This seemingly obscure Psalm has within it’s verses powerful prophecies of events yet to come. ‘He will show you things to come’ (John 16:13) the Lord Jesus Christ said when speaking of the Holy Spirit’s ministry just before He went to the Cross during His private ministry to the eleven.
These ‘Things to come’ have been the focal point of much study in these the last days before the Lord’s Second Coming, and the Psalmist here gives us a preview of that period of time as he requests of the Lord in (v.1) ‘God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us; Selah.’
His purpose for this request is found in (v.2) ‘That Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations.’ He wants the ways of the Lord to be know upon the earth, and the saving health among all nations which are events that only will occur during the Millennium when Christ rules and the earth is restored to an Eden-like environment as described in Isaiah 65:17-25.
In addition (v.3) also looks forward to a time when ‘all the people praise’ the Lord which will not happen until the day when Jesus returns as Lord of lords and King of kings and then rules ‘with a rod of iron’ (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 2:27,12:5,19:15).
Further prophetic truth unfolds in (v.4) when the nations again are ‘glad and sing for joy: for Thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah’ The Day of the Lord is foreshadowed here as God’s judgement will come followed by His governing ‘the nations upon earth’ which continues to focus upon the Millenial Reign of Christ, the thousand years of His righteous rule upon earth, mentioned six times in Revelation 20.
The millennial emphasis continues in (v.5) ‘Let all the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee.’ The universal praise of God asked for here, again focuses on the time when the earth will be restored and the Lord Jesus Christ will be on His literal throne here on earth located in the Millennial Temple so explicitly describe by Ezekiel in chapters 40-48.
The earth brings forth it’s abundance during this time of the physical blessing of Israel as described in (v.6) ‘Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.’ The emphasis on the God of Israel here shows the Psalmists literal expectation for the God of the Hebrews to do what He said He would do as He promised in the Word of God (Leviticus 26:4,5)
And finally, in (v.7) the universal fear of the Lord will be evident during that time showing that God will not only bring abundant physical blessing, but His ultimate goal is the spiritual blessing which will be realized when He is recognized for Who He is and all will bow the knee and worship Him.
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