Psalms 111-112

Psalms 111-112

Chapter 111: Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Psalms 111:10). Honestly if we want to learn and have knowledge given to us from our Heavenly Father, we must fear Him. Not the same fear and being scared of someone, but afar of disappointing Him and knowing of how He would be disappointed in us.

Chapter 112: Blessed are them who fear the Lord

Again, we are reminded that those who fear the Lord are the ones who are blessed. Those who do wickedness, without repenting will be forever remembered by the Lord for what they have done.

Psalms 109-110

Psalms 109-110

Chapter 109: Cursing’s of the wicked

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David

                David speaks of the wicked people who curse him with “…a lying tongue.” (Psalms 109:2) David prays that his adversaries will be confounded.

We also learn from David a little about how the church of Jesus Christ is set up and run and how priesthood authority and keys are transferred. “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” (Psalms 109:8). Here it is talking about the office of leadership. We read more about this in Acts… “…Let his habitation be desolate and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.” (Acts 1:20)

Chapter 110: Melchizedek

A Psalm of David

                Here we learn about Melchizedek, who was a great prophet. Jesus Christ shall sit on the Lord’s right hand and shall be forever “…a priest after the order of Melchizedek” (Psalms 110:4)

Unfortunately not a lot is written in the Bible about Melchizedek. We do learn a little more from Hebrews Chapter 7. Melchizedek or “Melchisedec” in the Bible was “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the son of God; abideth a priest continually” (Hebrews 7:3) Melchizedek was compared to Jesus Christ, and after Melcizedek does the priesthood go to Jesus Christ.

Melchizedek was a great prophet and high priest that according to modern scripture in the Book of Mormon “…none were greater…” (Alma 13:19). Melchizedek was so highly esteemed by God, that it is after his name that we identify the highest priesthood “…the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God. But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood.” (Doctrine and Covenants 107:3-4)

                *as a side note: Verse 1 reads: “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” (Psalms 110:1) This one verse of scripture is believed to be (by most historians) to be the most confusing and/or most talked about verse of the Bible. It is confusing for many reasons:

  1. Many people believe that Jehovah is speaking to God (or in other words “Jehovah” being Jesus Christ is actually speaking to God the Father or “Elohim”. This however doesn’t make sense, because “Jehovah” was the “God of the Old Testament”
  2. In the Hebrew text it reads: “Jehovah said unto Adonai” which ‘Adonai’ is a title or term of respect. Some believe that the other “Lord” was used as a substitution for “Adonai” and was actually speaking about David himself.
  3. However, David has used this to say he sits on the right side of God like he is Jehovah. (See Psalms 16:8 and 16:11)

Psalms 107-108

Psalms 107-108

Chapter 107: Oh that man would praise the Lord!

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalms 107: 8, 15, 21, and 31)

                This EXACT verse is repeated 4 times through this Psalm, putting emphasis on praising the Lord and how simple it would be that if everyone did that!

This Psalm continues to talk about how the fool who sins will be lifted up; “Fools because of their transgression… are afflicted… they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them…” (Psalms 107:17-19)

We need to remember that even in our darkest hour… the Lord is there to save us from our troubles, if we LET HIM! “Whoso is wise… shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.” (Psalms 107:43) Just remember that the Lord loves us all and we are unwise to think that He doesn’t love us.

Chapter 108: David Praises God

A Song or Psalm of David

                David praises the Lord and tells us that Judah (through Christ) is the Lord’s lawgiver. With God we can tread down our enemies!

 

Psalms 105-106

Psalms 105-106

Chapter 105: The Covenant of Abraham

“…Give thanks unto the Lord… Sing unto him… Glory ye in his holy name… Seek the Lord… seek his face…” (Psalms 105:1-4)

                We learn in the first four verses the importance of not only giving thanks to the Lord, but also praising his name… and seeking Him constantly.

“…Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalms 105:15) This is an important verse, because throughout all generations in time… the Lord’s servants have been attacked and this is a warning for those who try to hurt the anointed or servants of the Lord… basically… DON’T.

The rest of this Psalm goes through and reminds the reader of the Covenant the Israelites made with the Lord and reminds us of all the marvelous works and wonders the Lord did throughout time… but most importantly those miracles performed in the presence of the Israelites, when they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Remember the commandments and KEEP THEM!

Chapter 106: Moses helped Israel

The author of this Psalm reminds the reader of the ancient Israelites, who when faced with adversity cursed the name of God. However, when in dire need of rescue the Lord would save them from their enemies. We are reminded of the amazing works of the Lord and how He parted the Red Sea and yet within a very short period of time they “…forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.” (Psalms 106:13-14)          

                How often to people forget the Lord? Especially after having witnessed miracles in their own lives or the lives of others? We as human beings are quick to forget. But like the people of old, we too go on to worship idols and because of this it causes much bloodshed and sorrow. Our worship of idols today can include money or the idol worship of celebrities. We need to take strict heed to this and stay away from idols.

Psalms 103-104

Psalms 103-104

Chapter 103: The Lord Shows Mercy

A Psalm of David

                David is most likely addressing the saints, by telling them to bless the Lord for His mercy. He writes: “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide (scold or ‘tell someone off’): neither will he keep his anger for ever.” (Psalms 103:8-9). Essentially the Lord is very patient and only gets angry when he absolutely has to. Even if we are bad, He won’t always punish us with His hand… He likes to let us learn from our own mistakes.

We learn that “…heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.” (Psalms 103:11) If we fear the Lord, he will be more merciful to us.

Chapter 104: Honor and Majesty of the Lord

The Lord is clothed with honor and majesty, Him and His angels or ministers are as a flaming fire. The Lord created everything and lives in the heavens. He has created everything; plant life, animal life and the foundations of the earth. He dwells forever!

 

Psalms 101-102

Psalms 101-102

Chapter 101: Cutting of the “Evildoers”

A Psalm of David

                David gives some great advice in this Psalm. He tells the Lord that he will “…behave…wisely in a perfect way… I will walk… with a perfect heart.” (Psalms 101:2)

David continues to say that he will not dwell with wickedness; “…I will not know a wicked person. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off…” (Psalms 101:4-5) David tells us that we really shouldn’t be around people who are wicked, who slander their neighbors. He also tells us that “…he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” (Psalms 101:7)

What we can learn from this is that while being nice and treating everyone equal… we should not have friends or associate with people that are wicked. I mean, after all, what is the point? If we are around wickedness while light from the Lord is trying to shine through us, it will only become dim in the darkness of those around us. Don’t associate with evil.

Chapter 102: Zion shall be built when Christ comes

A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the Lord

                “Hear my prayer, O Lord… Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble…” (Psalms 102:1-2) I am sure that almost everyone in the world at some point in time felt like the author of this Psalm which was written for those who were afflicted.

Zion will appear and be built up in the day that the Lord comes in His glory! The Lord will come down from His sanctuary to liberate the captive and loose those that are appointed unto death.  Even while heaven and earth perish, the Lord who created them shall endure forever!

 

Psalms 99-100

Psalms 99-100

Chapter 99: The Lord: Great in Zion

“The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble…” (Psalms 99:1) The Lord will be great as He reigns in Zion. We need to worship him and no one else.

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and the priests through “…the cloudy pillar…” (Psalms 99:7) and these priests kept their testimonies. The Lord is great in Zion.

Chapter 100: The Psalm of Thanksgiving

A Psalm of Praise

                The title of the Psalm gives us a good summary. We need to serve the Lord and praise him with gladness, be thankful and bless his name.

Psalms 97-98

Psalms 97-98

Chapter 97: The Millennium

The Lord will reign in the Millennium and “Confounded be all they that serve graven images that boast themselves in idols…” (Psalms 97:7) Those who worship anything but the Lord; other gods, money, power, fame, etc. WILL BE CONFOUNDED!

For the Lord “…art high above all the earth… far above all gods.” (Psalms 97:9) The Lord hates evil, but he will preserve the souls of the saints.

Chapter 98: Sing unto the Lord

A Psalm

                Singing unto the Lord is very important and through that we can see the Salvation of the Lord. The Lord will come “…to judge the earth: with righteous-ness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.” (Psalms 98:9)

 

Psalms 95-96

Psalms 95-96

Chapter 95: Praise the Lord

This Psalm opens with an invitation to “…sing unto the Lord… to come unto his presence with thanksgiving… For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” (Psalms 95:1-3)

As we continue to read we learn about the Israelites and how they failed to enter into his rest when they tempted the Lord in the wilderness, which led to 40 years of pain, because they did not “…know my [The Lord’s] ways:” (Psalms 95:10)

Chapter 96: The Lord shall Judge His People

Sing praises unto the Lord and “Declare his glory among the heathen… he is to be feared above all gods.” (Psalms 96:3-4) We need to not only praise the Lord but bring offerings unto him.  For the Lord “…he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness…” (Psalms 96:13)

 

Psalms 93-94

 

Psalms 93-94

Chapter 93: The Lord is Everlasting

The Lord reigns, He reigns in majesty… forever. The world was established and it cannot be moved, because it too is everlasting. The Lord’s throne is everlasting.

Chapter 94: The Lord Shall Judge the Earth

The Lord God (Jesus) will judge the World and “…render a reward…” (Psalms 94:2) Those who are wicked will be put into a pit and those who love the Lord will be given a just reward.

“Blessed is the man whom thou [The Lord] chastenest…” (Psalms 94:12) In other words, the man who the Lord disciplines will be a blessed man. The Lord does not take joy in “disciplining” us, just like a mother or father do not like to punish their children. But God does it, because He loves us. He wants us to learn something from our situations to better ourselves.

The author has some of the best words for fools; “…ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?” (Psalms 94:9-9) Essentially the author is telling us, you have eyes and ears… and yet you can’t see or hear? You are a fool.