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Richard H Priday's Psalms Chapter 58 comment on 12/08/2022, 5:11am...

Psalm 58.

I had done a commentary on this 7 months ago. In systematically studying the Psalms I am reflecting today on my own life. In assessing old habits; old hobbies and other things I realize that all things that I do now if they aren't motivated by Christ and the new life in me then they are still being desired by the old sin nature. As part of the "congregation" in verse 1 (the confessing church) I need to make sure that indeed I am working out of the possession of the Holy Spirit; as nothing can ever be improved in the old nature. Thus comes the warning about the demon leaving someone and coming back with 7 worse after there is a veneer of "cleaning house" as it were. (Matthew 12:43-45).

Nothing is done well in isolation in our Christian walk. We need the balance of others in order to hold us accountable; exhort and encourage. Nonetheless; it is up to us to take time for personal devotionals and to heed to the voice of the Lord in regard to instruction. If we aren't listening to Him when alone then we are not likely to heed to the instruction and wisdom from above that He ministers to us through others.

There are references here to the wicked in regard to physical and spiritual (eternal) judgments (v. 6-9). Verses 10-11 show how the righteous will rejoice and "wash their feet in the blood" of the wicked (v. 10). (see also Malachi 4:3). This demonstrates that even now we should desire our own death; while still hoping for the soon Rapture/Resurrection of the saints. We need to heed the message in regard to Lot's wife and not have our hearts till turned to the world and away from the Lord. This takes daily discipline and is a struggle as long as we remain in this fleshly existence. This also demonstrates who is truly saved and who is not as there is no real love for Christ for those pretenders. May we examine our hearts today and daily. (2 Cor. 13:5).


Richard H Priday's Psalms Chapter 58 comment on 4/18/2022, 2:59pm...

This chapter is sobering; in that the congregation is being challenged in verse 1 as to what is being spoken and judged. This would certainly indite those who were in the leadership in the O.T. system; but certainly could allude to the church today. The reward of the wicked is certainly without mincing of words here; verse 3 through 5 shows the intransigence; again even with those who would be "charmers" as it were; perhaps trying to woo them back to the truth with Godly wisdom. The analogy of breaking their teeth in verse 6 is certainly not isolated to this passage; we see psalms 3:7 and a passage in Job along with others with similar sentiments.

They are said to melt away ;in verse 8; and to be taken away in a whirlwind in verse 9. Again the comment in verse 10 is similar to that of the ashes of the wicked (Malachi 4:3). Finally; men shall see the justice of God toward the righteous through such judment in the last verse.

We need to consider well the results of Korah's rebellion; and that of others who were among the exiles from Egypt in particular who knew of God's glory firsthand but chose to reject it for foreign gods with some delusion that comforts of this world that they left behind in Egypt would somehow be found. Judgment certainly is greater for those who know the truth; but reject it; better they never knew the truth according to Peter (2 Peter 2:21). A change of heart surely must occur to truly be saved; a heart of flesh instead of stone (Ezekeil 36:26).


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