Psalm 92

Psalm 92
The State of Righteousness That Will Exist In the Millennium
Psalm 92. We are not told the name of the author of Psalm 92, but perhaps it was David, because of the reference to the instruments including the “harp” (v.3), of which David was so fond. The inscription for this Psalm reads, “A Psalm, a Song, for the Sabbath day”. The Sabbath day in scripture is a type of the Millennium, in which Israel will enter into their rest; “For if Jesus [Joshua] had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (Heb. 4:8-9). This Psalm describes the moral state of the earth in the Millennium, focusing on the righteous reign. Emphasis is laid on the faithful being exalted and the wicked being destroyed. Psalm 92 completes an introduction to Psalm 93 – 101; the reigning of Christ in the Millennium.
A Psalm, a Song, for the Sabbath day.
1 It is good to give thanks unto Jehovah, and to sing psalms unto thy name, O Most High;
2 To declare thy loving-kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness in the nights,
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings and upon the lute; upon the Higgaion with the harp.
4 For thou, Jehovah, hast made me glad through thy work; I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
vv.1-4 Praise to the Jehovah the Most High. The Psalm begins like many others with an introduction that sets the stage for the rest of the Psalm. When Christ appears and sets up His kingdom, it will produce praise and thanksgiving in the remnant. These verses give us the joy of the kingdom of Christ!
5 Jehovah, how great are thy works! Thy thoughts are very deep:
6 A brutish man knoweth not, neither doth a fool understand it.
7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they may be destroyed for ever.
8 And thou, Jehovah, art on high for evermore.
9 For lo, thine enemies, O Jehovah, for lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like a buffalo’s: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
11 And mine eye shall see its desire on mine enemies; mine ears shall hear it of the evil-doers that rise up against me.
12 The righteous shall shoot forth like a palm-tree; he shall grow like a cedar on Lebanon.
13 Those that are planted in the house of Jehovah shall flourish in the courts of our God:
14 They are still vigorous in old age, they are full of sap and green;
15 To shew that Jehovah is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
vv.5-15 God’s Wisdom and Righteousness Displayed. The psalmist exclaims about the greatness of Jehovah’s thoughts and works. All of God’s counsels look forward to that wonderful age, the dispensation of the fulness of times (Eph. 1:10). The way God will accomplish His purpose is far beyond the mind of man. Somehow, all wrongs will be set right, Christ will be exalted, man’s pride will be excluded, and the earth will be blessed. God’s wisdom in accomplishing this is too deep and unsearchable for our minds (Rom. 11:33-36). But the “brutish man” (stupid) and the “fool” (arrogant) – rank unbelievers, of whom Antichrist is the embodiment – is totally ignorant of it. His plans and schemes don’t take into account the mind of God. But believers do understand; the Jews in a limited measure, and Christians in a larger measure as taught by the Spirit (Eph. 1:8). The wicked may spring up, and appear to flourish for a time (v.7), but then they are suddenly destroyed, and gone forever. But Jehovah is “on high forever” (v.8), in contrast with His enemies that perish (v.9). And the faithful, suffering remnant are lifted up, exalted like the horn of a buffalo, and anointed with oil (a type of the Spirit poured out, Joel 2:28-29). It would seem that the use of first person pronouns in v.10 is prophetic of the Messiah Himself. His horn is exalted, and the righteous along with Him (Psa. 75:10). If Jehovah sees His own enemies put down (v.9), the faithful in association with Him see theirs destroyed as well (v.11). The last four verses deal with the blessing of the righteous in the Millennium. There are numerous references to trees, which symbolized growth and vitality; “The righteous shall shoot forth like a palm-tree; he shall grow like a cedar on Lebanon. Those that are planted in the house of Jehovah shall flourish in the courts of our God: They are still vigorous in old age, they are full of sap and green”. The palm tree and cedar tree are two that are green all year long. If the flourishing of the wicked was short-lived (v.7), the flourishing of the righteous is forever (vv.12-15). The reason is given for the flourishing in v.15; “To shew that Jehovah is upright… there is no unrighteousness in him”. The righteousness of God will be displayed in the kingdom!