Saturday, July 16, 2011

Reflecting on the Psalms: Chapters 98-103

Psalm 98

A Psalm.

1O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
2The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
3He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
5Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
6With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
7Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
8Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together

9Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

Psalm 99

1The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
2The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
3Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
4The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
5Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
6Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
7He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
8Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

9Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

Psalm 100
A Psalm of praise.

1Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 101

A Psalm of David.

1I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
2I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
3I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
4A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
5Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
6Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
7He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

8I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

Psalm 102

A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and pourteth out his complaint before the LORD.

1Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
2Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.
3For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.
4My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.
5By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
6I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
7I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
8Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.
9For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.
10Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
11My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
12But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
13Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
14For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
15So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
16When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
17He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
18This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
19For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
20To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
21To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
22When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
23He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.
24I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
25Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
26They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
27But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

28The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

Psalm 103

A Psalm of David.

1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Chapter 98

Matthew Hnery comments on the first few verses by stating the following, "A song of praise for redeeming love is a new song, a mystery hidden from ages and generations. Converts sing a new song, very different from what they had sung." I don't much to say about that expect for the fact that I like it. In verses 2-3, I am reminded to not take salvation for granted. I am thankful for that reminder because it lets me know that I shouldn't think of salvation as an excuse or license to sin. What I get out of verses 4-6 is that instruments can be used to express His glory and to praise Him. As a result, the Holy Spirit can work in, say, a church service and make it go longer than intended. That has happened at my church a few times and it was a great thing to see the Holy Spirit at work. His creation express His glory as well (vv. 7-8). What I have to add to that is I think it's cool that His creation can praise Him in a personification kinda way (v. 8). It displays how He works in His creation and how He uses His creation to glorify Himself. God's reign is an awesome thing and I'm glad it's being revelaed to me in a small way. I don't have much to say about verse 9 since I've talked about God's judgement before, but I do like Henry's thoughts on it, "But sin and its dreadful effects will not be utterly done away, till the Lord come to judge the world in righteousness. Seeing then that we look for such things, let us give diligence that we may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless."

Chapter 99

Matthew Henry comments on the first few verses by stating the following, "God governs the world by his providence, governs the church by his grace, and both by his Son. The inhabitants of the earth have cause to tremble, but the Redeemer still waits to be gracious." I'd say that because of God's reign, people (or nations) tremble. It's cool to God work in such a way where He could have that effect on a non-believer for him or her to tremble before Him. I know some Christians who used to be addicted to drugs and I imagine that they trembled before Him because they realized that their lives were unmanageable. It's good to see them living a life that glorifies God and I think their testimonies are a reflection of that. "Let the earth be moved" means to me that God can transform people so they'll wanna live for Him, which was how He worked in the lives of the ex-addicts I know. The Lord is great in Zion, yes (v. 2). In our modern age, I'd say His greatness is expressed in churches during praise and worship time. And I think when His greatness is expressed, the Holy Spirit works as a result of that, which I talked about earlier. In church, His great and terrible name is praised (v. 3) since it is holy. I don't have much to say about that since it pretty much speaks for itself, but I thought I'd include it anyway. I am thankful that He loves judgment (or justice) -- which is talked about in verse 4 -- so much so that He shows justice towards His people. He governs His people and He'll forgive them if they mess up, which shows that those who have accepted His Son can be forgiven in their sins. He also governs those who will spend eternity with Him and those who won't. I'd like to do a study on that sometime to explore on it and possibly deal with the aspect of those will who never accept Christ no matter what. There's a phrase for that, but I forget what it is at the moment. I do exalt Him (v. 5) and what "worship at his footstool" means to me is that I am to be submissive towards God, in terms of His plans for my life. I never thought of it that way, but I guess being submissive towards God is an expression of worship. It also means to me that my life is nothing without Him and He gets all the glory when something good happens. I believe Moses, Aaron, and Samuel were all men of strong faith (v. 6). What that verse means to me is that even though I may be strong in faith, I can still cry out to Him when in need, even if it's just for something small. I guess in a way that applies to my darkest moment because I did cry out to Him. I don't believe He spoke to in a cloudy pillar (v. 7), but His testimonies -- what He told me to do -- were kept by letting Him deal with the enemy. I'm not sure how I'd relate to verse 8, but I do exalt Him (v. 9). I also like Henry's thoughts on verse 9, "Let us not only exalt the Lord with our lips, but give him the throne in our heart; and while we worship him upon his mercy-seat, let us never forget that he is holy." I should examine myself to see if I do give Him throne in my heart. If I don't currently do that, I'll ask Him to help me out with it.

