Psalms 69 and 40: Christ in His Sufferings

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"More numerous than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause;..." (Psalm 69:4)
"Then I said, Behold, I have come; In the scroll of the book It is written concerning Me." (Psalm 40:7)

Psalm 69 and 40 are two excellent Psalms that show us Christ in His sufferings and Christ as the unique factor to enact God's New Testament economy, or plan. When we look at Psalm 69 which was written by David and describes his sufferings in view of the New Testament, we can see clearly that David's sufferings are a type or picture of the suffering Christ in the New Testament. As we review both Psalm 69 and 40 we realize that the suffering that Christ went through in His life and on the cross issued in enacting a new covenant, a new testament and producing a new creation!


Psalm 68: Christ as the Center of God's Move on the Earth

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"Let God arise; let His enemies be scattered; and let those who hate Him flee before Him." (Psalm 68:1)

Psalm 68 reveals Christ as the center of God's move on the earth.  God's move is typified by the Ark setting out from Mt. Sinai, traveling through the wilderness, and eventually to Mount Zion, God's dwelling place.  In fulfillment of this type, God's move began with Christ's incarnation, continued through His human living with His crucifixion and resurrection, and concluded with Christ's ascension to Zion in the heavens and the establishing of the church.


Psalms on the House and the City

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"O Jehovah, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory abides." (Psalm 26:8)
"But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth."
(1 Timothy 3:15)

The Psalms, which reveal Christ in many wonderful ways, also show us that God's intention is to have a house and a city on the earth for His expression. The end of Psalm 23 shows us that His shepherding of us brings us to the house of God, which in the New Testament is revealed to be the church (1 Tim. 3:15).


Psalm 45: Praising Christ as the King

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"My heart overflows with a good matter; I speak what I have composed concerning the King..." (Psalm 45:1)
"...Her garment is a woven work inwrought with gold" (Psalm 45:13b)
"She will be led to the King in embroidered clothing;..." (Psalm 45:14a)

An overview of the church in Los Angeles' study of Psalm 45 in Fall 2011. Psalm 45 is a praise to Christ the King, who is typified by Solomon. It is a song of love describing the virtue of Christ and His bride who is clothed with Christ as her righteousness. This lovely psalm, written on the occasion of a literal wedding, gives us insight in the coming wedding, the true royal wedding, between Christ and His bride. May all the believers in Christ be prepared for that coming wedding day!


Psalm 23: The Organic Shepherding of the Pneumatic Christ

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"Jehovah is my Shepherd; I will lack nothing." (Psalm 23:1)

Psalm 23 concerns Christ as the Shepherd in His resurrection.  The resurrected Christ is the Shepherd (Heb. 13:20) and the church produced by Christ's resurrection is His flock (1 Pet. 5:2). Under His all-inclusive, tender care, "I will lack nothing."


Psalm 22: Christ in His Redeeming Death and Church-Producing Resurrection

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"My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" (Psalm 22:1a)
"I will declare Your name to my brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You"
(Psalm 22:22)

The subject of Psalm 22 is the Christ who has passed through His redeeming death and entered into His church-producing resurrection.  Psalm 22:1-21 gives a detailed picture of Christ in His suffering of death as typified by David in his suffering, but verses 22-31 refer to Christ in His resurrection, as typified by Solomon in his kingly reign.


Review of Psalm 16: The One who Satisfies God's Heart and Fulfills His Plan

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"O Jehovah, who may sojourn in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy mountain?" (Psalm 15:1)
"You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11)

Psalm 16 shows us Christ in His life on the earth, in His death, in His resurrection and in His ascension. This Psalm shows us that Christ is the One who fulfills God's purpose and satisfies God's hearts desire!


Psalm 8: The Excellency of Christ

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"O Jehovah our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!" (Psalm 8:9)

Psalm 8 is an inspired praise on the excellency of Christ.  This psalm speaks of the Lord's incarnation, human living, death, resurrection, ascension, the Body of Christ, His coming back, and His kingdom.  Psalm 8 shows that God's purpose and plan for man to express Him with His image and to represent Him has never changed.  Even though the first man, Adam, failed to accomplish God's purpose for man, a second man, Jesus, has come to fulfill God's purpose.


Psalm 2: Declaration of God

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"But I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain." (Psalm 2:6)
"Kiss the Son Lest He be angry and you perish from the way; For His anger may suddenly be kindled. Blessed are all those who take refuge in Him." (Psalm 2:12)

The spirit of the Bible is to exalt Christ. Psalm 2 is God's speaking, God's declaration, God's proclamation, concerning Christ as the center of His economy. God has installed Christ as the King. Christ has been given the nations as His inheritance and the limits of the earth as His possession!