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Bible Commentaries

Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Psalms 92

Verses 1-15

Psalms 92:0

Introduction The Jewish Targum attributes Psalms 92:0 to Adam, who spoke these words when he was pardoned for his sins on the Sabbath day at the time of the Fall. [100]

[100] Hermann Gollancz, ‘The Targum to the Song of Songs’ (London: Luzac & Co., 1909), 7.

Psalms 92:1-2 Comments - Psalms 92:1-2 implies that it is good to have times of praise, thanks giving and prayer early in morning and before going to bed each night.

Psalms 92:1 (A Psalm or Song 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:

Psalms 92:2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

Psalms 92:2 “To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning” Scripture References - Note similar verses:

Psalms 59:16, “But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning : for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.”

Psalms 143:8, “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning ; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”

Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness .”

Psalms 92:2 Comments - The daily sacrifices at the Temple required a morning and an evening sacrifice. Psalms 92:2 shows us that the morning sacrifice requested God's mercies for that day. The evening sacrifice declared God's faithfulness to His children at the end of a day.

Psalms 92:7 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:

Psalms 92:7 Scripture References - Note the same thought in James 1:10-11.

James 1:10-11, “But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.”

Psalms 92:8 But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.

Psalms 92:9 For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

Psalms 92:10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

Psalms 92:10 Word Study on “the unicorns” Gesenius says the Hebrew word “unicorn” ( רְאֵם ) (H7214) probably refers the wild bull. Therefore, modern English versions often translated the word as “wild ox.” The Enhanced Strong says the Hebrew word is found 9 times in the Old Testament and is translated “unicorn” all 9 times in the KJV. This word is only found in Hebrew poetry.

Psalms 92:10 Comments - Leonard Ravenhill once said “your prayer life denotes how much dependability you have on your own ability, and how much you really believe in your heart when you sing, ‘Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to thy Cross I cling…’ The more self-confidence you have, the less you pray. The less self-confidence you have, the more you have to pray.” [101] This was the first time that I had heard the concept of “self-confidence” discussed from a biblical perspective of brokenness and humility of heart.

[101] Leonard Ravenhill, The Gospel of Prayer (Lindale, Texas, 1994) [on-line]; accessed 14 June 2011; available from http://www.ravenhill.org/prayer.htm; Internet.

As a new believer, I began to have a growing conviction of dependence on God, and less of my own abilities. We do not need more self confidence, but more Christ-confidence, more confidence in God working greatly through us in a growing relationship of intimacy. When we humble ourselves before a God in utter dependence upon Him, guess what? He exalts us. He fills us with the presence of Himself. This is holy living. Note:

1 Peter 5:6-9, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

James 4:7-8, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

Scriptures:

1. The poor man cried:

Psalms 34:6, “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”

2. David was poor and needy:

Psalms 86:1, “A Prayer of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.”

3. The poor in spirit are blessed:

Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

4. Jesus was meek and lowly:

Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

5. God has chosen the weak things:

2 Corinthians 1:27

6. Paul was weak:

2 Corinthians 12:7-9

7. God has chosen the poor to be rich in faith:

James 2:5, “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

Psalms 92:11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.

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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 92". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghe/psalms-92.html. 2013.