The late Roland Q. Leavell in his book, Evangelism: Christ’s Imperative Commission, stated that of
all the reported Church members: 15 per cent cannot be found, 20 per cent never pray, 25 per cent
never read the Bible, 30 per cent never attend Church services, 40 per cent never g … More
This psalm has the joy of peace and prosperity ringing through it. Not only was the land delivered from the Assyrian scourge, but it was blessed with an abundant harvest. Israel never did experience the full outpouring of all the blessings God had for His children. All too often sin choked up the channel of blessing. But the psalmist envisions a day when God’s blessing will be poured out upon all of Israel (v. l). The prayer given is threefold: (1) first for mercy (v. 1), the prerequisite for salvation, and (2) then accompaniment of salvation (v. 2) and (3) finally for desire (v. 2). This verse has nothing whatsoever to do with divine healing or salvational healing but it is to be understood in the singular sense as salvation among all nations.
This psalm certainly speaks of the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) when Jesus commanded that the gospel be taken to all the nations. “Then shall the earth yield her increase.” (v. 6). This quotation from Lev. 26:4 is designed to show that the curse placed upon this planet by sin (Gen. 3:17-18) can only be removed by salvation. In the future when the Lord Jesus reigns in righteousness the earth shall yield a harvest more abundant than is humanly conceivable.
After the horrifying battles which will terminate Gentile misrule on this planet there will be vast changes in human life and society. The millennial age will begin with a nucleus of saved and regenerated people, both Jews and Gentiles. The knowledge of salvation will be universal. And as always, spiritual conversion will be accompanied by social concern.
This psalm really speaks of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) when Jesus commanded that the Gospel be taken to all nations. Am I doing all that I can to be obedient to this command?
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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
Psalms 70:1-5Prayer For Relief From Adversaries