Posted by: cindybythesea | June 10, 2011

Psalms 109 & 110 – Setting The Stage

Today, for the first time in 2,000 years, Torah scrolls were marched from the Western Wall to a new neighborhood in Jerusalem situated at the foot of the Mount of Olives – a neighborhood surrounded by Arab neighbors.  I’m not altogether clear on the significance of carrying them from the Western Wall to the Mount of Olives, unless, it is to underscore the promise by God, twice re-iterated in Psalm 111:5-9, that the covenant he established with his people Israel (in spite of what the world says), is forever.

Psalm 111 5-9:

“He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever, he has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations, The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts trustworthy. They are steadfast forever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for his people ; he ordained his covenant forever – holy and awesome is his name.”

Right now, the world is consumed with the overwhelming issue over the state of Jerusalem and the state of Israel at large. Psalm 111, puts to rest that question – the covenant God established with his people Israel, is forever.

I have been looking closely at the Psalms again and am more convinced than ever that the numbering of the Psalms correspond to the current years we are in, particularly, when it comes to Psalms 111-119. 

Psalms 111-119 as many of you know, form an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet, a set of Psalms, which, also contain what is known as the Hallel – (Psalms 113-118).  Psalms so important, that they are recited at each of the major festivals – Passover, Shavuot (Pentecost) and Sukkot (Tabernacles) and, if I remember correctly, were recited as the pilgrims made their ascent to the temple mount from the streets of Jerusalem each year for the various festivals.  

Therefore, I see this particular set of Psalms, (and, those that bracket them -111, 112, & 119), as progressive in nature, starting with Psalm 113 and culminating with the magnificent 118th Psalm, which, speaks in part of – “the stone the builders rejected,” becoming the chief cornerstone.

I have several thoughts regarding each of these Psalms and may not get to all of them in this post. For today, I would like to go back to Psalms 109 & 110 – as, I believe they set the stage for the rest of the Psalms (111-118). 

Not part of the Hallel or even the Psalms which form the acrostic, but, nevertheless important as a lead in to these other great Psalms and the events of which they speak.

On Monday May 18, 2009, President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu set down for their first white house talks. It was at this meeting that President Obama first pressed Netanyahu regarding a two-state solution.  From the headlines to the story regarding this meeting:

“U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday pressed a two state solution to the middle-East conflict but failed to win a commitment from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to back Palestinian statehood.”  :http//www.reuters.com/article/2009/05/18/us-israel-usa-idUSTRE54H0P520090518

Amazing, when you consider the first 5 verses of the 109th Psalm and that Israel has been our only democratic friend and ally in the middle-East, since the day the nation was re-established in 1948. 

“O God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for wicked and deceitful men have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred, they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship, they accuse me, but, I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.”  Psalm 109: 1-5

The remainder of the 109th Psalm is an appeal for deliverance from false accusers.

I remember some time back seeing and hearing the slogan “Pray for Obama – pray Psalm 109!  In my opinion, this is completely inappropriate and beneath the dignity of those of us who bear the name of Jesus.  As it says, in verse 28, “they may curse, but, you will bless.” It is God’s place to bring cursing or judgment, not ours! As believers, we are mandated to pray for our leaders, no matter “who they are or who, we think they are” – therefore, may our prayers for our leaders, always be prayers of blessing; – blessing in the sense that our leaders would turn from their iniquity and find salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I think it is also important to keep in mind, that the cursing rendered throughout the remainder of the 109th Psalm, speaks not of just one man, (although, it may – as the pronoun “he” is in use) – but, Israel’s enemies in general and perhaps more specifically, the evil one, who is the driving force behind all of them. 

When you look at Psalm 110, God seems to follow-up the lament of Psalm 109, with a promise to make the enemies of Israel, a “footstool under his feet.”  It would be beyond the scope of this blog (and probably my ability) to attempt a verse by verse exposition of these passages, but, suffice it to say, that the 110th Psalm, establishes once again, that the covenant God has established with his people, –“he has sworn and will not change his mind,” is forever.  And, in due time, by the power of the Lord’s right hand, the nations will be judged and the Kings that oppose Israel, crushed forever. May his people find comfort in these words!

Important words, when you consider the increased pressure applied during 2010, by President Obama, Hilary Clinton and the Quartet.  Who can forget the terrible snubs the Prime Minister suffered at the hands of our esteemed leaders just a few short months ago.

And, this is just the warm-up, the prelude to the awesome and amazing work of God, as set to unfold in the not to distant future, as indicated in these equally amazing Psalms!  More on this tomorrow – God willing! 

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6   Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

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  1. Thanks Cindy, what a blessing is found in God’s word.

    J.R. Church had some outstanding observations on prophetic Psalms…

    The Psalms Tribulation Timeline Menorah 111-117

    Will Psalm 111 Be Fulfilled in 2011?

    HIDDEN PROPHECIES IN PSALMS – JR CHURCH 1938-1945

    Psalm 111-118 not only marks the center of the Bible, it also has a distinct menorah design.

    Psalm 111-113 beginning with Praise ye the LORD, Psalm 114 acting as a servant candle and then Psalm 115 through 117 ending with Praise ye the LORD.

    My notes:

    I count 8 times the word “shall” is used in Psalm 110, which would be future tense.

    Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. 110:3

    Psalm 111 is characterized by the word “hath”, past tense.

    He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. Psalms 111:9

    Keep Looking up!

    [Great observation Michael, future and then past tense! I hadn’t noticied that. So much to glean from these passages.Thank you too, for adding the JR Church clips, what an awesome student of the word he was. I remember reading his book, “Hidden Prophecies in the Psalms” many years ago, and I have never forgotten it. For some reason, the Lord has put it on my heart to take a close look at these Psalms again and just in working on it today, its been such a joy. Thanks for your added input. I really appreciate it! C]

  2. AMEN Cindy,
    As for those who have received eternal life as a result of faith in Christ, we are called to live a life of Christ likeness.
    Jesus came to bring truth and life not condemnation. Condemnation was already here because of sin.
    John 2
    13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

    Jesus came against what happening in this instance, not people. Our God hates sin not people. People that are deceived, sin against God. Christ came that men would have opportunity to choose him and turn from sin. May it please God to work through his people to reveal his Son to a lost and dieing world even those who being used by the enemy to come against Gods people image and plan.

  3. Cindy,

    Reading your post made me think of Luke 24:44 “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” KJV

    That’s so neat you posted on this topic as I too have been studying these same Psalms and believe they may indeed coincide prophetically with our present day and the soon return of Jesus.

    In April I put together a Word document for family and friends with bits and pieces of insight I’ve gleaned over the years, from JR Church and others, and how it may tie in with these Psalms and the Feasts of the Lord. If you’re interested in studying further what I’ve discovered so far, please contact me by email and I will send it to you.

    Keep looking up!

    [Thank you Coreen, I would love to read what you have. Woud you like to put a link in the comments section, so every one could read it, I’m sure there would be a lot of people who would be interested in doing so! Blessings! C]

    • I don’t know how to attach a link to a Word document in the comments section or if it’s even possible. That’s why I suggested email. Today I posted a small snippet of it on another thread in this series. That’s the best I am able to do at this time as I don’t want to get ahead of you or take away from you in your study.

      Be Blessed!


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