The Exodus Book of Psalms--Part 12
Apr 15, 2010
This psalm again references Exodus 40 where the tabernacle of Moses was set up and filled with the glory of God. But whereas the previous psalms speak of the judgment of the nations and the inheritance of the saints, Psalm 62 focuses primarily on the individual REWARDS given to each according to his works. This is seen in the final verses,
(11) Once God has spoken; twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God; (12) and lovingkindness is Thine, O Lord, for Thou dost recompense a man according to his work.
Much of the first part of this psalm tells how the wicked continue to murder (vs. 3) and to bear false witness (vs. 4) in order to overthrow the king. David was referring to himself, of course, since he was the king in that day. But it also prophesies of the conflict with the Messiah, the Son of David, Jesus Christ. The New Testament relates to us how the religious leaders, playing the role of prophetic Absalom, usurped His throne in the attempt to take the Kingdom for their own use. David's advice to them and their supporters comes in verse 10,
"Do not trust in oppression, and do not vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart upon them."
In the end God will reward every man according to his works. This is quoted in Revelation 20:12 and 13, where all the dead are raised and judged according to their works.
The righteous will see and experience the glory of God. This is the ultimate proof that establishes WHO are the genuine Sons of God. They are the ones who receive the glory of His presence, those who "see Thy power and Thy glory" (vs. 2). The other contenders, who attempted to take it by force, will be exposed for who they are and judged accordingly. Verses 9 and 10 say,
(9) But those who seek my life, to destroy it, will go into the depths of the earth, (10) They will be delivered over to the power of the sword; they will be a prey for foxes.
Verse 10 reads in The Concordant Version,
(10) Those who would topple him down by means of the sword, may they become an assigned portion for jackals.
Once again, David's enemies--with Absalom being the main prophetic type--formed the opposition to his divine right to rule over the House of Israel. All of this was prophetic of the same conflict in Jesus' day, where the religious leaders said in their hearts, "This is the Heir; come, let us kill him and seize His inheritance" (Matt. 21:38).
When David writes in verse 10, "they will be a prey for foxes," it was a subtle prophecy explained by Luke 13:31 and 32,
(31) Just at that time some Pharisees came up, saying to Him, "Go away and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill you." (32) And He said to them, "Go and tell THAT FOX, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal'."
A fox was a euphemism in that day for a sly or crafty man, as Thayer's Lexicon tells us. Herod was the crafty man trying to kill Jesus. According to history, Herod was half Judahite and half Edomite. The Romans made him king, thinking that he would be the best one to rule both Judahites and Edomites who by this time had united under the banner of Judaism.
Thus, David prophesied in Psalm 63:10 that the religious leaders, who sought the life of Jesus, would become the "prey" of King Herod, the fox (or jackal). Does this hint of a possible hidden role that Herod was playing in the crucifixion of Jesus? Was he using the religious leaders to get rid of Jesus, by playing upon their own political ambitions? We are not told, but certainly the religious leaders became "prey" to Edom and the spirit of Esau in his attempt to regain the Scepter and Birthright by violence and force.
The New Testament story is only the first half of the bigger picture, for it shows how the religious leaders were usurping the Throne of David from its rightful heir, Jesus Christ. The second half of the story is in our own day, where the Birthright itself, along with the name Israel, has been usurped by the children of those same people. This temporarily delayed the manifestation of the Sons of God, because the Birthright--the right to manifest the glory of God--was given to unbelievers and to Edomites, who had no intention of following the prescribed path to Sonship. That path follows the pattern of the feast days: Justification by faith in Jesus Christ; Sanctification and Obedience Training; and finally Glorification and the redemption of our body.
Only now are we emerging from this time of usurpation, as I have shown elsewhere. The overcomers are now being re-established as the joint-heirs with Christ. David contemplated our day as he ended Psalm 63,
(11) But the king will rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him will glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.
To swear by Him means to take an oath of allegiance to the David. Prophetically, it was about swearing allegiance to the Son of David, Jesus Christ. When this is understood by its contrast, where men swore oaths to Absalom, rejecting David, we can see the prophetic picture more clearly. In the New Testament, men followed their leaders, trusting in them rather than in Truth. So even as men followed Absalom instead of David, so also did most of the people in the New Testament blindly follow their own leaders against Jesus Christ.
It is not so different today in regard to the usurpation of the Birthright. Once again, men have followed their denominational leaders blindly and have joined the army of Absalom against the rightful Heir of the Birthright. Such people do not understand the Scriptures, nor do they know the basic conflict over the Throne and the Birthright. Lack of understanding has caused many to swear allegiance to the prophetic descendants of Absalom and to the religious leaders of Zionistic Judaism, thus betraying Jesus Christ, the true Son of David.
But David tells us in Psalm 63:11 that Truth will win in the end, and "everyone who swears by Him will glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped."
This is the twelfth part of a series titled "The Exodus Book of Psalms." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones