Anticipating His Government
Let all the People Praise Thee
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.
1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. 2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. 3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. 5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 6Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
I. Petition vs. 1
Vs. 1 “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.”
The greatest needs of God’s people are not the physical and temporal needs that they have in this earthly experience. God is petitioned in verse one for these greatest of all blessings that could possibly be experienced by men.
A. Mercy The provision of God for His people
“be merciful unto us”
Mercy is the provision of God for His people, the provision for their sins that they may be forgiven. It is the benevolence shown of the perfect and Holy one upon His imperfect children!
B. Blessing The promises of God for His people
Blessing: that which is promised of God for His people for their obedience to Him. The blessing of God is not a mystery! God desires to bless His people!
C. Countenance The pleasure of God for His people
“cause His face to shine upon us”
Anyone that has seen a child light up at the presence of their parents understands this phrase! The shinning of His face upon them is the demonstration of the pleasure of God in His children.
II. Purposevs. 2-4
Vs. 2-4 “That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.”
The Psalms are the Hebrew Hymnal, to understand the Psalms we must understand them from the Hebrew viewpoint. To Israel was prophesied to be a blessing, to them was promised the land, to David’s seed was promised the kingdom. This Psalm is in anticipation of that Kingdom and the Government of God upon the Earth!
A. Present Desire of God
1. “That Thy way may be known upon the earth”
This morning as we preached Phil. 1:20 we preached on Paul’s statement “Christ shall be magnified in my body.” What a powerful truth and not so unrelated to the truths expressed here. God has always desired that men, all men would know Him and know His ways upon this earth!
2. “That Thy saving health among all nations”
De 4:5-7 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. 6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
3. Let all the people praise Thee!
B. Promised Determination of God
When God truly reigns upon the earth, all nations will be affected! “let the nations be glad and sing for joy”
1. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy
2. For thou shalt judge the people righteously
3. For thou shalt govern upon the earth
Through Moses God said:
De 26:16-19 This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. 17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: 18 And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; 19 And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.
Through Nathan the Prophet:
2Sa 7:4-18 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? 8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: 9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. 10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, 11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. 12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. 18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
Through Isaiah the Prophet:
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
“Let the People praise Thee O God, Let all the people praise Thee”
The thought that comes to mind is the unbelievers argument that God cannot possibly exist, or if He exists, not a good god for the conditions in the world. Wars, amines, diseases, and every malady of the earthy experience in blamed upon the Lord. The Millennial Kingdom demonstrates what the earth will be like when the effects of man’s fall will be removed by the benevolent King that shall rule over BOTH WICKED AND THE JUST in righteousness and on an earth free of the curse!
Romans 8:18-24 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
III. Prospect vs. 5-7
Vs. 5-7 “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.”
When God truly reigns upon the earth, all nature will be affected! “Then shall the earth yield her increase”
Isaiah 11:1-10 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
1. The earth shall yield forth her increase
2. God shall bless us
B. Prediction “all the ends of the earth shall fear Him”
Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee