Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 109

Psalm 109


-Theme: Righteous indignation for those who accuse the righteous and oppression him. Liars and slanderers will be judged strictly by the LORD if they do not turn from their wicked ways. We can be honest and open with the LORD concerning our wounds and troubles when they come from evil people.

-Historical Insight: This is a Psalm for the choir director in the Temple from David. He experienced a relentless amount of persecution and trouble from wicked accusers before and after he became king. His plea is for a just God to recompense the evil he has had to endure.

-*Application* Wounds from people are some of the most hurtful and painful experiences in life. Imprecatory prayers are okay as we see here in this Psalm, but be very careful. Have you become totally clean with God in your own repentance and supplication? Have you extended grace as far as it can be stretched? Is love and the glory of God your motivating factors? There is no doubt that God is just and will repay the wicked for all of their misdeeds of forgery, lies, deception, slander, and violence. The question for us is this: Are we the righteous or the wicked? Examine yourself before you pray against your foes. More times than not, you will see that some adjustments need to be made in your own life before you go ACCUSING others of their conduct detrimental to you. Often times we simply get what we deserve and imprecatory prayers have no authority or value if this is the case. Take Jesus’ advice first, get the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to pray with true righteous indignation (Matthew 7:1-5). But, if you have evaluated the situation as a person of God, you are completely justified to lift up your concerns honestly before the LORD and expect to see Him vindicate your righteous position. Remember this however: 1. God is the One who fights our battles (Deuteronomy 20:4, Romans 12:19), 2. Love covers a multitude of sins and transgressions (Proverbs 10:12, 1 Peter 4:8), and 3. We are commanded to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Finally, there is a Christological aspect to this Psalm, which we need to consider. God, through Jesus Christ’s work on the cross to redeem us, “stands at the right hand of the needy to save him from those (Satan or wicked people) who judge his soul (Psalm 109:31).” Thank God for His mercy and power to deliver!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 109:31

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 108

Psalm 108


-Theme: God’s deliverance from our adversaries is powerful beyond our comprehension. The LORD reigns valiantly!

-Historical Insight: This is another Psalm of King David denoting the aggressive power of the LORD to tread down the adversaries of His people, which includes Moab, Edom, and Philistia (Psalm 108:9, 13).

-*Application* Just like Shechem, the Valley of Succoth, Gilead, Manasseh, Ephraim, and Judah, the LORD speaks His holiness over the believer’s life to guard, protect, and fight for. Keep your heart steadfast and continually praise Him even when things seem hopeless and helpless. God is on the way, and He will destroy all opponents to His good purposes in your destiny. Just like David, awaken your metaphorical harp and lyre and sing His song of victory among the nations and all peoples. His lovingkindness is above the heavens, and His truth reaches to the skies. Let Him be exalted and give Him complete glory. His Right Hand saves!



Verse to Memorize: Psalm 108:13

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 107

Psalm 107


-Theme: Thanksgiving and praise is to be heaped upon the God who redeems. Consider the goodness of the LORD.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm written to celebrate the Jews’ return from their exile in Babylon.

-*Application* Our God redeems us from our adversaries, and the redeemed of the LORD should say so. He gathers His people from the north, south, east, and west to recollect the anointed in glorious array (Psalm 107:2-3). Though we have wandered and transgressed His holy commands; when we cry out to the LORD in our trouble, He delivers us out of our distress and straightens out our paths (Psalm 107:6, 13, 19, 28, Proverbs 3:5-6). This is the song of Israel and for all who believe in the Name of Jesus (Acts 10:34-35). Our thanksgiving and praise should be continually present for His lovingkindness, goodness, and wonders, which satisfy the hungry and thirsty soul fully (Psalm 107:9). Rebellion enslaves and afflicts, but the redemptive healing of the LORD frees and gives complete liberty by His eternal Word (Psalm 107:10-22, 41). God will establish His people in abundance and blesses with multiplication (Psalm 107:36-39). The wise will give heed to these things and consider the benefits of a loving and good God (Psalm 107:43).


