Today’s reading is: Psa. 98-100; 102; 104
- The psalmist urges the entire world to sing a new song for the Lord’s glorious victory.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is the only Man in the world whose right hand and holy arm have the ability to obtain the victory (Ps. 98:1; cf. Job 40:10-14).
- The only qualified Savior offers the only possible salvation (Ps. 98:2-3).
- The time of His reign, and His judgment, will be a time for the entire world to celebrate their redemption (Ps. 98:4-9).
- The Lord Reigns. The Absolute Sovereignty of God is a source for great rejoicing (Ps. 99:1).
- The unity of Sovereignty, Holiness, Omnipotence, Love, Righteousness, & Justice is brought together for human and angelic praise (Ps. 99:1-5).
- The example of our heritage is there for us to learn from, and emulate (Ps. 99:6-9).
Psalm One Hundred
- Psalm 100 is a call to worship.
- Worship is a corporate function (Ps. 100:1).
- Worship is a freewill action (Ps. 100:2).
- Worship is an accurate Creator/creature perspective (Ps. 100:3).
Psalm One Hundred Two
- The author of Psalm 102 is unknown. It begins with a personal lament (Ps. 102:1-11), and concludes with a glorious declaration of God’s eternal nature (Ps. 102:12-28).
- Psalm 102 is a penitential psalm, expressing a believer’s confession & need for forgiveness (Ps. 6,32,38,51,102,130,143).
- The psalmist endured personal affliction (Ps. 102:3,5) like the afflictions Job (Job 10:20; 30:30) and Jeremiah (Lam. 1:13) faced.
- The psalmist spent sleepless nights in watchful prayer (Ps. 102:7; cf. 77:4). This prayer ministry was a solitary prayer ministry (cf. Jer. 15:17).
- The psalmist is comforted in knowing that “it is time to be gracious” to Zion (Ps. 102:13).
- Jerusalem’s destitution & restoration is a lesson for “a people yet to be created” to praise the Lord for His glorious plan (Ps. 102:18-22; 22:30-31).
- The psalm concludes with a hymn to the glory of God (Ps. 102:25-27), which the author of Hebrews applies to Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:10-12).
Psalm One Hundred Four
- The author of Psalm 104 is unknown. The language is similar to Psalm 103, and therefore may be a Davidic psalm.
- Psalm 104 is a majestic description of the Lord’s creation—beyond what Genesis 1&2 taught.
- God is first praised for the creation of His own throne room (heaven) (Ps. 104:1-4).
- His garments.
- His throne room.
- His royal chariot.
- His court messenger-servants (angels).
- God is then praised for the creation of the physical universe (Ps. 104:5-30).
- The restored earth (Ps. 104:5-9; Gen. 1).
- The provision of water (Ps. 104:10-13).
- The provision of vegetation (Ps. 104:14-17).
- The provision of orderliness within the creation (Ps. 104:18-23).
- The display of God’s might in the oceans (Ps. 104:24-26).
- The display of God’s Sovereignty in creating life, and ending life (Ps. 104:27-30).
- God is to be praised as a response to the recognition of His worthiness (Ps. 104:31-35).