KNOWING THE TRUE GOD #33
I will quote this Psalm in its entirety. It has somewhat of
a sentimental value to me; as a child growing up in a Church of
England school, I had to memorize this Psalm:
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills: from whence cometh my
help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee
will not slumber. Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither
slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade
upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the
moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He
shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out
and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."
What a great Psalm of hope, peace, and blessing. All the
children of God need to know this Psalm, not necessarily by
memory as I had to learn it when a young boy, but every child of
the Lord needs to know the promise of the Lord in this Psalm.
Yes, you must not take it out of context of the whole Bible, for
the whole Bible tells you that you must know that this Psalm is
true of the true God, even when you may be facing death for His
safe. Remember the three friends of Daniel and the fiery furnace.
This Psalm was true for them, even if, as they said, God chose
not to rescue them from physical death. They would serve the true
God and know they were in His arms, for you will be preserved;
you will be His, and you will be given life forever more in a
resurrection to glory.
So we go through life remembering the teaching of this
wonderful Psalm. We may slumber and sleep in death for a moment,
but the God of Israel does not slumber or sleep. And He has the
power to preserve your spirit (Ecc.12:7) until the day of the
resurrection of the saints.
PSALM 122 to 124
Jerusalem will yet be the house of the Lord. The throne of
David (Jesus sitting on it) shall be there once more as in days
of old. Yes, even other thrones of the 12 apostles ruling each
over a tribe of Israel as Jesus promised them (Matthew 19:28).
This is all foretold in the prophets of old.
God will be the deliverer and our helper.
PSALM 125 and 126
The saints of God will be as mount Zion - which cannot be
moved, for the Lord has decreed it to be so. As the mountains are
around Jerusalem, so is the Lord around His people. What people
sow they shall reap; the righteous shall find goodness, the
wicked shall go forth and be no more, just as Romans 6:23
The Lord should be our foundation for all things. Building
on anything but the ways of the Lord is vain and useless in the
long run of things that really matter.
It is God that created man and woman, and it is a blessing
to have children, providing of course you teach them the ways of
the righteousness of the Creator.
An overall general statement is here given. It is a blessing
to respectfully fear the Lord, and for most of God's children
life will be good, maybe some hills and valleys along the way,
but the majority are not chosen to be a Paul, single, enduring
many severe trials in life, rejection by some, beatings by
others, and all the rest that the apostle Paul would have to face
in serving and teaching the truth of the Lord.
Sometimes it is okay to cry out that the wicked, be cut
loose, to face the reward of the wicked.
Ah, once more we are reminded that God is merciful, with Him
their is redemption, with Him there is forgiveness. It is good to
wait for the Lord, to know His word is true.
It is good to be HUMBLE, to know your place, and not try to
exercise yourself in matters that you are not skilled in, and are
beyond your abilities. As Paul put it, do not think more of
yourself than you should.
The promise that the Lord made with David and his throne
will come to pass. From the very lineage of David, Jesus came,
and He will sit upon David's throne in Zion. The saints will
shout aloud for joy. The anointed One - Jesus the Christ - will
bud forth on that throne in Zion, and His enemies will be clothed
with shame, as His crown flourishes.
It is indeed good and pleasant for God's people to dwell in
unity. The unity is not a man made organization, but a unity of
spiritual truth, the unity of the Spirit leading into all truth,
as Jesus promised it would after it came on that day of Pentecost
in 30 A.D. The Spirit has never stopped leading into all truth,
for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for those
who will prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.
We should bless the Lord and He will bless us.
The Lord is good. He is great. The Lord is above all gods.
Whatsoever He was pleased to do in the heaven, the earth, the
seas, He did it. He makes the lightnings, the rain, the wind. He
it is who can smite nations and kings, all things are in His
hands. The idols of the heathen may have been built to look like
mighty humans, but their mouth cannot talk, their eyes cannot
see, their ears cannot hear. They that make such gods are like
them - dumb as dumb can be!
And those that make evolution as their god are as dumb as
what they believe we came from, some tiny dumb cells in the sea.
A Psalm that looks back at some of the mighty acts the Lord
did from the creation to the blessings bestowed on the people of
Thinking of being captive in Babylon, but knowing God has a
plan, and that plan will mean the destruction of Babylon.
All this will happen again, history will repeat itself; this
time at the end of the age, when Jesus will come to deliver
Israel and Judah out of captivity in modern Babylon, and will
also once more destroy the Babylon of the book of Revelation.
In a figure of speech God will magnify His word above His
name. One day all the kings of the earth will praise the Lord,
when they hear the words from His mouth. The glory of the Lord
will be so great they will sing in the ways of the Lord.
Indeed the day comes that the knowledge of the Lord shall
cover the earth as the waters cover the seas.
Though God be high in the heavens, He will come close to the
lowly and humble; but the proud He knows only from a far
God is our victor against the enemy. The Lord will perfect
in mercy, those that are His. He knows them and He keeps them
safe unto the day of the resurrection when He will call and we
shall answer; when He will have a desire to the work of His hands
To be continued