The Apple of His Eye ... commentary of Psalm 74
The Apple of His Eye
… A commentary of Psalm 74
Psalm 74:22 “Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.”
“…thine own cause:”
When a man lines out with God, it can be said, he agrees with God.
The two of them can walk together. We find this principle in the book of Amos. See chapter three, verse three: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” [Amos 3:3]
When a man agrees with God, he will take God’s opinions for is very own opinions. God causes will be his causes. This man will be as David. He will cry out, as David did, in the day of battle. Read in the first book of Samuel the prophet, in chapter seventeen, verse twenty-nine: “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” [1 Samuel 17:29]
Is there not a cause?
There is a cause. David enlisted in a battle to defend the honor of his God, the God of Israel.
Now, go back to verse twenty-six, and we will read there: “And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” [1 Samuel 17:26]
· To reproach Israel is to reproach Israel’s God.
· To defy the army of Israel is to defy the armies of the living God. Watch out for the living God!
David took offense when God was reproached by that old Philistine, Goliath.
Now, lining out with God will result in a person, or a people, smelling like God. This smell, or odor, comes from fellowshipping with the Son of God, Jesus Christ: “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” [1 Corinthians 1:9
To fasten onto this truth, we turn to the Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians in chapter two, verse fifteen and sixteen:
“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?” [2 Corinthians 2:15-16]
“Arise, O God, plead…”
Now, there is a day when God will arise, and take care of business that is at hand! God is going to plead his own cause with all flesh.
This cause is a case, and this case will be tried in the ultimate, supreme, court. This has been foretold in the BOOK.
Now, open up your Bible to the book of Jeremiah the prophet to chapter twenty-five, verse thirty-one:
“A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.” [Jeremiah 25:31]
And now, turn to the book of Joel, chapter three, verse two:
“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” [Joel 3:2]
Verse twenty-two again: “Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.”
Now we come to the matter of a fool.
The prophet sees certain men as GOD sees them. It is a foolish man that reproaches God, and laughs at what is right.
Do you want to know something? A fool is an idiot! The ultimate fool, or idiot, is pegged by the Spirit of God in Psalm fourteen, verse one. Are you ready for this?
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” [Psalm 14:1]
The atheist = FOOL
The fool says:
There is no God! The fool is corrupted. He is a liar. He lies to himself!
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” [Romans 1:20]
Therefore, the fool is without excuse. The LORD God of the Bible has devoted one whole chapter of one book [among many other places in Scripture] to describe a fool.
Open up your Bible to the book of Proverbs, chapter twenty-six. Please note this: Every verse [except verse two] for twelve verses in a row makes a reference to a fool or fools:
Verse one: “As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.” [Proverbs 26:1]
Verse three: “A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.” [Proverbs 26:3]
Verse four: “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” [Proverbs 26:4]
Verse five: “Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.” [Proverbs 26:5]
Verse six: “He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.” [Proverbs 26:6]
Verse seven: “The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.” [Proverbs 26:7]
Verse eight: “As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.” [Proverbs 26:8]
Verse nine: “As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.” [Proverbs 26:9]
Verse ten: “The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.” [Proverbs 26:10]
Verse eleven: “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” [Proverbs 26:11]
Verse twelve: “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” [Proverbs 26:12]
“…reproacheth thee daily”
Now, it is the fool that reproaches God.
It is the fool who dares to treat God’s NAME with utter contempt.
It is the fool that finds fault with God for all his cursing with foul language.
The fool’s mouth is:
1. Full of cursing
2. Full of deceit
3. Full of fraud
Under his tongue is:
“His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.” [Psalm 10:7]
Thus, the fool … is found out to be a