The Mighty King Who Delivers

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Psalms

Psalms 70-72, “The Mighty King who Delivers”

To whom do you turn in times of desperation?  Throughout the psalms, we’ve seen cries for deliverance (and we’ll see more tonight).  The psalmists have lamented their state & the attacks of the enemies, but expressed their faith in God.  God is worthy of our faith & our trust.  That’s not just true of our past regarding our sin – that’s not just true of the present regarding our current trials – that’s also true of the future.  One day we will all see Jesus reigning in power & glory & what a day that will be!  In that day, we won’t just see with eyes of faith, but we’ll see for ourselves the marvelous glory of God.

Tonight we walk that same procession in the psalms.  Ps 70 is a song of desperation – Ps 71 is still a song of deliverance, but faith in what God was doing – Ps 72 is a marvelous prophetic look into the future glory of our King Jesus.

Psalm 70 (NKJV) – “Help Me Quickly!”
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm Of David. To Bring to Remembrance.

  • Virtually a copy of Ps 40:13-17 with only a few minor variances.  Why it’s basically re-copied here can only be speculated.  The themes of Ps 69 & Ps 71 both deal with the same subject as Ps 70.  Possibly Ps 70 is included as a condensed cry for help, maybe even serving as a transition away from Ps 69 & introduction into Ps 71.
  • Vss 1-3: Defeat the enemies

1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O LORD!

  • Help is needed, and it’s needed fast!  There’s an urgency here from David.  Neither here nor in Ps 40 are we given the context of exactly what was going on, but David faced enough trials in his life to where this prayer could have easily been made on more than one occasion.  In Ps 40, the subject really turned more towards the prophetic suffering of Jesus upon the cross.  God the Son could easily cry out to God the Father for deliverance & trust Him for help. 
  • Thankfully, because of our relationship IN Christ, it’s no different for us (nor was it very different for David).  We can cry out to God for urgent help and trust Him to help in our time of need.  There are situations in which we can spend much leisurely time in prayer & there are times that we simply need God’s quick deliverance.  Sometimes, all we can pray is “Lord, save me!” – but thankfully through Christ we have been given the invitation to pray exactly that.
  • Notice the basis upon which David cries out for help: his covenant relationship with God. “Make haste to help me, O LORD!”  David doesn’t have any earned right to cry out to God; he’s simply appealing on the basis of his relationship with God.  God is HIS God in solid covenantal relationship & that’s to whom David cries out.  Again, this is the same with us in Christ.  We don’t approach God based upon anything we think we may have earned or deserved; we approach God because of the covenant promises we have through Christ.  Because we are IN Christ, we can approach God for grace in our time of need.

2 Let them be ashamed and confounded Who seek my life; Let them be turned back and confused Who desire my hurt. 3 Let them be turned back because of their shame, Who say, “Aha, aha!”

  • Confuse the enemy – embarrass the enemy – turn them back in shame.  David never hesitates to pray against his enemies (though this is tame compared to some of the imprecatory prayers throughout the psalms).  The basic idea is that God would not allow the enemy’s plans to succeed & that they would be driven back in shame.
  • Of course when Jesus tells us to pray for those who persecute us & would spitefully use us (Mt 5:44), this isn’t exactly what He has in mind.  We’re to pray for our enemies’ repentance & conversion.  It’s far better for an enemy to become a former enemy & current brother/sister in Christ than for them to be utterly defeated.  Yet for those who refuse to repent, it’s perfectly acceptable to pray for the justice of God to be made evident.  Our God is a just God – it’s part of His perfect goodness.  Mercy may triumph over judgment, but there are times in which judgment will absolutely be known.
  • Beyond our temporary adversaries, we also understand we are in a spiritual battle against powers and principalities of the heavenly places.  This prayer is perfectly acceptable to pray regarding the evil devices of Satan!  May God confuse the demonic forces & turn them back…and praise the Lord that no power can possibly stand against our Savior!
  • Vss. 4-5: Deliver the needy

4 Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”

