Psalms of Repentance

 

Physical Israel in bondage to pharaoh in Egypt and being called out of Egypt, was an instructional illustration or allegory of a Spiritual Israel being called out of worldliness and bondage to Satan and sin. 

The sacrifice of the Passover lamb or kid covering physical Israel and saving them from the destroyer in Egypt, was a type of the sacrifice of the spiritual Lamb of God covering and saving Spiritual Israel.  The sacrifice of the lamb of God applies to those called as an early first fruits harvest. 

What about the latter main harvest of humanity?  The latter main harvest of humanity is a counterpart to the Passover on the Day of Atonement, with the sacrifice of the goat. 

Spiritually Passover is about the spiritual Sacrifice of Christ, but before the sacrifice of Christ the Lamb of God may be applied to us, we must first be called out of sin by God and then we must sincerely repent and commit to go forward to live by every Word of God. 

The future main harvest will be resurrected to physical life and also called to repentance.  The fast of Atonement pictures the repentance of that main harvest and also pictures the removal of Satan and the application of the sacrifice of Christ [by the sacrifice of the Atonement goat]. 

Right now I am focusing on the idea of sincere repentance before Passover and Atonement as Atonement is the main harvest counterpart of the early harvest Passover; there will be much more on the Day of Atonement when the Fall Festivals come later this year. 

Besides the Psalms written for the Passover service and for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, there are certain psalms of repentance written to be read on Passover and  the day of Atonement.  

Since self examination and sincere repentance are a crucial part of the Passover, this article will feature these psalms of repentance today, in preparation for the taking of Passover.

 

Psalm 6

A psalm of repentance seeking merciful forgiveness

Psalms 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

6:2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me [deliver me from the Adversary for I cannot deliver myself]; for my bones are vexed [by the enemies of righteousness].

6:3 My soul [breath, life] is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long [how long must I wait for your merciful deliverance?] ?

6:4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul [breath,  life]: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. 

David is speaking as being faithful to God but being overwhelmed by adversaries of godliness; who refuse to live by God’s Word and persecute those who do.

6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 

This is a call to be saved from physical death, as an allegory of being saved from the grave in the resurrection to spirit.

6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim [with my tears over my suffering for living by every Word of God]; I water my couch with my tears. 6:7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

God will deliver all those who exalt and put their trust in him to live by God’s Word, and all those who condemn them for their Christ-like zeal for God shall be ashamed in that day.  

6:8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.  6:9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. 6:10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

 

Psalm 32

A Psalm about the blessing of forgiveness for the sincerely repentant.

Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 

To be forgiven one must sincerely repent from all past sin and STOP sinning [stop transgressing the Word of God] and commit to go forward and sin no more.  Only then will the sinner be forgiven and justified by the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. the Atoning sacrifice.

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

When we keep silent and fail to sincerely repent of our past sins and refuse to commit to STOP sinning we begin to die spiritually and will not be forgiven nor raised up from the grave to eternal life.

32:3 When I kept silence [did not sincerely  repent], my bones waxed old [all hope of lasting life failed and my body judged for destruction] through my roaring [proud self will] all the day long. 32:4 For day and night thy hand [chastening and rebuke] was heavy upon me: my moisture [my life strength dried up as moisture in a drought] is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 

Because we will surely die in our sin, let us quickly acknowledge our iniquity and sincerely repent to turn to live by every Word of God; that we might be saved from eternal death.  

If we confess our sins against God and sincerely repent, committing ourselves to go forward and live by every Word of God; we shall be forgiven, justified and saved from damnation.

32:5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Every godly person prays for forgiveness from sins and the godly strength to live by every Word of God.

32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters [the godly shall be delivered from the grave as pictured by Israel being delivered from the waters of the Red Sea] they shall not come nigh unto him.

The godly put their trust in God and live by God’s Word, quickly repenting when any sin or error is discovered.

32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble [God’s Word teaches us the way to peace and life]; thou shalt compass me about [God will ultimately surround those who are zealous to follow him with eternal blessings] with songs of deliverance. Selah.

God Word instructs his faithful in the ways of peace and eternal life.

32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Let us not be self willed so that we must be forced to obey God’s Word, but let us obey willingly and enthusiastically because God’s Word is for our good.

32:9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they [if we are self willed like the stubborn mule we shall be corrected] come near unto thee.

