The Apple of His Eye ... commentary of Psalm 74
The Apple of His Eye
… A commentary of Psalm 74
Psalm 74:21: “O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.”
“O let not the oppressed
Wherever sin is there is also oppression. The wisest man that ever lived outside of Jesus Christ said this through the Spirit of God in the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter four, verse one:
“So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.” [Ecclesiastes 4:1]
Now, here is a basic truth which has prevailed for nearly six thousand years of time: The oppressed oppress others.
Look at this in the book of Isaiah – Isaiah 3:5:
“And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.”
Ezekiel 22:29: “The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.”
Behold all the tears we have here on this earth. See them in the book of Isaiah, chapter thirty-eight, verse fourteen:
“Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.” [Isaiah 38:14]
When you mourn, you cry.
Note: The tears of the apple of his eye in her prayer: Undertake for me!
Take solace in thy God! He is your refuge from the storms in this life.
Psalm 9:9: “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”
Furthermore, the LORD will relieve you of your calamity; he will comfort you; he will deliver you from all your affliction.
Now, SIN afflicts.
It results in total oppression!
When Jesus Christ came to this earth the first time on HIS singular mission [to save mankind] HE experienced this oppression first hand:
Isaiah 53:7: “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
Jesus Christ who was oppressed knows how to heal. HE healed all those that were oppressed of the Devil. Do you doubt me?
Look here with me here in the book of the Acts of the Apostles – Acts 10:38:
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
Now, when Jesus Christ comes the second time, in the very near future, HE will relieve this oppression for all those that are oppressed by the JUDGMENT of the wicked.
Look with me for this in the Psalms for this truth.
Psalm 103:6: “The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”
Psalm 146:7: “Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:”
Next go to the book of Isaiah – Isaiah 58:6:
“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”
Do you see that? The LORD loosens the prisoners from this oppression.
Again, our sin, man’s sins, causes all this oppression, and God has the remedy as we will see! Amen!
Our verse again, verse twenty-one: “O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.”
…let the poor and needy praise thy name”
All the governments of this world, including all the researchers, all the scientists, and all the think tanks within academia, have endeavored down through the millennia of time to eradicate injustice and poverty. Try as they might, they have never found the solution!
Why? Well, man is running up against the stops [or the limits, as they would say].
But the Bible gives the straight answer, yet men always ignore the answers given by God’s word, all to our hazard.
The God of Heaven and of Earth [Who is Jesus Christ] has already told us, that the poor will always be with us. It is a maxim.
Now, read with a believing heart the Gospel according to John, chapter twelve, verse eight:
“For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.” [John 12:8]
There is nothing we can do about it! The thing is established by God for a reason. Look with me in the fifth book of Moses called Deuteronomy, chapter fifteen, verse eleven:
“For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.” [Deuteronomy 15:11]
The Jewish nation was given the command to give. Their hearts were to be disposed to helping the needy and the unfortunate among them.
This was to try them, and to prove them and to bring them health as a nation. Would Israel, the apple of His eye, want to know the LORD their God? That was the question. Jeremiah 22:16:
“He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.”
They instead [within the cycles of degeneration] due to their sin and their apostasy reverted to preying upon the poor and the needy.
Read in the book of Psalms – Psalm 109:16:
“Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.”
The persecution of the poor and the needy has been going on for generations. Read for this truth in the book of Job, chapter twenty-four:
“The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.” [Job 24:14]
It is, as it says it is, in Psalm thirty-seven, verse fourteen:
“The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.” [Psalm 37:14]
Again, in the book of Isaiah, chapter ten, verse two, there is found this:
“To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!” [Isaiah 10:2]
Look in the Proverbs, chapter thirty, verse fourteen, and see this, that there is a particular generation to watch out for:
“There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” [Proverbs 30:14]
The articles of indictment were therefore laid upon Israel, the apple of his eye:
1. Israel’s pride: Ezekiel 16:49: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”
2. Israel oppressed the poor and the needy: Ezekiel 18:12: “Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,”
3. Israel robbed the poor and the needy: Ezekiel 22:29: “The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.”
4. Israel made slaves of the poor and the needy: Amos 8:6: “That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?”
But watch out! The LORD takes notice as to what the children of men are doing here on face of the earth:
Isaiah 41:17: “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.”
For the LORD will deliver the needy:
Psalm 72:12: “For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.”
For the LORD will spare the needy:
Psalm 72:13: “He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.”
For the LORD will defend the needy:
Psalm 82:3: “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.”
God has a plan for the poor and the needy! HE will pick them up [he will raise them up] out of all their troubles.
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;” [Psalm 113:7]
Psalm 72:4: “He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.”
[This Scripture will literally be fulfilled in the time of the establishment of the millennial kingdom of Heaven.]
Yes, this particular prophecy will be fulfilled soon! Ready? Isaiah 14:30:
“And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.”
We, the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, shall soon witness this great deliverance of the poor and of the needy in the very near future:
“All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?” [Psalm 35:10]
The poor and the needy will praise thy name!
So will it be! Amen!
There is one last thought I have here, concerning the poor and the needy. In this group of people [the poor and needy] there is a subset of people who also are poor in spirit.
The Lord Jesus Christ when He was on this earth proclaimed a special promise to those who were poor in spirit. The promise is this – that they would inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
Look with me in the Gospel according to Matthew, in chapter five, verse three:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 5:3]
So will it be! Amen!