“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 31, “Woe To Those Who Rely On Egypt,” cont’d

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“Glory To The Lamb,” Geoffrey Golden

“Woe To Those Who Rely On Egypt,” cont’d, Isaiah 31:6) Turn ye Unto Him From Whom the children of Israel Have Deeply Revolted.  Hosea 9:9.  7) For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver; and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.  1 Kings 12:30.  8) Then shall the Assyrian fall with The Sword, not of a mighty man; and The Sword, not of a mean (mortal) man, Shall Devour him:  but he shall flee from The Sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.  2 Kings 19:35.  9) And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of The Ensign (Battle Standard), Saith The Lord, Whose Fire Is In Zion, And His Furnace In Jerusalem.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, 7  revolted:  for explanation of the rebellion, see 30:1.  Throw away:  For a similar idea, see 30:22.  v8, Not of man refers to the Death Angel that destroyed Sennacherib’s vaunted army (37:36).  v9, A Banner (or Ensign, Battle Standard) was a rallying point for a battle.  The princes would be too dispirited to rally for the cause.

Quest Study Bible – v8-9, “Why Did God Judge The Assyrians?”  Isaiah returns to this common theme, that the Assyrians would be Judged (10:12; 14:25; 30:31-33).  Even Though He Uses The Assyrians To Accomplish His Own Purposes, God Detested Their Pride, later described by Isaiah (37:21-29).  They also went too far in their vicious treatment of their victims (Nahum 3:1-5).  v9, “What sort of Furnace was in Jerusalem?”  This may refer to the fire that burned continually upon The Altar In The Temple in Jerusalem.  Some also see in the word Furnace A Symbol Of God’s Wrath Against His Enemies.  Others think it may mean His Intense Glory.   

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, They have been backsliding children, yet children, let them return, and their backslidings shall be healed, though they have sunk deep into misery and cannot easily recover.  Many Make An Idol Of Their Silver And Gold, And By The Love Of That Are Drawn From God, But Those That Turn To God, Will Be Ready To Part With It.  Then, When They Have Cast Away Their Idols, Shall The Assyrian Fall by The Sword Of An Angel, Who Strikes More Strongly Than A Mighty Man, Yet More Secretly Than A Mean (Mortal) Man.  God Can Make The Stoutest Heart To Tremble.  But If We Keep Up The Fire Of Holy Love And Devotion In Our Hearts And Houses (Homes), We May Depend Upon God To Protect Us And Them.   Amen.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 31, “Woe To Those Who Rely On Egypt”

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“Glory To The Lamb,” Geoffrey Golden

“Woe To Those Who Rely On Egypt,” Isaiah 31:1) Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they Look Not Unto The Holy One Of Israel, Neither Seek The Lord.  Ezekiel 17:15.  2) Yet He Also Is Wise, And Will Bring Evil, And Will Not Call Back His Words:  But Will Arise Against The House Of The Evildoers, And Against The Help Of Them That Work Iniquity.  3) Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not Spirit.  When The Lord Shall Stretch Out His Hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen (helped) shall fall down, and they all shall fall together.  Psalm 9:20; Ezekiel 28:9.  4) For Thus Hath The Lord Spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them:  So Shall The Lord Of Hosts Come Down To Fight For Mount Zion, And For The Hill Thereof.  5) As birds flying, So Will The Lord Of Hosts Defend Jerusalem; Defending Also He Will Deliver It; And passing Over He Will Preserve It.  Deuteronomy 32:11;  Psalm 91:4.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Look means “to look with interest” or “to look with respect.”  Seek The Lord entails Consulting His Prophets For Direction (29:9, 10; 30:1).  v2, 3, The house of evildoers refers to Judah.  Their help refers to Egypt.  Both Egypt and Judah will perish together.  v4, 5, Lion connotes (implies)  The Lord Of Hosts And His Resolve To Fight The Enemy.   The multitude of shepherds refers to the Assyrian officers.

Quest Study Bible – v1, “What was wrong with recruiting Egyptian support?”  See “What was wrong with asking for Egyptian support?”  (30:1-2).  v1, “Why Did God Not Want Israel To Have A Strong National Defense?”   God Wanted The People To Trust Him And Seek His Help.  If their defenses were weak, Then There Would Be No Doubt That Their Help Came From God Alone.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-5, God Will Oppose The help Sought From Workers Of Iniquity.  Sinners may be convicted of folly by plain and self-evident Truths, which they cannot deny, but will not Believe.  There Is No Escaping The Judgments Of God; and evil pursues sinners.  The Lord Of Hosts Will Come Down To Fight For Mount Zion.  The Lord of the tribe of Judah Will Appear For The Defense Of His Church.  And as birds hovering over their young ones to protect them, With Such Compassion And Affection Will The Lord Of Hosts Defend Jerusalem.  He Will So Defend It, As To Secure Its Safety.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 30, “Woe To The Obstinate Nation,” IV

