Studies In Psalms – Psa 104:9-15 “I Will Be Glad In The Lord”, Part 3

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Psa 104:9-15 “I will be glad in the LORD”, Part 3

Psa 104:9  Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
Psa 104:10  He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
Psa 104:11  They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
Psa 104:12  By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
Psa 104:13  He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
Psa 104:14  He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
Psa 104:15  And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

This Psalm is progressively detailing to us how we can be brought to say “I will be glad in the Lord“, and because God does declare the end from the beginning (Isa 46:10) and speaks of things that are not as though they were (Rom 4:17), we are shown at the very outset of this Psalm the ultimate goal for each of His children being declared in these first verses (Psa 104:1-2) where we read “thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty” and “Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain”(Mar 15:38, 1Co 3:16).

With those thoughts in mind which describe Christ and His body, this Psalm takes us on a journey to explain the process that God takes His children through, to be able to be clothed and fed by the Lord, to be as He is (1Jn 4:17), and how His sovereign hand controls and guides that entire process from start to finish (Heb 12:2). We are shown clearly that in order to receive “the best robe” and the “the fatted calf” we must be dragged to Christ, and the veil must be ripped (Joh 6:44) in order for us to be brought to see ourselves as the chief of sinners in need of redemption, as the story of the prodigal son explains.

Luk 15:11  And he said, A certain man had two sons: [a witness to remind us we are both sons and that Christ is going to show us who we are through this parable]
Luk 15:12  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
Luk 15:13  And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
Luk 15:14  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
Luk 15:15  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
Luk 15:16  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
Luk 15:17  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
Luk 15:18  I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven[The entire world sins against heaven, with a spirit of disobedience that God initially gives all the world (1Jn 5:19-20, Joh 8:47, Eph 2:1-2)], and before thee,
Luk 15:19  And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
Luk 15:20  And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off (Luk 16:26-31), his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Luk 15:21  And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. [(Rom 2:4) In this example the son is not despising the riches of God’s goodness and this contrite and broken heart (Psa 51:17) results in his being comforted of his father]
Luk 15:22  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
Luk 15:23  And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: [“I will be glad in the LORD” with the spiritual food and clothing He provides (Pro 30:8)]
Luk 15:24  For this my son was dead, and is alive again (Eph 2:1); he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Christ has deemed that there be “a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot” (Luk 16:26) and in this study, we will look more closely at how our Father has set the fixed boundaries in the earth that He sees in the heart of men when they are “yet a great way off” (Luk 15:20). We can rejoice in knowing that God is the one who has set those boundaries, and that He is able to reserve His people unto judgment (2Pe 2:9) and use the lives of those who are hardened by Him to demonstrate to the body of Christ His absolute sovereignty over the boundaries of our earth, earth, earth which is being judged today (Rom 2:5, 2Pe 3:6-7, 2Pe 2:9-12, Jas 4:12, 1Pe 4:17).

Luk 16:26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Luk 15:20  And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him

Rom 2:5  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Rom 2:6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds [good or bad]: [God is not mocked, and “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” good or bad (Gal 6:7)]
Rom 2:7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: (Luk 21:19, Luk 8:15).
Rom 2:8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Rom 2:9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first (Rom 2:29), and also of the Gentile (Rom 2:14); [both the Jew and the Gentile are within us and they are both judged of God (Heb 5:8-9)].
Rom 2:10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good (Rom 2:13), to the Jew first (Mat 6:19-21), and also to the Gentile [(Tit 3:8, Jas 2:16, God knows our hearts whether we are giving out of a self-righteous heart or if Christ in us is acknowledging those works which He is doing within us (Mat 7:21-22,  Php 2:13, Joh 5:30, Joh 15:5)]:
Rom 2:11  For there is no respect of persons with God.
Rom 2:12  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
Rom 2:13  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

2Pe 3:6  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. [God preserves His children through judgment (Pro 2:8, 1Pe 4:17)]

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished (1Co 10:13):
2Pe 2:10  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. [These are “reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” a judgment which we must endure in this age first!]
2Pe 2:11  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
2Pe 2:12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption (Ecc 3:18);

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Jas 4:16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings (Rom 3:27): all such rejoicing is evil.
Jas 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

The “I will be glad in the Lord” part of this study is in knowing that God has purposed all things to be exactly as they are right now, the light and the darkness all unfolding according to the counsel of His will (Isa 45:7, Ecc 1:11), and it is our prayer that the love of God won’t wax cold within his people at the end of this age, even as the Lord allows evil men to wax worse and worse reminding us where we would be except for the grace of God and the faith of Jesus Christ that keeps us on the narrow path we are called unto in this age.

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2Ti 3:14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

Mat 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:12  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Rom 11:3  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
Rom 11:4  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Rom 11:9  And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
Rom 11:10  Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
Rom 11:11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Rom 11:12  Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

Psa 104:9  Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

We see in this opening verse “Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over [the waters]; that they turn not again to cover the earth” follows the verses from last week’s study that talk about the water covering the earth:

Psa 104:5  Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
Psa 104:6  Thou coveredst it [the foundations of the earth] with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

God has founded the direction in which His word, which is likened unto water (Eph 5:26), will go forth and accomplish the healing work that he sends it to do.

Psa 107:20  He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Only those who are called to that supper are partaking of the Lord’s passover, and the world cannot at this time “pass over” in the true fulfillment of what the ancient passover of the Jews was to accomplish.

