Scriptures

Psalm 92

Introduction

In this psalm we find the psalmist speaking about how the wicked are prospering, however, in the end they will be destroyed. The justice of God will be shown, Psalm 37 / Psalm 49 / Psalm 74, and God will be praised because of His justice.

Heading

‘A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.’

Although the headings aren’t inspired by God, they are important because they give us some understanding about the Psalm and they help us to see why it was written. The headings usually tell us four things.

1. Who wrote them, probably wrote them or possibly wrote them.

2. Information about the historical background to the Psalm. Why it was written.

3. They tell us of the tune the Psalm was written to.

4. How it was used.

The heading for this psalm, doesn’t tells us the author, so we don’t know who the author is, however, Jewish tradition accredits Psalms 90-100 to Moses. Other Psalms written by Moses are also found in Exodus 15, and in Deuteronomy 32.

This song was to be sung on the Sabbath day, which tells us the Sabbath day wasn’t only a day of rest for Israel, Exodus 35:2, but also a day of worship, Leviticus 23:3.

‘It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works, LORD, how profound your thoughts! Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand, that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever. But you, LORD, are forever exalted.’ Psalm 92:1-8

The psalmist begins by revealing an everlasting truth, and that is, it is good to praise the LORD. It’s good to give thanks to the Lord for all the good that He does in our lives, and when we think about what He has done in our lives, it will always lead to praising His Name.

When we think about what God has done in our lives, it’s always good to make music to His Name, Ephesians 5:19 / Colossians 3:16. The psalmist starts their day by proclaiming God’s love in the morning and ends their day by proclaiming God’s faithfulness.

We can imagine the psalmist encouraging everyone to start and end every day with these proclamations of thanksgiving. These proclamations are made to the music of instruments, the ten-stringed lyre, Isaiah 5:12, and the harp, Isaiah 5:12.

They brought a pleasant sound to their ears as they poured out their heart in praise to the Lord. The proclamations were made from a glad heart, which result in singing praises to God because of the things God had done.

The psalmist now praises the greatness of God’s works, Job 11:7, and acknowledges how profound God’s thoughts really are compared to mankind’s, Isaiah 28:29 / Romans 11:33-34. The ‘senseless’ and the ‘fools’ who think that they are smarter than God.

A senseless person doesn’t think on things that are above this world, Psalm 49:10 / Psalm 73:22 / Proverbs 12:1 / Proverbs 30:2, they don’t see the work of God in the righteous, they behave like an animal which shows no rational, and like a fool who shows no common sense, Isaiah 1:2.

We can almost imagine the psalmist looking around and watching the wicked prosper. They appear to grow like grass and they appear to flourish, but the psalmist knows their end, they will be destroyed forever.

While the wicked perish God will be exalted forever. In other words, the prosperity of the wicked is only temporary, but God is everlasting.

‘For surely your enemies, LORD, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered. You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me. My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes. The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” Psalm 92:9-15

Notice the psalmist repeats the words, ‘surely your enemies’, this is for emphasis purposes. They have no doubt that God’s enemies, will perish and be scattered, Job 21:18 / Isaiah 17:13 / Isaiah 29:5 / Hosea 13:3.

While God’s enemies perish, God will ‘exalt my horn’, that is, He will strengthen the righteous with the power a wild ox has, Job 39:9-12. The anointing with fine oils brought refreshment and honour, it signifies the blessing and power and enabling of God poured out upon the one anointed, 1 Samuel 16:13.

The psalmist is also blessed in seeing his adversaries being defeated, and hearing his foes being routed out, Romans 8:37. Because their adversaries and foes have been defeated, the righteous will ‘flourish like a palm tree’. In other words, they will prosper and experience the best life has to offer, Psalm 1:3 / Matthew 21:8 / John 10:10.

Because their adversaries and foes have been defeated, the righteous will ‘grow like a cedar of Lebanon’, that is, they will be strong and useful, and be able to endure, Isaiah 2:13.

Because their adversaries and foes have been defeated, the righteous will ‘be planted in the house of the Lord and will flourish in God’s courts’. In other words, they will live in the very presence of God Himself and they will flourish, Matthew 21:12.

Because the righteous will live in God’s presence, they will ‘still bear fruit in old age’, Deuteronomy 34:7. They will grow to mature and be fresh and green, that is, active until the day they die, 2 Corinthians 4:16.

As they bear fruit, they will proclaim the LORD is upright, Psalm 25:8, they will proclaim that God is their Rock, Isaiah 26:4, that is, their stability, and they will proclaim that there is no wickedness in Him, Psalm 5:4, that is, His ways are pure.

Conclusion

The psalmist spoke of those who would be in the very presence of God being able to bear fruit, despite being old in age. Sadly, among many congregations the elderly are often overlooked and forgotten about.

Many congregations forget that the elderly were once young and have and continue to invest a lot of time in the lives of others Christians, Psalm 37:25 / 1 Timothy 5:3-4 / Galatians 6:10.

Many congregations forget that being old and having grandchildren is actually a blessing from God, Proverbs 17:6, they forget that it’s those very same elderly people who are teaching their grandchildren the ways of God, Psalm 128:6.

One of the biggest blunders for many congregations is that they don’t recognise the wisdom, the elderly can add to a congregation, Proverbs 16:31 / Proverbs 20:29 / Job 12:12. The elderly have lived longer and learned many life lessons and they have learned to submit to the Scriptures, Psalm 119:100.

Although some people look upon old age as a curse, the elderly often recognise that being old is often the best time of their lives. The young people within a congregation must recognise that the elderly still have a place within the Lord’s church, they are not their just to make up the numbers and fill the pews, they are an important part within the kingdom of God and they are still very useful, Deuteronomy 34:7.

Despite being older, just like the psalmist says, they can still bear fruit to the glory of God, Psalm 71:18 / John 15:5.

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Romans 3:23

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