Studies In Psalms – Psa 92:1-15 Part 1 “Bless The Lord…”

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Psa 92:1-15 Part 1 – “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” (Psa 103:1)

This Psalm is a “song for the sabbath day” and is directed toward God’s people who labor to enter into that rest of the sabbath which we know represents the life of Christ within us.

Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11  Therefore let us labor to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of unbelief.

What thanks and praise we give unto the Lord will come about as a result of our learning of His “lovingkindness in the morning” as well as His “faithfulness every night” as described in verse two of our study.

God is revealing his great power through the saints to demonstrate to the world His faithfulness that will never fail. We are growing in learning of His ability to deal with the brutish man within ourselves and the foolish part of our heart that does not yet consider that “thy thoughts are very deep”.

Deu 4:31  For Jehovah your God is a merciful God. He will not forsake you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

Deu 7:9  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Wickedness must spring forth and even flourish in order to be seen within us and then destroyed by our Father who is working all things according to the counsel of His own will, the light and the darkness. This exercise of revealing the iniquity and then destroying it over and over is “the works of thy hands” that God is working in His children and causing to unfold so that we can become convinced that we will “triumph” through Christ and be more than conquerors through him.

Eph 1:11  in whom also we have been chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will,

Isa 45:7  forming the light and creating darkness; making peace and creating evil. I Jehovah do all these things.

Rom 8:37  But in all these things we more than conquer through Him loving us.

We will “flourish like the palm tree” and grow “like a cedar in Lebanon” simply because God has been dealing with His vineyard in a manner that will not only cause His people to flourish for a short season, but with the long term goal of “bring[ing] forth fruit in old age” we shall be “fat and flourishing” (Luk 8:15, Joh 15:8).

Luk 8:15  But those on the good ground are the ones who, in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.

Joh 15:8  In this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, so you shall be My disciples.

Tonight we will look at the sound pattern in this particular Psalm which shows what it takes for us to become a people who bring forth much fruit, and how blessed we are to know God and His son in this age which knowledges, if continued to be fruitful, will lead to eternal life. Without that knowledge of him and a relationship of hope within, there could be no abiding relationship or fruit. Sin consequently would continue to choke the word of God and keep us in the position of being a slave not yet freed by our Saviour.

Joh 17:3  And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

We give thanks to God not just for the many benefits He brings to our souls, but also for the much needed tribulation in our life that keeps us mindful of His mercy and love and what these words mean in Luke 12:5.

Psa 103:2  Bless Jehovah, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits;
Psa 103:3  who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Luk 12:5  But I will warn you of whom you shall fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear Him.

The trumpet we’ve been called to blow by His power as His two witnesses has to be heard primarily inwardly in our heavens, and that trumpet is one that witnesses to repentance and symbolizes the hand of God holding us and going about completely to sanctify our heavens as He purifies the bride of Christ in advance of all the world. We are blessed to learn of His mercy and faithfulness that is unfolding in this cleansing process of being sanctified through His word of truth. Here are some verses that point to that complete process that must unfold in the lives of God’s children and eventually all of humanity in time.

Lev 25:8  And you shall number seven sabbaths of years to you, seven times seven years. And the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be forty-nine years to you.
Lev 25:9  Then you shall cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth of the seventh month; in the day of atonement, the trumpet shall sound throughout all your land.
Lev 25:10  And you shall make the fiftieth year holy, one year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee to you, and you shall return each man to his possession, and you shall return each man to his family.

Isa 27:13  And it shall be, in that day the great ram’s horn shall be blown (Christ), and those perishing in the land of Assyria shall come, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt shall come and shall worship Jehovah in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Num 10:9  And if you go to war in your land against the enemy who fights against you, then you shall blow with the trumpets (the body of Christ). And you shall be remembered before Jehovah your God (a relationship with the God and Christ through the holy spirit is given to the church which is Christ’s body, Joh 17:3, Col 1:24), and you shall be saved from your enemies.

Jos 6:20  And the people shouted when the priests blew with the ram’s horns. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the ram’s horns, and the people shouted with a great shout, the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, each man straight before him. And they took the city. [applied inwardly-we overcome through Christ and His Christ].