  • Don’t miss the contrast.  David prayed for his enemies, that they would be confused & confounded.  Yet he also prayed for the worshippers of God, that they would be blessed.  Those who work against the chosen king of God (David – and ultimately, Jesus) are to be turned back & defeated.  Yet those who rejoice & worship God (thus upholding the chosen king of God) are to be blessed as they continue to seek God’s face.
  • Prayer #1: that we would rejoice & be glad in God.  Christian, do you understand that you can rejoice in the Lord at all times?  David was in the middle of an urgent prayer in which he needed haste deliverance, yet he still understood that the people of God need to rejoice in God.  Those who have made the Lord their hope can rejoice in the Lord, no matter what their circumstance may be.  Those who know the redemption of Jesus Christ can always rejoice in our redemption & in our Redeemer!
  • Prayer #2: that we would continually praise God.  This goes hand-in-hand with the idea of rejoicing in God.  If rejoicing is internal exuberance, praise is external.  Praise is when we share with others the marvelous things of God (“say…”).  We proclaim the praises of God externally when our hearts are internally rejoicing in the wonderful things He has done & the marvelous God that He is.
    • Never stop praising!  It’s continual.  Even in those times in which we desperately need the deliverance of God, we can still praise God & magnify His name.  I’d suggest that those times are perhaps even MORE important to praise God, as it helps us get our eyes off of ourselves & back on to the one Who is bigger than us.

5 But I am poor and needy; Make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.

  • There’s no doubt as to which category David places himself.  He doesn’t want to be confused & confounded; he’s one who seeks God & is in need of God’s help.  He repeats his plea for quick help & affirms that God is His only hope.
  • Are you in need?  Ask yourself if you can agree with David that God is your help and your deliverer.  If (like David) you can approach God because of His covenant promises, then you can pray the same way!  You can boldly appeal to God for help because through Jesus Christ, He is already your help.
  • There’s also application here for those who do not yet have a relationship with God.  You may not even know it, but you are in need of deliverance.  Not merely from the workings of other people, but you need deliverance from yourself.  Your sin has left you in the place of death & destruction, and you need the deliverance that only God can give.  What do you do?
    • Admit your need.  “I am poor and needy…
    • Understand your urgency. “Make haste to me, O God!
    • Ask for salvation. “You are my help and my deliverer.
    • Go on the basis of God’s promises through Jesus Christ. “my deliverer, O LORD…
    • Put your hope in Christ Jesus & trust Him for His saving work!

 

Psalm 71 (NKJV) – “God’s Deliverance Over a Lifetime”

  • Vss. 1-6: Prayer for deliverance #1

1 In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame.

  • Sound familiar?  We’re not told the author of this psalm, but it’s likely that it was David as he continues the same theme that’s been running since Ps 69.  Our covenant-keeping God is worthy of our trust.  Those who believe upon Jesus Christ for salvation will never be put to shame.
  • That’s not to say we won’t endure difficulties in this life.  But we need to remember that life is far bigger than our 70-80-90+ years.  What will we experience when we see our Maker face-to-face?  For those who are found in Christ, we know this much: we will never be put to shame.

2 Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; Incline Your ear to me, and save me. 3 Be my strong refuge, To which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. 4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

  • Take me out.  When the psalmist writes “deliver me…” it’s a reference to the saving power of God.  That God would reach in and sovereignly cause the writer to escape the trials that he was in – to provide salvation away from his enemies.
  • Take me in.  Not only was the psalmist asking for deliverance, he was asking for a defense.  God is his stronghold & fortress – protection from the terrifying attacks of the enemy.  He’s basically praying that God would take him away from his troubles & take him into that place of protection & safety.
  • Keep in mind, this is the deliverance that we have in Christ.  Granted, Jesus specifically said that He was not taking us out of the world & that we would face troubles in this world.  Yet He’s still taken us “out” by delivering us from the power that sin had over our lives & from the penalty that we had incurred because of our prior rebellion against God.  Jesus has saved us from all of that & we can praise His name!  At the same time, Jesus has taken us “in” – we’ve been given relationship with Him, and in the process we’ve been given life, future, inheritance, and so much more. 
  • Vss. 5-8: Declaration of trust #1

5 For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth. 6 By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.

  • God has always been the psalmist’s trust.  God has always been there to help and to strengthen him.  It seems that from early on, the psalmist (David?) knew the Lord in covenant relationship.  “GOD” = Yahweh (as is “LORD” elsewhere).  At the very least, the psalmist affirmed God’s sovereign care over him from even his moment of birth.  God had always shown Himself to be strong on the psalmist’s behalf & it was evident throughout his whole life.
    • Some Christians have the testimony of knowing the Lord Jesus from an early age – many others of us do not.  Yet even for those of us who came to Christ later, we can look back over our lives & see how God had sovereignly guided us to Himself.  Even in those times we did not know Him as Lord, He protected us & brought us to the point where we were able to respond to Him in faith.
    • Some of you may be at that same point right now.  You haven’t yet responded to the Lord Jesus in faith, asking Him to be your Lord & Savior – but even now you can start to see how God has protected you & guided you to this point.  After all, you’re alive tonight & hearing the invitation of the gospel.  God’s brought you to THIS point – are you willing to respond to His gracious invitation?
  • The result?  The psalmist will continually praise the Lord! God had continually upheld him, so he will continually praise God.  As in Ps 70, we can affirm that for those who are in Christ, we ALWAYS have a reason to praise the Lord!  Every time we go to God in prayer, we do so because Jesus has given us privileged access through His sacrifice upon the cross.  Every time we hear from the Lord in the Scripture, we do so because the Holy Spirit of God helps us understand the word of God.  Every time we ask for forgiveness for sin in which we’ve fallen, we can remember with glorious assurance that we receive His forgiveness, because that it exactly what’s promised through the death & resurrection of our lord Jesus Christ.  Christian, you can NEVER run out of a reason to praise the Lord!  Praise Him continually!

7 I have become as a wonder to many, But You are my strong refuge. 8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise And with Your glory all the day.

  • The psalmist’s current trials may have caused others to wonder what God was doing in his life, but the psalmist had no such concern.  He could continue to affirm that God is his fortress & would continue to praise God, despite his circumstances.
  • Vss. 9-13: Prayer for deliverance #2

9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails. 10 For my enemies speak against me; And those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together, 11 Saying, “God has forsaken him; Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him.”

  • The psalmist had trusted God in his youth, now he appeals to God in his old age.  God had always shown Himself to be faithful & the psalmist’s plea is simple: “Don’t stop now!  Don’t abandon me.”  He may be aged, but his enemies had not abandoned him…they were just waiting for the opportune time to jump in & attack when they thought God wasn’t looking.
  • This is an honest prayer for the psalmist – and can be an honest prayer for us as well.  But praise God that we can rely on the promises from the Scripture that the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us! (Heb 13:5)  Jesus told us that He would be with us always, even to the end of the age. (Mt 28:20)  The Scripture is clear that the work that God has begun in us, He will complete to the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6).  If you are in Christ, you can be sure that God will not abandon you!  There may be seasons that YOU walk away from the Lord in sin (though God will not let you stay that way for long) – there may be seasons in which it is difficult to discern the Lord’s voice – but there will never be a time in which your Lord forsakes you!
  • Praise God that Jesus will never forsake us, but keep in mind that our enemy will never stop pursuing us either.  Just as the psalmist’s enemies waited for the right time, so our enemy looks for an opportunity in which to take us down.  The Bible is clear that the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8).  Be careful not to let your guard down – and be sure to find your strength & protection in the Lord!

12 O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! 13 Let them be confounded and consumed Who are adversaries of my life; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor Who seek my hurt.

  • Again, this is very familiar!  Almost lifted directly from Psalm 70.  Basically saying, “God help me quickly by confusing the enemy.”  Those who remain in their rebellion against God and persecute the people of God will indeed be covered with reproach when they face the judge on the last day.
  • Vss. 14-16: Declaration of trust #2

14 But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. 15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits. 16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.

  • There’s no limit to the righteousness of God!  In truth, real righteousness can only be found in the Lord.  After all, He is the author of life – He is the very definition & standard by which what is “right” can be determined.  Just as weights & measures are defined by comparing them with the official standard, so is righteousness defined by comparing it with God…HE is the standard.  Good and evil are defined by comparing it with the character and nature of God.  If it matches God, it is good; if not, it is evil.  This is why outside of Christ, there is none righteous – no not one.  Even our best attempts at righteousness fall woefully short of the perfect standard of God.  That’s why the Bible tells us that our righteousnesses are like filthy rags (Isa 64:6).  But GOD’s righteousness is perfect!  Because God is infinite, His goodness & righteousness is infinite.  There is no limit to the righteousness of God.  (And the righteousness of God is exactly what we’re promised when we surrender our lives to Christ Jesus!  He declares us righteous because of HIS righteousness.)
  • There’s no limit to the salvation of God!  Because we are given the righteousness of Christ in our salvation, there’s no limit to the salvation that He promises us.  EVERY sin we’ve ever committed finds its answer in Christ.  Every sin we’ve YET to commit finds its answer in Christ.  Everything we’ve done in our past is wiped clean – the power that sin has over us in our present is broken – the very presence of sin in our lives will be forever dealt with in the future as God removes it from our existence.  God’s salvation is limitless!
    • Be careful here.  The Bible is not affirming universalism (the thought that everyone is saved by God, irrespective of their faith in Christ).  That’s not what the psalmist means when he states he doesn’t know the limits of God’s salvation.  The Bible is simply saying that for those who are saved, the limits of God’s salvation cannot be found.
  • This is our reason to praise the Lord!  Because of the righteousness and salvation of God, the psalmist will praise God more & more.  May we join in that praise!  May we praise Him more & more & more!  The more we understand our salvation in Christ, the more we are brought to our knees in joyful worship!
  • Vss. 17-21: The present work of God

17 O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.

  • Again, the psalmist affirms that God has been faithful to him from his youth & prays that God would not abandon him now that he is aged.  There is still work for the psalmist to do, and he prays for the strength and the opportunity to do it.
  • Until the day we die (or taken home), there’s always more to be done!  We’ve been given a Great Commission – and that doesn’t phase out on us the moment we file for retirement.  There is still a generation that needs to know of the strength and power of Jesus Christ – who will be the ones to proclaim it?  Those who have experienced it.  The psalmist has a personal testimony to share (as do we) – he was going to take advantage of every opportunity.

19 Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? 20 You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth. 21 You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side.

  • God has done great & marvelous things!  Those are the things the psalmist still needs to proclaim to the current generation…passing on what he’s learned about the goodness & strength of God.  The psalmist may still be in need of deliverance, but he knows he can depend on God’s faithfulness simply because he’s experienced it so many other times in the past.  That’s the lesson that the new generation needed to learn (and perhaps OUR generation as well!).
  • Notice who showed the psalmist his troubles?  God. (vs. 20)  God allowed the troubles, but God also brought the revival and deliverance.  True, the psalmist hand enemies that were looking for the opportunity to take him down (and they were responsible for their own sin), but they would have no opportunity to do anything at all if God had not allowed it.  God is absolutely sovereign.  He never causes people to sin, but He does give them the opportunity to do so when left to their own devices.  Yet God also does not abandon us to the sinful responses of others.  He may sovereignly allow the trouble, but He also sovereignly provides the help.  God is the one that would bring the psalmist from the point of death & increase his greatness again.  The psalmist (like us) can put our trust in the Lord God!  What He allows, we can be assured that God will use for His glory.
  • BTW – we see the same principle at work in regards to the cross of Christ & the resurrection.  Who took Jesus to the cross?  God did.  It was the Lord’s will to bruise Him & put Him to grief (Isa 53:10).  Did God the Father use the Romans & Jewish leaders to do it?  Yes.  But it was all in accordance with God’s perfect plan from before the foundations of the world.  Yet it was also God’s perfect plan that Jesus would not remain dead, but rise again.  God the Father may have shown Jesus “great and severe troubles,” but He also brought Jesus “up again from the depths of the earth.”  What God the Father allowed in the life of God the Son, He used for ultimate glory & even our forgiveness.  If God can be trusted in THAT circumstance, what circumstance is there in our lives for which we cannot trust Him?
  • Vss. 22-24: Promise to praise

22 Also with the lute I will praise You— And Your faithfulness, O my God! To You I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, And my soul, which You have redeemed. 24 My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long; For they are confounded, For they are brought to shame Who seek my hurt.