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christian cross: Illustration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A bleeding heart with flames, pierced by a lance wound with crown of thorns and cross. Illustration

“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“Woe To The Obstinate Nation,” lV, Isaiah 30: 27) Behold, The Name Of The Lord Cometh From Far; Burning With His Anger, And The Burden Thereof Is Heavy:  His Lips Are Full Of Indignation, And His Tongue As A devouring Fire:  28) And His Breath, As An Overflowing Stream, Shall Reach To The Midst Of The Neck, To Sift The Nations With The Sieve Of Vanity:  And There Shall Be A Bridle In The Jaws Of The People, Causing Them To Err.  2 Thessalonians 2:8.  29) Ye shall have a Song, as in the night when a Holy Solemnity (Festival) Is Kept; and Gladness of Heart, as when one goeth with a pipe (flute) to Come Into The Mountain Of The Lord, To The Mighty One Of Israel.   30) And The Lord Shall Cause His Glorious Voice To Be Heard, And Shall Shew The Lighting (Coming) Down Of His Arm, With The Indignation Of His Anger, And With The Flame Of A Devouring Fire, With Scattering, And Tempest, And Hailstones.  31) For Through The Voice Of The Lord Shalt The Assyrian Be Beaten Down, Which Smote With A Rod.  32) And in every place where The Grounded Staff  (His Punishing Rod) Shall Pass, Which The Lord Shall Lay Upon him (the Assyrians), it shall be with tabrets and harps:  And In Battles Of Shaking Will He Fight With It (The Blows Of His Arm).  33) For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king (of Assyria) it is prepared; He Hath Made It Deep And Large:  the pile thereof is fire and much wood; The Breach (Breath) Of The Lord, Like A Stream Of Brimstone, Doth Kindle It.  Jeremiah 7:31.  Amen.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v27, The Name Of The Lord   Refers To His Character, As Memorialized In His Saving Acts Throughout History.  v28, His Breath Describes The Sound Of The Lord’s Voice As A Roaring, Overflowing River.  v29, Song … in the night:  In times of Festivals, singing would extend long into the evening.  The Mighty One literally Means “Rock” (Psalm 144:1).  v30, 31,  Here God’s Voice is compared to the thunder (Psalm 29:3, 4; contrast v. 28).  Descent Of His Arm:  The Strong Arm Of God Would Descend In Judgment.  Assyria:  Only is the enemy nation mentioned by name.   v32,  And in battles:  These were soldier-musicians; they were to be ready to fight or to play music as the occasion demanded.   v33, Tophet (Topheth) was probably a deep, wide pit containing a bonfire of blazing wood, where children had at times been burned to death as offerings to pagan deities(.)  Brimstone is a reminder of the Fiery Destruction of Sodom.

Quest Study Bible – v28, “Why Would God Lead People Astray?”  This is likely a reference to pulling the reigns back on Assyria and halting her destructive stampede.  God Would Use Assyria To Punish Israel, but after the punishment it would be time for that powerful empire to face the consequences of her own sin.  Babylon defeated the last Assyrian army in 609 B. C.  v33, “Topheth,”  A garbage dump outside Jerusalem, used to burn trash.  During times of unfaithfulness it was used as a place for human sacrifices (2 Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 7:31-32).  Because of such atrocities, the Hebrews associated Topheth with shameful abominations.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v27-33, God Curbs And Restrains From Doing Mischief.  With A Word He Guides His People Into The Right Way, But With A Bridle He Turns His Enemies Upon Their Own Ruin.  Here, In Threatening The Ruin Of Sennacherib’s Army, The Prophet points to the Final and Everlasting Destruction of All Impenitent Sinners.  Tophet (Topheth) was a valley near Jerusalem, where fires were continually burning to destroy things that were hurtful and offensive, and there the idolatrous Jews caused their children to pass through the fire to Moloch.  This Denotes The Certainty Of The Destruction, As An Awful Emblem Of The Place Of Torment In The Other World (HELL).  No Oppressor Shall Escape The Divine Wrath.  Let Sinners Then Flee To Christ, Seeking To Be Reconciled To Him, That They May Be Safe And Happy, When Destruction From The Almighty Shall Sweep Away All The Workers Of Iniquity.          

