A Reading on the Psalms: Book 4

Psalm 90‑106  •  4 min. read  •  grade level: 7
This book is the bringing in of the Only Begotten into the world, which is found in Heb. 1, though here, of course, for Israel. We might say, “The Only Begotten in connection with Israel” is the heading of this book.
Psa. 90, is Israel’s connection with Jehovah from the beginning, as being their dwelling place from of old, (Ex. 15) and looking to His return, with the word of faith, “How long?”
Psa. 91 Here we have all the titles of God in the Old Testament. We never find a distinctive Christian feeling, a child’s feeling, in the Psalms, except so far as we partake of Christ’s sufferings, and then in this we get Christian feeling. You never get God as the Father in the Psalms. The Church is found in Christ only, in the Old Testament. In Isa. 50, “Who is he that shall condemn me” applies to Christ. In Rom. 8 the same language is applied to the Church.
In this psalm the Messiah is taking His place, with Israel, of trust in Jehovah. The former psalm goes back to Jehovah, Moses’ God; this goes back to Almighty, Abraham’s God. If you know the secret place of the “Most High” as your dwelling place, you will have the full place of blessing in abiding under the shadow of the “Almighty,” Abraham’s God. In v. 2 Messiah says, “I will say of Jehovah he is my God.” Thus He leads Israel to dwell, where in their unfaithfulness, they had never dwelt before. In v. 9, Israel speaks addressing Messiah. In v. 14, Jehovah Himself speaks of Him as the One who has set His love upon Him. It is a very interesting psalm in this way.
Psa. 92 Here it is Jehovah taking His place as Most High with the righteous, and it is a good thing to give thanks.
Psa. 93 states the grand and blessed results. Jehovah reigns, and is set in His place.
Psa. 94 The cry of the remnant in Israel for vengeance, and in v. 20 they ask, Is Jehovah’s throne to be in fellowship with the throne of the beast, and of antichrist’?
From Psa. 95-100 We have the details of the coming in of the Only Begotten into the world, coming as Jehovah from heaven, and at length taking His place between the cherubim, and calling up the world to worship Him there.
Psa. 95. The remnant summon Israel, while it is called “today” to come and worship. If they do not, they cannot, when judgment has come.
Psa. 98 He has come and showed Himself, and has overcome His enemies.
Psa. 99 He is great in Zion and sitting between the cherubim.
Psa. 100 The. Gentiles are summoned to come up and worship. In Psa. 96 “Go-im” become “Ammim,” the nations are brought into relationship. These Psalms are the everlasting Gospel in Rev. 14.
Psa. 101 describes the principles on which Messiah will govern the house and the land during the millennium.
Psa. 102 is one of the most remarkable of the Psalms, and presents Christ in a way, divinely admirable and affecting. It raises the question, that if the temple be rebuilt and Israel be restored, What about Messiah’ for He has been out oft? The answer is that He is. Jehovah, who made the heavens. “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands.” It is the most beautiful Psalm in the book. He is eternal in being, and His days have no end. It is more than in v. 12. There Messiah says, “Thou, O Lord, shalt endure forever.” Here Jehovah says to Him, “Thou art the same.” No creature is that. He is and was—the Existing One. He was before all things, and He is after all things have ended, and He is always the same, the eternal “Now;” and, secondly, “Thy years shall have no end,” that is in relationship to time. The answer of Jehovah begins at v. 25.
Psa. 103 Messiah praises Jehovah who forgives sins, and heals in Israel. The Lord took this up in title when He healed the paralytic in the gospel, and said “Thy sins be forgiven thee.”
Psa. 104 Messiah praises Jehovah in creation.
Psa. 105 He offers thanksgiving to Jehovah, and calls on the seed of Abraham and Jacob to remember how He is making good His covenant, in His dealings of old in their favor, in faithfulness towards them.
Psa. 106 He praises the Lord for His patience towards them in all their failure, “For his mercy endureth forever.”