Chapter 100

Matthew Henry comments on the following verses by stating the following, "This song of praise should be considered as a prophecy, and even used as a prayer, for the coming of that time when all people shall know that the Lord he is God, and shall become his worshippers, and the sheep of his pasture. Great encouragement is given us, in worshipping God, to do it cheerfully." I look forward to the time when people know He is God and have that desire to worship and praise Him. What a great thing that will be to be a part of. Making a joyful noise (v. 1) will be a sign to look for since it's basically what will be going on when people worship Him in the last days. I currently do serve Him with gladness (v. 2) and I can't help but imagine what that will be like on a much larger scale. I like the "come before his presence with singing" part because it makes me think that that's what will go along with serving Him. I am reminded of the fact that God made me in verse 3 and I thank Him for making me and allowing me to live even though I did nothing to deserve it. I am one of His sheep, yes, but sometimes I stray off the course, which was how my darkest moment started. I did enter in His gates with thanksgiving (v. 4) by thanking Him for freeing me. And when the time comes when verse 4 comes to pass, in terms of prophecy, I it will be a great thing to see myself and others express thanks and praise towards Him as we enter into eternity. I am reminded of His eternal nature in verse 5. I am thankful for His everlasing mercy because He can express that to me whenever, which makes me think that man can't live up to that since man can only do so much. His truth does endure to all generations, which means to me that it's never gonna go away and it'll always be there for when I need comfort. I could have my Bible taken away, which I supposes encourages me to memorize scripture. I have a couple verses memorized so far and I've been working on Exodus 15:2 lately, which I pretty much have down.

Chapter 101

I do sing of His mercy and judgment in church (v. 1), but perhaps I could praise Him aloud more often regarding those things. Verse 2 reminds that I should strive to be living a perfect (or blameless) life for God. In the flesh, I'm not gonna be able to live in a perfect way due to sin, but that doesn't mean I can't work on being perfect spirit-wise. Spiritual perfection is something that I strive for and I know that I can (continue to) be made in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28). I try not to sin and I mess up a lot of the time, so I should ask God for help in that aspect so I can be blameless. Verse 3...yeah, wow -- it kinda convicts me since I watch horror movies every now and then. Being an avid B movie fan, I can say that a lot of the stuff I watch is more original than the crap Hollywood comes out with these days. I have watched some B movies recently that weren't so focused on blood and gore, so maybe I'm getting better about it. I can see why setting a wicked thing before my eyes could interfere with my being blameless before God and how an evil or demonic force could influence me (in a negative way) when watching a horror movie so I tend to be careful. And I do set my own boundaries and I go outside of my boundaries (usually without knowing it), I tend to feel bad afterwards, which is probably how I should feel as a way to express that I need God's grace because when I mess up like that, I probably piss Him off. It's not so much that watching a horror movie is a sin -- it's that fact that it could effect my spirit, which I have to be careful about. I like Henry's thoughts on verses 4-5, "A froward heart, one that delights to be cross and perverse, is not fit for society, the bond of which is Christian love. Nor will he countenance slanderers, those who take pleasure in wounding their neighbour's reputation." I do try and show love to others, which isn't always easy to do. However, I can do it with God's help. I probably have gotten involved with a wicked person who has slandered his neighbor in the pst (v. 5) and I try not to these days. I'm not sure how I would relate to verse 6 except for the fact that I'm a worship host and am under a head host. I serve God's people as well as God, so I guess that's how that verse applies to me. I tend not to work deceit and lie (v. 7), but I do mess up sometimes. I think what that verse means to me is that I shouldn't do those things voluntarily. I imagine if I did do those things voluntarilty (v. 8), I would be cut off from serving as a worship host. I also like Henry's thought on the verse, "Let every one be zealous and diligent to reform his own heart and ways, and to do this early; ever mindful of that future, most awful morning, when the King of righteousness shall cut off all wicked doers from the heavenly Jerusalem."

Chapter 102

Since this psalm relates to my darkest moment, I think I'll connect the verses in that way. I probably won't go into detail for most of the verses, though, since I've already explained what I went through.