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 30, “Woe To The Obstinate Nation,” III

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christian cross: Illustration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A bleeding heart with flames, pierced by a lance wound with crown of thorns and cross. Illustration

“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“Woe To The Obstinate Nation,” lll, Isaiah 30:19) For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem:  thou shalt weep no more:  He Will Be Very Gracious Unto Thee At The Voice Of Thy cry; When He Shall Hear It, He Will Answer Thee.  20) And Though The Lord Give you The Bread Of Adversity, and The Water Of Affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:  21) And thine ears shall hear A Word behind thee, saying, This Is The Way, Walk Ye In It, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.  2 Kings 22:2.  22) Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold:  thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.  2 Chronicles 31:1; Isaiah 2:20.  23) Then Shall He Give The Rain Thy Seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous:  In That Day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.  Matthew 6:33; 1 Timothy 4:8.  24) The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear (work) the ground shall eat clean provender (food), which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.  25) And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in The Day Of The Great Slaughter, when the towers fall.  26) Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, In The Day That The Lord Bindeth Up The Breach Of His People, And Healeth The Stroke Of Their Wound.  Zechariah 2:5; Revelation 21:23.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v19, You shall weep no more:  A similar Promise is given in 25:8.  v20, bread of adversity:  The Lord Was Giving The Israelites Meager Rations As Though They Were In Prison (1 Kings 22:27).  But after Judgment The Lord Would Provide Salvation:  Israel’s eyes would see (29:24).  v21, The people had been living in such a way that they were oblivious to their Spiritual teachers (v. 20); now they would be taught by The Spirit Of The Living God.  v22, Defile means “to desecrate by destruction.”   Unclean thing means to soil by menstruation.  v23, 24, The promises that part of The Original Mosaic Covenant were in force again.  v25, 26 On Every High Mountain … Light Of The Sun Will Be Sevenfold:  These phrases emphasize The Magnitude Of The Coming Salvation.  When the towers fall is associated with the collapse of human pride (2:12-17).

Quest Study Bible – v26,  “How will the sun be seven times brighter?”  Perhaps in the sense that the entire universe will take part in God’s New Reign, And That Everything Good For God’s People Will Be Magnified.  (Seven was considered a picture of completion or perfection.)  This symbolism of a Brighter Sun stands in contrast to when the sun and moon were ashamed While God Executed Judgment On The World (24:23).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v19-26, God’s People Will Soon Arrive At The Zion Above, And Then They Will Weep No More For Ever.  Even Now They Will Have More Comfort As Well As Happiness, If They Were More Consistent In Prayer.  A Famine Of Bread Is Not So Great A Judgment As A Famine Of The Word Of God.  There are right-hand  and left-hand errors, The Tempter Is Busy Courting Us Into By-Paths.  It Is Well If, By The Counsels Of A Faithful Minister Or Friend, Or The Checks Of Conscience, And The Striving’s Of God The Spirit, We Are Set Right When Doubting, And Prevented From Going Wrong.  To All True Penitents (Those Who Repent) Sin Becomes Very Hateful.  This Is Shown Daily In The Conversion Of Souls, By The Power Of Divine Grace, To The Fear And Love Of God.  Abundant Means Of Grace, With The Influences Of The Holy Spirit, Would Be extended To Places Destitute Of them.  The effect of This should be Comfort and Joy To The People Of God.  Light, That Is, Knowledge, Shall Increase.  This Is The Light Which The Gospel Brought Into The World, And Which Proclaims Healing To The Broken-Hearted.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 30, “Woe To The Obstinate Nation,” cont’d

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christian cross: Illustration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A bleeding heart with flames, pierced by a lance wound with crown of thorns and cross. Illustration

“Hosanna,”  Israel Houghton

“Woe To The Obstinate Nation,” cont’d, Isaiah 30:8) Now Go, Write It Before Them In A Table, And Note It In A Book, That It May Be For The Time To Come For Ever and Ever:  9) That This Is A Rebellious people, Lying Children, Children That Will Not Hear The Law Of The Lord:  Deuteronomy 32:20.  10) Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us Right Things, speak unto us smooth things, Prophesy Deceits:  11) Get you out of the way, turn aside out of The Path, Cause The Holy One Of Israel To Cease From Before us.  Acts 13:8.  12) Wherefore Thus Saith The Holy One Of Israel, Because Ye Despise This Word, And Trust In Oppression And Perverseness, And Stay Thereon:   13) Therefore This Iniquity Shall Be To You As A Breach Ready To Fall, Swelling Out In A High Wall, Whose Breaking Cometh Suddenly At An Instant.  14) And He Shall Break It As The Breaking Of The Potters’ Vessel That Is broken In Pieces; He Shall Not Spare:  So That There Shall Not Be Found In The Bursting Of It A Sherd (Fragment) To Take Fire From The hearth, Or To Take Water Withal Out Of The Pit:  2 Peter 2:4, 5.  15) For Thus Saith The Lord God, The Holy One Of Israel; In Returning And Rest Shall Ye Be Saved; In Quietness And In Confidence Shall Be Your Strength: And Ye Would Not.  Matthew 23:37.  16) But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee:  and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.  17) One Thousand Shall Flee At The Rebuke Of One; At The Rebuke Of Five Shall Ye Flee:  Till Ye Be Left As A Beacon Upon The Top Of A Mountain, And As An Ensign On An Hill.  18) And Therefore Will The Lord Wait, That He May Be Gracious Unto you, And Therefore Will He Be Exalted, That He May Have Mercy Upon You:  For The Lord Is A God Of Judgment:  Blessed Are All They That Wait For Him.  2 Peter 3:9; Jeremiah 17:7.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v8, 9, That can mean “because.”  Law refers to the Prophet’s instruction, Which Is From The Lord Himself (see v.15).  v10, Do not see:  For a similar usage, see Micah 2:6.  v11, To cease:  This was the most flagrant of the people’s wicked words.  v12, To not choose to Obey The Lord Is To Reject Him, Even To Despise His Message.  trust in oppression:  For a similar idea, see 1:15-17; 29:20, 21.  v13, 14, A bulge in a high wall and the breaking of the potter’s vessel  signify that Judgment would come suddenly and completely.  A shard is a piece of broken pottery.   v15, Returning entails repentance.  Quietness and confidence may be rephrased as “utter Trust.”  Trusting In God’s Strength Is The Only Way We Can Find True Rest.  v16, Instead Of Trusting In The Lord, the people were depending on Egypt for horses and chariots to defend the land (31:1; contrast Psalm 20:7).   v17, one thousand shall flee:  The point is that the nation will be utterly routed (Deuteronomy 32;30).  v18, God’s Justice Demands That The Assyrian Oppressors Be Punished (Judges 2:16).

