Psalm 119 The Law of the Lord

The are the verses in Psalm 119 that contain the word law.

The opening verse of this Psalm addresses our walk and if we walk in God’s law our ways will be blameless,

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1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
29 Put false ways far from me; and graciously teach me thy law!
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart.
44 I will keep thy law continually, for ever and ever;
51 Godless men utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from thy law.
53 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake thy law.
55 I remember thy name in the night, O LORD, and keep thy law.
61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget thy law.
70 their heart is gross like fat, but I delight in thy law.
72 The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
77 Let thy mercy come to me, that I may live; for thy law is my delight.
85 Godless men have dug pitfalls for me, men who do not conform to thy law.
92 If thy law had not been my delight, I should have perished in my affliction.
97 Oh, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
109 I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget thy law.
113 I hate double-minded men, but I love thy law.
126 It is time for the LORD to act, for thy law has been broken.
136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because men do not keep thy law.
142 Thy righteousness is righteous for ever, and thy law is true.
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from thy law.
153 Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget thy law.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love thy law.
165 Great peace have those who love thy law; nothing can make them stumble.
174 I long for thy salvation, O LORD, and thy law is my delight.

Psalm 134

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Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord.  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.  The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion. (KJV)

This is the last psalm of the fifteen Song of Ascents psalms

This is the last of the Songs of Ascents psalms. Sometimes we read these words the short Psalms quickly and then we move on to the next chapter. However, as I reflect on this being the last of the Ascent Psalms I see myself in the future in the presence of God in heaven. It is a simple picture of all the servants of God standing at the end of the day in the house of the Lord. In His presence, we can now truly praise the Lord.   In Revelation 3:4 John writes “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” As a true believer in Christ this should be the desire of are heart. As we labor on this earth is it for the treasures of this earth are for the longer to be a servant upon the Lord?

Now ends the Songs of the Ascents. As we go about our journey on this earth I hope that these Psalms keeps our eyes upon Jesus the author and finisher of our salvation.

 

Psalm 128

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Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.  For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.  Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.  Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.  The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.  Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel. (KJV)

This is the ninth psalm of the fifteen Song of Ascents psalms

The opening verse leads us back to Psalm one and focus on our walk with God, which I believe, is the main theme of the Book of Psalms. To determine whether your walk is “the way of righteous or the way of the wicked” asks yourself these two simple questions: do I fear the Lord and do I desire to walk in his ways? The first question “do I fear the Lord” cannot be answered until you define what this phase means to you. One of the ways I have found helpful in defining this phase is looking at it use in the scriptures. To fear the Lord means to walk in his ways. How do we walk in his ways? Paul tells Timothy to study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needs not be ashamed, righty dividing the word of truth. Therefore, the first step involves studying. The second step in serving the Lord is to serve him. By performing a word search on the “fear of God” in the Bible and studying the scriptures associated with the “fear of God” you will soon realize that this phase is also tied to the phase “and walk in his ways”. The third step in fearing the Lord is to shun or stay away from evil.

In Proverbs, the fear of the Lord is associated with:

  • the beginning of wisdom and knowledge
  • those who shun and hates, evil behavior, pride, arrogance and perverse speech
  • adds length to life
  • a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
  • teaches a man humility
  • being kept safe from evil.

This leads to the second question of the desire of my walk. In Psalms one we are told not to associate our walk in this world with the ungodly, the sinner, or the scornful. Our walk is to be a walk that focuses on God’s Word and using it as the center of our daily meditating. This meditation will lead us to live a Christ-center life. As the words from the hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Helen Lemmel which was inspired by the words from a Gospel tract written by Lillias Trotter:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.

So too will the desires of this world slowly vanish from our life and be replaced by the desires to do His will.

Psalm 127

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Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman wake but in vain.  It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.  Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (KJV)

This is the eighth psalm of the fifteen Song of Ascents psalms

 

The focus of this Psalm is on the theme of building. Verse one starts out with a bold statement states that the Lord must be the master builder. As I read this Psalm, I reflect on how this Psalm is used in seminars to teach biblical principles on how to build successful lives and families. If you perform, a Google search on the phase “how to build successful lives and families” and you will get over 426,000,000 hits. However, as I read this verse I reflect back on Genesis chapter eleven where mankind as a whole stated, “come let us build a city, and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth”. So what did God do? He confused the language of men and scattered them abound. However, a simple review of history will reflect that the theme of making us a name has been goal of humankind ever since this event. If you Google the phase “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain” you will get over 694,000 hits. As I look at the websites, they use these verses to support an important part of their ministry, or belief system. However, as I study Genesis chapter eleven on how God separated the nations throughout the whole planet I see how he used one family to create a nation that he would use to provide salvation to humanity. In Genesis chapter, twelve we read about the call of Abram. Abram was called to leave and follow the direction of God. God promise to bless him and make his house great. The key principle found in this Psalm is that you must make the Lord the builder and caretaker of your life.

