The Apple of His Eye - Psalm 74The Apple of His Eye ... commentary of Psalm 74

The Apple of His Eye
… A commentary of Psalm 74

Verse Two

Psalm 74:2 “Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.”

The Toboggan Ride

Deuteronomy 19:14:Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.”

The congregation of Israel, the apple of God’s eye, had forgotten their God.  They had removed the landmarks [both literally and figuratively].

It is said: Israel’s house is forlorn.

FORLORN' - Deserted; destitute; stripped or deprived; or forsaken.

Hence, lost; helpless; wretched; solitary … with 190+ nations against her.

Now, a nation is like a house

And what about us living here in the 21st century.

Forlorn and neglected is our house too

Our nation itself [the United States of America] is on a fast toboggan sled going down the slippery road to HELL.

We are certainly no better than Israel.

We have also, rejected GOD's word which is kept and preserved by GOD for the English-speaking people in the Authorized Version of 1611.  [This BOOK is commonly known as the King James Bible.]

We too, have seen “the landmarks removed” in the day which we live. 

We have also, like Israel, lost our true reference to our own starting point. 

We have also, departed from our biblical foundation upon which this nation was built. 

We have also, “reaped” for what we have “sown.” 

Oh, for the grief and for the sadness that has come across our land and to all of its inhabitants; as a very dark cloud in the enveloping blackness of night, so blanketing, and so leaving for dead the multitudes from even knowing of the wondrous truths of this old black BOOK, and its beautiful ways of deliverance and the freedoms contained therein!

We Gentiles sigh [as well as the Jew]: We all sigh!

The psalmist of Israel {King David] in Psalm twelve cried out:

“Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.   They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. 

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: 

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? 

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD;

I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. 

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 

Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.   

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted” [Psalm 12]

  The Intercessor

The Intercessor

The psalmist [Asaph] by of a song, and being filled with the Spirit, is nevertheless moved, to pray for the congregation of Israel and to pray in their behalf.

Notice: Asaph prays: “Remember thy congregation” even while knowing it was because of their sins which caused God in the first place to hide his face from them and to not even hear them

Thus, the psalmist acts an intercessor

An intercessor is a mediator

The mediator interposes himself between two parties at variance, with a goal in mind to reconcile them both.    

Notice: The mediator pleads in behalf of another, and he does this by framing out the points of the argument with which to win over the other party [God] and thus, achieve reconciliation

The two parties at variance are now here identified:  

1. The congregation of Israel

2. The God of Heaven and Earth.   

 The points of the argument we read again: “… which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.”

 Take note: The law of “double-sense” or double reference is shown here. These are two events, widely separated as to the time of their fulfillment is brought together into the scope of a single prophecy.

Zechariah 9:9-10:Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.”

Lay this argument out, you say!

Well, the first point in the argument is this: GOD, you “purchased” us! 

When?  When did this occur?  Answer: The year was in the spring of B.C. 1491.

Where?  Answer: While we were in Egypt!  Do you remember that LORD? 

Yes, I certainly do remember the blood of the lambs applied to the houses where you were. 

I passed over you!

The Intercessor

This thing is recorded for you in the book of the Exodus of your people.  It is located in chapter twelve.  Come down to verse thirteen: “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” [Exodus 12:13]

We belong to you!  Don’t throw away that which you purchased with a great price! 

God has “purchased of old” with an earnest-payment, by the blood of goats, pointing to a future blood atonement of the Lamb of God.  Where?  At the cross of Mount Calvary. 

Definition: earnest-payment is the first payment called the deposit which gives promise or assurance of a full payment in a future time.

This transaction: “purchased of old” [fulfilled in the exodus] was to point to a future time and place of the purchase Jesus Christ would make with his own blood for their salvation.


When did this occur?  Answer: The year was in the spring of A.D. 33.

Where?  Answer: In the land of Israel … outside the city walls of Jerusalem! 

Do you remember that place LORD? 

Answer?  Yes, I do certainly remember very vividly being there.  I remember my blood … of my LAMB OF GOD who shed HIS BLOOD for you! 

I passed over you!   

Now, it is found this way in the Gospel according to John in chapter one, verse twenty-nine: “… Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” [John 1:29b]

At this juncture we need to turn to the books of the Acts of Apostles, to chapter twenty, verse twenty-eight: “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” [Acts 20:28]

Purchase complete!

The second point in argument is this: GOD, you “redeemed” us!  You saved us!  Don’t throw away that which you redeemed with a great price!

We are waiting for this happen!!! 

Close your eyes ... see this by faithSo then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” [Romans 10:17]

Settle this thing in your heart: “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” [Ephesians 1:14]

This redemption of the purchase is coming soon!  This involves physically taking possession of the purchased item.

We can see this in the Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Romans: “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” [Romans 8:2]

The Cross