One and the same story, one and the same message over and over again and I couldn't see it...
I was blind, but now I see and I hope, you will see it too.
verse 1: "Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:"
To sing for the Lord and to the Lord is joyful... If you and so called Christians think, that it is boring and... you are wrong :)
Many are invited, called to praise the Lord... Compare that with Matthew 22:14: "For many are called, but few are chosen. "
verse 2: "Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious."
Don't curse him, don't go around dishonouring him with thoughts, words, deeds... Think for the benefit of others, so that they might give praise to him too.
verse 3: "Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee."
Well, God is to be feared (at least at the beginning of our walk - and almost to the end) - this message is repeated over and over again - and what are "Christians" doing? They call God... daddy...
verse 4: "All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah."
That was a wish, a prayer of the psalmist and also our prayer, our wish and it will happen... as it is described in many places in the Bible and in the Revelation too.
verse 5: "Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men."
He is not to be called daddy... Come and see the works of God... yes... don't admire vain works of man... but today children are taught to admire man and not God, creature and creation and not God, false gods and not the real one.
He is terrible in his doing toward the children of men... Jesus was called Son of man too and he suffered too, he suffered terrible and so it is with each and every one of us. Why do we suffer? To give a short answer - because of love, because God gave us free will and choice... Well, he gave choice to our father and mother, Adam and Eve... and they did know evil and good. And so we in similar manner know evil and good... Evil we know quite good but good much less. The question is - do you want to know good or not? God gives you chance through his Son Jesus Christ...
verse 6: "He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him."
Here is mentioned one of his terrible works, which is not really terrible, but leads to joy. As Israel was brought into Egypt, where they suffered, we are born in spiritual Egypt and we do suffer. There are many similarities between those two Egypts. And he brings us out of Egypt... as he did bring Israel out... He had saved us and he will bring us into the promise land too, heavenly Sion.
This verse is 6th verse in Psalm 66, so 666. Is there any hint about the beast in this verse? Maybe. Pharaoh, together with his army drowned in the sea, while trying to kill Israel and in the Revelation it is mentioned beast, who will rise up from the sea, once again trying to destroy God's people but at the end the beast will be destroyed.
verse 7: "He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah."
The message is once again - don't be proud... but without his love, we have to be proud. He had set a value for our souls (Mar 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?). Our soul, we, are worth more than the whole world and you are worth the same as I am - no matter who you are. But without God, we have to set a value to human life on our own. We greatly undervalue human life - and we have to put ourselves above the others - that is proudness and in doing that, we hurt them. I, I, I - well, come and see the works of God and you will be humbled and if not - you will be humiliated. The choice is yours.
verse 8: " O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:"
Once again, we are called to bless the Lord, to preach the Gospel, to tell others about his works, the Bible...
verse 9: " Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved."
He sustains our life and he takes care, that we don't go astray from the way... He is the good Shepard and we are sheep. That is one possible explanation and another is: your feet are not moved, if you stand on firm, solid foundations, on the rock, the Bible, the word of God, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord and Saviour and God.
verse 10: "For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried."
Think about Israel and about your walk with the Lord...
verse 11: " Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins."
Well, his works are terrible for the children of men. The net reminds me also of parable about the kingdom of God...
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Apostles were mostly fishermen :) Our flesh with lust and with similar evil things will not inherit, come into heavens. Our flesh has to be destroyed - but not by ourselves doing suicide - but by him... Our rebellious nature has to die and we have to be born again from above... and dying is not pleasant...
verse 12: "Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place."
Story of Noe and Israel, repeated in the future... Christians are baptized in the water, where they are buried with Christ:
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.
They go through water and at the end of millennium reign of Jesus Christ, the heaven and the Earth will be changed in fire... and new heaven and new Earth will be created, which will last... for ever :)
Where did Israel go through fire? At least two things come to my mind.
1) When the Lord descended on the mountain in fire... (read Deu 5:23)
2) When the Lord went before them in a pillar of fire by night (Exo 13:21)
3) entering into promise land... - they had to burned many cities... Read Revelation and book of Joshua and maybe something will be revealed to you too :)
Well, if something is cleaned with water and fire - I guess it becomes really, really clean :) And so is with children of man... They are purified and they become (adopted) sons and daughters of God.
Today people, who had fallen away from the faith, are calling for the fire from the heaven. They want to be baptized with and in fire... Well, this is set up... because the false prophet will be able to call the fire from the heaven (Rev 13: 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, ). They will get, what they are asking for and they will not like it.
I have listened to some of those preachers and some of them are basically describing sanctification... but they don't name that sanctification at all - they try to lead people toward fire...
This is a huge topic and I cannot tell here much about it.
verse 13, 14: "I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble."
Well, the world will be burned...
verse 15: "I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah." Rams are sheep. And incense is related to? To prayer:
Psa 141:2 "Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. "
Rev 5:8: "...golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints."
Rev 8:3: "...and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne."
Rev 8:4 " And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand."
Christians sacrifice their time, money, body, life in the service to the Lord and fellow humans... They follow the way of the Shepard, Jesus Christ. That is also their sacrifice...
And who are bullock and goats? One explanation could be:
Psalm 22 speaks about Jesus being crucified. And we read: "Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round." At least bulls of Bashan are no good beings - be it humans or devils. And goats? Who are they?
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Bulls and goats represent people, who rejected good, truth, life, God and embraced evil... Bulls and goats could represent the devils too. They will perish...
verse 16: "Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul."
This could be Jesus Christ's words :) and to a lesser extent - words of each and every Christian. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom... ( Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.) Come all ye that fear God and you will receive knowledge, wisdom - what is the meaning of human life :) You will see, that the whole Bible speaks about Jesus and what God the Father had done for him and when you will see that - you will know, that God exists and who is God.
verse 17: "I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue."
Christ cried to God the Father and Christians do the same. They are God confident and are not self-confident.
verse 18: "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:"
Wait a minute - it doesn't say - if I will not pay Catholic priest to perform some ritual - then the Lord will not hear me... Clean heart is required, clean heart. As Isaiah says too (Is 59:1,2): "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
verse 19: "But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer."
Jesus was raised and God the Father did hear him and confirmed, that he was with him and in doing so, we know, that we will be partakers of eternal life too. Death was defeated...
verse 20: "Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me."
These words could be words of Jesus Christ but at the same time they could be also the words of each and every Christian. Please notice - it doesn't say: blessed be me, because I am so great and I did everything right and I am my own redeemer, doing my own thing... as religions of work, satanic religions are teaching... No, blessed be God!!