I did cry out to Him (v. 1) and I know that He didn't hide His face from me (v. 2) when I was in trouble. He revealed Himself and worked even when I didn't see it. I will be forever thankful that He worked in that way and helped me out during that stressful and hard time. And I'd say He did answer me speedily even though He may have not made it known to me. I think He showed up as soon as I cried out to Him and He eventually let me know that He was working. I'm not sure if I could relate to verse 3, but I must've had a had a smitten heart (v. 4), which was due to the enemy's influence. I can't recall if I didn't feel like eating or if my bones groaned (v. 5), but I did feel like a pelican of the wilderness (v. 6) because I felt like I had been abandoned, which is how I would also relate to verse 7. I figure by the enemy trying to get me to give into his lies was how he reproached me (v. 8). It was kind of his way of saying I wasn't good enough for God. I am thankful that God showed me that I don't have to be good enough and that I shouldn't believe Satan's lies. I'm not sure if I can relate to verse 9, but I remember being lifted up and cast down (v. 10). I was close to God before my darkest moment took place, but I really had no idea how to maintian that, so God's wrath kinda came behind me. I guess liking the girl I liked at the time, before my darkest moment, was one of the things that lead to it because the enemy was telling me she was never gonna like me back. I did feel withered, spiritually speaking (v. 11), but He helped me to endure (v. 12) since He endures forever. I must've asked Him to help me endure because I remember having an enduring spirit. I also like Henry's thought on the verse, "We are dying creatures, but God is an everlasting God, the protector of his church; we may be confident that it will not be neglected." I was confident that I wouldn't be neglected, which I think helped me to endure and trust in Him. He eventually arose and had mercy (or compassion) upon me (v. 13) -- mercy for my falling away from Him. It was a great thing to be welcomed back with open arms.

I'm not sure how I would relate to verse 14, but I know that whenever God's Kingsom face opposition, it will end in the heathen (or nations) fearing the Lord (v. 15). That verse reminds me to be fearless before opposition, which I should do when I face opposition, especially God knows how it's gonna end. I'm not sure if Satan ended up fearing Him, but the heathen will when the time comes. I look forward to the Lord rebuilding Zion (v. 16) and the thought of that gives me hope, especially because it's a prophecy of hope, as indicated by, "appear in his glory." I can't say I'm destitute (v. 17), but it will be a great thing to see God answer the prayers of the destitute. I look forward to seeing His hand at work and His influence touching (probably myself) and others. "The generation to come" (v. 18) indicates a future generation. I imagine I am part of that generation and it will be quite to thing to experience those things which are written, which will include praise of Him, which I can only imagine -- myself and others praising Him and having a good time doing it. I also like Henry's thought on verses 18-22, "Redemption is the subject of praise in the Christian church; and that great work is described by the temporal deliverance and restoration of Israel." I see God's glory in verses 19-22, how He looks down to those who are appointed to death. I praise Him for His saving power and I suppose those verses kinda fit in with my darkest moment because he saw me groaning and helped me out. Now I try and declare His name as much as I can (v. 21), which will also take place in terms of prophecy, which will happen when His kingdom is gathered together (v. 22). I'm not sure how I'd relate to verse 23-24, but I thank Him for creating the heavens and the earth (v. 25). He didn't have to create those things, but I am thankful that did because I can spend time here doing things for His Kingdom, which is always fun and exciting. I am called to do His will and I'll do it as best I can. If He didn't create the heavens and the earth, I'd probably be floating off in space somewhere and I'm glad I don't have to do that. The fact that God will never perish (v. 26) reminds me that He'll always be there for and I can always depend on Him. I think God stands out in comparison to man in that aspect that man can perish and God can't. I am thankful that He is the same every day (v. 27). He love never changes and I don't think I could ask for anything better. Man's love can change -- that is, a person could stop loving me -- but I know He never will. I could connect that to His eteral nature because I figure if a non-believer dies who loved me when we were friends, he or she won't be able to love me if they passed away. I'm not sure about a believer who dies and if they live while me while they're with and while I'm here still. I'd have to look into that. God's love is eternal since He'll never perish and that's a promise. I figure if I have children, they'll continue in their Christian walk long after I have passed away (v. 28). And hopefully, if they have kids, they'll raise up their kids in that way. I also like Henry's thoughts on the last few verses, "Though all things are changing, dying, perishing, like a vesture folding up and hastening to decay, yet Jesus lives, and thus all is secure, for he hath said, Because I live ye shall live also." I am reminded of life in Him in that, which is a good thing to be reminded of.

