THE PSALMIST DAVID: “1000 Years before the MANGER!”
“FOR DAVID SPEAKETH CONCERNING HIM, (JESUS CHRIST) I FORESAW THE LORD ALWAYS BEFORE MY FACE FOR HE IS ON MY RIGHT HAND, THAT I SHOULD NOT BE MOVED.” (Acts 2:25) “FORESAW” simply means that David actually saw the “PRE-INCARNATE CHRIST” 1000 years before the “Virgin Birth.” No wonder King David’s Psalms have endured beyond time and ages. Every Psalm is a Classic because Jesus Christ was revealed by the Omniscient Holy Spirit for every Bible lover to Worship.
King David received this Revelation of the “CHRIST” and the Virgin Birth. It was his first mystery to proclaim. In his second Psalm of this Divine Book, David said, “I will declare the decree, the Lord hath said unto me, thou art my Son; this day have I Begotten thee.” (Psalm 2:7) This statement is “Heaven’s Point of View” of who was this Son of God. He was the Father’s Son and this Holy Ghost anointed composer was to tell Israel and the world in unmistakable words. David was the only writer in the First Testament that spoke a language that pictured the Triune Godhead in clear terms. Verse seven is one of those great proclamations.
After David said, “I foresaw the Lord,” he continued. “Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:” (Acts 2:26) His vision of Christ changed him into the great Master of music filled with adoration and praise. Listen as he penned and probably sung a Psalm that overwhelms our heart. “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalms 100: 1-5)
Notice what David said in Psalms forty, “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” (Psalms 40:3) Apostle Peter quoted him saying, “My tongue was glad.” (Acts 2:26) There is a clear connection between a glad heart and a glad tongue. They are certainly inseparable because there is life or death in the power of the tongue. A singing saint is a joy to everyone as well as themselves. They change the atmosphere wherever their language is powerfully manifest.
The Divine character of the Christ and His sacrifice fills this Book of His Mysteries. In Psalms Chapter Twenty Two we see His cross in absolute overwhelming, but sorrowful expressions. The New Testament writers never tried to improve on the descriptions of the many events in His death, but mostly drew from the words of David. The attitudes of those that arrested Him, tried Him and finally crucified Him are described best by this Psalm. “Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” (Psalms 22: 12-13, 16)
His sacred body was mutilated and this great Book of David told it best. The Holy Spirit without question revealed these Prophesies to this composer. “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.” (Psalms 11:14-15, 17) Isaiah gave these terrifying words of Divine support. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men….” (Isaiah 52:14)
The Psalmist did not fail to speak of the Resurrection of Christ. He actually said it best of all the Gospel writers. King David was facing death himself and understood the “Bosom of Abraham or Upper Sheol” where the righteous dead would await this promised Christ. We read as he faced death with joy because he had seen the Messiah,“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms 16: 10-11) Even in death he knew he would be protected by Christ and His Angels until He appeared to put away death by His own sacrifice.
It’s evident in this great composer’s world and words that his theme was the majesty of his Lord. He declared “Praise the Lord” sixty-four times. He said “Praise ye the Lord” thirty times. Remember his worshiping of the Lord was 1000 years before the shepherds worshiped and praised Him in His manger. No wonder one of Christ’s grandest titles is, “I Am the First and the Last…I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore.” (Revelation 1:17b-18a) In that same Book of Revelation He stated, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8) All 150 Psalms were written as Praise to this “Altogether Lovely One.” How could King David be anything but a singing Prophet and King?
The Psalms were not written as poetry to fire the imagination or just as a song to cheer the heart. They are great truths from the Truth Himself. The Word of God and the Word made flesh are inseparable. That is why the 150 Psalms are eternal. They were given to the world to prepare men and women for the “Virgin Born Son.” David said, “For He is on my right hand that I should not be moved.” (Acts 2:25b) The 23 Psalm comes directly out of this unfailing revelation.
Psalm Twenty Three is Divine reality given to comfort and protect the righteous. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” (Psalms 23: 1-6)
This Holy Ghost anointed witness had received spectacular view of the eternal city where God sat, on His Throne and where His Son was Priest of His Temple. He proclaimed, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.” (Psalms 48:1-3) He spoke of this city as city of Ivory Palaces.
No wonder he wrote, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.” (Psalms 47:1-2) His highlight moments were when he spoke of the Lord and he did so continually. Listen as he begins to tell of the glory of the Son. “My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee forever.” (Psalms 45:1-2) Listen as he says again, “My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”
I can almost inhale the heavenly scent of, “myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.” (Psalms 45:8) I have often heard of a visitation of our Lord so Divine that an awesome fragrance fills the atmosphere. Heaven will certainly be such a place.
This presentation has no ending because the one Psalmist David “FORESAW” is all things without an end. This world has no idea of what they are missing. The wicked are determined to prove that He is not what our Bible declares. King David said, The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” (Psalms 2:2-6) He is indeed set at the Father’s right hand,“UPON THE HOLY HILLS OF ZION “which is “HEAVENLY JERUSALEM”, even as I write and you read..