Fires burned over 30,000 acres near Athens. Thousands were evacuated.
1I will sing of the mercies of Yahvah forever; with my mouth, I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
2For I have said, The world will be built up with mercy; your faithfulness you will establish in the very skies.
3I have made a contract with my chosen, I have sworn to David my servant,
4your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.
5And the skies will praise your wonders, Yahvah, also your faithfulness in the congregation of the saints.
6For who, in the skies, can be compared to Yahvah? Who, among the angels, can be likened to Yahvah?
7God stands forth in the assembly of the saints, great and revered above all that are about him.
8Yahvah, god of hosts, who is mighty like you? Your faithfulness is around you.
9You rule the splendor of the sea; you still its waves.
10You have humbled the proud as those who are slain; you have scattered your enemies with your strong arm.
11The skies are yours, the land is also yours; as for the world and its fullness, you have founded them.
12The north and the south, you have created them; Tabor and Hermon glorify your name.
13Yours is the arm, and yours is the might; your hand is strong and your right hand will be exalted.
14Your throne is built on righteousness and judgment; mercy and truth go before your face.
15Blessed is the people that understand your glory; they will walk, Yahvah, in the light of your countenance.
16In your name, they will rejoice all the day; and in your righteousness, they will be exalted.
17For you are the glory of our strength; and in your favor, our horn will be exalted.
18For Yahvah is our hope; and the holy one of Israel is our king.
19Then he spoke in visions to his righteous one, and he said, I have given help to a man; I have exalted one, chosen out of the people.
20I have found David my servant; with my holy oil, I have anointed him.
21My hand has helped him; my arm has also strengthened him.
22The enemy will not prevail on him, nor the sons of the wicked afflict him.
23And I will destroy his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him.
24But my faithfulness and my mercy will be with him; and in my name, his horn will be exalted.
25I will also set his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
26He will cry to me, You are my father, my god, and my mighty savior.
27I will also make him my firstborn, and will exalt him over the kings of the land.
28My mercy, I will keep for him forever, and my contract will stand fast with him.
29His seed, I will also make endure forever, and his throne, as the days of the skies.
30If his sons forsake my law and do not walk in my judgments;
31if they break my statutes and do not keep my commandments;
32then I will visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
33Nevertheless, my lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, nor permit my faithfulness to fail.
34Neither will I reject my contract, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
35Once I have sworn by my holiness to David, and I will not lie,
36his seed will endure forever, and his throne, as the sun before me.
37It will be established forever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in the skies.
38But you have forsaken us and despised us, you have made your anointed one to turn his face.
39You have rejected the contract of your servant; you have cast his crown to the ground.
40You have broken down all his hedges; you have brought his strongholds to ruin.
41All that pass by have trampled on him; he has become a disgrace to his neighbors.
42You have set up the right hand of his adversaries; you have made all his enemies to rejoice.
43You have turned the edge of his sword, and have not sustained him in the battle.
44You have made his glory cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.
45The days of his youth you have shortened; you have covered him with shame.
46How long, Yahvah, will you be angry? Forever? Will your wrath burn like fire?
47Remember me from the time I was created; for you have not created all men in vain.
48Who is the man who lives and will not see death? Will he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?
49Master, where are your former lovingkindnesses, which you swore to David in your truth?
50Remember, master, the disgrace of your servants; for I have borne throughout my life the mockery of the Gentiles;
51with which your enemies have disgraced me, Yahvah; with which they have disgraced the footsteps of your anointed.
52Blessed be Yahvah forever. Amen and Amen.
Fires began in the Athens region of Greece on Friday night, August 21, 2009. They spread over Saturday and seemed to reach maximum intensity on August 23, 2009. Fire fighting was suspended at Sunset in Athens for the safety of the fire fighters.
This Psalm generally deals with everlasting covenants between God and man. The name post prominent in the Psalm is David, though it also deals with people generally.
Greece is the country that inherits the promises to the Lost Tribe of Zebulun. It is the country from which all other western nations derive their governmental structures. It is also the tribe that will become a "haven for ships" and that promise is seen in verse 9 of this Psalm.
Greece tends to show up in prophetic headlines at or near the start of general replays along the time line. At this date the Passion Week stories are beginning which is itself another replay.
Verse 46 asks if God will remain angry forever, if his wrath will consume like fire. The fires near Athens are themselves a replay of fires in 2007, and appear as a form of wrath against the Greek people. Wrath that seems not to end. These fires are the match to the Psalm.
The order to stop fighting the fires came around sunset on the 23rd, a few hours ahead of the theoretical time for this Psalm, but when bounded by daylight, a match. (Sunset is day break Biblically, midnight, essentially the indicated time of this Psalm, is the modern day-break, so these are a match by intent.)
Verses 38 and following contain additional matches.
Verse 40 discusses the forests and buildings that have been brought to ruin.
Verse 41 discusses the view from those who "pass by." Various nations have helped by sending additional fire fighters. The Psalmist suggests this is a form of disgrace.
Verse 43 discusses how the battle has been lost. The deputy mayor of at least one town asked the central government of Greece to send help, but they did not for many of the early hours of the fire. That delay is responsible for the extensive damage caused by the loss of this battle with the fire.
Verse 44 discusses the "loss of glory." The term indicates the loss of light, and the smoke from these fires lingered across the Athens region for much of the day, blocking out the sun.
Verse 45 discusses being covered with "shame." Matched by the ashes of the fire.
Greece has a Royal Family intermarried with other royal houses in Europe. The royal family fled Greece in 1974 after a coup, eventually setting up and running a bi-lingual Greek-English school in London.
That 1974 date was the start of another replay, which is folding through to this Psalm as seen in the Passion Week series. An interesting match across time.
A 1994 act of the Greek parliament confiscated the personal possessions of the king in an attempt to end the monarchy. An international court case eventually ordered the nation to either return, or buy, those properties. The Greek government decided to buy them. They paid for them with money taken from the national budget for natural disasters. As a result the Royal family set up a charity to help victims of natural disasters in Greece.
This history explains what is going on with fires in Greece. By rejecting the offspring of David chosen by God to lead Greece, the nation has reaped God's wrath in the form of these fires. The same budget used by the government to buy-off their true leader. Suggestions seen in the media about how these fires are the result of global warming should be ridiculed.