Psalm 146

Little RiverPraise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.  While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.  Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.  His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.  Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:  Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:  Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:  The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:  The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.  The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.  (KJV)

If you are like me and read five Psalms and a chapter of Proverbs a day then you are on the last or second to the last day of the month today.  These last five psalms are what I call the Praise Psalms.  The reading of Psalm 146 reveals to the readers Christ a picture of the promise King.  In Christ the reader would have found hope and help from the burdens that encompassed their lives.  He would uphold the cause of the oppressed, and give food to the hungry.  He would open the eyes of the blind and restore health to the broken bodies.  He would meet the needs of the fatherless and widows, but would frustrate the ways of the wicked.   However when he came to earth two thousand years ago, he became the rejected one that was pictured in Isaiah chapter fifty-three.

Who hath believed our report?

And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:

he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him,

there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men;

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:

and we hid as it were our faces from him;

he was despised,

and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows:

yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,

he was bruised for our iniquities:

the chastisement of our peace was upon him;

and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned every one to his own way;

and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed,

and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth:

he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment:

and who shall declare his generation?

for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked,

and with the rich in his death;

because he had done no violence,

neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him;

he hath put him to grief:

when thou shall make his soul an offering for sin,

he shall see his seed,

he shall prolong his days,

and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:

by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;

for he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great,

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;

because he hath poured out his soul unto death:

and he was numbered with the transgressors;

and he bare the sin of many,

and made intercession for the transgressors.

As the readers after the time of Christ look back on the Savior and his work we have a detail history of his walk found in the Gospels.  We are also given the promise of his return.  However, with this return we also will see the doing away with the ways of the wicked.  With this hope in mind how can we not praise the Lord.

This promise of the Lord’s return is very important for Christians as they make a stand for Christ in the world today.   As I read the Lord’s words concerning his kingdom found in Matthew chapter twenty-five I ask myself these questions: am I a wise or foolish virgin, a profitable or unprofitable servant, a sheep or a goat.  The answer depends upon which phrase would I want to hear.  “Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels” or “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”.  Peter informs us that if we have the correct view of the Second Coming of the Lord it will help us from being carried away by the error of the wicked.  Knowing this are you looking for that coming day?

 

 

Psalm 142

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I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.  I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.  I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.  I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.  Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me. (KJV)

This was written by David when he was running from Saul.  As I read this psalm and reflect on the times in my life that God seem so far from me I can sense the desperate need that David longed for at this time in his life.  These times are characterized by rejection even from those who should be supporting you.  It seems during these trialing times you must defend yourself from lies and dishonest statement from friends and foes alike, that are used to discredit you and your activities.  This was the case with David at this time in his life.  David was being hunt down as a criminal.  He was forced to be separated from his friends and family.   It was at this time that David even had to take his parents from their home and leave them with the King of Moab to protect them from Saul.  The only ones that surround him at this time were those who were distress, who were in debt, and those who were discontented with the events happening in Israel at that time.  These people looked to David for support, and he became captain over them.

As I study the issues that David deal with at this time, found in I Samuel chapters twenty-one through I Samuel thirty-one, I can see him praying verse six of this psalm. Toward the end of this time period  these words of David were recorded in I Samuel 27:1 “And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me any more in all the borders of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.”  David just seem to give up at this time.  The memory of the time he was anointed by Samuel to be the next King of Israel was pushed to the back of his mind.  The memory of time spent in the service of King Saul and the relationship of being his son-in-law were history.  His desire was to rest and find safety among the very enemies he once had defeated.

However, there is hope in God.  David realized this in verse seven of this psalm.  In this verse I see a principle that the church today needs to grasp and take hold of in order to have others gather around them.  This principle is simply looking to God for deliverance instead of taking matters into my own hand.  The church of Laodicea lost this principle of relaying on God to rescue and taking care of them.  In Revelations 3:17 this church is characterized by theses words “I am rich, and have gotten riches and have need of nothing” yet to the Lord “they know not that they are wretched and miserable, poor and blind and naked”.  In other words their principle was “God helps those who helps themselves and see we have prosper by this principle.”  And yet in God’s eyes they were poor, naked and blind.  God intervenes in your life for many reasons, however when He does it always for His glory and refining you for his purpose.  When we wait on the Lord and go through the refining process people will see God’s goodness to us.

