Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Psalms Chapter 78
Metaphysically Interpreting Psalms 78:1-72
78:3Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
78:6That the generation to come might know them, even the children that should be born;
Who should arise and tell them to their children,
78:7That they might set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep his commandments,
78:11And they forgat his doings,
And his wondrous works that he had showed them.
78:15He clave rocks in the wilderness,
And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.
78:16He brought streams also out of the rock,
And caused waters to run down like rivers.
78:17Yet went they on still to sin against him,
To rebel against the Most High in the desert.
78:23Yet he commanded the skies above,
And opened the doors of heaven;
78:28And he let it fall in the midst of their camp,
Round about their habitations.
78:30They were not estranged from that which they desired,
Their food was yet in their mouths,
78:32For all this they sinned still,
And believed not in his wondrous works.
78:33Therefore their days did he consume in vanity,
And their years in terror.
78:34When he slew them, then they inquired after him;
And they returned and sought God earnestly.
78:36But they flattered him with their mouth,
And lied unto him with their tongue.
78:40How oft did they rebel against him in the wilderness,
And grieve him in the desert!
78:44And turned their rivers into blood,
And their streams, so that they could not drink.
78:45He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them;
And frogs, which destroyed them.
78:46He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar,
And their labor unto the locust.
78:47He destroyed their vines with hail,
And their sycomore-trees with frost.
78:48He gave over their cattle also to the hail,
And their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
78:53And he led them safely, so that they feared not;
But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
78:56Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God,
And kept not his testimonies;
78:57But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers:
They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
78:58For they provoked him to anger with their high places,
And moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
78:66And he smote his adversaries backward:
He put them to a perpetual reproach.
78:70He chose David also his servant,
And took him from the sheepfolds:
September 3, 1933: Psalms 78:70-72
The Lord does not see as man sees. Samuel would have anointed Eliab, Jesse's eldest son, to be king, because of his fine bearing and his handsome face. God sees the heart, and takes no account of outward appearances. Therefore, David, the shepherd lad, was the chosen one. He too was “of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look upon.” Love illumines all whom it fills, and every one delights to look upon its radiance.
Those who are not really in spiritual understanding do not consider love a kingly quality. They deem it too meek, too humble, too forgiving, too effeminate to characterize or sustain rulership. From the time that love is quickened in the heart until it finally is united with wisdom, a continual struggle goes on between love and the personal will for supremacy in consciousness. This struggle is symbolized by the warfare waged by Saul against David. Saul, the head, feels that he is being gradually undermined by the heart and that he will eventually lose his power. Jealousy lies at the root of the adverse destructive thoughts that Saul sends out to kill David. The will could be deposed sooner if the really mightier power, love, would so decree; but love never desires to destroy and it spares the will, when the latter is in its power. Love is always protective, constructive, forgiving.
The arrogant will thinks that its dictates must always prevail, but there are laws of action and reaction in the realm where will functions. On one side Saul was receptive to Spirit and was often guided by Jehovah. The personal will may be open to Spirit; at times it sees and acknowledges the ascendancy in consciousness of the law of love, although it must always have the help of the higher judgment (Samuel) to make its contact with Spirit. The will functions through personality is not always loyal to Jehovah. Until it is, regenerated it is subject to thoughts of materiality. Unless it becomes strictly obedient to divine law, it will finally be overwhelmed by the Philistines of the mind, erroneous habits of thought. When David ascends the throne of Israel, love at last comes into its own and rules the consciousness.
Upon taking up his duties as king, David went first to Hebron and became ruler over Judah, his own tribe. Judah means “praise,” “prayer.” It symbolizes that place in consciousness where we come in touch with the highest activities of Divine Mind. Hebron is the front brain, the seat of conscious thought. Love is thus shown to be a faculty that we are to use consciously, in order to promote general harmony, peace, and good will, and David's going up to Hebron to rule over Judah symbolizes the way to a harmonious cooperation between the indwelling love of the heart and the understanding of the mind.
The gathering of the tribes of Israel at Hebron to acknowledge David as king represents man's conscious recognition of the supremacy of love. David is called a type of Jesus Christ because of his forgiving, loyal, loving spirit. The latter part of our lesson tells us that David shepherded his people “According to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.” David was whole-souled in all that he did. He put himself mightily into the task before him. Jesus Christ was the seed of David. The loyalty of love and its non-resistance are the only traits that permit the formation in the mind of the real man. In order to have Christ formed in us, we must practice the principles of love. Paul's pronouncement “Whose I am, whom I serve” (Acts 27:23) must relate itself in our minds to the power of love in our daily conduct.
– UNITY magazine.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 11-28-2013