  • The psalmist has cried out to God in prayer for deliverance.  He’s remembered the faithfulness of God shown to him throughout his life.  He’s affirmed that God will again revive him & bring him up from the depths.  He’s even demonstrated his faith that God will answer his prayer and confound his enemies.  What is his response to it all?  Praise God!  Praise God with everything that he’s got.  Be it on a lute or his lips – a song on the harp or praise within his heart, the psalmist will glorify God in praise and worship.
  • Maybe you’re in need of deliverance.  Look to see what God has already done for you in Christ Jesus.  Remember His faithful promises for the future.  Affirm that Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you.  Then what?  Then praise Him passionately with everything you’ve got!

 

Psalm 72 (NKJV) – “The Glory of King Messiah”
A Psalm Of Solomon.

  • One of two psalms attributed to Solomon.  Though this is written by Solomon, it almost certainly cannot be written about Solomon.  Obviously we do hear his voice in the psalm in several places, but much of what’s written could have only been hinted at during the reign of Solomon.  To take what’s written at face-value, the only possible conclusion is that the subject is the reign of the Greater-than-Solomon – the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Vss. 1-4, the justice of Messiah

1 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s Son.

  • Seems to be a personal prayer of Solomon (not unlike his prayer asking for wisdom), and at the same time it transitions to prophecy regarding the ultimate Son of David referred to in God’s promise.
  • Jesus is wise – He’s been given God’s judgments.
  • Jesus is righteous – He is the righteousness of God.

2 He will judge Your people with righteousness, And Your poor with justice. 3 The mountains will bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness. 4 He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor.

  • Jesus not only judges wisely; He judges in righteousness.  He upholds true justice by caring for the poor & needy, and by pouring out His wrath upon the oppressor.
  • Even beyond the fulfillment of this in the Millennial Kingdom, there’s no doubt that Jesus has already done this.  WE are the needy ones.  WE are the ones who are poor in spirit, destitute of any spiritual righteousness, and Jesus is the one who cares for us & brings peace to us.  AND Jesus will indeed break the oppressor into pieces!  Satan has zero hope of any victory against God – we’ve seen the end of the book & know how it is written (and so has the devil).  Satan is toothless today, will be imprisoned for 1000 years, and then forever cast into the lake of fire.  All of his forces will be defeated – all of his plans will come to nothing – all of his lies will be exposed.  Jesus will break the enemy & it was assured from the very moment that Jesus crushed the head of Satan at the resurrection!
  • Vss. 5-7, the blessings of Messiah

5 They shall fear You As long as the sun and moon endure, Throughout all generations. 6 He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, Like showers that water the earth. 7 In His days the righteous shall flourish, And abundance of peace, Until the moon is no more.

  • They” (vs 5) = reference to the children of the needy.  Those who put their faith in the Messiah will fear Him (reverence & worship Him) as long as the sun & moon exist – i.e., forever.  (BTW – this can’t refer to Solomon.  He reigned for a long time, but not nearly long enough for verse 5!  It didn’t last throughout all generations.)
  • When the “reign” of the Messiah begins, it will “rain” down upon the grass – it comes as nourishment & blessing.  All of the promises of the Millennial age will find it’s fulfillment as those who are in Christ will dwell in peace & righteousness.  The lion & wolf lay down with the lamb & the little child shall lead them. (Isa 11:6)  Of course it all begins in the Millennium (the 1000 year physical reign of Christ Jesus), but lasts into eternity.
  • Vss. 8-11, the dominion of Messiah

8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth. 9 Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, And His enemies will lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles Will bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba Will offer gifts. 11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; All nations shall serve Him.

