SONGS OF DEGREES PART 2
Does a song of degrees suggest a prophetic message of messiah coming? It might be the history and end of our journey on earth. For some it has already ended, but others may see the resurrection. We were all lifted up with Yeshua at the cross, if not to the death that he took for us. We too can be transformed into the glorified realm so the journey is not to be feared. Have a song in your heart.
(A Song of degrees.) When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:1-6
Oh the joy of Israel returning from the Persian captivity! King Cyrus fulfilled a prophesy by letting Israel return to Jerusalem. They endured imprisonment under the leadership of Daniel, and even the heathen saw the work of God for them. The evidence of God came in prophetic words spoken hundreds of years earlier and now manifested in joy. These people had the substance of their faith confirmed and they could again celebrate in Jerusalem.
(A Song of degrees for Solomon.) Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:1-5
Long after Solomon has written this we can see that his effort to build the house had also failed. That temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, and again by the Romans. But the Word of God has not failed because a son of David has indeed build the house of faith. There is no advantage in doing good works, rising early and working late. God will let his workers have rest if they are working his will. So much for the morning people and workaholics!
Now the psalm seems to change course in identifying children as being the heritage we receive from God. I see large families in our churches where these children follow the faith of their parents. Children can be like weapons in spiritual warfare if they are able to answer the enemies at the gate. Before the destruction of peer pressure can invade the church it must pass the defense of these young people who know the foundation of truth.
David was unable to build the temple because of the blood of carnal warfare. Solomon too was limited to a temporary physical building, and still struggled with idolatry. The Son of David who came much later was divine and free of blood guilt. Only he could build a temple with living stones
The psalm reflects a high point in the wisdom of Saul because it divides the carnal works of the Old Testament from the lessons planted by the life of Yeshua that instructs us as God’s children. As the teachers of Timothy, the church has trained its new believers and they are not novices in spiritual warfare. We can now combat the spirit of evil without condemning the lost souls who have been enslaved by them. We are the quiver of arrows of the patriarchs, the fruit of their training.
(A Song of degrees.) Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel. Psalm 128:1-6
Those who are faithful are blessed and prosperous. You are assured a faithful wife and children as your blessing. Today we see families away from this faith suffering strife and violence, as various sins manifest as pain. God does not punish us yet, but we are warned not to touch the stove. The stove is good to destroy bacteria in food but bad for fingers. So our blessing is reduced pain by spiritual education. Even if evil men destroy us we have those treasures in heaven. We have a hope that will survive beyond the veil of death.
(A Song of degrees.) Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows. The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked. Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up: Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom. Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD. Psalm 129:1-8
Israel was often oppressed by the enemies around them. Today Israel and the church are both persecuted, and they have long been scarred by the whips of their enemies. The journey of faith is hard but the enemies are being defeated by our God. The works of those who oppose God’s people are like the grass grown on their house tops. This lacks the depth to become good as crops or feed for livestock. These enemies will not see their efforts bearing fruit, nor will they bless us.
(A Song of degrees.) Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Psalm 130:1-8
Our lives begin in a cry from the first breath, as we feel pain, from hunger first, then all manner of suffering. A few hours or days of joy alternate with the fear of storms, illness, and oppression. If parents and doctors cannot help only the Lord offers hope. When darkness surrounds us the wait for God becomes more important than the dawn. For Israel the Lord is the only hope we should have. He alone will feed us with the milk of kindness and the bread of life. So it is also for the history of man as we await the revelation of God’s mercy in our time.
(A Song of degrees of David.) LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever. Psalm 131:1-3
I have no honors among men and I cannot be prideful in my behavior or claim a better seat at the table. I have become patient and quiet in my actions even as I surrendered the right to cry for my meals as a child. We who hope in God are Israel who have only the Lord as our source for ever. We have left the cry of youth for the patience of maturity.
A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions: How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob; Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood. We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool. Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy. For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed. The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish. Psalm 132:1-18my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. Lo, we heard of it at
David had sworn to provide a place to build a house for God. He lived in many afflictions to deliver his oaths and see that place provided. He worked to see the provisions of the priests and the tabernacle so all could worship God. He sought God to keep him is grace to fulfill his mission in life. It was not for him to build a temple of stone, but rather to build a temple on the stone that the builders had rejected. A descendant of David would be the temple of heaven and share life with all who believed on him. Zion was the place David provided for a temple and for a savior to dwell in. David and all of spiritual Israel would dwell in Zion forever. There is no poverty or hunger for the saints who live there, and their enemies would be shamed before the glory of Yeshua. David found a place for God to dwell, in his heart. And God was the word, and lived with us and became the light of eternity. The cross became the beacon of salvation and the end of our journey.
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. Revelation 21:22-25
(A Song of degrees of David.) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalm 133:1-3
For those who believe there is peace in the midst of chaos and warfare. The church is a union of brethren that has endured the ages. The spiritual anointing of God is like the physical oil that anointed Aaron the high priest in the Old Testament. The spiritual anointing is eternal and as sweet as the fresh dew of Mount Zion. These physical emblems of oil and the dew symbolize the greater blessing of the spiritual anointing. For all who received and believed the gospel at the cross have received the greater blessing in Yeshua. From the crucifixion to this day He has given us peace.
(A Song of degrees.) Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion. Psalm 134:1-3
Bless the Lord all his servants in this night! If this is the ascension of man to the hope of heaven we now witness the night before the light of heaven. Bless the Lord, praise his name, and let this be your invitation to God’s lost sheep. Raise your hands in praise and worship as this is the light that draws the weary to safety in this last great storm. All the testimony of man has been pointing to these last days, not for despair, but for this great hope. In the darkness of human vanity we can now clearly see the light of spiritual truth. The prophesies are unfolding on schedule, and you know you have a friend who is closer than a brother. Praise the only name that gives salvation: Yeshua Ha Meschia, Jesus, Alpha and Omega.