Joe 2:1  Blow a ram’s horn in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble. For the day of Jehovah comes, for it is near at hand;
Joe 2:2  a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread on the mountains; a great people and a strong people; there has not been ever the like, nor shall there ever be again, even to the years of many generations.[the day of the Lord – the one that comes after 49 days (7 x 7 weeks) bringing us to grace and faith on Pentecost 5 x 10].

Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through Your truth. Your Word is truth.

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.

Tonight we hope to look at many of the benefits of this relationship that God has granted very few today as we are reminded how the Lord is our “rock” and how there is no unrighteousness in Him. Because He changes not we can rejoice always and again I say rejoice, and the Lord is at hand working this glorious work in this age within His little flock who are not to fear the process of judgment but embrace it and give thanks to our Father who changes not.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few chosen.

Psa 92:15  To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Mal 3:6  For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Isa 41:13  For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isa 41:14  Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Psa 107:22  And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing!
Psa 107:23  They who go down to the sea in ships, who do business in great waters;
Psa 107:24  these see the works of Jehovah and His wonders in the deep.
Psa 107:25  For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up its waves.
Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths; their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and all their wisdom is swallowed up.
Psa 107:28  And they cry to Jehovah in their trouble, and He brings them out of their troubles.
Psa 107:29  He makes the storm a calm, so that its waves are still.
Psa 107:30  And they are glad because they are quiet; so He brings them to their desired haven.
Psa 107:31  Let them praise Jehovah for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the sons of man!

It seems like the last thing our flesh wants to do is to give thanks and praise to God after a terrible storm, especially if the land has been ravished, but God is showing through all this devastation and destruction that something good and perfect is going to come out of it, and as His people, we need to keep our eyes on the prize of the mark of the high calling in Christ that reassures us that God is in perfect control of all the events unfolding in each and every life on this earth.

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.
Heb 12:3  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We are a light in this world with Christ in us, and we must experience these hours of darkness [storms, wars, rumours of wars etc.] with everyone else so that when the deliverance comes in the perfect way in which God has ordained it, His light can then shine forth and bring comfort to those who are in their hour of need through the comfort that He will bring us whether that is a very physical comfort we bring or a very real word of encouragement through God’s promises.

Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Empathy is what God is forming in a broken and contrite people who have been blessed to remember all His benefits and forgiveness of all our iniquities and healing of all our diseases which are destroyed by His powerful hand – which is what the destructive events and storms that the Lord allows to come and go as He wills represent. “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” is the praise that proceeds the declaration of all that God has done for us and is doing for us in.

Psa 103:2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Psa 103:3  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Psa 103:1  A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Psa 92:1  A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: 
Psa 92:2  To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, 
Psa 92:3  Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. 
Psa 92:4  For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. 

Psa 92:1  A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.

This opening verse tells us right off the bat that this Psalm is about the spiritual rest that God is giving us through Christ, and how this rest toward which we labor produces “thanks unto the LORD”.

Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

We are singing praises to God for the work that God is doing in our lives on the sabbath, even as the world is blinded into thinking that this rest in the LORD is an inactive unproductive time physically, and especially spiritually, in which God has no desire for us to be doing anything. This thinking is somewhat akin to the devilish substitutionary doctrine that proclaims that Christ did everything on the cross for us, so sit back and relax.

When we are blessed to know that “my Father works and I work” applies to His people 24/7 in that day, we can “sing praises unto thy name, O most High” because we will know that such an endeavour could never be something that could be accomplished in deceitful flesh without the chastening grace and faith of Christ unfolding.

Joh 5:17  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
Joh 5:18  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins [sins within our sinful flesh], hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Psa 92:2  To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

The sacrifice of praise to God continually through the highs and lows of life, the thanksgiving on our lips for our healing are formed by our believing in the closeness and commitment that God has toward those who He is working with in this age. Our belief and the increase that comes about as a result of that belief are both gifts of God.

