Psalm 23

Psalm 23 in HD #7

Saturday, December 15, 2012

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1 KJV).

Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we summarize Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.

  • Today’s Scripture. The Lord Jesus Christ, like a shepherd tends his flock, will feed redeemed Israel, meeting her spiritual and physical needs forever, as the subsequent verses explain.
  • He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters” (verse 2). The Lord will lead a portion of His people, believing Israel, to a place of safety and peace (note there will also be vegetation and water there), particularly during the horrors of the Tribulation.
  • “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (verse 3). Redeemed Israel will personally experience God’s righteousness. A redeemed Jew will be saved, forgiven of his sins, and thus God can then use him in the capacity for which He originally created the nation Israel—reign on earth for His glory!
  • Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (verse 4). The portion of redeemed Israel who will perish during the seven-year Tribulation, are comforted that God is with them, even to the point of being executed for rejecting the antichrist’s deception.
  • “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (verse 5). God will feed the Jews in verse 2, manna. They will have their physical needs met, both in the Tribulation and in their kingdom, and beyond.
  • “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (verse 6). God will bless Israel with His goodness, mercy, and forgiveness. “The house of the LORD” is Israel’s kingdom on earth, in which Christ will personally reign forever and ever. Israel has a glorious, glorious hope!

And that, dear saints, is “Psalm 23 in HD.” 🙂

Psalm 23 in HD #6

Friday, December 14, 2012

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (Psalm 23:6 KJV).

Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we present to you Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Today’s Scripture is the concluding verse of Psalm 23, the nation Israel’s grand hope. It describes Israel’s salvation—God blessing her with His goodness and mercy. “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness (Psalm 107:9).

The Apostle Peter describes Israel’s future: “Which in time past [looking back on our present-day Dispensation of Grace] were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy (1 Peter 2:10). The Apostle Paul confirms: “There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away the ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins” (Romans 11:26,27). The aforementioned New Covenant is found in Jeremiah 31:31-34 (cf. Hebrews 8:8-13). Jeremiah 31:14, describing Israel’s coming kingdom and the reign of her Messiah-King Jesus, states: “…My people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.”

“I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Israel will enjoy her earthly kingdom forever and ever! “[God] that stretcheth the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them as a tent to dwell in” (Isaiah 40:22). “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:18). “For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it” (Psalm 132:13,14). At Christ’s Second Coming, God will come and dwell with redeemed Israel on earth, for all eternity!

Psalm 23—Israel’s glorious prospect, to be fulfilled in due time.

Psalm 23 in HD #4

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 KJV).

Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we present to you Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” After our Dispensation of Grace, God will exhort believing Israel, who will suffer the antichrist’s tyrannical reign: “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6). “[The antichrist] will speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High…” (Daniel 7:25ab). Believing Israel will suffer the death penalty for rejecting the satanic antichrist (Revelation 13:6,7,15).

The Apostle John, foreseeing what would happen during that Tribulation period, wrote: “…I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?… and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” (Revelation 6:9-11).

“For thou art with me.” God encourages believing Israel to not fear, for He is with them: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). This is why the “Our Father” prayer says, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). The “temptation” and “evil” is the awful Tribulation (see James 1:12,13; 1 Peter 1:6-9; 1 Peter 4:12-17). God encourages believing Israel to not grow weary, even if they experience death for His sake (Hebrews 12:1-4).

“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” The Lord will use these Scriptures to console believing Israel in her troubles, as a shepherd quiets his terrified sheep.

Psalm 23 in HD #3

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3 KJV).

Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we present to you Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.

“He restoreth my soul.” The human soul is naturally rebellious. It devises wicked, anti-God thoughts, which thoughts lead to actions (sinful acts). Each human soul needs to be rescued from its sinful condition; otherwise, upon physical death, those souls will be lost to everlasting degeneration and conscious suffering in the lake of fire (Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ is the way we sinners escape this deserved eternal damnation.

David, who wrote today’s Scripture, penned in Psalm 32:1,2: “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” This describes a believing Jew in Israel’s program (1 John 2:12). In Romans 4:6-8, Paul quotes some of that to describe our salvation in the Dispensation of Grace.

