Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Psa. 1-2; 10; 33; 71; 91


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Psalm One

  1. Psalm one describes the humble believer who lives his life according to the revealed Word of God.
  2. Failure to separate from worldliness leads a believer into progressive levels of involvement in evil (Ps. 1:1).  Fleeing from all of this is a tremendous blessing.
  3. The believer must meditate on the Word of God day & night (Ps. 1:2).  Such occupation with Christ produces spiritual prosperity in every endeavor (Ps. 1:3).
  4. The alternative to walking with the Lord is to pursue the course of wickedness, and perish (Ps. 1:4-6).

Psalm Two

  1. Psalm 2 is not pre-scripted as a psalm of David, but Acts 4:25 indicates it as such.
  2. Psalm 2 is a view of God the Father sovereignly placing His faithful Son on the throne of David.
    1. The nations and peoples (human beings), and the kings and rulers (fallen angels) unite for rebellion against the Lord, and His Christ (Ps. 2:1-3).  
      1. This psalm was cited by the Apostles as they reflected on the sufferings of Jesus and their own sufferings in the Church (Acts 4:25-28).
      2. Like other OT citations early in the Book of Acts, great caution must be taken to avoid claiming fulfilled prophecy when the citation itself doesn’t go beyond analogous illustration (cf. Acts 2 & Joel 2).
    2. The celebration of the seated Lord in glory is a Divine mocking at the attempt to thwart the Father’s will (Ps. 2:4).
    3. The message of anger and fury will be delivered in (through) the Millennium (Ps. 2:5-6).
  3. The Begotten Son is more than the Son of David and will reign over more than the nation of Israel on the Throne of David. He is also the Son of Man and will receive all the nations as His inheritance (Ps. 2:7-9; Eph. 1:10; Rev. 21:22-27).
  4. Application for the nations during the Millennium: worship the Lord Jesus Christ (Ps. 2:10-12 cf. Zech. 14:9-19).

Psalm Ten

  1. Believers under testing feel like the Lord has abandoned them, and the wicked are getting away with their plots (Ps. 10:1-2; cf. 9:15-16).
  2. The attitude of the unbeliever is described (Ps. 10:3-4), as are his activities (Ps. 10:5-11).
  3. The Psalmist calls upon the Lord to be faithful towards the humble (Ps. 10:12-15).
  4. The Lord’s absolute Sovereignty reigns over all the nations of the earth, and yet His absolute Love ministers to each individual on the earth (Ps. 10:16-18).

Psalm Thirty-Three

  1. Singing and praise is appropriate for believers who are made righteous and upright by the grace of God (Ps. 33:1-5).
  2. The Lord is worthy to be praised for His Sovereignty over creation (Ps. 33:6-9), and especially His Sovereignty over the volitional elements of that creation (Ps. 33:10-12).
  3. The Lord is faithful with nations (Ps. 33:10-12), kings (Ps. 33:13-17), and individual believers (Ps. 33:18-22).

Psalm Seventy-One

  1. Psalm 71 was written by an older believer, who testified of the Lord’s faithfulness throughout his life.
    1. If David was the author, this is perhaps his final psalm.
    2. If David was not the author, then the author certainly learned from David, as many of the expressions in this psalm come from other (Davidic) psalms.
  2. The old man psalmist praises the Lord for past faithfulness, and trusts the Lord for present testing (Ps. 71:1-6).
  3. The old man psalmist praises the Lord for witnessing opportunities in his older years (Ps. 71:7-11).
  4. The old man psalmist welcomes more testing, and more opportunities to learn more about the Lord (Ps. 71:12-16).
  5. The old man psalmist has learned the Word of God from his youth, and is now burdened to pass the Word of God along to the youth of following generations (Ps. 71:17-21).
  6. The old man psalmist has no regrets looking back, only praise for the Lord looking forward (Ps. 71:22-24).

Psalm Ninety-One

  1. Some ancient traditions ascribe this psalm to Moses as well as Psalm 90.
  2. The titles of Most High and Almighty are certainly early titles for the Lord.
    1. עֶלְיׄון ‘elyown #5945: most high (Gen. 14:18-20,22).
    2. שַׁדַּי shadday #7706: almighty (Gen. 17:1; often throughout Job).
  3. The setting, if it is indeed of Mosaic, certainly finds its application in the life of the young man Joshua, who will fulfill the short-term prophecy of this psalm.
  4. Joshua is the type of Christ, Who ultimately fulfills the long-term prophecy of this psalm.
  5. Regardless of the strategic odds against him, Joshua has total confidence in the provision of the Lord (Psa. 91:1-10).
  6. The guarantee of angelic protection is a passage that every believer may claim, and one that the Devil used in his temptation of Christ (Psa. 91:11-13; Matt. 4:6).
  7. The Lord’s view toward this faithful servant is expressed (Psa. 91:14-16).
    1. This passage is perfectly applicable to Joshua, but is also appropriate for a Davidic authorship—another long-standing tradition that should not be ignored.
    2. The Bible student is best to not make dogmatic assertions regarding authorship of various Books of the Bible, especially in light of the Lord’s intentional design to not give us specific authorship for various Books of the Bible.