Quest Study Bible – v18, “What does it mean To Wait For The Lord?”   IT MEANS TO TRUST HIM WHEN A SITUATION LOOKS HOPELESS—EVEN WHEN IT SEEMS HE IS GONE (40:27-31).  For Judah, having failed to repent when it had opportunity to do so, Mercy Would Have To Wait For Justice To Be Completed.  But After Justice There Would Again Be God’s Mercy And Blessing (40:2).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-18,  The Jews were the only professing people (claim openly their Faith In God) God Then Had In The World, yet many among them were rebellious.  They had The Light, but they loved darkness.  The Prophets checked them in their sinful pursuits, so that they could not proceed without fear; this they took amiss (wrongly).  But Faithful Ministers will not be driven from seeking to awaken sinners.  God Is The Holy One Of Israel, And So They Shall Find Him.  They did not like to hear of His Holy Commandments and His Hatred Of Sin; they desired that they might no more Be Reminded of These Things.  But as they Despised The Word Of God, Their Sins Undermined Their Safety. Their State Would Be Dashed In Pieces Like A Potter’s Vessel.  Let Us Return From Our Evil Ways, And Settle In The Way Of Duty; That Is The Way To Be Saved.  Would We Be Strengthened, It Must Be In Quietness, And In Confidence, Keeping Peace In Our Minds, And Relying Upon God.  They think themselves wiser than God; but the project by which they thought to save themselves was their ruin.  Only here and there (was one allowed to escape, to warn others).  If men will not Repent, Turn To God, and Seek Happiness In His Favor And Service, Their Desires Will But Hasten Their Ruin.  Those Who Make God Alone Their Confidence, Will Have Comfort.  God Ever Waits To Be Gracious To All That Come To Him By Faith In Christ, And Happy Are Those Who Wait For Him. 

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 30, “Woe To The Obstinate Nation”

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christian cross: Illustration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A bleeding heart with flames, pierced by a lance wound with crown of thorns and cross. Illustration

“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“Woe To The Obstinate Nation,” Isaiah 30:1) Woe To The Rebellious children, Saith The Lord, That Take Counsel, But Not Of Me; And That Cover With A Covering, But Not Of My Spirit, That They may Add Sin To Sin:  Deuteronomy 29:19; 2 Timothy 3:13.  2) That They May Walk To Go Down Into Egypt, And Have Not Asked At My Mouth (Without Consulting Me); To Strength, Themselves In The Strength Of Pharaoh, And To Trust In The Shadow Of Egypt!  Numbers 27:21; Jeremiah 21;2.  3) Therefore Shall The Strength Of Pharaoh Be Your Shame, And The Trust In The Shadow Of Egypt Your Confusion.  Jeremiah 37:5, 7.  4) For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.  5)They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.  6) The burden of the beasts of the south:  into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.  Hosea 8:9.  7) For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose:  Therefore Have I Cried Concerning This, Their strength is to sit still (or, Therefore I Call Her Rahab The Do Nothing. QST).   Jeremiah 37:7.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, This is the fourth Woe in 28:1-35:10.  The rebellious children are Hezekiah’s advisers.  To the sin of injustice they add the sin of devising plans Independently Of God.  v2, the shadow of Egypt:   The contrast, of course, would Be Trusting In The “Shadow Of The Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).  v3, Shame refers to deep humiliation.  v4, His ambassadors may be the people from Judah who went from Zoan (19:11-13) in the Delta to Hanes, some fifty miles south of Cairo.  v5, Shame and reproach speak of an intolerable humiliation.  v6, The burden against the beasts was because of the fact that they vainly carried Judah’s gifts through the wilderness to Egypt (vv. 7-11).  v7, Rahab, which means “Storm’ or “Arrogant,” was a dragon from pagan mythology that was pictured as resisting creation.

