Psalm 102 “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion”

(Our 4-part study with Psalm 102 — including video, audio and notes — is available here)

Zion is the symbolic city that represents where God’s elect will ultimately “come up on” to judge the mount of Esau (Oba 1:21). Esau represents the old man, our carnal nature that has to be changed through judgment and is the reason why it is written “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion” (verse 13 of Psalm 102 and the title of this study).

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

This study of Psalm 102 examines the verses that explain why it is a merciful act of a loving Father to arise and have mercy upon Zion through judgement. God’s mercy is demonstrated to us as He leads us unto repentance, through the judgment that comes upon mount Esau (Rom 2:4). This judgement is what leads to the “riches of his goodness” that are found in spiritual Zion (Isa 33:5-6).

Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Isa 33:5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
Isa 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

The “set time” (of verse 13) or ‘appointed time’ is the time when the Lord starts to work with His children and to cleanse their heavens from all that is defiled in the first man Adam also typified as Esau, and that work is a work of judgement in our earth so we can learn righteousness (Isa 26:9).

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Without that judgement upon us in this life (1Pet 4:17), without the chastening and scourging that every son goes through who is being received of God (Heb 12:6-8), there will be no liberty found and only a fleshly carnal “trust in the mountain of Samaria” which causes us to be “at ease in Zion” and taking our high calling in Christ for granted (2Ti 1:6-9).

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

That trust in our flesh or reasoning in our flesh or high-mindedness (1Pe 4:2, 2Ti 3:4-5) is what we all naturally hold onto until we learn obedience through the things which we suffer (Heb 5:6-8), and that is very much what this Psalm 102 is instructing us to see from start to finish, that if we are the Lord’s in this age “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion” through judgement that brings us to stop trusting in our flesh, mount Esau, or Samaria in type (Amos 6:1), and only in the living God whose purpose is to deliver us unto salvation (Psa 102:13 , 1Pet 4:1-2)

1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Psa 102:13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

(Our 4-part study with Psalm 102 — including video, audio and notes — is available here)

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