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Bible Commentaries

Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Psalms 64

 

 

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Psalm 64

Psalm 64:6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

Psalm 64:6 — "both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep" - Scripture References- Note similar verses:

Proverbs 18:4, "The words of a man"s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook."

Proverbs 20:5, "Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out."

Chapter 65

Theme- This Psalm has a similar theme to that found in Romans 8:19-23. God's redemption for man (1-3) brings him into His presence (4). In God's presence is a majesty to great to behold (5-7). This redemption extends to all of mankind (8) and overflows into the redemption of His creation (9-13).

We see the theme of the redemption of mankind and of His creation in chapter 8 of Romans.

Psalm 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

Psalm 65:3Comments- God did provide an atonement to purge our sins away through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Note:

JPS, "The tale of iniquities is too heavy for me; as for our transgressions, Thou wilt pardon them."

WEB, "Sins overwhelmed me, But you atoned for our transgressions."

Psalm 65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

Psalm 65:11 — "and thy paths drop fatness" - Comments- When we learned to walk in the path that Jesus has called us, we find of peace, fullness and abundance; however, mixed within these manifold blessings is a life of self-discipline that crucifies the flesh, as well as unpleasant experiences, such as persecutions and suffering for the name of Jesus. This does not means that these experiences are leanness to our soul, for the Scriptures declare that to a hungry soul, even the bitter things in life are sweet ( Proverbs 27:7).

Proverbs 27:7, "The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet."

This means that when we continue to follow Jesus in the difficult times, He has a way of bringing us through such bitter experiences within an inner peace and joy that passes understanding, for this inner joy is s divine joy placed there by God, a joy that does not proceed from the flesh, but from the spirit of man. Thus, does our walk with Jesus drop fatness at all times, both in the easy times and in the difficult times.

Psalm 65:12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

Psalm 65:13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

Psalm 65:13 — "The pastures are clothed with flocks" - Comments- In Chipley, Florida, while driving on Highway 77, you see hills covered in cattle: such a beautiful sight.

Psalm 65:13"the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing." - Comments- In 1998 while driving through Scipio, Utah, I saw the majestic Rocky Mountains on either side and the beautiful valleys clothed and covered with corn and alfalfa fields. It puts a feeling inside you that is hard to describe. You feel the joy of the land all around you as it receives proper tending, and you see the land as it yields the increase that God"s intended it to produce. There is a sense of fulfillment in the experience of driving through this fruitful land.

The earth not only shouts and sings. It also travails ( Romans 8:22).

Romans 8:22, "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 64:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/psalms-64.html. 2013.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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