 Quest Study Bible – v1-2, “What was wrong with asking for Egyptian support?”   The problem was that the Jewish leaders Hadn’t Consulted God.  God Alone Was To Be Their Source Of Security, but the people wanted a backup plan—just in case something went wrong or God didn’t come through.  So to hedge their bets with God,  They made a treaty with Egypt (2 Kings 18:21).  v7,  “Rahab,”  Mythical sea monster that ruled over chaos that existed at the time of Creation; also a nickname for Egypt (Psalm 87:4).  God Proved His Power Over This Supposed Monster At Creation (Job 26:12; Psalm 89:10).  Also see Leviathan … serpent … monster (27:1).   

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, It was often the fault and folly of the Jews, that when troubled by the neighbors on one side, they sought for succor from others, Instead Of Looking Up To God.  Nor can we avoid the dreadful consequences of adding sin to sin, But By Making The Righteousness Of Christ Our Refuge, And Seeking For The Sanctification Of The Holy Spirit.  Men have always been prone to lean to their own understandings, but this will end in their shame and misery.  They would not Trust In God.  They took much pains to gain the Egyptians.  The riches so spent turned to a bad account.  See What Dangers Men Run Into Who Forsake God To Follow Their Carnal Confidences.  The Creator Is The Rock Of Ages, And The Creature A Broken Reed; we cannot expect too little from man, or Too Much From God.  Out Strength Is To Sit Still, In Humble Dependence Upon God And His Goodness, And Quiet Submission To His Will.           

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 33, “REJOICE IN THE LORD,” cont’d

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“Alpha And Omega,” Israel Houghton

“Hosanna,” Isreal Houghton

PSALM 33, A Psalm of Descriptive Praise, Calls for all people to join Israel’s Faithful In Praising God And Waiting On (and,Trusting In) The Lord.  

“REJOICE IN THE LORD,” Psalm 33:12) Blessed Is The Nation Whose God Is The Lord; And The People Whom He Hath Chosen For His Own Inheritance.  13) The Lord Looketh From Heaven; He Beholdeth All The Sons Of Men.  2 Chronicles 16:9; Job 28:24.  14) From The Place Of His Habitation He Looketh Upon All The Inhabitants Of The Earth.  15) He Fashioneth Their Hearts Alike:  He Considereth All Their Works.  Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 32:19; Hosea 7:2.  16) There Is No King Saved By The Multitude Of An Host:  A Mighty Mighty Man Is Not Delivered By Much Strength.  17) An Horse Is A Vain Thing For Safety:  Neither Shall He Deliver Any By His Great Strength.  18) Behold, The Eye Of The Lord Is Upon Them That Fear him, Upon Them That Hope In His Mercy:  Job 36:7.  19) To deliver Their Soul From Death, And To keep Them Alive In Famine.  20) Our Soul Waiteth For the Lord:  He Is Our Help And Our Shield.  21) For Our Heart Shall Rejoice In Him, Because We Have Trusted In His Holy Name.  22) Let Thy Mercy, O Lord, Be Upon Us, According As We Hope In Thee.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v10-12, In contrast to the ineffective counsel of the nations, The Counsel Of God Is Wise Counsel That Lasts Forever.  Blessed means to be manifestly happy; the same word is used at the beginning of Psalm 1.  Those Who Listen To God’s Counsel Will Be Happy.  v13-15, The Lord Looks On Humankind With A Sense Of Discriminating Pleasure.  The emphasis of this is not condemnation, but discrimination (with recognition and understanding of the difference).  v16, 17,  army:  People should not rely on physical strength or material resources to save them.  Salvation Belongs To The Lord (3:8), Both For Spiritual Deliverance And Physical Strength.  v18, 19, Eye Of The Lord:  This Is A Particularly Warm Image Of God’s Care For His People.  God Watches All People, But He Looks With Delight On Those Who Fear Him And Hope In His Mercy (147:11).  v20-22, waits:   To Wait On God Is To Adopt A Stance of Resolute Faith (40:1, “I Waited Patiently For The Lord; And He Inclined Unto me, And Heard My Cry.”).  Just As We Hope:    The Psalm concludes with a phrase similar to “Amen.”  This Is A “Yes” To God’s Mercy, A Statement Of Agreement With His Provisions.  Amen.

Quest Study Bible – v14-15, ” Does God Constantly Watch Us?”  Yes, God Is Always Present (Omnipresent) And Knows Everything (Omniscient); He Perceives Our Thoughts And Hidden Motives.  But He Doesn’t Watch Us To Try To Catch Us Doing Something Wrong.  Though He Judges Wrongdoing When He See It, His Reason For Keeping An Eye On Us Is Because He Loves And Wants To Help Us (2 Chronicles 16:9).   v18, 19, “Do godly people never starve?”  There are times when even the godly starve.  Tragedies often strike in a random manner; those who deserve less trouble sometimes receive more.  In These Verses, God’s Character Is Painted In Broad Strokes, Describing The General Pattern Of His Work, But They Do Not Provide A Mechanical Formula For Every Situation.  Also see article:  “Are Proverbs iron-clad promises?  Proverbs 3:1-4.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v12-22, All the motions and operations of the souls of men, which no mortals know but themselves, God Knows Better Than They Do.  Their hearts, as well as their times, Are All In His Hand; He Formed The Spirit Of Each Man Within Him.  All the powers of the creature Depend Upon Him, and are of no account, and of no avail at all, With0ut Him.  If We Make God’s Favor Sure Towards Us, Then We Need Not Fear Whatever Is Against Us.  We Are To Give Him The Glory Of His Special Grace.  All human devices for The Salvation of our souls are in vain; But The Lord’s Watchful Eye Is Over Those Whose Conscientious Fear Of His Name Proceeds From A Believing Hope In His Mercy; for there is no flying from Him, But (by) Flying To Him.  Let Thy Mercy, O Lord, Be Upon Us; Let Us Always Have The Comfort And Benefit, not according to our merits, but according to The Promise Which Thou Hast In Thy Word Given To Us, and According To The Faith Thou Hast By Thy Spirit And Grace Wrought (Worked For Us Through You Son Christ Jesus) To Us.  Amen.        

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 33, “REJOICE IN THE LORD”

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“Alpha And Omega,” Isaiah Houghton

“Because Of Who You Are,” Vicki Yohe

PSALM 33, A Psalm of Descriptive Praise, Calls for all people to join Israel’s Faithful In Praising God And Waiting On (and,Trusting In) The Lord.  

“REJOICE IN THE LORD” Psalm 33:1) Rejoice In The Lord, O Ye Righteous, For Praise Is Comely For The Upright.  2) Praise The Lord With Harp:  Sing Unto Him with The Psaltery And An Instrument Of Ten Strings.  3) Sing Unto Him A New Song; Play Skillfully With A Loud Noise.  4) For The Word Of The Lord Is Right:  And All His Works Are Done In Truth.  5) He Loveth Righteousness And Judgement:  The Earth Is Full Of The Goodness Of The Lord.  6) By The Word Of The Lord Were The Heavens Made; And All The Host Of Them By The Breath Of His Mouth.  Hebrews 11:3; Job 26:13.  7) He Gathereth The Waters Of The Sea Together As An Heap:  He Layeth Up The Depth In Storehouses.  8) Let All The Earth Fear The Lord:  Let All The Inhabitants Of The World Stand In Awe Of Him.  9) For He Spake, And It Was Done; He Commanded, And It Stood Fast.  10) The Lord Bringeth The Counsel Of The Heathen To Nought:  He Maketh The Devices Of The People Of None Effect.  11) The Counsel Of The Lord Standeth For Ever, The Thoughts Of His Heart To All Generations.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1-3, God See’s The Praise From Believers As Beautiful (147:1).  harp:  Throughout The Psalms, many instruments are used to Praise The Lord (98:5; 150:3-5).  To Him:  Praise Is Always Directed To The One That Deserves All Praise, The Lord Almighty.  v4, 5,  Although the world is filled with evil and with people that have No Thought Of God (Psalm 14), Believers must look beyond the apparent confusion of the world to see God’s Goodness—The Goodness That Manifests Itself As The Sun Rises, A Bird Sings, And A Mother Lovingly Embraces Her Child.  Out Of His Goodness, God Holds Together The Earth And Provides For The Sustenance For All People.  v6, 7,  The Reference To God’s Control Of The Waters Of The Sea Grows Out Of The Creation Story In Genesis 1, In Which God Brings Dry Land From The Waters And Establishes His Place For The Waters That Remain (Genesis 6:1-10).  The idea also grows out of Canaanite religious ideas, for the Canaanites considered the seas as malevolent deities.  No power–no matter how evil–Is A Threat To God’s Control (Job 26:10; Proverbs 8:28, 29).  v8,9, The Bible Presents The Fear Of The Lord As A Mark Of Reverence And Awe By Those Who Recognize Him As Lord (40:3).  He Spoke:  The Account Of Creation In Genesis 1 Describes God’s Word As The Sole Source Of Creation.  The Psalm Emphasizes God’s Word As The Controlling Element In Creation (vv. 4, 6).  It Was By God’s “Breath” (v. 6) That He Made All Things.  v10-12, In contrast to the ineffective counsel of the nations, The Counsel Of God Is Wise Counsel That Lasts Forever.  Blessed means to be manifestly happy; the same word is used at the beginning of Psalm 1.  Those Who Listen To God’s Counsel Will Be Happy.

