IMG_1566DARK LIGHTS 

The bible carries messages in undertones reserved for the spiritually aware.  David sought God in praise and worship and discovered the mind of Christ.  These Psalms are celebrations of his relationship with the messiah who would not appear to the world for centuries to come.  For the righteous the evidence of God is all around us.  Kings and servants all bow before him, but the wicked should not boast against him.  God can speak for himself when he warns them not to boast of themselves.

Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.  When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.  The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.  I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:  Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.  Psalm 75:1-5

David gives thanks to God by declaring his works to our lost world.  God’s works declare that his name is near; David is again describing his king, a messiah, by outlining his coming greatness.  David is again speaking for messiah as he offers to judge the congregation uprightly.  Who else could bear up the pillars of the earth?  If he tells the unrighteous not to toot their own horn, to be humble, he speaks with authority from above.  God reveals the messiah by painting everything about him and leaving an empty outline of the coming savior.  He is proving God in the way astronomers prove dark matter.  There is an obvious void, a place for messiah in David’s Psalms.

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.  For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.  But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.  All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.  Psalm 75:6-10

David points to God as the one who gives glory, not our own good works.  We have no goodness to earn promotion so God delivers prosperity and punishment by his own strength.  David plans only to lift the name of God for the world to hear.  He has faith to trust God and wait for his judgment.

In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.  In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.  There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.  Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.  The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.  At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.  Psalm 76: 1-6

In this age of a new covenant Israel is living in the evidence of God.  The new nation has survived impossible odds in becoming a nation again and surviving their wars.  The powerful opposition of the Nazis and wealthy oil nations has not overthrown the people of God’s promises.

Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?  Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,  When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.  Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.  Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.  He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.  Psalm 76: 7-12

David speaks to God as the judge of mankind.  He expects mankind to be angry, to curse God in this time of hardship.  But the fact of this anger is evidence of God and some will recognize God and others will be prevented from their evil ways.  He who has enough sense to fear God will be honored by him, and no ruler will be able to oppose him.

I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.  In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.  I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.  Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.  Psalm 77: 1-4

David calls out to God in his day of trouble and he hopes to be comforted.  He had to remember God first, as we tend to forget during our busy times.  He is troubled that he knows God and had not called out before this.  God is keeping him awake at nights and David is troubled.  I share these feelings when I put off doing these studies myself.  This is the best way for me to learn, and the greatest reward to be able to share discoveries.  I should be troubled when I neglect the source of our peace.

I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.  I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.  Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?  Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?  Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.  And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.  Psalm 77: 5-10

David remembers the close relationship he had with God in earlier times.  He remembers the songs, even like this psalm, that comforted his nights.  Aren’t the old worship songs a great source of comfort to we who remember the fruit of those old hymnals?  David wonders if God has forsaken him when that relationship has not been kept close.  David acknowledges that this is his failure, but he will remember his way.

I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.  I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.  Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?  Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.  Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.  Psalm 77: 11-15

David purposes to remember the way and to follow the instructions of God.  The Lord’s way is a sanctuary, and we have his word from which to learn his ways.  We also have the wonders, the creation, and the miracles the people have witnessed.  David Is reassured that God has delivered Israel.  The arm of God brings deliverance.

The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.  The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.  The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.  Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.  Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.  Psalm 77: 16-20

David and the people of Israel witnessed and testified about God’s power on the waters and winds.  They also know that this powerful God was their leader who delivered them to safety.

But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:  That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.  John 12:37-40

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