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Chuck Smith Bible Commentary
Psalms 92

 

 


Verses 1-15

Psalm 92:1-15 is a psalm for the Sabbath day.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night ( Psalm 92:1-2 ),

It"s just a good thing to praise the Lord in song, to just show forth the lovingkindness of God. Every morning, start the day with a song. Every evening, end the day with a song. For the faithfulness of God. Lord, You"ve watched over me. You"ve kept me all through the day.

Upon an instrument of ten strings, upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man does not know; neither doth a fool understand this. But when the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever ( Psalm 92:3-7 ):

My father for years was a sales engineer for the southern county"s gas company when we were growing up in Ventura. And life in the home of a salesman during the Depression years was feast or famine. If Dad had a lot of sales, good commissions, we had... we feasted. When the sales weren"t so good, then it was tight around the house. But fortunately, my dad was a super salesman and the Lord really blessed him in his sales. And he was a super salesman for the gas company, but also for the Lord. He was a super witness for Jesus Christ. Always witnessing wherever he"d go to sell a refrigerator, stove, or whatever; he"d always leave a witness for the Lord.

He was coming towards the end of the month and he hadn"t had any sales that month. He"d been up in Ojai trying to close a deal and it didn"t close. And he was riding home in the car and not knowing really what to do. Because, where are we going to get the money for the month"s bills? and so forth. Because there will be no commission, just the salary this month, and he couldn"t live on the salary. And my father was a very emotional type person. He was capable of great highs and great lows. And he was very low at this point, very depressed. And he was looking out in the field and he saw the cows out there just eating the grass. And he said, "They look so contented like they didn"t have a worry in the world." They must have been Carnation cows. But he said to the Lord, "Lord, it isn"t fair. Here I am, your child, I"m your servant. And I"m so worried and so upset because I don"t know how I"m going to be paying my bills, and look at those dumb cows out there. So peaceful, so contented eating the grass and the whole field is full of green grass. They"ve got all that they could ever want and yet here I am; I don"t know how I"m going to pay my bills. Lord, it isn"t fair that I should have to worry when I"m Your child and those cows can have it so good. They don"t have a worry in the world." And the Lord spoke to him and said, "Yes, but they don"t have any future. And you have a future with Me."

The psalmist here declares, "The brutish man doesn"t know, nor does a fool consider or understand this. But when the wicked spring forth as the grass, when those workers of iniquity flourish, they"re going to be destroyed forever." Don"t be envious of them. Foolish to be envious of them, because they"re going to get wiped out. And so it is great folly to envy the wicked. So many times we, I think, are guilty of that. We look at the wicked and we think, "Lord, they seem to have everything they want, and here I am trying to serve You and I"ve got all these problems and all." We don"t take into consideration the end results, what the future holds. "But they shall be destroyed forever."

But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore. For, lo, your enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of unicorn: and be anointed with fresh oil ( Psalm 92:8-10 ).

The enemies of the Lord, they"re going to perish. The workers of iniquity, they"ll be scattered. But Lord, You"ll exalt me.

My eye shall see my desire upon my enemies, and my ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon ( Psalm 92:11-12 ).

When my dad got back to the office in Ventura, there were some people there looking at a stove. He went up to them and he said, you know, began to point out the features they said, "We want it." He signed them up for the stove. Pretty soon some people came in, bought a refrigerator, and before the day was over, he had enough sales to provide great commissions for that month, and God just really took care of us in a very beautiful way. My father won the award several years running of the most outstanding salesman in the United States for the Servel Corporation. Won many awards for that. In fact, he had a very interesting experience. He was out in the Miners Oak area, had just signed up a customer for a new stove, refrigerator, furnace, and then started witnessing to the guy. And the guy was real antagonistic to the Christian witness and got so mad he began to curse my dad. He said, "Let me have the contract back," and he ripped up the contract. And he said, "I don"t know how the gas company can afford to hire fools, men that talk to people about Jesus Christ and all," and just really berated him.

And so my dad came home and was discouraged coming home, because you don"t like... it"s hard to suffer reproach for Christ. When my dad got home, there was a letter there. He opened it up and it was, "Congratulations, you"ve won first place in the United States again for Servel for the fifth year in a row, and this year we"re going to send you to San Diego to the World"s Fair in San Diego, and all expenses." And there is a check in there and everything else. In fact, there was a picture and it was a hundred-dollar bill. "Let me be the first to congratulate you for what you"ve done." All these prizes.

Well, there was a football game going that night and my dad said, "Come on, son, let"s go to the football game." So we headed for the football game and we were playing that night against a team and the stadium was just packed. We got there a little late. And way up towards the top there were a couple of seats, so Dad and I made our way up there and we sat down. But as we were getting in, Dad looked, and right behind us was the guy that that afternoon had just cursed him and said, "I don"t know how the gas company can afford to hire fools," and all. Dad had the letter still in his pocket, and so he just handed the letter back to the guy. And the guy let out a few oh"s, and says, "Come on back tomorrow, Mr. Smith, I really do need that refrigerator and stove."

Oh, "my eye shall see my desire upon my enemies, my ears shall hear my desire the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish."

Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age ( Psalm 92:13-14 );

So some encouragement here. The next part I don"t know though.

they shall be fat ( Psalm 92:14 )

Just fulfilling the Word, how can you help it, you know?

fat and flourishing; To show that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him ( Psalm 92:14-15 ). "

 


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Copyright © 2014, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, Ca.

Bibliography Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Psalms 92:4". "Chuck Smith Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/csc/psalms-92.html. 2014.

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