Chapter 103

I try and bless Him with my soul and all that is within me (v. 1). What that means to me is that I should (continue to) live in a way that glorifies Him. I think that verse challenges me to examine myself to see if I am truly living in that way. "and forget not all his benefits" (v. 2) reminds to thank Him for the good things in life, which I'm trying to make a habit of prayer-wise. I am thankful that He forgives (v. 4) and although I can say I've had any diseases, I am thankful that He is a God that heals and that He heals others and helps 'em out. He did redeem my life from destruction (v. 4) by having His Son die on the cross. I am thankful for my kinsman redeemer and that I don't have to live a life of destruction. I accepted His Son at a young age, so I that saved from destruction in the long run. I know people who have lived destructive lives before coming to Christ and it's good to see that they've been redeemed as well. And I'd say by Christ's redeeming of others -- when they come to Him -- He does crown them with lovingkindness and tender mercies. I kinda see God at work in that aspect because it reminds that Jesus loves you and wants you to love Him back. When I would make friends with someone, they would accept me and wanna be friends with me, which I can draw from Christ's crowning with lovingkindness and tender mercies. I'd say He has and continues to satisfy my mouth with good things (v. 5). That resulted from my darkest moment -- when I was free from it and when I ended up being closer in my walk with Him. And my youth was renewed like an eagle's when He begun working on my so I would grow closer to Him after my darkest moment. That reminds me of Isaiah 40:31, which says, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." I didn't faint when waiting upon the Lord, which proved His faithfulness. He did execute righteousness and judgment (v. 6) during my darkest moment. I think that was how He stood up to the enemy -- by displaying His righteousness and judgement to where I was well aware of the fact that He was taking care of my problem. Although I'm not Moses (v. 7), I can still say that God makes known His ways to me and I'm glad He does that. I figure He does that when He wants me to do something for Him, which I'm usually more than happy to do. I praise Him for His mercy and grace (v. 8) as well as the fact that He is slow to anger and has plenty of mercy (or love) to go around. No man has those qualities to the extent that God does and I thank Him that those qualities will never go away or run out. In verse 9, "chide" means accuse. I am thankful that He will never chide me or His people in general because if He did, I would probably not want to be His child. Man can accuse, but usually when he does, he's wrong. However, I can depend on God's knowledge since He knows who did what, which comforts me. I am thankful that He doesn't repay me for my sins (v. 10). Man might repay me for my wrongs, but I know that God will show His love to me even though I may have sinned, even though I deserve hell. I figure that when I ask Him for forgiveness for my sins in prayer, verse 10 must be something that He has in mind. I do fear Him (v. 11) -- that is, I am in awe of Him -- and I can't say there's any greater mercy (or love) than His. It's kinda like if I fear Him, He'll love me back and express that love to me by blessing me. Verse 12 reminds me that not only does God forgive, but He also forgets it. I may have touched on that already, but I will say that that verse kinda makes me wonder if I forget the sins that others have committed against me. I don't bring up things that others have done to me when I see them, so I think I have that covered pretty well. It reminds of the kind of Christlike love that is talked about in 1 Corinthians 13. And speaking of love, I like the comparison to an earthly father in verse 13. My dad does pitieth (or show compassion towards) me and I am thankful that God does the same. And I love God and my dad, so I guess I'm doing my part in that aspect. I like Matthew Henry's insight on verse 14, "He considers the frailty of our bodies, and the folly of our souls, how little we can do, how little we can bear; in all which his compassion appears." The reason why I like that is because I am reminded  even though I am imperfect, God's never gonna stop loving me, which is a profound insight I came across while reading Og Mandino's The Greatest Miracle in the World, which is a book I'd recommend.

My days aren't long (v. 15) -- or rather, my time in my flesh body is just a blip on the radar screen. I will be gone some day (v. 16), but I am thankful that His mercy is everlasting towards His people (v. 17). That means to me that He showed mercy by providing eternal life as a result of accepting Christ. I am thankful for the mercy He shows, especially because it never ends. I'm not sure if I'll ever have kids, but I like the thought that if I do, God's righteousness will carry over to their children, which shows that others -- in my (potential) bloodline -- will have the choice to live for His Kingdom, which is an exciting thing. Hopefully they'll keep His covenant (v. 18) and all that because it's a good thing to keep and it saves from a lifetime of hell. I am thankful for God's reign and rule over all His creation (v. 19). Perhaps I should be more thankful for that kind of thing because even though things are the way they are in this world, something good will eventually come out of that, which I look forward too. Even though I'm not an angel, I can still relate to verse 20 because I try to do His commandments and hearken (or listen) to and obey His Word as best I can. I figure that by doing His pleasure (v. 21) -- even if it's just something small -- I bless or praise Him through that and He gets all the glory, which is a neat way to look at things. I don't have anything to say about verse 22, but I'll include Henry's insight on it, "And let the feeling of each redeemed heart be, Bless the Lord, O my soul."

                                              Source used:

Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Psalms 98". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
on the Whole Bible". <>. 

Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Psalms 99". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
on the Whole Bible". <>. 

Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Psalms 100". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
on the Whole Bible". <>. 

Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Psalms 101". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
on the Whole Bible". <>. 

Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Psalms 102". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
on the Whole Bible". <>. 

Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Psalms 103". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
on the Whole Bible". <>.

No comments:

Post a Comment