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Psalm 107:1-9, 43 - The path to redemption


1 Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, *

and his mercy endures forever.

2 Let all those whom Yahweh has redeemed proclaim *

that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

3 He gathered them out of the lands; *

from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastes; *

they found no way to a city where they might dwell.

5 They were hungry and thirsty; *

their spirits languished within them.

6 Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble, *

and he delivered them from their distress.

7 He put their feet on a straight path *

to go to a city where they might dwell.

8 Let them give thanks to Yahweh for his mercy *

and the wonders he does for his children.

9 For he satisfies the thirsty *

and fills the hungry with good things.

43 Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *

and consider well the mercies of Yahweh.


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In the above translation by the NRSV, I have reinstated the name “Yahweh,” which was written five times by David, in these ten selected verses. This repetitiveness is confirming that David’s soul was married to Yahweh, so he knew His name personally. To call “Yahweh” by His name means to be in a spiritual relationship with His Spirit. David was “anointed” by Samuel (made a “mashiach”), while Yahweh poured out His Spirit upon David’s soul, forever making him be “Anointed” (a “Messiah” or “Christ”). To be so Anointed means one can call Yahweh by His preferred name (rather than be minimalized as “the Lord”).


When David sang in verse one, “give thanks to Yahweh for he is good,” this says David was joined to His, because only one who knows Yahweh can know “he is good.” This is why Jesus asked the young, rich ruler how he knew Jesus was “good.” Jesus told him, “Only God is good.” This said Jesus knew the young, rich ruler did not know Yahweh personally, therefore he did not know “good.” Without knowing Yahweh (by name), he could not assume Jesus was “good;” and, that said the young, rich ruler did not know Jesus either.


When David sang about Yahweh’s “mercy endures forever,” this speaks of the blessing of eternal life that comes to a soul that has married Yahweh. The Hebrew word translated as “mercy” actually means “goodness, kindness.” This speaks louder as the “foreverness” of salvation, as once a soul is united with Yahweh in marriage it then becomes merged with the essence of Yahweh – that forever brought on by the resurrection of Yahweh’s Son’s soul with one’s soul – which is the ”goodness” and “kindness” of divine possession.


Verse two repeats the verb “redeemed,” which shows the “goodness” of Yahweh comes from all past debts being paid. The debt of sin is washed clean by the Baptism of Yahweh’s Spirit; and, this is the marriage that makes a soul in its flesh become His wife (regardless of human gender). This means “the hand of the foe” is Satan, who is the enemy of all souls. It is a marriage of a lost soul to Satan that leads a soul in the flesh to build up a debt that must be repaid before death. Otherwise, the payment of sins will be either reincarnation of eternal damnation.


When verse two is understood to be placing focus on the trappings of evil being “the foe” or “the enemy,” verse three then makes it clear that the influence of Satan on souls in the flesh is everywhere. The root word that begins this verse is “erets,” which means “earth, land,” should be read metaphorically, such that human flesh is made of “the earth.” There is no place on “the earth” that is more conducive for lusts and sins. This verse is saying that wherever souls in habit “the flesh,” they will be drawn by the guilt of sins to find Yahweh for redemption.


Verse four then speaks of those souls that will be more apt to seek Yahweh. They will be those who “wander into the desolate wilderness” or “desert wastes.” This speaks of a dryness of soul, which seeks ever-living waters to be refreshed. On the other hand, it is the “cities” that create the “excitement” (the Hebrew word “iyr” means both) that leads the flesh to desire pleasures that are morally denied. When one’s soul remains moist from Satan’s rewards of the material realm, the souls are less inclined to seek spiritual nourishment.


Verse five then sings of hunger and thirst, where this is spiritual needs, not physical desires. A soul “faints” or a “spirit languishes” in an environment that finds no solace from religious teachings. When one’s soul is seeking the bread of heaven to feed one’s mind and the blood of Christ [not Jesus – the Spirit of Yahweh] to course through one’s flesh – and everlasting waters that never need replenishing – that flowing from the Spirit being one with one’s soul – then one’s soul will seek Yahweh to fill that void.


Verse six then names “Yahweh” as the one a deprived soul turns to. When a soul cries out to His name in seriousness, then He hears one’s pleas for help and will not deny them. That help comes one bite at a time and one drop at a time, with each drop leading one to seek more.


Verse seven then says those who have been fed spiritual food and given spiritual drink to nourish their souls, they must be led to a place where other lost souls are also seeking help. This sings of the need for ministry in the name of Yahweh. This means that a soul has married Yahweh and given rebirth to His Son’s soul (Adam-Jesus), so that Lord over one’s flesh will keep one from being distracted by the lures of a place of “excitement,” remaining sin free. This becomes the model upon which other souls in bodies of flesh can look to.


In verse eight is found the NRSV translating “children” incorrectly. The literal Hebrew states “sons of men,” from “liḇ·nê ’ā·ḏām.” As can be seen, this can also say “sons of Adam,” since that is the Hebrew word written in Genesis 2, where Adam is named. To be a “son of Adam,” one’s soul has to have the soul of Adam resurrected within it, which is the soul of Jesus [a name meaning “Yah[weh] Saves.” The “wonderful works” or “wonders” done by these reborn “sons of men” are those in ministry, as Saints, each reborn as Jesus, each a “Son of Yahweh.”


Verse nine is then singing praise to these holy men (and women) going out in ministry “feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty.” To then jump ahead to the last verse in this song of David, verse forty-three says this is only possible after a soul has sought Yahweh and served Him as His disciple. Once one has proved one’s worth to Him, Yahweh will marry His wife-souls through divine Baptism of His Spirit. This brings about the rebirth of His Son Adam (a. k. a. Jesus), who becomes a soul in the flesh’s Lord, leading each into ministry as Adam-Jesus resurrected in new flesh.


As a companion song to the Hosea 11 reading, where Yahweh sang through His prophet about the cities on the plains that were destroyed by their own neglect [not Yahweh], this song sings of the influence of "cities" on the flesh of human souls. Only when one has been given an inner protector - a Lord of divine origin - can one not be distracted by the "excitement" these places of mixed souls. The "cities" are like the world, which is a "sea" of souls that must be caught by the Saints of Yahweh. Otherwise, they will be caught by demon spirits and enslaved.

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