"The People's Prayer in View of Messiah."
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We are singing praises to God in these Psalms, and this Psalm will speak of atonement. Of course Atonement requires a blood sacrifice, and the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, is His blood shed on the Cross, at His crucifixion. Psalms 22 will detail that crucifixion as prophecy so there can be no mistake that it truly happened according to God's plan in His Holy Word. So these next few chapters are bound together and will give us great wisdom. This is the prayer of God's people in view of all these events that are brought out in these chapters. Remember that these next few chapters are prophecy given a thousand years in advance. "To the chief Musician", "To He who has the victory", of course that person is Jesus Christ, and it is the song of David.
Psalms 20:1 "The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; The name of the God of Jacob defend thee;"
There is a day of trouble coming, and it is not far away. This Psalm applies to the Messiah, it applies to David in his trouble, and it also applies to each of us living in these final and latter days of this earth age. It is for your generation. The word "defend" as used here also means to "set you in a high place". The name of the God of Jacob, is "Yah", [YHVH]. Yah is the name that we call out to. Our heavenly Father is the our God that shall deliver us from evil in these final days. When God gave his name to Moses to reply to the people, He said in Exodus 3:14 "And God said unto Moses, "I AM THAT I AM:" and He said, "Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, `I AM hath sent me unto you." In the Hebrew tongue it reads "`ehyeh `asher `ehyeh" [YHVH] There is no "w" in the sacred name. That is who sent Moses to the people, and is the God of Moses. The acrostics in God's Word document this in the Scriptures. Be careful that you do not pollute the name of God.
Jesus name will defend you in these days of trouble that is just ahead of us. We do not speak in the Hebrew but in English, and to us, of course it is the name of "Jesus", yes we pray to the Father, yet our prayers must be in the name of our Savior Jesus the Christ, "In Jesus' name". That is the only name that gives us a hearing before the throne of God, for it is our credentials before the Father. The price for each of our redemption was paid on the cross by Jesus, and these next few chapters are prophecy telling of those events leading to and surrounding the crucifixion of our Lord, given a thousand years before the event happened.
Psalms 20:2 "Send thee help from the sanctuary, And strengthen thee out of Zion;"
"Zion" is a place in Jerusalem, the very spot in all the universe that God has said that He loves. Father YHVH made a everlasting covenant with Mount Zion, not the people, but the location, the hill in Jerusalem. That spot is where the religious conflict of this generation is going on today, and that location is where Jesus will set up his Sanctuary in the Millennium age. That location today and in the near future will be completely polluted with the Kenites and their father Satan, but that will come to an end shortly. At the seventh trump the location will be wiped clean, swept clean, and made ready for Christ's Sanctuary. Heaven is where God is, and right now He is in heaven, and that is why Jerusalem is described as a cube in Revelation 20 and 21, for where ever God is there heaven is. It is from God's sanctuary that we get our strength for every day of our life, when we ask it of Him.
Psalms 20:3 "Remember all thy offerings, And accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah."
Here again we see the word "Selah", it means to stop, pause and think on what has been said. It tells us that something very important was just said, and it has a connecting point to what will also be said in the next verses. What were these offerings and burnt sacrifices? They were the burnt offerings that were turned to ashes, for the sake of giving them back to the Father. By using the word "Selah", we have a connection between the prayer for acceptance of the offerings by God, to the atonement of the blood of Christ's sacrifice. The two are simply cannot be separated; the prayer of repentance of the people for their sins, and the blood sacrifice of Christ on the cross. In the Old Testament it was the blood of lambs that was the temporary sacrifice given in these burnt sacrifices to be offered up with the prayers of the people, but that became fulfilled at the cross of Christ. When we study Psalms 22 it is very important to understand the connection to make that chapter more meaningful.
The daily offering was the daily oblation or sacrifice, and it was fulfilled at the cross of Christ. In the New Testament Jesus gave us the Communion table, the bread and the wine to remember the the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ's sacrifice. In Daniel 9:27 that oblation of the communion table will be done away with because the people, even the churches will think that Satan is Christ and has returned. Christ is our oblation for ever more, and at his return it will cease; and this is why the churches will stop taking communion, they will be worshipping the false christ. Jesus sacrifice is the only sacrifice given for all times.
Hebrews 10:5-6 "Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, "Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Your prepared Me:" "In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure."
Hebrews 10:7 "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God."
This is the reason for Christ's coming, to fulfill all the promises and sacrifices of the Old Testament, all of them including what we are reading here in Psalms. God prepared this Sacrifice for us for all times. the lamb and goat sacrifices were a requirement by the law, but that part of the law was fulfilled in Jesus' blood on the cross.
Hebrews 10:8-9 "Above when He said, "Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin Thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein;" which are offered by the law;" "Then said He, "Lo I come to do Thy will, O God." He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second."
The priest had to offer daily those animal sacrifices in the Old Testament times, but God offered His Son; "He taketh away the first [animal sacrifices], that He may establish the second [our salvation through the blood of Christ]." That blood is the atonement that washes you clean of all your sins upon repentance.
Psalms 20:4 "Grant thee according to thine own heart, And fulfil all thy counsel."