Quest Study Bible – v2, “Ten-stringed lyre,”  A harp-like instrument distinguished by its number of strings.  Lyres typically had a sound board over which the vibrating strings could resonate.  v3, “Are new songs better than old?”  A new song probably indicates the freshness of one’s experience with God more than the age of one’s music.  A new song that Does Not Honor God Is Worthless As A Song Of Worship; on the other hand, an old song that Describes God’s Personal And Current Involvement Has Tremendous Worship Value.  v5, “In What Sense Is The Earth Filled With God’s Unfailing Love?”  In The Sense That There Is No Shortage Of God’s Love.  He Has Grace And Mercy Enough For All The World.  Even The Undeserving Experience His Love.  The sorrow, disappointment, and  Judgement, we see on earth can also be understood as an Expression Of God’s Love Because Such Things Can Prepare Hearts To Receive God’s Mercy.  v10,  “Does God Sometimes Frustrate People’s Plans?”   Absolutely.  But not in a capricious (unaccountable change) or arbitrary (unpredictable) manner.  God Is Sovereign; He Can Overrule The Plans Of Individuals and Accomplish A Far Greater Good Through His Own Purposes.  See Proverbs 16:9.  v11, “Does This Promise Of Blessing Apply To Any Nation That Follows The Lord?”  The Principle Describe Here Is True For Individuals, Families, Communities And Even Entire Nations:  Those Who Serve God Will Benefit From Their Close Relationship With Him.  This Specific Promise, However, Applied To Israel, The Nation, Chosen As God’s Inheritance.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-11, Holy Joy Is The Heart And Soul Of Praise, And That Is Here Pressed Upon The Righteous.  Thankful Praise Is the Breath And Language Of Holy Joy.  Religious Songs Are Proper Expressions Of Thankful Praise.  Every Endowment We Possess, Should Be Employed With All Our Skill And Earnestness In God’s Service.  His Promises Are All Wise And Good.  His Word Is Right, And Therefore We Are Only In The Right When We Agree With It.  His Works Are All Done In Truth.  HE IS THE RIGHTEOUS LORD, THEREFORE LOVETH RIGHTEOUSNESS.  What a pity it is that this earth, which is so full of The Proofs and Instances Of God’s Goodness, should be so Empty Of His Praises, and that of the multitudes who Live Upon His Bounty, there are so few who Live To His Glory!  What The Lord Does, He Does To Purpose; It Stands Fast.  He Over-Rules All The Counsels Of Men, And Makes Them Serve His Counsels; Even That Is Fulfilled, which to us is most surprising, The Eternal Counsel Of God, Nor Can Anything Prevent Its Coming To Pass.  Amen.           

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 32, “Blessed Is He Whose Transgression Is Forgiven,” III

Christian Living

“Seeking For Me,”  Rosetta Tharpe

Psalm 32 – A Wisdom Psalm, is also one of the great penitential psalms.  It is generally believed that this Psalm—like Psalm 51—has it origin in David’s response to God following his infamous affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11).  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.  

Maschil – A Song Enforcing Some Lesson of Wisdom or Piety (Religious or Reverence).

Transgression – Sin

Iniquity – Immoral Behavior, Wickedness, Sin

Selah – To Praise, or Pause and Reflect

 “Blessed Is He Whose Transgression Is Forgiven,” lll, Psalm 32:8) I Will Instruct Thee And Teach Thee In The Way Which Thou Shalt Go:  I Will Guide Thee With Mine Eye.  Isaiah 48:17.  9) Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee (or lest they come not unto thee).  10) Many sorrows shall be to the wicked:  but he that Trusteth In The Lord, Mercy Shall Compass him About.  Proverbs 13:21.  11) Be Glad In The Lord, And Rejoice, Ye Righteous:  And Shout For Joy, All ye that Are Upright In Heart. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v8, 9, I Will Instruct You:  The Lord “Comes Into The Psalm” To Instruct The People.  He Exhorts The People Not To Be Like A Horse that will not go where its rider wants it to go; it has to be disciplined because it is stubborn.  God Does Not Want To Muzzle or Bridle His People Like A Horse.  He Expects His People To Respond Promptly To Him Of Their Own Accord.  v10,11, The psalmist resumes his song by contrasting the many sorrows of the wicked with The Joy Of The Forgiven Sinner.  He then calls for all the Righteous to join him in Public Praise Of The Wonder Of God’s Mercy.

