The Fifth Commandment extends to other areas of authority in society. Zacharius Ursinus, the
principle author of the Heidelburg Catechism wrote in his seventeenth-century commentary, “The
design or end of this commandment is the preservation of civil order, which God has app … More
The nation acknowledges that God has tested them with all kinds of burdens and oppressions, but He has finally brought them to a place of abundant blessing. Israel is a nation that has been hated and hunted but impossible to exterminate. For thousands of years the history of the Jewish people has demonstrated that nationally the people have stood in some very slippery places, but their national identity has been preserved.
In this passage the psalmist called on nations everywhere to praise the Lord for His great deliverance of Israel (vv. 8-15), God allowed Judah to be invaded by the Assyrians and brought to the verge of despair. After a miraculous recovery from sickness Hezekiah received a delegation from far-off Babylon which had come to congratulate him on his recovery. However they had an ulterior motive which was a Judeo-Babylon alliance against Assyria. Hezekiah had forgotten that as a Hebrew king he had no right to act independently of God. Therefore he went too far and Israel had to rebuke him.
We find the psalmist’s words in this psalm ringing out from a full heart. The words are common to the work of refining (v. 10). The great tribulation will burn the dross out of Israel. He calls on nations to be humbled by the marvelous ways of God in protecting and in proving Israel.
People sometimes make bargains with God, saying, “If you heal me (or get me out of this mess) I’ll obey you for the rest of my life.” However, after they recover, the vow is forgotten. God always keeps His promise and wants us to follow His example. This means that I need to be careful to follow through on whatever I promise God I will do.
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Psalms 63:1-11David Praises God in a Time of Distress
Psalms 64:1-6Prayer For Protection From Malicious Schemes
Psalms 64:7-10The Prophesy of Divine Judgment
Psalms 65:1-8Awesome Deeds of God’s Power
Psalms 65:9-13Abundant Provision of Harvest
Psalms 66:1-7The Nation Praised God
Psalms 66:8-15Tested But Brought to a Place of Blessing
Psalms 66:16-20The Leader Declared Praise to God
Psalms 67:1-7The People were Encouraged to Praise God
Psalms 68:1-10Fear And Praise Over God’s Triumph
Psalms 68:11-14From The Wilderness to Zion
Psalms 68:15-23Choosing Zion For His Dwelling Place
Psalms 68:24-35Calling The Nation to Praise
Psalms 69:1-12Suffering For The Lord’s Sake
Psalms 69:13-21Rescued From Misery And Trouble
Psalms 69:22-36Enemies to be Blotted Out of The Book of Life