The water initially baptizes the world to “cover the earth” as it was in the day of Noah, and every living thing is destroyed, all the nephesh, everything that breaths, so that the new life of Christ can come out of that death.

Mat 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Gen 7:23  And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

Gen 9:3  Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

The waters will “turn not again to cover the earth”, as they did when we were initially introduced to Christ and brought to see our need to be baptized into his death. However, there is still an ongoing baptism which we must experience by fire, and this baptism is unto the breath of life in Christ (Rom 5:5) as opposed to the first baptism, which was unto the death of the first man Adam (1Co 15:22).

Gen 9:11  And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

Gen 9:15  And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

God willing, we will go beyond the doctrine of baptism (Heb 6:1), meaning we will mature beyond the wood hay and stubble part of our walk and be blessed to endure the fiery trials of our faith (1Pe 4:12) that bless us to grow together through the watering and planting process that God alone can give increase to the body of Christ (1Co 3:6).

Psa 104:10  He sendeth the springsH4599 into the valleys, which run among the hills.

This verse reveals the sending of God’s purified word “into the valleys [our deep trials Psa 23:1-4]” by way of the springsH4599. The spring waters run “among the hills” or the earthly opposition that God sets in all flesh that were warned to guard against (Gal 5:15-16). With Christ in us as our hope of glory (Col 1:27), we are that cool drink of water to one another, bearing each other’s burden and gaining dominion over our flesh as we die daily (Gal 5:17, 1Jn 4:4, Mat 10:4, Gal 6:2, 1Co 15:31).

Psa 23:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psa 23:5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Psa 104:11  They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
Psa 104:12  By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.

Those springs/fountains, as we discussed in previous studies, are the same “fountains of the great deep broken up” (Gen 7:11), that caused the waters to cover the entire earth in the days of Noah. With Christ in us we are those living waters giving drink to “every beast of the field“(Joh 17:15, Joh 7:37-38) and the “the wild asses quench their thirst” remind us again that it is through Christ alone giving us dominion over the giants of the field little by little (Exo 23:30) and by cleansing the temple of the beasts (Joh 2:15) that we can enter into Jerusalem above the mother of us all (Gal 4:26). Christ entering into Jerusalem was the physical event which reveals the spiritual reality unfolding today in the hearts and minds of God’s children.

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Mat 21:6  And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
Mat 21:7  And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
Mat 21:8  And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
Mat 21:9  And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Mat 21:10  And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
Mat 21:11  And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
Mat 21:12  And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
Mat 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

It is only after the beasts of the field are brought into subjection to Christ by the power of God’s holy spirit that “the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.” It is by those living waters “by them” that we can overcome and rightly divide the word of God (Joh 16:13) and rejoice in him or “sing among the branches”(Joh 15:5). Said another way, “I will be glad in the Lord.”

Psa 104:13  He watereth the hills from his chambers:H4480 H5944 the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

We are the earth which is “satisfied with the fruit of thy works”. We are sufficiently sufficed in Christ for He is our sufficiency, and we are more than conquerors through Him.

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter [we are each others sufficiency, living sacrifices for one another, connected to the passover (1Co 10:16)].
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The chambersH4480 H5944 show us where this work of God is being accomplished. It is above, in heavenly places where we are raised (Eph 2:6), and it is in the “upper room” where God has raised us to learn how to be his true disciples who wash each other’s feet and partake of the same body and blood of Christ, our passover.

Luk 22:12  And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
Luk 22:13  And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

Joh 13:14  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
Joh 13:15  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

Psa 104:14  He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
Psa 104:15  And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

These last two verses which we will look at in our study point back to the understanding that there is a progression to what God is doing in our heavens and in the lives of every one in Adam.

We start off eating the most basic of food, “grass”, and that is another way of telling us that we mature in the fleshly relationships God gives us, knowing that those relationships are temporal and only the starting point of the enduring and everlasting relationship that all the world will have with God and Christ one day.

Psa 103:15  As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

Mat 6:30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

The “service of man”, the whole duty of man, is to give himself wholly unto the Lord (Rom 12:1) which is what the tithe of mint and anise and cummin represent. It is our tithe, our tenth, our entire life, and the entire process of our life which belongs to God (Act 17:28, Eph 1:11, Ecc 12:13-14). He causes it all and works it all, the light and the darkness (Isa 45:7), so that in the end “he may bring forth food out of the earth“.

Mat 23:23  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecc 12:14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Jas 5:8  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Jas 5:9  Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

Our study is entitled “I will be glad in the Lord”, and it is the “wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart“, that makes that gladness possible. God has granted these gifts to his children abundantly so that our hearts won’t fail at the end of this age, and so it can truly be understood in our hearts that it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom.

Luk 21:26  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh 6:54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

Zec 4:6  Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Psa 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Psa 133:2  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;
Psa 133:3  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.

Luk 12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luk 12:33  Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
Luk 12:34  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Next week, Lord willing, we continue with Part 4 of our study entitled “I will be glad in the Lord“. These next few verses (vs 16-23) reveal more of the spiritual blessings which our Lord gives us in providing for us both physically and spiritually so that we can stand firm and fight a good fight of faith, remaining spiritually alert as we endure unto the end through our Lord.

Php 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

3Jn 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

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.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Psa 104:16  The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
Psa 104:17  Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
Psa 104:18  The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
Psa 104:19  He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
Psa 104:20  Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
Psa 104:21  The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
Psa 104:22  The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
Psa 104:23  Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

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