Psalm 108, 109, 110
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All three of today’s Psalms were written by David.
Psalm 108 — This psalm may sound familiar because it is a combination of two other Psalms. This Psalm must have been written as battle prayer since the enemies of Israel are named in it.
Psalm 109 — Have you ever been so upset or angry (oh I know, we all do) that your thoughts went EVERY where and possibly when you were alone in your car … you just let those feelings “rip” out in words (maybe even a scream or two.) No one was with you, and you were saying things and thinking YOU couldn’t even believe you were saying and thinking!! What if someone were watching you and LISTENING to you on that very bad, terrible, awful day? Of course you had NO idea anyone was watching and listening to your every word and thought about your spouse, your children, the drivers on the road, your boss, your neighbors, your friends who had just hurt you deeply, the vacation that went bad, the wreck you were just in, the bad food you had at lunch….well you get the point. NOW you find out that not only was someone watching and listening but they made a DVD of you that included your thoughts and as you walked in the door of your office….that DVD was playing for ALL to see and hear. What would you do? What would you think?
As you can imagine, David was having a no good, terrible, awful, bad, bad day!! He was surrounded by his enemies who not only didn’t like him but who wanted to kill him!! David is letting it all “hang out”. Psalm 109 is called an “imprecatory” or cursing Psalm. It is raw, real, honest emotions. It seems harsh. However, David (like Jesus) was hated by his enemies for no reason. His deep prayer is for God to handle the evil. David knows that God is just and right. Clearly David is angry, but what an example he sets for us …. not only to express what we are feeling….but ESPECIALLY in doing the right thing by leaving it in the Lord’s hands.
Maybe it is the counselor in me that so appreciates the fact that David freely expressed himself. He KNEW God was listening to him. David didn’t understand it all … he just knew it was happening. The fact that this is included as part of God’s Word is something I deeply appreciate. We ALL have dirty, rotten, bad, terribly awful days and God shows us it is OK for us to express our feelings to HIM. David was not acting on them. He did not dwell on them…..but he expressed them to God. Once he expressed his feelings he humbly turned them over to God. — Pretty kewl message eh?
Psalm 110– This is a Messianic Psalm because of the prophesy of Jesus. In ALL honesty, until my reading last year, I had NO idea WHO Melchizedek was and I was even confusing the name with Mordecai from the book of Esther — DUH!! I share this with you so bring a smile to your face and to also share that I am living proof that anyone can learn great things from God’s Word! I never knew the resources available to find out the meanings of things. This was an EYE OPENER FOR ME.
So where did Jesus appear in this Psalm? Did you notice the name Melchizedek? He just keeps “popping up” at the most surprising times, maybe miraculous times. Melchizedek (means “king of righteousness,”) was a king of Salem (Jerusalem) and priest of the Most High God (Genesis 14:18-20; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:6-11; 6:20-7:28.) Now remember during Abraham’s time Levi and his parents had not been born yet (Abraham would have been Levi’s great grandfather.) Melchizedek’s sudden appearance OUT OF NOWHERE (and then sudden disappearance) as THE FIRST HIGH PRIEST is quite mysterious!! In various commentaries they each say that in Genesis 14, the use of the word “priest” is the first time it appears in the bible!! Interesting, right??
Melchizedek and Abraham first met after Abraham’s defeat of the three kings who had captured Lot. Melchizedek presented bread and wine to Abraham and his weary men, demonstrating friendship. He bestowed a blessing on Abraham in the name of El Elyon (“God Most High”) and praised God for giving Abraham a victory in battle (Genesis 14:18-20).
Abraham in turn, presented Melchizedek with a tithe of all he had gathered. Abraham’s tithe shows us that he recognized Melchizedek as one sent from God Most High and was a priest who ranked higher spiritually than himself. COULD THE APPEARANCE OF MELCHIZEDEK BEEN AN APPEARANCE OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT??? WHOAAAAA BABY!!!!
This theme of Melchizedek being compared with Christ continues in Hebrews 7:1-10. They were both considered kings of righteousness and peace. In Exodus we see that the priesthood was appointed to the Levites, and ONLY the Levites. However, Melchizedek was NOT a descendant of Levi NOR was Jesus. Jesus was a descendant of Judah!!! David said in verse 4 of this Psalm that: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. IMHO, this revelation that the order of Melchizedek, a priest forever, shows that Christ’s new order of priesthood is superior to the old levitical order and the priesthood of Aaron. THE LAW came through the Levites!! Jesus did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill it. So, doesn’t it make sense that the SON yet God sent to fulfill the law would come from another tribe other than Levi? Jesus is our HIGH PRIEST. Following Jesus as our Lord and Savior is the higher way, the better way, Jesus TRULY wants us to follow HIM out of our desire and allow the Word to be written on our heart rather than try to follow laws written on stone that God KNEW would never work as a means to get to heaven, they were meant to be guidelines to help us stay on the right road while KEEPING our eyes on HIM.
Read some of these scriptures yourself:
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. (Genesis 14)
Then the Psalm says: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Then in Hebrews it says: “No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,
”You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.And he says in another place,
”You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”
So who is he? This King of Salem (Jerusalem), again the name Melchizedek in Hebrew means ‘King of Righteousness’; The King of Salem means ‘the King of Peace.”
Is all this a coincidence? Or could Melchizedek have been an appearance of Christ in the Old Testament? I have read commentaries from scholars that support both sides … yes Melchizedek was an appearance of Jesus in the OT and others who say he was just a man who was King of Salem (Jerusalem). So what do you think? Either way…. it is pretty awesome!!! ALSO…more food for thought…..IF God did send Melchizedek as an appearance of Jesus in the OT…….WHAT if as a coupling of this event, God also allowed the King of Sodom in Genesis 14 to be the first appearance of satan in the OT?
AFTER Melchizedek (Jesus?) blesses Abram THEN the King of Sodom says “Give me the people and keep the the goods for yourself” – was this satan following Jesus and asking for the souls of the people Abram had saved (Lot and his family)?
Was this not an AWESOME read today? I’d love to hear your thoughts on Melchizedek!! OR anything else that touched you today. Shoot me an email with the subject of BLOG or use the comments section below to share. Be brave…get the ball rolling and then everyone join in. That would be such blessing!!
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