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Trip 405:  Psalms of the Sons of Korah—Part 4

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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.

 
 

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Trip 404:  Psalms of the Sons of Korah—Part 3

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Psalm 49    __Psalm 84

Focal verse(s):  Psalms 49:12:  “But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.”

Psalm 49 deals with the final condition of people who make riches their primary objective in life. The theme of this Psalm is that virtue is its own compensation and righteousness and fairness will ultimately be victorious.  Those who brag about their riches are putting their trust in a false security that will perish with them. (See Proverbs 23:5)  Psalm 84 is a companion to Psalms 42 and Psalm 43, describing the same desire and longing by the people for worship.  The Levitical influence on this Psalm is very apparent, because the Sons of Korah who composed it served in both the tabernacle and the temple.  Their father Korah led an uprising against Moses and was severely punished, but his sons served the Lord.  The heart’s desire of every Christian should be to have a hunger for fellowship and group worship in the Lord’s house.  If you find yourself thinking about the service going “over time” then you obviously need to get a new hunger for worship and a new vision of what church should be on Sunday.  If you fit this description then ask God to renew this desire in you today.  Here is a ”Prescription for Worship”:  Enter the place of worship a little before the service begins.  Enter expectantly.  God has promised to meet you there.  Whisper a prayer.  When the first hymn is announced, open your hymnal to that place or follow along on the video screen.  If you cannot sing, follow the words.  Bow your head and close your eyes during the prayer.  As you give, pray that God will accept the gift.  During the special music, be attentive and prayerful.  When the pastor preaches, pray for him and listen attentively. Be silent; expect to sing or to say “Amen!” *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), pages 1650-1651, #7583

 
 

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Trip 403: Psalms of the Sons of Korah—Part 2

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment: __Psalms 43 and 44

Focal verse(s): Psalm 44:1: “O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us the work that you did in their days, in the days of old.”

Psalm 42 and 43 are listed as one Psalm in many of the Hebrew transcripts, evidenced by the repeating of Psalm 42:5 in verse 11 and again at the end of Psalm 43. In Psalm 43, Israel’s godly remnant calls on the Lord to move on their behalf, because the Antichrist is a deceiver, making an agreement with the people, then breaking it. Verse one says, “…0 deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.” The Psalm ends with the hope that the Psalmist will again praise the Lord, which refers to the fact that the long expected Messiah will come and Ezekiel 36:26-28 will be fulfilled: ”I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.” Psalm 44 is another cry from Israel during the Great Tribulation, the final times for the faithful remnant before Christ returns to redeem them. This Psalm is an assertion of faith by the nation Israel, reflecting back on all of the times in the past that God had faithfully delivered them from trials and tribulations. Thinking back to the time when the Lord gave Israel the Promised Land under Joshua, the Israelites acknowledged that sinfulness caused them to lose the land, being defeated by enemies as a punishment for their disobedience. Just as Israel cries out to God for help, so must America repent of her sins and beg for the Lord’s mercies and grace!

 
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Trip 402: Psalms of David—Part 25; Psalms of the Sons of Korah

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment: __Psalm 145 __Psalm 72:20 __Psalm 142

Focal verse(s): Psalm 142:1-2: “I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; before Him I tell my trouble.”

Psalm 145 is the last Psalm of David. It is in acrostic style, meaning that each verse begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This form is supposed to use every letter of the 22 Hebrew letters, but this Psalm has only 21 verses. The missing letter is Nun, and some scholars feel it was left out by one of the transcribers, but many conservative theologians feel it was purposely omitted to show the imperfection of man’s praise. This Psalm praises God for his mighty deeds, for providing an everlasting kingdom, and for being so gracious to those who love Him. Today we conclude the Davidic Psalms and begin to study those written by the “Sons of Korah”. Psalm 42 tells of the future suffering of Israel’s Godly remnant during the time of the Tribulation years. We see the Psalmist’s great desire to know God, just as the thirsty deer desires water. The analogy of the animal’s need for water to sustain life is very fitting for the believer who needs the Lord in order to be sustained spiritually. Feed on the bread of the Word today and you will become mighty in the Lord! The muscles in a bird’s wing are over 100 times proportionately stronger than the arm muscles of the strongest man. A swallow, after one thousand miles of flight, will seek his nest at sundown…not because he is tired but because night has come. (Source unknown). Develop your spiritual “wings” and fly like an eagle for Christ today!

