“The Lord God Jesus Christ reigns, whose kingdom shall be for ages of ages.” - True Christian Religion §791
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Week 2
Day 6

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Psalms about the Lord’s Advent

I wait for Jehovah, and for His Word do I hope.

Psalm 130

1

A song of the ascents.

Out of the deeps have I called to Thee, O Jehovah.

2

Lord, hearken to my voice;

Let Thine ears be attentive

To the voice of my supplications.

3

If Thou, Jah,

Shouldest heed iniquities,

O Lord, who would stand?

4

But with Thee there is pardoning,

So that Thou mayest be feared.

5

I wait for Jehovah,

My soul waits,

And for His Word do I hope.

6

My soul waits for the Lord

More than watchmen for the morning,

The watchmen for the morning.

7

Let Israel hope in Jehovah;

For with Jehovah there is mercy,

And with Him there is much redemption;

8

And He will redeem Israel

From all his iniquities.

versestopicSummary of the Spiritual Sense
title,
1-4
16Prayer to the Lord that they may be preserved.
5-81,17The Coming of the Lord and redemption is expected.

I wait for Jehovah... and He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

AE 179:8. Here the Lord’s coming into the world, and His reception by those who are in the good of love are treated of. The Lord’s coming is signified by, “I have waited for Jehovah; my soul doth wait for the Lord, for with Him is much redemption, and He shall redeem Israel.” And His reception by those who are in the good of love is signified by “more than watchmen for the morning, the watchmen for the morning.” Here “morning” in the highest sense signifies the Lord, and in the internal sense His kingdom and church. And “watchmen for the morning” signify those who wait for the Lord’s coming, who are those who are in the good of love, since to those the Lord is “coming.”

TCR 774. The Lord’s presence, by itself, and the consequent enlightenment of the understanding, may be compared to the presence of sunlight in the world: unless this light is joined with heat everything on earth becomes desolate.

But the coming of the Lord may be compared to the coming of heat that takes place in springtime; and because heat then joins itself with light, the earth is softened, and seeds sprout and bear fruit. Such is the parallelism between the spiritual things that are the environment of man’s spirit and the natural things that are the environment of his body.

Other verses in the psalms about the Coming of the Lord:

Psalm 98

1

A psalm.

Sing ye to Jehovah a new song,

For He has done wonders;

His right hand, and the arm of His holiness,

Has wrought salvation for Him.

2

Jehovah has made known His salvation;

To the eyes of the nations He has revealed His justice.

Summary of the spiritual sense of the whole psalm: The Coming of the Lord and the glorification of His Human: He will then have power. From this is salvation. The predictions are to be fulfilled. Song of praise to Him and joy on that account. He comes for judgment.

Psalm 113

5

Who is as Jehovah our God,

Who makes His dwelling lofty,

6

Who brings Himself low

To see into the heavens and into the earth?

Summary of the spiritual sense of the whole psalm: Song in praise of the Lord, because He is omnipotent; because He came into the world; because He will save those who will be of His church.

Questions and Comments
  1. “Jah” signifies the Divine truth from the Lord’s Divine Human, likewise in “Hallelu-Jah.” “Jah” comes from Jehovah, which signifies the Divine Love (see AC 8267:2).
  2. What does verse 4 say to you? Does it raise questions?
  3. Redemption has the idea of being bought out of slavery and set free, like being ransomed. In verse 8, what will Jehovah redeem Israel from?
  4. If you scan the red parts of the psalms in this booklet, which if any remind you of Christmas? How do these psalms add to our picture of the Lord’s coming?
  5. In what ways should we too be watchmen who wait for the morning and the coming of the Lord? How does the Lord come to us?
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