THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min
Reading assignment: __Psalm 85 __Psalms 87 and 88
Focal verse(s): Psalm 85:7: “Show us your loving kindness, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.“
The final three Psalms written by Korah’s sons are Psalm 85, Psalm 87 and Psalm 88. Even though there are several different writers in this section, it is amazing that they all form together to tell a prophetic story. Psalm 85:1 looks into the future when God brings all of His followers back to the land. Israel will no longer be judged at this time, just as there is now no judgment of sin for those who are in Christ. God will wipe away their tears from the extreme persecution they have gone through. The 87th Psalm deals with Zion, God’s city, and talks about the wonderful future of Jerusalem where all the nations of the world will come to worship. During that time many will turn to Christ as Savior and Lord, realizing they have been tricked, lied to, and deceived by the wicked Antichrist. Whereas Psalm 87 tells of glory, Psalm 88 speaks of gloom, the saddest and most despondent cry of all the Psalms. The only light of hope in this song is that God is the God of salvation and that is the one thing people can hope in as they go through their great suffering and persecution. Most Psalms start with travail and end with joy, but the 88th Psalm ends with the dark and gloomy thought of impending death. What a contrast from the Christian who can rejoice in any circumstance knowing that he will be in the wonderful arms of Jesus the moment his heart stops beating! Realizing that he would soon be gone from this world one day, Dwight L. Moody said to a friend, “Someday you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of Northfield is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I shall have gone higher, that is all-out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal, a body that sin cannot touch, that sin cannot taint, a body fashioned into His glorious body. I was born in the flesh in 1837; I was born of the Spirit in 1856. That which is born of the flesh may die; that which is born of the Spirit will live forever.” *
* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 309, #1026.