Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PSALM 104 in conclusion...

"Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;
He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
And let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!

Glory.  It will never ever fade or disappear.  It is let loose in this world and will abide into the next.  The next line "Let the Lord be glad in His works," is reminiscent of Genesis 1, "and God saw that it was good."  One person has said that often the word glad suggests jumping for joy.  I don't exactly get that picture of God, but I do we the Psalmist says, further down, "As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord."

We still love little Nolan even if he's wearing the wrong uniform.

This is a little out there, but as I held a friend's precious baby boy during the softball playoffs my twelve year old twin granddaughters were in, I couldn't exactly jump for joy, but I did scare him a little with my glad shouts cheering as they swept the Norcal State Finals to go on to the Regional Playoffs.  I was cheering them on to further glory.  I know.  They are just twelve with many years of achievements ahead of them.  But in this moment of time, it was pure delight.  I also had to keep from jumping up as my grandson was in his lead role in the Lion King last week and not yelling, "That's my Noah!"  I had to merely clap like all the rest of the audience of friends and relatives of all the cast.  Then again, when I have held each of my grandbabies, they don't have to do anything but lie there and looks precious for me to want to shout for joy and be glad.  There again, I dare not jump to be glad, it might startle them. 

It's like the Psalmist says, "I will sing praise to my God while I have my being."  His glory is shimmering and shining in all He has done in His creation, which includes you and me, just because He loves us.  Let the Lord be glad in me and may my meditation be pleasing to Him.  The King James Version reads, "My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord."

There is indeed a warning included in these final verse, "with an imprecation against unthankful and negligent person, who regard not the work of God, and will not see His glory, power, wisdom, and goodness, in Hi creating, governing, and sustaining this universe; and therefore very little praise Him.  Against these he prays that they be confounded or converted." (Adam Clarke) 

Our eyes have been opened recently about those wicked who took so many lives in the Paris nightclub, not only by killing but in unspeakable brutalities--mostly unreported because of their unthinkable mutilations upon bodies whether they were still alive or already murdered.  Then there are the attacks here at home as well as the more recent attack as a terrorist drove through a crowd of men, women, and children killing so many innocent.  Someone found an unknown baby still alive in the carnage and took it home until relatives could be found.  Then there was the image of children sitting by their family member covered up with the blanket waiting for someone to help them, that was riveting. Then the images of Christians in cages, doused with gasoline and burned alive or those beheaded.  Yes, I can say with the Psalmist, "may the wicked be no more." Even mountains tremble before His smoldering touch.  Be warned or be faithful praising His holy name.

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