Heb 13:15  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Luk 17:17  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Joh 20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Joh 14:11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Deu 31:6  Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Php 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

1Co 3:6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

As mentioned above, his commitment to us is 24/7 shewing forth his “lovingkindness in the morning”, and his “faithfulness every night”, which are symbols which remind us that God is working the light and the darkness in our lives, in all that He is doing within His people both to will and to do. These things are working together for the good for them who love him and who have been called according to His purpose, which includes shedding His love abroad in our hearts.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Rom 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Psa 92:3  Upon an instrument of ten stringsH6218, and upon the psalteryH5035; upon the harpH3658 with a solemn soundH1902.

With Christ in us we are a somber and solemn people who acknowledge that we are that ten-stringed instrument that can’t go beyond ten except for the grace of God who knows how to take our empty marred vessels and make them into another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it, and even filling us with praise and fervent prayer that is likened unto “the harp” in this particular verse.

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

So we are the “ten strings”H6218 with which God is mercifully working, and we acknowledge that we are nothing more than instruments in His hands whom He likens unto “psaltery”H5035, and it is in this place that “the harp”H3658 can make its “solemn sound” which the Lord is forming through those who sigh and cry a solemn and somber cry in this age for the abominations that He is allowing to unfold.

ten strings  H6218  aw-sore’, aw-sore’
From H6235; ten; by abbreviation ten strings, and so a decachord: – (instrument of) ten (strings, -th).

psaltery  H5035  neh’-bel, nay’-bel
From H5034; a skin bag for liquids (from collapsing when empty); hence, a vase (as similar in shape when full); also a lyre (as having a body of like form): – bottle, pitcher, psaltery, vessel, viol.

harp  H3658      kin-nore’
From an unused root meaning to twang; a harp: – harp

solemn sound  H1902      hig-gaw-yone’
Intensive from H1897; a murmuring sound, that is, a musical notation (probably similar to the modern affettuoso to indicate solemnity of movement); by implication a machination: – device, Higgaion, meditation, solemn sound.

1Pe 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Pe 5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Eze 9:4  And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Psa 92:4  For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

For years I tried to make myself glad through my work and never found any lasting satisfaction in any endeavour. In fact the Lord spoiled those things that even began to look like they may have been the start of something wonderful and lasting. Unbeknownst to my carnal mind, the Lord was seeking the occasion against my own self-righteous flesh which was confident that I had something to offer God. It has been an ongoing is, was and will be journey of coming to see and to acknowledge God is in every aspect of our heavens that controls how we think and act. God’s people are being dragged to Christ so that we can be among those kind of first fruits who are the first to acknowledge just how ‘sovereign’ sovereign really means and how it is only by being connected to the vine that any one of us will produce any spiritual fruit in this life.

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

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.

This pattern of allowing things to flourish only to then destroy them by the brightness of his coming as the work of the Lord is what very few are given to see in this age. And it will in time and through much tribulation make us “glad through thy work”.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

We are called as a kind of first fruits to lose our life and to experience this process of total destruction of the first man Adam who wants to acknowledge our own hands’ work without any outside help from a sovereign God who lives and reigns forever. God mercifully brings His people to see that “I will triumph in the works of thy hands”, and when we are given to acknowledge that they are 100% His works that He is working, and planned to work from the foundation of the world, we truly do rejoice because the Lord has “made me glad through thy work”.

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

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.

In our own religious world within, we have Mars Hill which demonstrates perfectly the ever searching and never able to come to the knowledge of truth mind of man separate from a relationship with our Father and Christ. It is this initial relationship that God destroys in the lives of those who He is working with in this age by revealing the unknown God and convicting us of the One true sovereign God who formed the light and darkness of all these false temples and other Jesus’ so that mankind can one day acknowledge the one true God in the midst of all His creation.

Act 17:23  For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Act 17:24  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Next week we will look at Part 2 of our study entitled “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” where we will look further into the works that God has preordained for His people and how the works are the foundational experience that God is giving us so that we can be trained up in His service.

Pro 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Psa 92:5  O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
Psa 92:6  A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
Psa 92:7  When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
Psa 92:8  But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.
Psa 92:9  For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
Psa 92:10  But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
Psa 92:11  Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
Psa 92:12  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Psa 92:13  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Psa 92:14  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
Psa 92:15  To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

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