Psalm 92

Read: Psalm 92:1- 3; Lamentations 3:22 – 23; 1 Corinthians 14:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:18

The author of Psalm 92 is not identified, but the psalm is entitled “A Psalm for the Sabbath.” Psalm 92 contains very crucial information for the Christian.  Verses 1 – 3 of Psalm 92 explain that God deserves our thanks and it is good for us to give Him the thanks He deserves.  Eusebius, the church historian of the third century, thought that the “psaltery of ten strings” was ourselves– the number ten referring to the five senses and Aristotle’s five powers of the soul (sense, imagination, reason, intelligence, and intelligibility.)  While the psalmist could hardly have referenced Aristotle, Eusebius provides a thought-provoking picture of worship as the Holy Spirit playing a song of praise through us to God.

Think About It: Why is it good for us to praise God for His loving-kindness in the morning? Why is it good for us to praise God for His faithfulness in the evening?

Prayer: Praise God for his loving-kindness and his faithfulness.

 

Read: Psalm 92:4, 10; Romans 8:35 – 37; Galatians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Titus 3:5

According to vv.4 and 10 of Psalm 92, our joy, our victory, our reason for exaltation, and our anointing all come from God.  In other words, our salvation is of the Lord. The victory God grants us is over sin and death; the joy is that of His presence, God with us; the exaltation is our glory in the cross; our anointing is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  The King James translation refers to the “horn of the unicorn” in v. 10; the Hebrew word refers more prosaically to the “wild ox.”

Think About It: What results from failure to grasp the truth that salvation is of the Lord?  Where is my joy and my exaltation?

Prayer: That my joy might be in the Lord, my glory in the cross of Christ.

 

Read: Psalm 92:5, 6; Deuteronomy 29:29; Daniel 2:22; Romans 11:33; Colossians 2:2-3

The psalmist asserted in Psalm 92:5 and 6 that God’s works are great and His thoughts are deep.  The rationalism of our culture must not make a stumbling block of the mystery of God. Arthur Stanley Eddington, astrophysicist of the early 20th century, said “The universe is not only stranger than you imagine, it is stranger than you can imagine.” If this is true of creation, how much more true of the Creator!

Think About It: The psalmist said the brutish man and the fool do not acknowledge the greatness of God’s works, nor the depth of His thought. Why might this be true? What are the implications of this for the brutish man and the fool? Do I leave room for mystery in my conception of God?

Prayer: Praise God for His mighty works and deep thoughts.

 

Read: Psalm 92:7, 9, 11; Psalm 73; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19; Proverbs 29:16

The psalmist asserted in verses 7, 9, and 11 of Psalm 92 that the wicked will perish and the righteous will see it.  All wrongdoing will be punished, including that done to us personally. Vengeance belongs to God, He will repay. We need to know this 1) so that we are not discouraged by the apparent prosperity of the wicked; 2) so that we don’t get the idea that God tolerates injustice; 3) so that we ourselves do not fail to fear God’s justice; 4) so that we don’t seek our own revenge.

Think About It: Why is it important for the righteous to see God’s judgment visited on the wicked?  Do I leave vengeance to God? What is my attitude towards my enemies?

Prayer: Praise God for His intolerance of injustice.

 

Read: Psalm 92:8; Hebrews 13:8; Malachi 3:6; Psalm 66:7; Psalm 103:19; Daniel 4:17;  Philippians 2:10 – 11.

The psalmist proclaimed in Psalm 92:8 that God is eternally sovereign and He never changes. The importance of knowing this cannot be overemphasized. First, we need to know this because in our natural rebellious state we want to be in charge. Second, we need to know this because from our limited perspective it does not always look like God is in charge. Third, we need to know this because it is a human tendency to try to change the rules of life, to make up our own rules, our own definition of right and wrong, to change things to fit our plans and desires.

Think About It: What is comforting about the doctrine of God’s sovereignty? What is difficult about that doctrine?  Do I acknowledge God’s sovereignty? What are the consequences of refusing to acknowledge God’s sovereignty?

Prayer: Praise God that He is King forever.

 

Read: Psalm 92:12 – 14; Mark 4:14 – 20; Galatians 5:22 – 25

In verses 12 – 14 of Psalm 92 the psalmist asserted that the righteous will flourish and be fruitful even in old age. This is the other side of the truth that God will judge the wicked.  The legendary cedar of Lebanon was known for its potential for great age, growing for hundreds of years; the date palm tree produces the best dates when the tree is from thirty to one hundred years old.

Think About It: Am I growing more fruitful as I grow older?  What is the “fruit” that I am supposed to be producing?

Prayer: That I might be lively and fruitful throughout my life.

 

Read: Psalm 92:15; Romans 3:5 – 6; 9:14; Revelation 15:3 – 4; 16:7

In Psalm 92:15 the psalmist affirmed that the Lord is perfectly righteous.  Like the concept of God’s sovereignty, this affirmation is a foundational concept of faith.  The gods of the pagans were not perfectly righteous; they were prone to emotional whims and carnal desires just like the humans that imagined them.  Only if we accept the truths that God is both absolutely sovereign and perfectly righteous do we have any hope of understanding biblical truth and revelation, and indeed of making any sense of the world around us.

Think About It: How can evil exist if God is absolutely sovereign, perfectly righteous and perfectly good? This is the classic question answered by “theodicy,” or arguments made in defense of God.  Wrong answers to this question either limit God’s sovereignty or his righteousness– or question the reality of the existence of evil. How would I answer this classic question?

Prayer: Praise God that He is Sovereign, and Righteous, and Good.

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