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making simple the wise” (Psalm 19:7). The Hebrew word translated “converting” is rendered “restoreth” in today’s Scripture. How does God “restore” (“convert”) the human soul? With His Word! “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). In Israel’s program, a Jew is converted by trusting Jesus as his Messiah/Christ, the Son of God (Matthew 16:16; John 11:27; Acts 8:37; 1 John 5:1-14).

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” After our dispensation, the nation Israel, who is currently nationally blinded, will be saved (Romans 11:25-27). At Jesus Christ’s Second Coming, He will blot out Israel’s national sins by instituting the New Covenant (Acts 3:19-26; Hebrews 8:8-13; Hebrews 10:16,17; cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34). They will receive the same forgiveness we have now in Christ (Romans 5:11). According to the New Covenant, God will write His righteous laws in Israel’s heart, and they will serve Him faithfully forever, bringing glory to His name.

Psalm 23 in HD #2

Monday, December 10, 2012

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters” (Psalm 23:2 KJV).

Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we present to you Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.

Today’s Scripture is often understood to be “heartwarming poetry;” we have reason to believe Scripture is teaching a literal concept here, albeit prophetic, unfulfilled until after our Dispensation of Grace has concluded and Israel’s program resumes.

In Matthew 3:1-6, God the Father through John the Baptist is calling a believing remnant of Jews into the wilderness, away from the apostate nation and corrupt Temple. Jews who are waiting for Christ’s kingdom promised in the Old Testament, confess their sins and receive John’s water baptism.

Interestingly, God is causing John the Baptist to fulfill prophecy, for He had promised Israel’s restoration centuries earlier: “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt” (Hosea 2:14,15). This applies not only to John’s day, but also a future time from ours.

One day, the antichrist will arise and deceive Israel (reminiscent of Israel’s apostasy in John the Baptist’s day). Christ instructed believing Jews in Jerusalem and Judaea to flee for their very lives, to escape Israel’s apostasy and judgment, and head into the mountainous wilderness (Matthew 24:15-22; Mark 13:14-20)—near where John water baptized believing Jews 2,000 years earlier! They will stay there in that wilderness for 42 months, the latter half of the Tribulation, where the Godhead will feed and protect them (Revelation 12:6).

Hosea 2:14,15 mentions vineyards; water is present where Israel’s believing remnant will flee. “The valley of Achor” is northwest of the Dead Sea, near the Jordan River. Prophetically, God will lead Israel to the literal “green pastures” and “still waters” of today’s Scripture, to wait for Christ’s coming kingdom (like John’s converts). Amazing!

Psalm 23 in HD #1

Sunday, December 9, 2012

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1 KJV).

Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we present to you Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.

“The LORD is my shepherd.” Jesus Christ likened Himself to a shepherd who led and cared for His sheep (Israel): “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep…. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine” (John 10:11,14). Jesus used the term, “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:6; Matthew 15:24; cf. Matthew 18:11-14; Luke 15:3-10).

Moses, because of his rebellion, cannot enter into the Promised Land, so he asks the LORD to “set a man over the congregation [nation Israel]… that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd (Numbers 27:16,17). The LORD then chooses Joshua to take Moses’ place in leading Israel into Palestine. Moses and Joshua are types/previews of what Jesus Christ will ultimately do when He returns at His Second Coming, to lead Israel into His kingdom and her Promised Land.

Israel’s restoration (after our Dispensation of Grace has ended) is described in 1 Peter 2:25: “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (cf. Hebrews 13:20). The Bible calls the LORD the Shepherd of Israel” (Psalm 80:1).

In today’s Scripture, David, a believing Jew, also wrote, “I shall not want.” Christ will meet Israel’s spiritual and physical needs (yet future), just as a shepherd provides for his sheep. Israel will lack neither material goods (Amos 9:11-15; Joel 3:17-21; Luke 12:22-32) nor spiritual blessings (particularly forgiveness; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Acts 3:19-26; Hebrews 8:8-13) in her kingdom.

Describing the Millennial Reign (Kingdom) of Christ, we read: “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Isaiah 40:11). Recall John 10:11,14 from earlier? As their faithful Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, upon His Second Coming, will feed Israel, spiritually and physically, forever. They will lack nothing.