worshipThe fourth book of Psalms covers 90-106 and in subtitled the “Numbers” book due to it correlating with the events recorded mainly in the book of Numbers.  It traces the concerns of the Israelites (as well as us ‘Gentiles’) in their interaction with God as their only hope for salvation.

Here is how Finis Jennings Dake describes it:

“The general theme of Book IV concerns Israel and the Gentiles on earth – the counsels of God revealing no hope for man in the earth apart from God.  It records the walk of man in his earthly pilgrimage to a better world and a better life.  It begins with Israel in the wilderness taking account of themselves (Num 1-8; Ps 90).  It continues with proper order, and instructions for the future (Num 9-14; Ps 91-94), rest anticipated (Num 15-26; Ps 95-100), and the basis for entering into rest (Num 27:36; Ps 101-106).  It concludes with a benediction (Ps 106:48).”

Psalm 92 specifically speaks of man’s worship of God.  Unlike what transpires in most of our churches today – the psalmist speaks of the act of worship in quite dramatic and purposeful terms.  He begins by declaring that IT IS GOOD to praise the Lord (vs 1)!  Praising the Lord is actually what we were all created for… it is our foundational purpose in life.  When a human being fails to correctly offer praise to God he/she will naturally begin to offer that praise to someone/something else.  Since we are created beings – created to reflect back to our Creator – then the act of worship is an already established seed planted within us.  We can no more worship then we could stop breathing… it is what we worship that is the question.

Next the psalmist connects music with this act of praising the Lord (vs 1-3).  Music is also a creation from our loving Creator.  Its purpose is to assist us in our worship of God by helping us express our hearts beyond mere words.  (Today, Satan has warped this beautiful gift from God into a tool that he is using to glorify sin and rebellion… but that was not it’s original purpose!).   Upon establishing the act of worship in the Tabernacle, King David had numerous instruments made for this purpose – and the psalmist mentions a few of these here… specifically the lyre and the harp.  (Today we would say the guitar, keyboard, drums, etc).

Next the psalmist inserts descriptive words such as “glad” and “joy” when speaking of this act of worship (vs 4).  Again – quite a bit different from some churches I have been in!  Our praise of the Lord should be a joyous occasion – filled with music, dancing, clapping and exaltation’s of gladness!   Praise should be our immediate reaction when we consider His great works – in our own lives and the lives of those around us (vs 5).   This is not something that can be faked – nor does one who lacks a relationship with God possess the ability to enter into this sort of praise (vs 6-7).  (Hence why some people come into our service and don’t seem to “get it”).

Finally, the psalmist concludes this mini-lesson on worship with the very Truths that drive our worship.  It is the many promises of God that fills us with life and causes us to proclaim His goodness forever (vs 8).  We – the righteous – will flourish like the palm tree (“be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful” – AMP).  We shall also grow like the cedars of Lebanon (“majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible” – AMP) (vs 12).  Both of these images would have been well known to the Israelites who heard this Psalm – as they grew in abundance throughout the region – tall trees that were very useful for supplies in many areas of their everyday lives.

just like the usefulness of these 2 examples – you and I are promised that we will grow strong and majestic – continuing to be useful in our old age – bearing fruit long after others have stopped – staying “fresh and green” (vs 14)… but all of this is provided on us remaining “planted in the House of the Lord” (vs 13).  It isn’t a promise for the compromising and the “every other Sunday’ crowd – but only for those who are established among His people.  It is for those that God sends His promise – and they will say He is their Rock (vs 15)!

Now doesn’t that give you something to sing about?

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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