Now this gets into the atonement following the "Selah". "Lord, let it be according to Thy own heart." God will grant according to your desire, for that is His will. God's counsel is His plan, those things written in His Word. When we follow that plan, God takes pleasure in granting our desires that are in the bounds of that word. To please God, you must live your life according to His will; according to what is directed within the Word of God. So you must first study to know His plan. We must know the events of our generation of these end times, for in the plan of God, He has a purpose and work that must be done to fulfill His Word. Sure He could do it, but He has assigned us, people living in our flesh body the duty to fulfill that plan.
Psalms 20:5 "We will rejoice in thy salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners: The Lord fulfil all thy petitions."
When we worship the name of YHVH our Heavenly Father, and rejoice in the salvation given to us through the precious blood of our savior Jesus the Christ, He will grant us our petitions that are within His will. Our right to approach the throne of God, is in the name of Jesus, and that is why at the end of our prayers, we close, "In Jesus' name".
Psalms 20:6 "Now know I that the Lord saveth His Anointed; He will hear him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand."
"The anointed" is Jesus the Christ, and it is also the children that are anointed with the oil [olive oil] of God's people. The word "Christ" means Anointed. When you say "Christ" you are saying Messiah, the Anointed. It is Father that will hear Jesus the Christ as the Atonement is taking place, the sacrifice being the blood of Christ shed on the cross for one and all times. This is looking to the Psalm 22 that will cover the sacrifice taking place. When Jesus pays the sacrificial price, He will move to the right hand of almighty God in heaven. There can be no forgiveness of sin without this blood sacrifice, and those prayers or petitions simply can not be answered without this sacrifice or atonement taking place.
Psalms 20:7 "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: But we will remember the name of the Lord our God."
In these days of our generation, the name of the Lord YHVH, our heavenly Father is the only name you can trust in, and have eternal life. Father is the Savior, and His son, Jesus the Christ is the only way that this truth and eternal life can come through. Within the name "Jesus", Yahshuah" in the Hebrew, is all the members of the Godhead.
Psalms 20:8 "They are brought down and fallen: But we are risen, and stand upright."
Again we see the Zadok, the upright making a stand. This separation between those that stand and those that are "brought down and fallen" is whether a person has the spiritual eyes to see and the ears to hear with understanding the truths of God's Word. What do you put your trust in? It is one thing to arm yourself for protection, as a person or a nation, but our trust must be in the name of the Lord, the Almighty God. Because He has risen, so have we.
In I Thessalonians 4:13 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope."
Paul did not want Christians to be ignorant at where the dead are, for their souls are not out there in a hole in the ground, in the grave. Paul is saying that is what the heathen think, and they have no hope in their ignorance.
I Thessalonians 4:14 "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him."
If you believe that Jesus rose from the dead, just as Christ rose from the dead and ascended to be with the Father, so also will those that die rise to be with the father. God told us in Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God Who gave it." When that silver thread that joins the life of your soul to your flesh body [made of the dust of the earth] is broken. Death comes, and your soul returns instantly to Father YHVH that gave it in the first place. At the point of death, just as Christ arose to be with the Father, so also will every living soul that dies on the face of this earth return to the Father that created and made it come into being.
I Thessalonians 4:15 "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep."
God revealed this to Paul and Paul is passing it on to you and me. Paul separates two types of death here, first those that are alive and live to see the seventh trumpet sound and the Lord Jesus Christ come in all His Glory. The second group are all those that die, and do not live to the time of the seventh trumpet. "Asleep" as given here is #2837 in the Strong's Greek dictionary; "Koimao; to decease; to be dead." it is the word that "comatose" in the English comes from. The Scripture tells us absolutely that at the seventh trump those which are alive at that moment in time, are changed. That's right changed from their "corruptible" body of flesh into their "incorruptible" as the angels have.
I Corinthians 15:51-52; "Behold I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep ["Koimao, die], but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. "
This deals with those that have lived through the time of Antichrist rule, of Satan's time on earth, for the change comes after the sixth trump, at the sounding of the seventh trump. Then instantly all flesh is done away with and all souls are in their incorruptible bodies for the next thousand years.
The rapture doctrine teaches that souls are held in the ground until the Lord comes, yet they place the Lord's coming prior to the sixth trumpet. When Satan delves in the scripture, something always gets messed up, and that is why this teaching is so dangerous, for it prepares the believer of the rapture in accepting the first christ to come, that false christ, Satan. and Christians will do this in ignorance. Their minds closed to the truth, and completely willing to accept Satan's lie.
Psalms 20:9 "Save, Lord: Let the king hear us when we call." "To the chief Musician."
When we pray to the King, our Almighty Father, He does hear us. That is the prayer of the people. It is important that we do understand that the "Selah" given in verse 3, requires the connecting thought of the price being paid by Jesus the Christ, and the atonement that He was willing to go to that cross to pay that price, so that you and I could approach the throne of God for forgiveness for our sins. Though Jesus paid a great price, to us that gift we can receive by loving Him, and repenting in "Jesus' name", having a change of heart, and a renewing of our minds to the truth to follow His Way, His Word.
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