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 107:2, 6, 20, 41

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 106

Psalm 106


-Theme: Congregational repentance of a nation returning from captivity in Israel. God’s patience despite humanity’s forgetfulness and self-willed rebellion. God’s glory through the keeping of His covenant.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm that ends Book 4 in its greater context of the Psalms. This is a repentance song of remembrance for the nation that elucidates the history of Israel’s turning from the LORD, but His great patience, grace, compassion, and redemption when they returned to Him.

-*Application* The story of the Old Testament exploits of the nation of Israel is a stark reminder for us to remain faithful unto the sealing work of our God through His Holy Spirit and Jesus’ work on the cross (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). Our human nature is to forget, complain, and turn aside to our own way. Abide in Christ and remember His power and goodness in all seasons. Praise Him rather than grumble about the hardships you face. Cry out and depend on Him in your desperation AND in your times of prosperity. His ways are good to favor His people. He remains faithful even when we are faithless even though there may be some chastisement for disobedience (Psalm 106:13-29, 32-46, 2 Timothy 2:13).


Verses to Memorize: Psalm 106:44-46

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 105

Psalm 105


-Theme: God’s incredible miracles should be remembered. The LORD has brought His people through to fulfill His promises in faithfulness. God loves His people and will take care of them.

-Historical Insight: This is a Psalm of David recounting many of God’s marvelous deeds in bringing Israel into the Promised Land through His covenant to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Aaron.

-*Application* This short survey of history for the Jewish people and the LORD’s miraculous provision and providence assures us that we are going to be cared for in the same manner. God loves His people who trust in Him, remember His promises, rejoice in Him, pray to Him, seek Him, share His glory to others, and follow Him in obedience (Psalm 105:1-5, 43, 45). What He has done for them, He will do for you. He will not allow evil to “oppress” or “touch” His anointed ones, and His prophets will not be harmed (Psalm 105:14-15). God is on our side!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 105:15

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 104

Psalm 104


-Theme: Have an appreciation for God’s intricate creation and how it works. God not only creates, but maintains His works. He is NOT just a Designer who watches His creation. He is involved. The LORD’s care is our joy.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm.

-*Application* God’s earth is laid on His foundation, sure and reliable. He oversees the intricate workings of this place we call home to every functional detail. Every creature and geographic formation has a purpose and reveals the glory of the LORD. There is a rhythm and flow to the way this world operates as a master plan of the Designer. Even in its cursed state, God cares for this realm and functions in it to make it viable for habitation and wellbeing. “Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; let the LORD be glad in His works (Psalm 104:31).” Our meditation of this green planet and the Creator who maintains it should always be pleasing to Him, and we should be glad in it. Sinners will be consumed and the wicked no more one day when this earth is renewed and rebuilt post curse (Psalm 102:26; 104:33, Hebrews 1:10-12, Revelation 20:11-15; 21 & 22).


Verses to Memorize: Psalm 104:31, 34

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 103

Psalm 103


-Theme: God’s grace and loving pardon in the reverent believer’s life. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

-Historical Insight: This is a famous Psalm of David, which has been set to music in various ways throughout 3,000 years of world history.

-*Application* All that is within us should praise our mighty, holy, forgiving, healing, redeeming, loving, satisfying, compassionate, relational, patient, and righteous God. He is completely worthy, and we should give Him ceaseless thanks for the everlasting life that He bestows on His beloved children. Not one of His benefits should we ever forget. Why do we have a human tendency to forget His remarkable goodness? We are but mere creatures who are here one day and gone the next except for His salvation. Process for a few moments what that actually means. God has established His throne in the heavens and “His sovereignty rules over all (Psalm 103:19).” His angels, who are mighty in strength, perform His word in complete obedience. All His heavenly hosts bless Him in service for the purpose of completing His will. Even His works in creation bless the LORD. Why would we not join the chorus of hallelujahs and delight our own soul in the celebration of His omnipotence?


Verses to Memorize: Psalm 103:1, 3, 11-12

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 102

Psalm 102


-Theme: The Founder of the earth is living, eternal, and immutable. His people of every generation can trust in Him to help in time of need.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm as a prayer of the afflicted to cry out before the LORD in complaint when their heart is faint.

-*Application* There are situations in this life when all that we have left is the help of the LORD. This is the essence of desperation. When He seems distant and our troubles are immense, prayer is our primary solace and strength. We desire quick and positive answers, but too often there is delay in the process and negative vibes keep pounding like waves of the sea. These times make us feel consumed, weak, sleepless, and without appetite. We have a tendency to feel like everyone is against us and constant lamentation drains us. We can often falsely assume that the LORD is perturbed in His wrath, which is poured out towards us in these situations. Days grow long and wearisome. But (the key contrast here in verse 12), our forever abiding God is not against us when we are His people. He will arise and have compassion on us as He revives us in His grace and mercy. The Temple of the LORD, which is both physical and spiritual, is our resting place as a welcoming abode for comfort and strength. God will appear there in His glory as He regards the prayer of the destitute. He will never despise our prayers unto Him (Psalm 102:17). He sets us free that we might have eternal joy and a testimony of His goodness among all the peoples of this earth. Together, we will serve the LORD. He endures and will carry us forward to incredible destiny. The earth will one day wear out and be consumed, but our God, Jesus Christ, and His Kingdom will never vanish (Psalm 102:25-28, Hebrews 1:10-12; 13:8).


Verses to Memorize: Psalm 102:25-28

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 101

Psalm 101


-Theme: A Davidic prayer for God’s help to walk in the blameless way. Integrity is both of God and man.

-Historical Insight: This Psalm is attributed to King David.

-*Application* Lift up your voice and sing unto our great God. His lovingkindness and justice deserve our continual praise. His creation should cry out to Him because He rewards those who love Him in complete faith and reverence. He gives heed to the blameless way desiring us to come to His House with integrity of heart. Set no worthless, empty, or vain thing before your eyes and hate the work of the apostates who cannot continue in their following of Christ Jesus. Don’t let the world fasten its grip on you. Turn from evil and find the LORD. A perverse heart will eventually depart from the LORD who knows no evil. The one who secretly slanders (insults, defames, smears, libels) his neighbor will be destroyed by the righteous One. God will not endure the one with a haughty (cocky, prideful) look and arrogant heart. But, His eyes will be on the faithful of the land, and those will dwell eternally with Him. The one who take His righteousness and walks in it blamelessly will get to minister to Him, the Majestic King of Glory. On the other hand, all who practice deceit will NOT get to dwell in His House. The one who speaks falsehood will NOT maintain his position before the LORD of lords. God will destroy the wicked of the land every morning and cut off from His city those who do iniquity.


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 101:3

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 100

Psalm 100


-Theme: An invitation to experience bona fide praise joyfully in God’s presence. The LORD’s goodness, creative power, lovingkindness, and faithfulness is enduring to all generations.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm of distinction in brief form.

-*Application* Get excited about God! He is the One worth having passion for. Serve Him with gladness, not drudgery. Come before Him with joyful singing, not complaint and griping. KNOW that He is God and has you all figured out from the get go. We have not made ourselves, we are a grand creation made in His image for something totally special. So tune in to Him and figure out what that is exactly. Follow His dreams and designs as His people, the flock of His pasture. Be thankful and give Him the praise He deserves in the assembly of believers, in His sanctuary. Bless His Name. God is always good, His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness extends to all generations including ours! That’s something to get pumped up about! So escape the doldrums and experience Christ!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 100:4

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 99

Psalm 99


-Theme: God’s love of justice and equity in His sovereignty over the earth. The LORD is holy and praiseworthy, lift up His awesome Name.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm similar to other praises in this book.

