Read 118.) Psalms 76, 82, 84, 92, 112 and 115. The last of the Psalms About Righteousness and Wickedness. Psalm 76: Another of Asaph’s of 12 verses; again, unlike David’s. It possesses that artistry and depth he is known for. It goes to the theme of God’s greatness and majesty, when put on full display against an invading foreign nation that has come to take Israel. God’s greatness is extolled with verses 1, 2+4, while He is mentioned as judging the invader in verses 3, and 6 thru 10. The vanquished end of them is portrayed in verse 5. The last 2 verses come back to God’s greatness and majesty, and how that He is to be acknowledged by all the nations! Psalm 82: Asaph again. The theme is similar. God is enthroned over all the earth. He renders judgment upon all rulers of men; commanding that they judge rightly, for they have not. In the end, God will take charge of it all, and right every wrong! Psalm 84: These 12 verses are by the sons of Korah. As it was their role to praise the Lord, God of Israel, at His Tabernacle, so they lift up and exalt their function there with great feeling and emotion. To draw near to the Lord is their great passion. As it should be our own! The last 2 verses speak of how blessed of God, with a favorite verse in 11, “No good thing will He withhold from him who walks uprightly!”
Psalm 92: A 15 verse psalm song for the Sabbath day! Its theme is worship! It opens with praise v.1+8 and that worship includes music v.1+3 and singing v.4, the proclamation of God’s love and faithfulness v.2. It involves the contemplation of God’s works and thoughts, as found in His Word v.4+5. This is all in contrast to the faithless, who do not acknowledge God and will perish v.6+7, 9-11; while those righteous of the Lord’s will flourish and be greatly blessed of Him v.10, and 12 thru 14. It closes on that same note it opened with, worship, in verse 15. Psalm 112: Ten verses, not ascribed to any writer. This is truly your classic contrast between the righteous v.1-9 and the wicked man v.10. The righteous does what is right and good. He is generous, and lends freely. He conducts all his affairs with justice; in keeping with the commands of God. And, as a result, he is greatly blessed of the Lord. That is what I want for me! And, finally, Psalm 115: Not unlike Psalm 112, this, too, is a direct and classic contrast between the righteous and the wicked. Only those who think that there is no god; or believe that the God who is, is so weak, that He cannot know what they think, see what they do, or hear what they say. The righteous are ever conscious of God; the reality of His existence, and conscious of His presence and awareness of them, personally. The wicked have their gods, but they are senseless; without sight, hearing, touch or capable of movement or of making a sound. And, they will become like their idols! But, because the One, True and Living God is loving and faithful, as Psalm 92 declared; He will help, protect and bless those who trust in Him v.9-15! We then end on a note of high praise in verses 17+18. Praise the Lord. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell