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when instructions are simple we may be tempted to do more.  But can we do more than what God asks us to do?  The Law would refute our effort to earn salvation, so we do better to hear his idea.  From the psalms before we can do a lot by just lifting his name in praise.


Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.  Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.  The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.  Psalm 113: 1-4

And indeed why not praise the Lord?  After all these reminders we should have seen the power reflected back from this act.  David has been inspired to be a voice for God himself in these psalms.  We should want our lives and our business to reflect the goodness of our God.  We have our entire day for as many days as we have to illuminate the name that gives life.  This one name; Yeshua, Jesus, is the only salvation and he is above all of us.

Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,  Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!  He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;  That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.  He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.  Psalm 113: 5-10

Who is like this God, who left heaven to look on us as a mere man?  He redeems the homeless and poor to give them honor.  The poor and childless woman is transformed by God to be the mother of nations.  Do praise God for these mercies.


When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;  Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.  The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.  The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.  Psalm 114: 1-4

In the Exodus Israel was delivered from Egypt and its strange language, superstitions, and bondage.  Most of us have to move out of a bad situation into an unfamiliar situation at some point in life.  When God finally moves us he provides an open door.  The enemy was real, and so was the sea, but God moved all the obstacles that blocked Israel.

What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?  Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?  Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;  Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.  Psalm 114: 5-8

What caused the great disturbances of nature that let Israel pass?  The supernatural is superior to nature.  When our knowledge of nature shows no way we may be about to discover new science as God reveals it to us.  If I set out to start a business or to get an education I have real work ahead of me.  But I should focus on the wonders that pave my way more than the obstacles that threaten failure.  God brought living water out of the rock of ages so we would see Yeshua in every part of nature around us.


Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.  Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?  But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: Psalm 115: 1-5

No Lord we are not to be honored for the great works that you have done.  Why should unbelievers say that our God is gone if they can see your name glorified in our prosperity?  Our God lives in the heavens and blesses his people while other beliefs are misguided towards stone and metals carved by men.

They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:  They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.  They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.  O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.  O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. Psalm 115: 6-10

Those statues have features that do not live and move in the earth, let alone move the earth itself.  Those who carve idols are as lifeless as the images they form.  People of faith, please trust God who lives and helps and shields you.  Everyone faces challenges, but you face them with help from the throne of heaven.

Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.  The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.  He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.  The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.  Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. Psalm 115: 11-15

You that are wise enough to fear God trust him to be greater than your lesser fears.  God cares for us and he will bless us.  He will bless the children of faith.  He will bless the weak and the strong alike.  He will bless.  He will cause you and your family to prosper and grow.  You are blessed.  The God of heaven and earth has done this for you.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.  The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.  But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD. Psalm 115: 16-18

The heavens are God’s realm, but he gave the earth to men to have dominion over it.  The dead do not praise the lord, nor those that are silent, having no praise for God.  Those who live without praising God are already dead.  The people of God know his goodness and give him praise forever; Praise the Lord!



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David in songs entered the presence of God and had communion there.  He may have begun with concerns about the day, but shifted quickly to praise of God.  The songs would endure, and the praise is still educating our generation.  The Psalms are a source of peace, even to people who have not fully discovered the grace in Yeshua, our Messiah.  In this Psalm David skips the introductions to report a direct announcement from God.  David is receiving a priority message direct from the central command of the universe.  It is short but vital.


PSALM 110  (A Psalm of David.)


The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.  The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.  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.  The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.  The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.  He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.  He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.  Psalm 110:1-7


The Lord is speaking to David’s Lord?  David is living before the Messiah and yet seems to be speaking of a Lord like Christ as if he knows him already.  Indeed David has already prophesied about the branch of the Lord and if God spoke through him he fully understood the earlier conversation.  Yeshua, Jesus, is revealed often in the Old Testament.  God tells David’s Lord to sit at his right hand, honor mortals have not known.  He promises to make the enemies of this Messiah into a footstool.  The first sentence has already earned a paragraph of revelations.


The Lord will send the rod of your strength out of Zion so you can rule even when enemies are closing from every side.  Messiah would live among enemies and have his power even as they crucified him.  That did not seem to be a day of power, but that day will come.  When he returns his people will be willing and reflecting the beauty of holiness in their lives too.  Was the womb of the morning that day when he left the tomb to become eternally young?


God promised unwaveringly that his Lord would be a priest forever, as Melchizedek, who Abraham honored.  Indeed Melchizedek may have been a manifestation of David’s Lord, Yeshua.  He was a priestly order long before the Law or Aaron.  That Lord will become a king in power in the wrath of God.  He will strike kings and judge the heathen with death.  He will drink of the brook, perhaps the living water that he shares with his flock.  In this living water; which is his living word, our bible, he lifts up our head in salvation.  Now this message itself is the living word, the bible you now read, to lift our head and our hope.


Psalm 111


Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.  His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.  He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.  He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.  Psalm 111:1-5


Now the Psalmist is encouraged and inspired to praise God.  We have heard God speak through the writer in the previous psalm and this motivates the proclamation of God’s glory to the world.  This is not hesitation; it’s a proclamation and a testimony that God is good.


He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.  The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.  They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.  Psalm 111:6-10


God has given evidence for his people.  The world may never learn, even when the evidence is powerful.  To those with only a little faith God’s works give confidence.  The humble and repentant people have redemption and they know it.  Their fear was well-directed to God who can destroy the soul.  Their fear is taken away from the threats of our enemies and redirected towards the real power of God.  Their fear produced wisdom and understanding that eludes those who trust their own works.  When they heard the praise of God they obeyed by faith and found life.


Psalm 112


Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.  His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.  Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.  Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.  A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Psalm 112:1-5


Praise the Lord, give the world evidence that God is good.  Announce the rewards of the fear of God and the blessing of obedience.  The man who lives of God will have a prosperous family.  He will prosper in this life and in eternal righteousness.  He will be compassionate and generous to the world around him.


Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.  His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.  He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.  The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. Psalm 112:6-10


It is a certainty that a good man will not be moved and his righteousness will be remembered forever.  To be remembered as good for a few years is honorable, but how much more for eternity?  That is the realm that belongs exclusively to God, and his declaration of your goodness is a reward past this life’s treasures.


This man will not fear bad news.  His confidence is anchored and unmoving, while his enemies will Fade before him.  We remember how this was so for Joseph even as slavery and false imprisonment passed into history.  So as Joseph all God-fearing men will be part of God’s eternal honor.  As Pharaoh was vanquished so are the threats that speak against any of God’s own.  Our God has given us salvation greater than Moses, and as David was promised this hope is also ours in Yeshua Ha Meschia.