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Sunday, February 21, 2016

PSALM 33 continued...
 
The rest of the psalm is giving the reason for the joy, the songs, the praise:

 
 

"For the word of the Lord is upright,
And all His works is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord."
(verse 4-5)


 
"'He loves righteousness,'  What He delights in Himself, He loves to see in His followers."
 
When Robin was a preschooler, a contractor friend took us to his building site.  She asked, "Why is the house so sticky?"  It was just framed in upon the foundation, not finished yet, but with every confidence in the contractor that it would be done. Complete.  In the same way, we as still little children (as the Apostle John would tend to call us), cannot quite comprehend what God is building in this world, but we can have every confidence that the foundation of His word, and the faithfulness of His works will get it done.  He loves it!  He loves the righteousness and justice, "sticky," framed in parts of His construction.  It is with a sigh that we can look out and say, "The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord."  Oh, my!  Just lookie at His job site!  His purpose is lovingkindness, faithful love.  He not only is building mansions for us in heaven, but He has purposed to build for us and in us as His works.  How finished are you?  Are you still "sticky?"


 
"By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea
together as in a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast."
(verses 6-9)

 
Does this ring a bell?  How about Genesis 1:3
"Then God said...and their was."
"Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living being (soul)."
Genesis 2:7
 
Umm.  Do we forget this sometimes?  We are the created.  He is the Creator.  This is my Father's world.  We are to stand in awe of Him.  Speechless, almost breathless, remembering that our being is from His breathing, Soul to soul resuscitation.  We were dust, but now breathing, living, eternally living souls. 

 
But the world continues to spin, and the people of this world continue to vie for power,
constantly building their towers of babbling.  Wait, He has plans of His heart!  "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance."  Yes, I do believe our nation has been blessed to bless the world.  Has it been perfect.  Far from it.  Is this election vital?  Absolutely.  But ultimately, God is in control, who has seen every government from the beginning of time rise up and fall.   It is His inheritance that we must desire. 

 
The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations;
He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart
from generation to generation.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
(verses 10-12)



 
 
"'The counsel of the Lord.'  What He has determined shall be done.  He determined to make a world, and He made it; --to create man, and He created him.  He determined that at a certain period God should be manifested in the flesh, and it was so; --that He should taste death for every man, and He did so; --that His Gospel should be preached in all the world; and behold, it has already nearly overrun the whole earth.  All His counsels and thoughts, which refer to the future,
shall be accomplished their times."


 
This next verses make it sound like God meanders out onto his back patio with His coffee cup in hand and looks down over us all.  He fashioned our hearts.  He understands our works.  His eye, like a loving parent, is on those of us who fear Him, who hope for His lovingkindness.  Our soul waits, hopes, trusts.

 
The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
He who fashions the hearts of them,
He who understands all their works...
Behold, the eye of the Lord
(His tenderest care)
 is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness...



 
Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
For our heart rejoices in Hin,
Because we trust in His holy name.
Let Your lovingkindness,
O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped (waited for) in You."
(verses 13-22)




"'He fashions the hearts of them.'  "They are all the works of His hands; and He has formed them with the same powers, faculties, passions, etc.--the body and spirit having the same essential properties in every human being." 


 
God is no idle spectator.  Umm. That would be an idol, just a chunk of wood or something man has fashioned but can never breath life into, that some pretend is a living breathing fiendish thing to be feared and appeased, something to be propped up as if it could watch us.  We cannot mix Him up with one of those.  His eye, His most tender care is set upon us. Thus, "...our heart shall rejoice in Him."  "Here is the fruit of our confidence: our souls are always happy because we have taken God for our portion."

 


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