-*Application* The very thought of God should make us tremble and remember that He alone is exalted and honored above even the cherubim (the highest class of angels). He is holy, or set apart/sacred, in His perfection and righteousness. His Name is awesome and living. This King’s strength is in the fact that He loves justice and equity. We should respectfully worship at His footstool as the saints of old did (Moses, Aaron, and Samuel to name just a few). Just like they called and received an answer, so too can we. Don’t be afraid to call upon this powerful Force that can change circumstances in an instant. He will speak in a variety of ways, so listen carefully and attentively. Keep His testimonies remembering that He forgives iniquity, yet is an avenger of every evil deed. Exalt and honor Him in the highest!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 99:9

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 98

Psalm 98


-Theme: A song of joy and victory over evil since all who follow God from every part of the earth will prevail when He judges the wicked of the world.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm much akin to Psalm 96 in form and content.

-*Application* A joyful noise should be made unto the LORD for His grace, wonderful things He has done, lovingkindness, and faithfulness poured out upon His people. He has remembered our plight and has made known His salvation to the ends of the earth through His Son, Jesus Christ. Instruments can definitely be used to give Him His glory in this celebration of joy unto the King. He has overcome evil and has all power and authority (Matthew 28:18, Revelation 12:11; 17:14). Praise His Name forever realizing He is one day coming to judge the earth with righteousness and equity. Take solace that one day everything will be made right!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 98:3

Friday, February 13, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 97

Psalm 97


-Theme: God is the vindicator of evil who reigns over all with justice and righteousness.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm of praise.

-*Application* We can be thankful, glad, and joyful of the fact that God ultimately has complete dominion over this earth. Everything declares His glory, and people are without excuse to accept His sovereignty in their lives. Those that refuse Him and worship idols that they create will in the end be ashamed and left empty. God says this, “Hate evil, you who love the LORD, who preserves the souls of His Godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked (Psalm 97:10).” His Light is sown like seed for the righteous, and He gives gladness for the upright in heart. We should always give thanks to His holy Name for that fact (Psalm 97:11)!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 97:10

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 96

Psalm 96


-Theme: Praising God through singing, proclamation, offering, and worship in preparation of His coming righteous judgment of this world.

-Historical Insight: This anonymous Psalm was possibly from King David, or at least inspired by him, because it closely resembles his hymn of praise in 1 Chronicles 16:23-36.

-*Application* God gives us new songs to sing to Him in exaltation and blessing upon His Name. We should in like manner proclaim His good tidings of His salvation every single day of our lives (Psalm 96:1-2). If His glory is to be revealed among the nations and peoples of this earth, it is our solemn duty to spread His gospel truth. He is worthy and Creator of all. He is to be feared above all other gods, which amount to nothing more than idols (Psalm 96:3-5, Revelation 9:20). God is a God of splendor and majesty, strength and beauty, and deserving of all praise. We should bring our offerings of time, talent, and treasure before Him as we enter His courts and tremble in reverential awe before His grandeur (Psalm 96:6-9). Our God reigns and will not be moved. His transcendence is firmly established in the world, and He, only He, will judge the peoples of this earth with equity (fairness, uprightness). Heaven is glad and the earth rejoices, sea, field, tree, and forest, before the LORD as they anticipate His coming in righteous and faithful judgment (Psalm 96:10-13). Spend some time really praising the greatness of God today and every day after. This is our eternal song!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 96:13

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 95

Psalm 95


-Theme: The invitation to worship God as a means of finding our resting place.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm. Meribah, which means “quarreling,” and Massah, which means “testing,” refers to the incident of wilderness wandering in Rephidim when the Israelites complained to Moses on account of having no water to drink (Exodus 17:1-7, Numbers 20:1-13).

-*Application* Christ Jesus is the Rock of our salvation, which makes us joyful, thankful, and exuberant. He is above all other gods and owns everything. Let us worship our Maker and kneel before His presence in faith for He is our God. Do not harden or err in your heart against this Creator and despise His ways. This is a rebellion with Him, a quarrel against Him and a test of Him. If you do, you will incur His loathing, and He swears against you that you will not enter into His temporal nor eternal rest (Psalm 95:11, Hebrews 3:7-19).


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 95:11

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 94

Psalm 94


-Theme: God will protect His people from the severe punishment that is coming upon the wicked. Evil will not prevail in the end. God’s discipline is just and beneficial.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm set to music.

-*Application* Have you ever cried out for God’s retribution in an unjust situation? God does hear and see (Psalm 94:9). The arrogant, puffed-up, wicked, and violent ones God will judge with benevolent wrath. His vengeance shines forth (Psalm 94:1). Blessed is the man whom is disciplined by the LORD. This man will be granted relief from the days of adversity when, on the other hand, the wicked will pay for their crimes. God will never abandon His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance. His judgment will be righteous, and “all the upright in heart will follow it (Psalm 94:12-16).” Without His help we believers are doomed, but with His strength we prevail. His consolation is a delight to our soul when anxious thoughts start to multiply within us (Psalm 94:19). He alone is our stronghold and refuge, and He will destroy the destroyer (Psalm 94:22-23).


Verses to Memorize: Psalm 94:15, 19

Monday, February 9, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 93

Psalm 93


-Theme: The eternally great nature of the almighty-reigning God.

-Historical Insight: This is another anonymous Psalm intended for praise and adulation unto the LORD.

-*Application* Recognize the transcendent nature of the everlasting Creator with all His unlimited power and authority. He has firmly and unchangeably established His dominion with strength. He will not be moved or usurped. He is most high and mighty. What He says goes; it is confirmed by His word. He is holy and pure forevermore, and none will enter His presence unless they conform to His image gently given by grace to those who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ (Acts 4:10-12, Romans 2:4; 9:29, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 2:24).


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 93:2

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 92

Psalm 92


-Theme: It is good to declare the glory of the LORD in His faithfulness and lovingkindness every day with thanksgiving and hope.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm used routinely in Temple services on the Sabbath in Israel.

-*Application* How often do you sing out and really praise God with your heart? This should be habitual in any Christian’s life (Psalm 92:1-4). There is strength in it. Give the LORD His due adulation and become a pillar in the faith with longevity and endurance. His ways are higher and deeper than ours (Psalm 92:5). His enemies will perish and be scattered (Psalm 92:6-9), but the one who exalts the King will be victorious and flourish (Psalm 92:10-14). He is our upright Rock and our Redeemer, and there is no unrighteousness found in Him (Psalm 92:15).


Verses to Memorize: Psalm 92:12-15

Friday, February 6, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 91

Psalm 91


-Theme: God’s promise of protection when we dwell in His shelter. Although danger is in the world, God will give His angels charge to overcome evil threats for His people.

-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm that may have been written by David in a time of danger, when enemies were seeking his life and war was a reality.

-*Application* In this world, evil lurks and crouches in every place and corner. It wants to destroy us. We need God’s protection and deliverance. Dwell in Him to receive His promises. He is our ever present help (Psalm 37:39). When trouble threatens you, remember to pray this Psalm.


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 91:1-2, 11

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 90

Psalm 90


-Theme: God is eternal, man is frail flesh. What we do with our time matters, use time wisely. Don’t live for the moment in a temporary life; dwell on God’s eternal plan.

-Historical Insight: This Psalm is a prayer attributed to Moses making it the oldest of the Psalms in Scripture.

-*Application* God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 90:1). Rely on Him who is everlasting and sovereign (Psalm 90:2). Time is of no essence to the LORD. A thousand years is like a day in His estimation (Psalm 90:4-6). All of our sins are bare in the light of His presence. He knows us and all of our ways (Psalm 90:8). We are weak, but He is strong and mighty to save when we call upon Him (Acts 2:21). One day the faithful will fly away to glory, so number your days that you may present to God a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). God’s mercy and lovingkindness is what saves us so that we can sing for joy and be glad all our days (Psalm 90:14). He overcomes and takes away the pain giving us favor and confirmation in our work (Psalm 90:15-17). Trust God and let Him control your life’s days.


Verses to Memorize: Psalm 90:12, 17

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 89

Psalm 89


-Theme: God fulfills His covenant promises through His servant David and his descendants ultimately fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who will reign eternally. The lovingkindness and faithfulness promised to King David is ours by faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

-Historical Insight: This Psalm is a Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. Ethan, who was a Levite leader and probably one of the head musicians in the Temple is also recorded in 1 Chronicles 15:17, 19.

-*Application* This Psalm denotes the plan for the Kingdom of God, which was fulfilled through His promises to David and inaugurated in the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. While Christ’s Kingdom is yet to be consummated, it is growing and taking over the whole by proclamation and power ever since His first incarnation just over 2,000 years ago (Daniel 2:35, 44-45; 7:9-14, 18, 27, Matthew 24:14). The blessed ones are the ones who know the joyful sound of the LORD and walk in the Light of His countenance (Psalm 89:15). To them He is the personification of lovingkindness, faithfulness, exaltation, and power. While we must endure in the waiting, God will conquer, and His hosts will reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12)!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 89:15

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 88

Psalm 88


-Theme: When there is misery with no relief in sight, the God of our salvation hears our cries and understands our deepest needs.

-Historical Insight: This is a Psalm of Herman, one of the sons of Korah, for the choir director in the Temple. It is according to Mahalath Leannoth, a Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. This may very well be the same man mentioned in 1 Chronicles 15:19; 16:41; 25:4-5 as a musician and the king’s seer.

-*Application* There will be trouble at times in this life (John 16:33). While we rest in the fact that Jesus has overcome the world, our times of misery and despair threaten our peace, hope, and joy in often very unrelenting ways. During these dark times of the soul, continue to reach out in prayer and supplication before the LORD both day and night (Psalm 88:1). He is our salvation and restoration. God knows our needs before we even ask, so don’t hesitate to beseech His grace, mercy, and comfort in your dire straits. Feel forsaken with a lot of questions? You are not alone as proven by the Psalmist here. At times we can feel low and deep in the pit of anguish, but the truth is that God is watching out for our well-being and will again look on you with favor if you hold on to His promises. He often withdraws so that we will come running back to Him with more love, more determination, and more devotion. This allows us to grow in our dependence on Him and makes us realize that we have nothing but Him for our sustenance. Your affliction always has a purpose, and God will make you more like Him in the process of suffering. He does not reject forever. Hold on to Him when things seem bleakest. Be honest with God about your feelings, the Psalmist certainly does here as we can see, but then look for His glimpses and glimmers of hope. The turnaround will come. When your heart finds troubled times, remember that this too shall pass!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 88:1

Monday, February 2, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Psalms- Chapter 87

Psalm 87


-Theme: The city of God, where God resides forever with all His believing children. Zion, the Holy Temple, the gathering of the elect, God’s Jerusalem, the LORD’s love of this place over all of the other dwelling places of Jacob, the Glory of the city of David where the Christ shall reign.

-Historical Insight: Written by the Temple assistants, the sons of Korah as a song in respect of the holy mountain.

-*Application* God has established His Kingdom both materially and spiritually. While the geographic fact of Jerusalem exists, and will exist anew in the eschaton, the spiritual implications of union with this magnificent God should spring out in our understanding and just thrill the soul. The LORD Most High establishes His dominion in this place where worship and praise reside. God is the registrar of the people who will inhabit this wonderful domicile. All His springs of joy and salvation are in her as redemption gives birth to eternal existence!


Verse to Memorize: Psalm 87:2