Psalms 77-78

Psalms 77-78

Chapter 77: The Righteous Remember Wonders of God

To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph.

                In the days of trouble Asaph sought the Lord, and in these days he remembered the great works of the Lord. God does many works and wonders. God redeemed the sons of Jacob and led Israel like a flock in the ancient times.

Chapter 78: Israel= Teach the Lords Law

Maschil of Asaph.

                This Psalm gives us a pretty good summary of the first five books of Moses. Asaph tells us that Israel must teach their children the Laws of the Lord in order to remain at peace with the Lord.

He reminds us of the ancient Israelites, who disobeyed God. The problem was simple, it was one of memory loss. The Israelites had seen the mighty power of the Lord throughout the first five books of Moses.

The Lord…

                “…divided the sea, and caused them [Israelites] to pass through…” (Psalms 78:13)

“… he [The Lord] led them [Israelites] with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.” (Psalms 78:14)

“…gave them drink as out of the great depths.” (Psalms 78:15)

                “…he [The Lord] smote the rock, that the waters gushed out…” (Psalms 78:20)

                “…rained down manna upon them to eat…” (Psalms 78:24)

“…rained down flesh also upon them… fowls like as the sand of the sea…” (Psalms 78:27)

YET, EVEN AFTER ALL THESE MIRACLES, THEY CHOSE TO SIN AND BELIEVE NOT IN HIM.

“For all this they sinned still, and believe not for his wondrous works.” (Psalms 78:32)

However, if the Lords anger was not kindled and he started to slay them with his mighty power “…they remembered that God was their rock… Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues… neither were they stedfast in his covenant.” (Psalms 78:35-37)

When trouble arose, these Israelites remembered God and told God, lying to him, that they would no longer do evil, and “turn” themselves “over” to God. Even after being lied to, the Lord in his great majesty, power and empathy remembered himself that they were but “flesh” or mortal and with human error.

These Israelites provoked the Lord to anger; they caused him to be jealous of their worship to false idols. May we remember that we must not provoke the Lord; we must remember all that he has done for us and not forget about Him.

 

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Psalms 75-76

Psalms 75-76

Chapter 75: Thank God

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.

                The righteous shall praise and thank the God of Jacob (GOD the FATHER). Those who thank and praise God shall be exalted. Fools shall not deal foolishly.

“…God is the judge…” (Psalms 75:7). Which God will do the judging? God the Father, or His son? “…the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son;” (John 5:22) and the wicked will be judged and condemned.

Chapter 76: God Shall Save the Earth

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.

                God is known in Judah to be great. God dwells wherever Zion is established. Zion is a body of people, those who believe and follow in Him.

God (Jesus) will rise to judgment “…to save all the meek of the earth…” (Psalms 76:9)

 

Psalms 73-74

Psalms 73-74

Chapter 73: God is Good

A Psalm of Asaph.

                God is good to Israel, every one of them that has a clean heart. Those people who speak wickedly, set their mouths against heaven and are filled with pride, these same people are the ungodly. “…the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.” (Psalms 73:12)

                These people, who prosper in the world wickedly, will eventually be “…consumed with terrors.” (Psalms 73:19) Those who put their trust in the Lord however will be received up in glory.

Chapter 74: The Foolish Shall Say: No Prophets

Maschil of Asaph.

                The wicked will destroy the synagogues when “They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. We see not our signs: there is no more any prophets…” (Psalms 74:8-9)

                The author is singing/praying to God and asking God to remember that the wicked will always blaspheme his name (verse 18). The author continues to ask God to remember that and to not forget the poor and needy with whom have respect for His covenant.

 

Psalms 71-72

Psalms 71-72

Chapter 71: Praises of Thanksgiving

David praises the Lord with thanksgiving and asks who is like unto the Lord?

“…thou art my rock and my fortress.” (Psalms 71:3)

David also tells the Lord that when he is “…old and grayheaded… forsake me not…” (Psalms 71:18)

With the Lord David can gain his strength and be lifted from his troubles.

Chapter 72: Solomon a Type of Christ

A Psalm for Solomon.

                The whole earth is filled with the glory of the Lord. David describes Solomon as a type of Christ whom shall have dominion over the earth until the sun and moon cease to give light. The kings of Tarnishs and the sisles shall bring presents to him and the kings of Sheba will bring him gifts.

 

Psalms 69-70

Psalms 69-70

Chapter 69: David is persecuted

To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David.

                “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head…” (Psalms 69:4) exclaims David. At this point David was being persecuted and was not without hate. He explains how he feels by saying that “They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards” (Psalms 69:12). I find this particular verse very funny, because while I was a missionary in Honduras I came across men on the street who were drunk, that did the very same thing. These “drunkards” would harass us and keep us from doing the work on a daily basis.

David felt very much alone in his time of difficulty “Reproach hath broken my ear; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked from some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.” (Psalms 69:20) Have you ever felt alone in your trials? I know I have, I have sought pity and comfort before in my times of struggle, difficulty, sadness, depression etc. We all go through this, but we need to remember that we are not the only ones going through this. We all have trials in this life, and we need to remember that when we are dealing with people on a daily basis.

God comforts David and tells him that those who persecute him and cause wickedness will be “…blotted out of the book of the living…” (Psalms 69:28) which we know is most likely a metaphor for those who will receive a full and everlasting life in the presence of the Lord.

Chapter 70: Let God be Magnified

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, to bring remembrance.

                I know that this may seem like a short summary of this chapter, but in all honesty it sums it up well, as it is short.

“…Let God be magnified.” (Psalms 70:4)

 

Psalms 67-68

Psalms 67-68

Chapter 67: God Judges in Righteousness

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.

                A very short Psalm; here is the message of the Psalm: “Let the people praise thee, O God… the earth shall yield her increase; and God… shall bless us… and all the ends of the earth shall fear him” (Psalms 67:5-7)

Chapter 68: JAH

To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.

                This is a Messianic Psalm of David. Hear we learn another name for Jesus; “JAH”, which the Lord gave the word. He takes captive those are in captivity and all the issues of death belong to him. We need to sing praises to the Lord.

 

Psalms 65-66

Psalms 65-66

Chapter 65: Blessedness of God’s Chosen

To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.

                David tells us a little about how blessed the chosen people of God are. “Blessed is the man who thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.” (Psalms 65:4) I personally believe that this verse is speaking of those whose names are taken to the temple so that living children of God can perform the necessary saving ordinances for the dead.

The Lord will send rain and goodness upon all the earth and the earth and everyone upon the earth shall rejoice.

Chapter 66: God Tests Man

To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.

                David tells us that we need to praise and worship the Lord “…God, hast proved us; thou hast tried us, … thou hast laid affliction upon our loins…” (Psalms 66:10-11)

                God will test us, and even put afflictions upon us. But it will be for our good.