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Psalm 108: The Warrior’s Morning Song

by | Jun 16, 2024

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Note the different application of the words of this Psalm, as they are used in Psalms 57 and 60, and as they are employed here. In the former, they were prophetic of prosperity that was yet to come, and they were consolatory in the expectation of approaching troubles. But here, they are pledges for mercies that are already received, and they are descriptive of the glorious things which the Father has prepared for His Son and His people. The Psalm, thus interpreted, announces that Messiah’s travail is ended when the troubles of His people are brought to a close. David’s Son and David’s Lord has taken to Himself His great power and begun to reign; and as He sits upon the throne of glory, He sings this hymn (verses 1-6).

But with the glory of the Redeemer is also associated the restoration of His people to favor and happiness – His long-cast-off but not-forgotten people! The setting up of King Messiah upon the holy hill of Zion is particularly described, and all Jehovah’s promises are fulfilled in the amplest measure. Messiah is described as a Conqueror Who has won the battle; and kings and nations lie before His feet, awaiting His sentence and judgment upon them. “I will rejoice,” says He; “I will divide and portion out Shechem and the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine, and I give it to the children of Gad and Reuben. And Manasseh also is mine. Ephraim is my strength in war – my horn of defence. Judah is my king.” Thus, in gracious words, the Victor addresses His allies and subjects. But it is in a different strain – a strain of sarcasm and contempt – with which He announces His pleasure respecting His vanquished enemies. “Moab, I will use as a vessel to wash my feet in. Over proud Edom I will cast my shoe, as an angry master to a slave attending him. Philistia, follow my chariot; shout forth my triumph.” But what is to be understood of the words in verse 10: “Who will bring me into Edom?” Edom is already spoken of as a vassal state, in the ninth verse. When all the nations become the kingdoms of Messiah, why is Edom spoken of as being amongst His final triumphs? One passage only seems to shed light upon this, and that is Isaiah 63:1; there we learn that Edom, figuratively speaking, is the last scene of His vengeance – from which He would come forth as the conquering and redeeming Messiah, “clothed with a vesture dipped” in His own blood. It is after the overthrow of this “Edom,” therefore, that Messiah shines out as “King of kings, and Lord of lords!” (Rev. 19:13-16)

O Lord, we beseech You to go before us and vanquish our foes, so that all we have to do is follow after, gathering in the spoils. You are our Good Shepherd and Great King – lead and guide us, Lord Jesus, with Your rod and staff! Amen.

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