So as you read this psalm reflect upon the gloom and loneliness that David must have faced during these times and the hope he still had in God to be his refuge and his portion in the land of the living.  The key to David’s life is that his heart was fully devoted to the Lord.  Being fully devoted to the Lord will bring times of difficulties in our lives and these times might be hard for us to understand.  However, not being fully devoted to God will bring destruction to our life.  Solomon is a perfect example of someone who follows God and then decides to go and pursue his our purpose.  In I Kings 11:4 “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been”.  He turned from God and God left him.  So we need to be like David and realize that when our spirit grows faint within us, it is God who know our way and all we need to do is to look to him for direction.

Psalm 139:1-6

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O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  (KJV)

As I read this psalm I recall a friend whose desire was to commit this psalm to memory to remind her of how much God was really in control of everything around her.  This psalm was written by David who like Timothy was instructed in the ways of truth at an early age.  His great-grandmother was Ruth, so the history of faith must have run deep in his family.  I too saw this strong faith in my mother’s parents (my grandparents) and also in her life.  As parents and grandparents we must realized that actions speak louder than words and that our children and grandchildren watch our every action.  These actions should reflect a godly world view as presented by this psalm.  Note that this psalm starts with the phase “you have search me and you know me” and ends with the phase “search me, test me, and lead me in the way everlasting”.  This psalm starts out by introducing the great teacher God and ends with a student eager to learn God’s ways.

This psalm starts by introducing an omniscience and omnipresence God who is involved in every aspect of David’s life.  The question now arise “can I apply this psalm to my life?”.  The answer to this is a resounding YES.  Just read Matthew chapters five, six and seven (Christ’s message to Israel).  In these chapters Christ is stating the way in which we should walk and how God seeing us will provide everything we need.  In I John 3:19-20 “This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence, whenever our hearts condemn us.  For God is greater than our hearts and knows everything” John states that he knows everything in our life.  So yes this psalm can apply to your live.

From the introduction I know that God is searching my heart and that he knows me.  He knows my actions, my speech, as well as my thoughts.  He even directs my path by placing a barrier around me.  He is my potter the one that has created me.  He knows how I was form and the purpose for which I was created to perform since these were written in his book before they even happen. So as the master teacher he knows the students.

One of the truths I learned as a classroom teacher was for learning to take place the student must be willing to learn.  David recognizes the first step in learning was to trust the teacher.  He recognized that God not only knew him and was always present, but that he was framed and created by God.  We see David’s longing for knowing God’s thoughts.  However, we also see David’s desire for God to get rid of evil.  David does not hide his hatred for people with evil intent.  However his prayer is that God will intervene in this battle.  One of the biggest issues that a classroom teacher faces in maintaining classroom discipline.  I have witness many times when an unruly student has interfered with the learning process of the class.  How to handle the issues that result from evil intent is a delicate issue for the believer.   This is why God has given us great examples of faith such as Joseph, David, and many others to help guide us along the way.  Joseph’s reply to his brothers’ request from Jacob to forgive them for the way they treated him at seventeen reveals how we must approach evil intentions of other.  He stated in Genesis 50:19-20 this truth “Fear not: for am I in the place of God? And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.  So when evil intentions are directed your way turn them over to God, and keep living a blameless life before God and man.

As I study the last eight verses of this Psalm; I gain an insight of how David must have felt as King over the nation of Israel.  His desire was to rule over God’s people as a King who follow God’s way and a King who could transform this nation into a Godly nation.  As I was reading some news articles this morning I could not help reflect an article titled Bush debuts as motivational speaker by Alexander Mooney of CNN on George Bush’s comment that he made in a motivational speak in Fort Worth Texas October 26, 2009.   One of the interesting points in this article was about how Bush’s faith played a large role in guiding his decisions as the President.

“Every single day, I was honored to be your president by bringing honor and dignity to the office,” he said. Bush also added later that his faith played a large role in guiding his decisions: “From a personal perspective, I don’t see how you can be president without relying upon an almighty.”

Just like David the president’s first step was to get his our personal life in the right with the almighty.  Verses seventeen and eighteen gives us a picture of this first step:  “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.”  We must turn our thoughts toward God and reflect on his way.

However; verses nineteen through twenty-two brings up the issue of dealing with those that are wicked.  It is interesting that the first thing that David does is to turn his desires over to God.  Verse nineteen starts out by stating “If only you would”.  Yes David had no desire to be in their presences, he had no desire to take part in their plots.  Yet how do you work with the wicked when it is part of your task on this earth?  David’s desire was to create a kingdom for promoting God’s way, however, many of those surrounding him only wants to follow their desires and pleasures and promoting their way.  When studying the Psalms we see the challenges that David faced in his life as he tried to walk in God’s way.  These challenges were the same as Christ faced when he came to earth two thousand years ago.  The goal of his coming was given to us in Luke 4:16-21 as he recited Isaiah 61:1 and the first half of verse two.  The mission Christ came to do was “he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Christ did not read the second of verse two “and to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion; to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”.  Many believe that this will be fulfilled when he returns the second time.

So, as we study Psalm 139 and realize that God deals with us as an individuals, we must not lose focus that God’s dealing with us is for his purpose, not ours.  As David closes this Psalm with these words, “Search me, O 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.”  The central theme of this Psalm is God’s way and our desire to follow it.  So as I read this Psalm I am drawn to these last few verses.  God usually uses a small still voice to speak to us, so heed the words of Eli and be quiet and listen for the Lord to speak to you.

Psalm 111

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Praise ye Jehovah. I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart, In the council of the upright, and in the congregation.  The works of Jehovah are great, Sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.  His work is honor and majesty; And his righteousness endureth for ever.  He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: Jehovah is gracious and merciful.  He hath given food unto them that fear him: He will ever be mindful of his covenant.  He hath showed his people the power of his works, In giving them the heritage of the nations.  The works of his hands are truth and justice; All his precepts are sure.  They are established for ever and ever; They are done in truth and uprightness.  He hath sent redemption unto his people; He hath commanded his covenant for ever: Holy and reverend is his name.  The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth for ever.  (ASV)

Last night during the silent of my time in prayer I realized how important the very first verse of the Bible is to mankind “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.  God is responsible for our very being, however we become so wrapped up in our affairs and the social environment in which we live in that we forget that God even exist.  The world around us has taken God out of the picture.  God is either too big to care about the events of our individual lives, or he really does not exist.  This psalms helps bring us back to the simple relationship we need to have with God.  God is our creator and we are his creation.  After reading Proverbs twenty-two I realized that “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all”.  All men must call him creator.

First we must praise and extol the One who made our being possible.  Do this with your entire heart.  The path of knowledge starts with this simple understanding of “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.  If you do not have this as the foundation and starting point to pondered everything you see, hear, taste, and touch then your thoughts will lead to the wrong conclusions.  Today as you read the psalms focus on the phrase the fear of the Lord.  This fear is the starting point in understanding the world around you.

When I consider the second part of verse ten “all who follow his precepts have good understanding” I can not help but place an emphasis of the importance of starting the day out with the Word.  The world is ready to let us know our problems.  In Genesis three Adam and Eve hide from God because they were afraid and naked.  As we study the account of the fall in Genesis chapter three we realize that God did not ask Adam why he was afraid; but instead ask him “who told you that you were naked?”.  However, before Adam could reply to God’s answer God ask Adam another question “have you eat from the tree?”.  Adam’s reply it was the woman who you gave me that gave me the fruit.  So in fact Adam blame God instead of taking the blame himself.  In I Timothy 2 :14 we realize that Adam was not deceived or beguiled, but freely chose to take the fruit.  Who do we listen to every day?   The world around you, or God?  Do we follow God’s precepts or do we listen to the world?

 

Psalm 110

Little RiverJehovah saith unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, Until I make thine enemies thy footstool.  Jehovah will send forth the rod of thy strength out of Zion: Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.  Thy people offer themselves willingly In the day of thy power, in holy array: Out of the womb of the morning Thou hast the dew of thy youth.  Jehovah hath sworn, and will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek.  The Lord at thy right hand Will strike through kings in the day of his wrath.  He will judge among the nations, He will fill the places with dead bodies; He will strike through the head in many countries.  He will drink of the brook in the way: Therefore will he lift up the head.  (ASV) The writer of Hebrews refers to this psalm in Hebrews six and seven.  The Lord referred to this verse three times in the gospels (Matthew 22:44, Mark 12:36, Luke 20:42).  He also warned the Jews that in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of God and coming on the  clouds of heaven (Matthew 26:64 and Mark 14:62).  Peter in Act chapter two and the author of Hebrews in chapter one refers to this psalm when addressing the work of Christ.  The Lord used this psalm to redirect the Pharisees answer to his question “What do you think of Christ?  Whose son is he?”.  When they answered “the son of David”, he referred them to this psalm which he accredited to David.  His question was “How is it then that David speaking by the Spirit calls him Lord?  If then David called him ‘Lord’ how could he be his son?”.   To this they could not answer him a word, nor did they ask him any more questions.  Christ reference to this psalm was during his last week on this earth right before his death when his authority was questioned.   In Matthew 26:24 Christ states “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him”  and in Act chapter two Peter preaches that Christ is the one written about in this psalm.  Two facts to remember about this psalm: the Lord will judge the nations, however He also has the role of priest after the order of Melchizedek.  In I John 2:2 John writes of his actions in this position as being the propitiation for the sins of the whole world.   So read this psalm in relationship to psalm two and “kiss the Son, lest he becomes angry and you perish in the way, for his wrath may kindle in a moment.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”