Today’s reading is: Psa. 47-49; 84-85; 87
- Psalm 47 is a psalm of the sons of Korah (Ps. 42,44-49,84,85,87,88).
- Psalm 47 is classified as an enthronement psalm (Ps. 47,93,95,96,97,98,99). Mowinckel, The Psalms in Israel’s Worship.
- Psalm 47 is a call to worship for all the Gentiles to praise the God of Abraham, Who has ascended (to the throne).
- God is mentioned eleven times in this 10 verse psalm.
- Psalm 48 is a psalm of the sons of Korah (Ps. 42,44-49,84,85,87,88).
- Psalm 48 is a description of the glory of Zion, and how the Gentile Kings respond in fear to the appearance of such Divine majesty.
- Like Ps. 47, this psalm looks forward to the Messianic kingdom and the crushing victory required to bring it about.
- The psalmist invites rich and poor to ponder his riddle about riches and poverty (Ps. 49:1-4).
- The believer in adversity testing need not fear those in prosperity (Ps. 49:5-6,16-20).
- Temporal-life redemption is purchased with temporal-life wealth (Lev. 25:25).
- The soul is redeemed by God Himself (Ps. 49:7-9; Matt. 16:26; 1st Pet. 1:18-19).
- Trust in wealth is a foolish trust (Ps. 49:10-13; Jer. 9:23).
- The hopelessness of the lost estate (Ps. 49:14) is contrasted with the blessings of the redeemed (Ps. 49:15).
- Believers focused on heaven will sing for joy at the dwelling places in the Father’s house (Ps. 84:1-4; Jn. 14:2).
- Believers focused on heaven will go from strength to strength through any testing of sorrow (Ps. 84:5-7).
- Believers focused on heaven will be prayerful and confident in any testing of our faithfulness (Ps. 84:8-12).
- Psalm 85 is a song of thanksgiving expressed by believers returning from broken fellowship (Ps. 85:1-3). This psalm was applicable on many occasions, but particularly for various captivity/exile/diaspora experiences.
- Physical return to the land needs to feature a spiritual return to Godliness (Ps. 85:4-7).
- True Godliness comes about for believers as they are humbled before the Truth of God’s Word (Ps. 85:8ff.).
- Psalm 87 looks ahead to the Messianic Kingdom city of Jerusalem (Zion).
- Zion will be a place where the Lord’s love will motivate “glorious things” to be spoken of.
- Nations that are often the object of Divine wrath will become witnesses to Divine blessing.
- Zion will be the most joyous place on earth.