  • Solomon literally had gifts from Tarshish & Sheba – but again, the ultimate fulfillment is in Christ.  The idea here is that one day Jesus will have limitless reign over all of the earth & that kings & rulers come from all corners of the world to honor Jesus.  (Obviously Solomon did not have dominion from sea to sea – this can ONLY speak of Christ Jesus.)
  • What a day that will be!  Philippians 2:9–11, "(9) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, (11) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." []  Revelation 5:13–14, "(13) And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (14) Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever." []
    • One day every tongue will give praise to Christ – can you join in that song today?  Now is the time to joyfully and willingly bow down to the glorious Lord.  Jesus HAS dominion & WILL exercise that dominion over all of the earth.  Do you recognize His dominion in your own life?  He is a glorious, reigning Lord – and He is also a loving compassionate King. …
  • Vss. 12-14, the compassion of Messiah

12 For He will deliver the needy when he cries, The poor also, and him who has no helper. 13 He will spare the poor and needy, And will save the souls of the needy. 14 He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; And precious shall be their blood in His sight.

  • What compassion the Lord Jesus shows!  Not just in eternity – not just during the millennial kingdom – but now, today!  He receives all those who come to Him in faith & repentance.  He truly saves the souls of the needy who cry out to Him.  He redeems those enslaved to sin by purchasing them with His own blood.  He sees all His saints as precious & beloved.
  • Vss. 15-16, the prosperity of Messiah

15 And He shall live; And the gold of Sheba will be given to Him; Prayer also will be made for Him continually, And daily He shall be praised. 16 There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, On the top of the mountains; Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon; And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

  • Although it is not yet this day, one day all the earth will honor Christ Jesus.  As Jesus physically reigns over all the earth from Jerusalem, the whole world will be blessed because of Him & they will give Him praise & glory.
  • Satan attempted to offer these things to Jesus in His temptation. (Matt 4:8-9)  He offered all of the glory without any of the suffering.  Yet Jesus understood it couldn’t come that way.  The world needed to be redeemed, and the only way that would happen was if He went to the cross, suffered, and died.  Jesus became the redemption for all the world & as a result God has highly exalted Him.  Jesus WILL indeed receive glory from all the world & all the world will be blessed because of Him.  (Fulfillment of the Abrahamic promise – Gen 12:2)
  • Vss. 17-19, the praise of Messiah

17 His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed.

  • His name will never end because His reign will never end.  Jesus is alive!  He will remain alive for all eternity!  Notice this is a specific statement in regards to Christ Jesus.  Of course God the Father is blessed (as is stated in vss. 18-19), but here it’s Christ that all the nations will call “blessed.

18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! 19 And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.

  • Amen!  God’s name is glorious & to be blessed & praised forever & ever!  He has done wondrous things!  He created us & gave us life – He showed us mercy when we sinned against Him – He offered us grace and forgiveness through Jesus – He’s promised life & eternity with Him & on & on.  We can go on forever singing of the wondrous things God has done & that doesn’t even begin to touch on His glorious character.  He is blessed & praised simply because of who He IS!  Amen!
  • Postlude

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

  • Most likely a later addition as the books of the psalms were divided.

Conclusion:
Maybe you need deliverance tonight.  Maybe you’re in awe of the Deliverer.  Either way, both paths go straight to the feet of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the One that is faithful to save & to protect us from the attacks of the enemy.  Jesus is the one who hides us in His stronghold & rises up in our defense to the glory of God.  AND Jesus is also the One who will reign in glory over all of the earth from the Millennial Kingdom all the way through into the eternal age!  He is wise & righteous & compassionate & truly worthy of our praise.

For what do you praise the Lord tonight?  Maybe you’re in need of His shelter – maybe you’re in need of His salvation.  Maybe you’re just in awe of His glory.  Give Him the praise He deserves – magnify Him as the glorious King!

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