KNOWING THE TRUE GOD #34
The Eternal knows us, when we rise up or lay down, go here,
go there, at work or at play, when we speak or when we think.
David says there is no place to get away from God's spirit. It
matters not if we are up on the moon or down in the depths of the
sea. The Lord is and can be with us anywhere and any time. To God
there is no such a thing as darkness, the night shines as does
The Lord is with us in the womb of our mother. And David
knows that the creation of man/woman is a wonderfully made
creation. God sees our forming and taking shape in the womb. And
we are created to be able to have the thoughts and mind of God
come within us. But David realizes that not all are mindful of
the Almighty. The wicked do and speak wickedly. They will by the
way they live and speak, only take God's name in vain. And in
that sense they are the enemies of the children of God.
David cries out for God to "Search me ... and know my heart,
try me, and know my thoughts. See if there is any wickedness in
me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (verses 23-24).
Truly, indeed we should have that attitude of mind, for such
a mind-set is knowing that the our Father in heaven wants us to
be teachable, open to be corrected and to be able to move in the
way that is everlasting. This is also knowing the true God.
PSALM 140 to 143
Here we see it is okay to realize the evil man is out there,
and some of them are out to "get you" in certain ways, if they
can. That is sometimes the reality of this life. It is fine to
ask God to deliver you from such enemies. Sometimes you must even
hand them over to the Lord to deal as He sees fit with them.
Sometimes it is okay to ask that their own mischief rebound upon
them. And in David's situation some of these evil ones ... well
they needed to be as coals cast on the fire, put in a deep pit,
and rise not up again. Pretty hard stuff - but sometimes needed.
Twice in my life I've had two very real enemies. The first
when I was in my 20s up to being 30 years old. This fellow in the
same department was finally made department head, and then he was
"out to get me and my religion." I finally left, and turned him
over to God. I learned years later, he became a double amputee of
both legs and died of cancer. Maybe just the way the dice rolled
for him, but then maybe not, when you read this Psalm. The other
fellow (a church brother) ... well I've related that story to you
under the study "Watch how you pray" on this Website. It was a
quick and sad end to him, that had to be more than just the roll
of the dice.
Those that follow righteousness will praise the Lord, and
the upright shall dwell in His presence ( Psalm 140 verse 13).
David wants to serve God, to be taught, corrected, led into
the way of righteousness, and to be delivered from the enemies.
He has a thirst for the pathway of the Lord, and desires to know
the right way to walk. He wants God to teach him to do His will,
and David also wants the enemy to be cut off.
Man is weak, his days are but a shadow that will fade away
(in mortal death). But God does take knowledge of mankind, indeed
so, as God created mankind for His purpose. You need to make sure
you study my study called "A Christian's Destiny" on this
Website. The Lord is mighty in works. His creation shows His
might, beyond our finite minds. What they are discovering in
outer space today just blows your mind, the human mind cannot
really comprehend it. As Paul wrote, we look through a glass
darkly, but one day we shall know even as we are known. David
will sing a new song unto the Lord. He asks to be delivered from
those who speak vanity and whose right hand speaks falsehood. He
desires to see the next generation, our sons and daughter, in
prosperity and happiness, whose God is the Lord.
One glorious Psalm of praise and thanksgiving, well worth
quoting ever word:
"I will extol thee, my God, O King; and I will bless thy name for
ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy
name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be
praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall
praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I
will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and of thy
wonderous works. And people shall speak of the might of thy
terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall
abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing
of thy righteousness. The Lord is gracious, and full of
compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good
to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works. All thy
works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.
They shall speak of the glory of thy Kingdom, and talk of thy
power. To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the
glorious majesty of His Kingdom. Thy Kingdom is an everlasting
Kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that
be bowed down. The eyes of all look unto thee (margin); and thou
givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand,
and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The Lord is
righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works. The Lord is
nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him
in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him: He
also will hear their cry, and will save them. The Lord preserveth
all them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy. My
mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless
His holy name for ever and ever."
Oh, so much of the truth of God, that we have seen
throughout previous Psalms, but here it is all put in one Psalm,
and what a glorious Psalm it makes. It is a Psalm of praise. It
is a Psalm of the greatness of God. It is a Psalm of the
righteousness, the goodness, the compassion, the mercy, the acts
of God remembered. It is a Psalm of the Kingdom of God that shall
reign over the universe for ever and ever. It is a Psalm showing
that God cares for and upholds His people. It is a Psalm that
tells us all good things come from God. It is a Psalm that tells
us all the ways of the Lord are righteous and He is holy in all
His works (sometimes we may not understand everything the way the
Lord works, we look through a glass darkly). It is a Psalm that
makes clear God is nigh unto them that call upon Him in truth
(you don't have the love of the truth, He is not going to be nigh
unto you, in the way He can be nigh unto you if you call upon Him
in truth). It is a Psalm about the Lord fulfilling the desire of
them that fear Him. Maybe not in this life, all the desires, but
the important one - the desire to live for eternity with the
Father - will for sure be fulfilled in God's own time. It is a
Psalm about God hearing the cry (the sighing and crying - Ezekiel
9:4 - of His children) and will save them, for eternity for sure,
and deliver them from evil in one way or another (remember
Daniel's three friends and the fiery furnace). It is a Psalm
about the Lord preserving - for eternal life - those that love
Him (see 1 John 5:2-3 for a Bible definition of loving God).
It is a Psalm about the wicked that will be destroyed - those
that will not repent of sin, will die - the truth of Romans 6:23
is here proclaimed. It is a Psalm about giving praise and
blessing to the Eternal God.
A Psalm about salvation - forgiveness and mercy shown to
those who will serve and worship God, as Jesus said, "In spirit
and in truth" (John 4:23). It is to the poor in spirit, the
humble of mind, the child like mind, the ones who will tremble at
the word of God (Isaiah 66:2), that He will look at. Do you
respect and give proper fear to the word of God, above anything
else? You may like to read 2 Thessalonians 2 in conjunction with
the phrase "love of the truth." As Jesus taught in the Gospels,
you must be willing to give up, or place no thing or person
between yourself and Him and the Father. Jesus also said that
God's word was truth (John 17:17), and He also taught that you
were to live by every word of God (Matthew 4:4).
There are dozens of plain simple to understand verses in the
Bible, that teach you the way to salvation. You do not need a PhD
or 4 years in some "Theology school" to know how to find
salvation with God. All you have to do is BELIEVE the clear
verses and set your mind into the attitude the Lord wants, which
you have been reading about throughout these Psalms - right from
Yes, salvation, how you can have it, is found in the book of
Psalms. I have a study called "Salvation in the Psalms." You may
like to stop here and study that study. I encourage you to do so.
To be continued