Quest Study Bible – v9, “Does God Sometimes Control Us Like A Horse Or Mule?”  No.  This graphic image looks at human response, Not God’s Methods.  It acknowledges that people can be stubborn as mules, but does not imply That God Forces Them To Go Against Their Will.  He Offers Instruction And Counsel (v. 8), Not Spiritual Coercion (bit and bridle).  God Wants Our Willing Trust And Obedience.  At the same time, however, God Is Still Sovereign.  See “Does God Sometimes Frustrate People’s Plans?”  (33:10).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-11, God Teaches By His Word, And Guides With The Secret Intimations (The Action of Making Something Known) Of His Will.  David Gives A Word Of Caution To Sinners.  The Reason For This Caution is That The Way Of Sin Will Certainly End In Sorrow.  Here Is A Word Of Comfort To Saints.  They may See That A Life Of Communion With God Is Far The Most Pleasant And Comfortable.  Let Us Rejoice,  O Lord Jesus, In Thee, And In Thy Salvation; SO SHALL WE REJOICE INDEED!  Amen.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 32, “Blessed Is He Whose Transgression Is Forgiven,” cont’d

Christian Living

“Seeking For Me,”  Rosetta Tharpe

Psalm 32 – A Wisdom Psalm, is also one of the great penitential psalms.  It is generally believed that this Psalm—like Psalm 51—has it origin in David’s response to God following his infamous affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11).  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.  

Maschil – A Song Enforcing Some Lesson of Wisdom or Piety (Religious or Reverence).

Transgression – Sin

Iniquity – Immoral Behavior, Wickedness, Sin

Selah – To Praise, or Pause and Reflect

  “Blessed Is He Whose Transgression Is Forgiven,” cont’d, Psalm 32:3) When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring (groaning) all the day long.  4) For day and night Thy Hand Was Heavy Upon me:  my moisture is turned into the drought of summer.  Selah.  5) I acknowledged my sin Unto Thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid.  I said, I will confess my transgressions Unto The Lord; And Thou Forgavest The Iniquity of my sin.  Selah.  Isaiah 65:24; Luke 15:18.  6) For this shall every one that is godly Pray Unto Thee In A Time When Thou Mayest Be Found:  surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.  1 Timothy 1:16; Isaiah 55;6.  7) Thou Art my Hiding Place; Thou Shalt Preserve me From Trouble; Thou Shalt Compass me About with Songs of Deliverance.  Selah.  Matthew 23:37; Colossians 3:3.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v2-5, I kept silent:  The silence was a stubborn resistance to admitting guilt, a hope that in time the sin and it’s penalty would go away.  The more David delayed his confession, the more he suffered.  David realized that it was not just his conscience or his feeling that were assaulting him, But The Heavy Hand Of God (38:1, 6-8).  No matter who else is hurt, The Principle Offense Of Any Sin Is Always Against God.   You Forgave:  The consequences of David’s sin with Bathsheba remained Despite God’s Forgiveness (2 Samuel 12:13-20).  But at this point, The Greater News Was God’s Forgiveness.  God Had Restored His Relationship With David.  v6, who is godly:  On the basis of his own experience, David instructs the congregation.  They can also experience Forgiveness if they Will Come To The Lord In Faith.   v7,  The Psalm has quick and dramatic shifts.  After addressing the congregation, David Speaks Directly To God:  You Are My Hiding Place.

Quest Study Bible – v3, “Why would silence wast David’s bones away?   Because his silence was something like denial–a refusal to admit what he had done wrong.  As long as David could not face up to his own sinfulness, he suffered internal guilt and anguish.  v6, “Is there a time when The Lord Can’t Be Found?”  God Is Always Present, But He May Seem More Approachable At Some Times Than At Others.  Those Who Sincerely Seek The Lord Will Find Him (Jeremiah 29:13-14)—but those who Seek Him Only When They Are Desperate For His Help May Discover That He Has Become “Unavailable.”  See article, “Does God Sometimes Hid From Us?” (10:1).  v7, “How Is The Lord A Hiding Place?”  Like other word pictures in the Psalms (such as refuge, rock and fortress), David speaks of The Lord As His Hiding Place—A Place of Security.  Though David was probably thinking mostly of safety from physical threats.  God Also Provides Safety From Spiritual Trouble.  He Delivers Us From The Penalty Of Sin.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v3-7, It is very difficult to bring sinful man humbly to accept Free Mercy, with a full confession of his sins and self-condemnation.  But the True and Only Way to Peace of Conscience, is, To Confess Our Sins, That They May Be Forgiven; To Declare Them That We May Be Justified (Made Righteous By God Through The Blood Of Jesus).  Although Repentance and Confession do not merit the pardon Of Transgression (Is Not Enough To Pardon Sin), they (Repentance and Confession) are needful to the real enjoyment of Forgiving Mercy.  And What Tongue Can Tell The Happiness Of That Hour, When The Soul, Oppressed By Sin, Is Enabled Freely To Pour Forth  Its Sorrows Before God, And To Take Hold Of His Covenanted Mercy In Christ Jesus!  Those that would speed in Prayer, Must Seek The Lord, When, By His Providence, He Calls Them To Seek Him, And By His Spirit, Stirs Them Up To Seek Him.  In A Time Of Finding, When The Heart Is Softened With Grief, And Burdened With Guilt, When All Human Refuge Fails; When No Rest Can Be Found To The Troubled Mind, Then It Is That God Applies The Healing Balm By His Spirit.  Amen.