We are moving to a new house and will be off the internet for a few days. Therefore, I’m sending the next few Bible studies early so hopefully, we will not get behind in our Bible studying.
Sep. 23. PSALMIST SPEAKS OF A GLORIOUS KING. Ps. 45:1-17
Israel and Judah had seen corrupt kings during their history as God’s people. The psalmist recognized that there would be a different King in the future. Prophets had spoken of a new kingdom that God would establish in Jerusalem—a throne that would last forever. The writer of Hebrews in the New Testament referred to this psalm as he described the Son of God as being greater than the angels. After the new kingdom would be established, the King’s bride would be the church of Christ, the forever King.
Sep. 24. PRAISES TO GOD. Ps. 46:1-48:14
“Be still and know that I am God…” Whether this psalm was written during the exile is unknown, but the principles included could have applied to that era. God, indeed was their refuge and strength and help in times of trouble. However, since they had rejected Him, He had rejected them at that time. Those living in Babylonian captivity began to realize their need to trust Him for the flowing of His blessings. If they would return to Him, His strength could overpower the raging nations around them. The God of Jacob was their refuge.
With shouts of triumph and songs of praise, the people recognized the power and majesty of the Lord. If this psalm were sung during the exile, the people were looking forward to the great King of the earth subduing the nations and bringing them back to their homeland. The God of Abraham is supreme sitting on His throne and ruling over all nations. In a spiritual sense, Jews and Gentiles of all nations were brought together as one in the church hundreds of years later.
The psalmist continued his praise of the righteous Lord. Mount Zion has been highly significant for many centuries. Great kings saw God’s power and protection of his dwelling place in Jerusalem. In the beginning of the Christian age, the church saw its establishment in that great city. There is eternal guidance, refuge and safety with God.
Sep. 25. DEATH, THE GREAT EQUALIZER. Ps. 49:1-20
Man spends a lifetime through whatever means he can devise to accumulate wealth. The psalmist placed that philosophy into prospective with sobering words of wisdom to all—high, low, rich or poor. There is not enough wealth in the whole world to buy off death. The fool along with the poor and rich, whether they accomplish little or much will all pass from this earth just as the beasts of the field and leave their possessions to others. There is however, hope after death for the righteous. “The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning…But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, For He shall receive me.”
Sep. 26. PRAYER FOR GOD’S DELIVERANCE. Ps. 74:1-23
Many times when one is troubled, he will begin to question God. The psalmist began with this question to God. “Why have You cast us off forever?” He enumerated the various offences of the enemy. They had destroyed the temple of God and all of its furnishings. God’s people were captives under a vile and corrupt nation. The writer reminded the Lord of His care and protection during the deliverance from Egypt hundreds of years earlier and the covenant that had been made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He prayed for another deliverance and for the punishment of His enemies.
They had forgotten their history, so they were then reliving it.
Sep. 27. PRAYER OF THE SUFFERING. Ps. 102:1-28
The psalmist lamented his position in life to the Lord. He was writing either in the present tense during Jerusalem’s destruction and Babylonian captivity or as a prophecy of the future devastation of God’s dwelling place. In either case, he described himself as being miserable, lonely, humiliated and suffering separation from the Lord. He stated that his condition was due to God’s wrath. That wrath was the result the disobedience of a sinful people. He was confident in a future in which the Lord in His mercy would restore Zion/Jerusalem back to a prominence among nations.
As a man, the psalmist also acknowledged the brevity of one’s life compared to the eternal existence of God. His creation, whether man, beast or the earth on which man dwells shall grow old, decay and be changed like a garment, but He shall never change.