 
 

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Trip 401: Psalms of David—Part 24

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment: __Psalm 141 __Psalm 143 __Psalm 144

Focal verse(s): Psalm 139: 9-10 – “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me. Your right hand will hold me fast”
Like the Psalm before it, Psalm 141 also describes the final struggle against the forces of darkness that will take place by Israel’s righteous remnant. This song also has a very relevant message for today’s Christian. Psalm 141:2 describes prayer as the sweet “incense” being lifted to God, and that is exactly what the Christian’s daily prayer life should be, praising Jesus with the sweet aroma of prayer. Psalm 142 is another “S.O.S.”, with David crying out to God to save his life from disaster. David is appealing to God for mercy, just like we should by praying First John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Like David, we should appeal to God on the basis that we know God is “faithful and just” and will forgive us and cleanse us. Israel as a nation also has this same plea. They will call out for help in the final days and God will come through as He always has. Unfortunately for Israel, they are not tuned in to the finished work of Jesus Christ. In Romans 10:13, Paul describes this condition: “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (KJV) Psalm 144 sounds like the modern day praise song, “Lord, we praise You because of who You are”. It is an evening prayer for God’s cleansing and watch care, asking God to keep him from falling into snares and temptations from the wicked…a fitting “bedtime” prayer for us all! “Stonewall Jackson was a man of prayer”, wrote E.M. Bounds in his book, “Purpose in Prayer”. Jackson was quoted as saying, “I have so fixed the habit of prayer in my mind that I never raise a glass of water to my lips without asking God’s blessing, never seal a letter without putting a word of prayer under the seal, never take a letter from the post without a brief sending of my thoughts heavenward, never change my classes in the lecture-room without a minute’s petition for the cadets who go out and for those who come in.” * What a wonderful formula to remember to “pray continually”! (1 Thess. 5:16)
* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), 420, # 1568.

 
 

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Trip 400: Psalms of David—Part 23

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment: __Psalm 139 through Psalm 140

Focal verse(s): Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, 0 God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139 describes the characteristics of the Lord in connection with creation. It tells of the fact that God is all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient), and all-present (omnipresent). God being omniscient means He knows everything about you and me. The fact that God is omnipresent means that no matter where we go, the Lord is there! God’s omnipotent quality means that He loves us with all the power in the universe. He has planned your life with the greatest of attention to detail. The 140th Psalm is much like many of David’s previous Psalms because it is a prayer for God to deliver him from the evil men that seek his life. This Psalm is thought by many to describe the last days when the righteous remnant of Israel faces the Antichrist. The name “Antichrist” is found only in the books of First and Second John. Although in those passages anyone who denies Christ is labeled an antichrist, Bible scholars also recognize an actual, end-time person who will appear to oppose Christ. Thus the events of the last days and the person of the Antichrist are inseparable. While the spirit of the Antichrist pervades the whole Christian era, an actual individual will arise to climax and bring human history to a sinful close in a godless society. All Christians should use Psalm 140:1 as a daily prayer because we all have contact with evil people who can bring us down spiritually: “Deliver me, 0 Lord, from the evil man; preserve me from the violent man.”

 
 

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Trip 399:  Psalms of David—Part 22

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Psalm 122    __Psalm 124    __Psalm 131    __Psalm 133    __Psalm 138

Focal verse(s):  Psalm 122:1; Psalm 133:1:  “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord”'; “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

This devotional trip covers five different Psalms.  One of the disadvantages of reading through the Bible quickly is that you cannot “camp out” and spend a lot of time on these wonderful verses.  In Psalm 122 we see prophesy about the days when all tribes will go to Jerusalem and gather together for worship.  Hosea 3:4-5 also describes the future when Israel will be able to have a temple in Jerusalem and all worship together.  This will be a different Jerusalem, the millennial city where war is over and there is no longer any threat of attack from enemies.  While the 122nd Psalm looks ahead to the Millennium, Psalm 124 is a historical Psalm looking back and reviewing the way that God had continued to bless and show His mercy and grace to Israel. Psalm 131 is a pilgrim Psalm describing a servant who has a humble and broken spirit, teaching us the value of humility in the Christian walk.  The 133rd Psalm is known as the “Psalm of Brotherhood” and it describes the fellowship of Jews as they gather from all over the world in the New Jerusalem.  The 138th Psalm is a song of wholehearted praise to God, which should be every Christian’s daily song!  Praise the Lord!

 
 

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