The unrepentant refuse to live by God’s Word to their own hurt; while those who are zealous to live by every Word of God are greatly blessed in learning the way to peace, blessings and eternal life. 

32:10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

Those who sincerely repent of their failure to live by every Word of God and who dedicate themselves to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal; shall surely Greatly Rejoice and Shout for Joy at their resurrection and change to eternal spirit.

32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous [true righteousness is to live by EVERY WORD of GOD]: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

 

Psalm 38

God will correct all those that he loves when they have gone astray, so that by afflicting the flesh the spirit may be saved

Psalm 38:1 O lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 38:2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. 38:3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

It is because of our own stubborn self will and insistence on living by our own ways instead of living by the Word of God that will bring our eternal destruction.  When we fall into such pride, a loving God corrects us afflicting the flesh to save the spirit. 

38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. 38:5 My wounds [which have come as the result of my sins] stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly [greatly afflicted]; I go mourning [over the evils in the land, and repenting over my sins] all the day long. 38:7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. 38:8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared [cried out in anguish] by reason of the disquietness of my heart [I am full of sorrow over all iniquitous conduct]

If our desire is to live by every Word of God, he will correct us when we go astray and will deliver us when we learn our lesson and turn back to him.  Nothing can be hidden from God.

38:9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

Though all the earth be against us because we live by every Word of God, the godly will be steadfast and will put their trust in the Eternal.  Even if we must suffer many sorrows in this physical life our Mighty One will deliver us from the grave into an eternal life of blessings and rejoicing.

38:10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. 38:11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

The righteous put their trust in God and the Word of God and not in men.

8:13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. 38:14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. 38:15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

God will deliver his faithful and the enemy shall not continue in rejoicing over the fall of the godly but will be corrected.

38:16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me. 38:17 For I am ready to halt [ready to perish] sorrow is continually before me.

When we are afflicted let us sincerely repent and RUN to the Eternal our Deliverer.

38:19 But mine enemies [spiritually Satan and sin] they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

When I do good the wicked hate me and attack me for living by God’s Word.

38:20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

Ultimately God delivers those who live by every Word of God

38:21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. 38:22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

 

Psalm 51

An acknowledgment of sin and a Psalm of repentance and prayer for mercy

Psalm 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin [Only sincere repentance and a wholehearted commitment to live by every Word of God will bring cleansing from sin by the application of the sacrifice of Christ the Lamb of God (Rom 2:13)].

51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me [We are to be always alert to seek out and expunge our sins]. 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: [Let us accept that our own ways and stubborn self will  are wrong and that God’s Word is right and the right way to live] that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

John 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psalm 51:7 Purge me with hyssop [Hyssop was used to sprinkle the blood of the lamb, this reference meaning purge my since by the blood of the Lamb of God], and I shall be clean [from  all sin]: wash me, [with the water of the  Word of God (Eph 5:26)] and I shall be whiter than snow. 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness [tell me that I am forgiven that I may delight in Thy salvation]; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 51:9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

51:10 Create in me a clean heart [pure from sin and all proud self will, to follow God]   O God; and renew a right spirit [Give us a proper godly attitude of love for God and loving zeal  to live by every Word of  God] within me. 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation [deliver me by thy tender mercies, for I abhor my sins against the Word of God]; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

When we live by every Word of God we set an example, and we learn by doing the ways of God so that we may teach them to others. 

51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 51:14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit [submissive humility before God with all stubborn self will and pride crushed to powder]: a broken and a contrite heart [the pride of sin crushed to powder], O God, thou wilt not despise.

51:18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion [Zion and Jerusalem as types of the faithful children of God. God will bless his faithful children who follow Him and live by every Word of God]: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 51:19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering [While Sin and Trespass Offerings represent sin repented of;  the Burnt Offerings represent the righteousness of wholehearted obedience, dedication and Christ-like zeal to live by every WORD of God]: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

 

Psalm 102

A prayer of repentance in great tribulation. 

This is about any time of distress and is especially appropriate for those being corrected in the great tribulation.  In teh next few years much if not most of the Ekklesia will be rejected into the great tribulation (Rev 3:15) so that by the affliction of the flesh pride may be crushed and the spirit might be saved.  This is a special Psalm for them as well as for all people in times of trouble.

