Psalm 65 – “…I Have Lost None”

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Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

Psa 65:1-4

Psa 65:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David. Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
Psa 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
Psa 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
Psa 65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
Psa 65:5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:
Psa 65:6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:
Psa 65:7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.
Psa 65:8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
Psa 65:9 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.
Psa 65:10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
Psa 65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
Psa 65:12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
Psa 65:13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

Last week we discussed how we are blessed to hear the word of the Lord and keep it (Luk 11:28, Rev 1:3) and in this week’s study we will look at the fruit of that hearing and keeping process as we grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2Pe 3:18) obediently keeping God’s commandments (Joh 14:23) which enables us to purify our lives through patient continuance in well doing (Luk 8:15).

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Joh 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

Luk 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

This calling is not given to many noble or wise men after the flesh or mighty men, but to the weak of the world (1Co 1:26) so the world will truly come to see along with all of us who are chosen in this age that these thing are being done as it says in the last part of 2Pe 3:18 to His glory “To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (Act 5:41, Php 3:8)

1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Act 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

For great contrast we have to be those who at first hear the word but “smite his fellowservants” (Mat 24:48-50) and are not yet mature enough to “bring forth fruit with patience“, which brings to mind that it is not the hearers only but the doers of the word who are blessed (Jas 1:22, Rev 1:3).

Mat 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
Mat 24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
Mat 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Let’s consider the conditions that are present today and increasing as evil men wax worse and worse (2Ti 3:13) and what we must do as God’s elect in order to overcome these evil spirits that God is allowing to manifest (Mat 24:12, Rom 9:18) at the end of the age to create great contrast before our Lord returns (Rom 12:21, Mat 24:6).

2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

We believe that these verses about not saying in our hearts “My lord delayeth his coming” will become more and more an exercise for the body of Christ as we near the end of this age. As evil men wax worse and worse we will need to become wiser and more gentle to know how to walk circumspectly in this time that is prophesied will cause the love of many to wax cold (Mat 10:16, Mat 24:12)

Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Our prayer and hope is that the Lord will strengthen us and convict us of the importance of cleaving unto Him and his body as we watch and pray together as God’s watchman (Luk 21:36, Eze 33:7) eagerly anticipating the return of our Saviour who is bringing us salvation that is drawing nearer everyday (Mic 7:7, Heb 12:2, Luk 21:28, Rom 13:11, 1Co 15:52).

Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Eze 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

Mic 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Tonight’s study is to encourage us to see that “Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.” means that we have been called to witness of His great power and how God always uses the greatest contrast possible to demonstrate that all things are unfolding in perfect order (1Co 14:40) and according to the counsel of His will (Eph 1:11), which He will bring all men in time to acknowledge (Rom 14:11, Ecc 3:11).

Psa 65:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David. Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

The Psalmist starts off in this Psalm by saying “Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion”, and this is not just any praise but a sure word of prophecy from God’s words which are eternal and being proclaimed through the body of Christ throughout the ages (2Pe 1:19, Psa 119:87-89, 1Pe 1:25, Joh 6:63, 1Pe 5:10).

This section of Psalm 119:87-89 ties in nicely as to why “Praise waiteth for the, O God, in Sion”.

Psa 119:87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts [Joh 15:7, Joh 8:31, 1Jn 2:27].

1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Psa 119:88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness [Joh 6:63]; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
Psa 119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven [1Pe 5:10].

LAMED – For ever, H5769

God is perfecting praise in the saints (Psa 8:2, Mat 21:16, Mat 18:3) who will come up on mount Zion to declare His faithfulness to finish that which He has started within the body of Christ throughout the ages since Pentecost and will lose none (Oba 1:21, Jer 31:12, Heb 12:2, Joh 18:9).

“Unto thee shall the vow be performed” is a declaration of God’s sovereignty to declare that our faithfulness is really the faithfulness of God’s power being witnessed in us through Christ who is our hope of glory or said another way our hope of being able to obediently go from glory to glory (Col 1:27, 2Co 3:18, Col 1:24, Psa 115:1, Luk 17:10).

[End of Study for September 3, 2015]

Psa 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

“O thou that hearest prayer” is proceeded by “unto thee shall all flesh come” because it is the fervent prayers that we make in our flesh that bring us to God and Christ in each other in obedience as we die daily to all worldly passions cruxcifying the lusts of the flesh and of the eyes and the pride of life so that we can do “the will of God” (1Co 15:31, 1Jn 2:15-17).

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

God’s blessing and purpose for the elect is to have them remain yielded unto Him through Christ (Eph 5:21, 1Pe 3:9, Mat 19:29) so that we can continue to abide in Christ together and bring forth much fruit and glorify God by declaring to the world the wonderful works that He alone could accomplish in us because we were blessed to be connected to the true vine (Joh 15:3-5).

Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

1Pe 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

It truly is the prayers of the saints that are working according to the counsel of His will which we pray because it is Christ who is working in us both to will and to do (Php 2:13) of His good pleasure which is to give us the kingdom (Luk 12:32). We recognize that this kingdom is within us today being raised together (Eph 2:6) by being given the faith to believe (Php 1:29, Rom 3:27, Jas 2:18) that we have the earnest of our inheritance working within us (Luk 17:21-23, Mar 8:27-28, Rom 1:20) until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Eph 1:14, Col 1:27).

Psa 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

Iniquities will prevail against us for a season, and if we are God’s workmanship in this age, then over time we will come to understand that this prevailing is of the Lord (Rom 7:19, Rom 8:7-11) who brings us to cry out and see our need for the Lord to “purge them away” (Psa 107:28-30).

Romans 7:19 must occur so that in the day of our deliverance we can clearly see that it is the Lord’s spirit that is bringing us liberty and purging away that which He allowed to hold us in bondage as revealed in Romans 8:7-11.

Psa 65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

With this understanding of verse three that it is the Lord who is working all things in the lives of the elect according to the counsel of God’s will, we can start to see in this fourth verse the incredible blessing that comes upon those who are judged in this age. “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest” to be judged in this age (1Pe 4:17) for it is through the dragging to Christ through the “and causest to approach unto thee” that “he may dwell in thy courts” where “we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.” Chapter 15 of John makes this point very clearly (Joh 15:7-15).

Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Joh 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Joh 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Joh 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Joh 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

The verses we have studied tonight help direct our thinking toward the miracle that “Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none” was only possible through Christ as it is through us (1Jn 4:17) because of the power that God has mercifully bestowed upon both the head and the body of Christ (Joh 5:30, Rev 11:3).