15).
- David blessed the Lord for five of the Lord’s actions on man’s behalf (Ps. 103:3-5).
- David blessed the Lord for the Lord’s faithfulness despite Israel’s faithlessness (Ps. 103:6-14).
- David blessed the Lord for the Lord’s eternal faithfulness, as a contrast to man’s transitory nature (Ps. 103:15-18).
- David blessed the Lord for the Lord’s heavenly majesty, and calls upon the angelic realm to sing his chorus to the glory of God (Ps. 103:19-22).
Psalm One Hundred Eight
- Psalm 108 is a medley of two other psalms.
- Ps. 108:1-5 ≈ Ps. 57:7-11.
- Ps. 108:6-13 = Ps. 60:5-12.
- A steadfast heart is motivation for the believer to exalt and magnify the Lord (Ps. 108:1-5).
- The steadfast heart (Ps. 108:1) precedes the deliverance (Ps. 108:6,10-13).
Psalm One Hundred Nine
- The itemized imprecations of this Psalm are among the most severe in Scripture.
- The shadow prophecy here finds its fulfillment in Judas Iscariot (Ps. 109:8; Acts 1:20).
- Psalm 109 was never used in later years for any part of Jewish worship. It has even been regarded by some as a magic spell!
- The Church Age believer needs to understand that rejoicing comes in the deliverance of the righteous, and not the destruction of the unrighteous (Ezek. 33:11).
Psalm One Hundred Ten
- Psalm 110 is a beautiful psalm of David’s, glorifying the King-Priest Messiah.
- David reports on a conversation that Jehovah has with his Lord (Ps. 110:1).
- Jesus Christ is the Son of David (Matt. 22:42).
- Jesus Christ is the Lord of David (Matt. 22:43,45).
- The Lord Jesus Christ is seated at the Father’s right hand, as a reward for his obedience to the Father’s plan (Ps. 110:1b; Heb. 1:3; 10:12-13).
- A day will come when the Lord Jesus Christ will have His scepter stretched forth from Zion, and will rule in obedience to the Father’s will (Ps. 110:2-3).
- This Messiah King will be unlike any previous Davidic King—He will be a King-Priest (Ps. 110:4).
- The King-Priest will reign according to God’s absolute standard of Righteousness, with immediate and impartial application of Justice (Ps. 110:5-7).
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-Two
- David rejoiced when his fellow believers were excited about their spiritual life (Ps. 122:1).
- David rejoiced when he was able to celebrate his spiritual life with his fellow spiritually-minded believers (Ps. 122:1).
- David and his fellow believers were able to rejoice in a house of the Lord that was not yet built, but was promised by the Lord.
- David looked forward, not only to a temple, but to thrones of judgment, through which the house of David will rule Israel, and the Gentile nations of the world (Ps. 122:5).
- “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” is therefore an imperative in the context of the Davidic Covenant, in view of the 2nd Advent of Jesus Christ, in anticipation of the land, seed, and blessings the Lord has promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- This peace will only be provided by the Lord Jesus Christ, in His obedience to the Father’s time-table (Ps. 122:6-9; Jn. 14:27-31).
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-Four
- Psalm 124 is a psalm of ascent, sung by pilgrims as they made their way to Jerusalem for the required feasts (Ps. 120-134).
- Psalm 124 considers a counterfactual what if scenario. What if God had not been on our side? It’s almost unthinkable to consider “had it not been.”