Psalm 102:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. 102:2 Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

Our hope is lost because of our affliction

102:3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. 102:4 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. 102:5 By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

Surrounded by the enemies of godliness, we wonder like birds seem to wonder in the skies, with no refuge from all our trials

102:6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. 102:7 I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. 102:8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

102:9 For I have eaten ashes [I have been filled with affliction as a man is filled with food] like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping. 102:10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up [God has blessed us and then rejected us because of our rejection of any zeal for God’s Word], and cast me down.

Because of our sins and God’s correction our lives are much shortened

102:11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

The Eternal God who is forever shall hear our cries fo repentance and requests for deliverance as in Egypt,  and will send Messiah the Christ to deliver both spiritual and physical Zion.

102:12 But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. 102:13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time [the long ago appointed time for the resurrection to spirit of spiritual Israel and the deliverance of physical Israel is close at hand], is come. 102:14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones [the stones of Jerusalem are representative of teh faithful of spiritual Israel (1 Pet 2:5) beginning with the chief corner stone (Eph 2:20)] , and favour the dust thereof.

When Christ comes and resurrects his faithful and then comes to rule the earth all nations shall flow unto him

102:15 So the heathen  [the unconverted shall be converted] shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

When Christ comes he shall build the millennial Temple and shall be glorified over all the earth.  All nations shall flow unto him.

Isaiah 2:2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord‘s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

Psalm 102:16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. 102:18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created [anew in the New Covenant of Jer 31:31] shall praise [live by the Word of the LORD] the LORD.

The Eternal shall hear the prayers of the people and shall come with a great deliverance for all humanity

102:19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; 102:20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; 102:21 To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; 102:22 [Then all people will be gathered to serve and live by every Word of God] When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

God shall weaken the strength of the people to correct and humble them, that they might turn to him and be saved.

102:23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days. 102:24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

God is from forever and when changed to spirit his children shall also live forever.

102:25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 102:26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 102:27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. 102:28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

 

Psalm 130

A Psalm of Repentance; read on the Day of Atonement by the early Ekklesia

Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.

David cries out in repentance out of the depth of his despair over sin as an example for us that we should also sincerely repent and wholeheartedly turn to the Eternal. 

130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

Let us all sincerely repent and seek our God with all of our hearts, let us all beg our merciful LORD to remember our sins no more and to forgive us that we may serve him and live by his every Word from henceforth and forever more!

130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 130:6 My soul waiteth [longs] for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

Let us sincerely repent and long for the Eternal’s merciful redemption; that we may serve Him with wholehearted diligence, now and forever more! 

130:7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.  130:8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Messiah has paid the penalty for our iniquity with his own life as the Lamb of God; redeeming the sincerely repentant who fully commit to:  “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11, and “To live by every Word of God” (Matthew 4:4).

 

Psalm 143

The love of God for his faithful

Psalm 143:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

David asks God  not to judge him for all have sinned, but makes a sincerely repentant appeal for mercy

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

The enemy is Satan and the bondage to sin which had afflicted us all and brought us to the destruction of the  grave.

143:3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. 

When we fully understand that our sins bring destruction upon us, we will be humbled to sincere repentance.

143:4 Therefore is my [our stubborn spirit of proud self will is brought low and humbled] spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

When our pride is humbled and our stubborn self will is perished form us, then we shall remember teh scriptures and the examples of the ancients recorded for our good.

143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. 

When carnal pride is crushed we shall hunger and thirst like a famished man for the Word of God.  

Matthew 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. 

God will save the sincerely repentant who are zealous to live by every Word of God from the very grave.

143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit[grave].

143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness [to receive forgiveness and mercy and to know the Word of God] in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk [teach me to live by EVERY WORD of GOD]; for I lift up my soul [I give myself fully to God] unto thee. 

God will deliver all those who seek him in sincerity and truth and diligently live by his Word from the real enemies, Satan and the bondage of sin.

143:9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. 

May God teach us to do his will which is to live by EVERY WORD of God; and may God lead us into the Promised land of eternity where all persons live by EVERY WORD of GOD forever.

143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

143:11 Quicken me [give us life and raise us up to eternal life in the resurrection to spirit] , O LORD, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.

143:12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies [our real enemies are Satan and sin], and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant [a servant does his master’s will].

 

 

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