Sunday, August 7, 2016

PSALM 107 continued...

These verses paint a serene picture
of the fruit of man's labors, whereas, 
our little potted garden has not produced
one single tomato as of yet this year. 
Alas, my green thumb has lost its color.
We've had thriving gardens in the past,
but our husbandry has lost its luster.

"He changes rivers into a wilderness
And springs of water into a thirsty ground...
He changes a wilderness into a pool of water
And a dry land into springs of water;
And there He makes the hungry to dwell,
So that they may establish an inhabited city,
And sow fields and plant vineyards,
And gather a fruitful harvest.
Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly,
And He does not let their cattle decrease... 
He sets the needy securely on high
away from affliction,
And makes his families like a flock.
The upright see it and are glad;
But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth.
Who is wise?  Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.

Isn't this psalm a lovely picture, a pastoral scene!

"Man's industry must attend God's blessing,
and then God's blessing will crown man's industry."
(Matthew Henry)

"He maketh the hungry to dwell"

Y'all know that I love history, American history the best.  This is a fascinating perspective from an Englishman, Adam Clarke, writing from the 1700's.

"All this seems to apply admirably to the first colonists of any place.  They flee from a land of want, an ingrate terra that did not repay their toil; and they seek the wilderness where the land wants only cultivation to make it produce all the necessaries of life...'The hungry dwell there.'  They sow the fields which they have cleared; and plant vineyards, and orchards which yield them increasing fruits, and He multiplies their cattle greatly...What a fine picture is this of the first peopling and planting of America and of the multiplication and extension of that people!--of the Divine blessing on their industry, and the general and astonishing prosperity of their country.  May they never again know what is spoken in the following verse!...'Again, they are diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction and sorrow.'(verse 39)  Sometimes by war or pestilence, or famine.  How diminished and brought low was the country already spoken of, by the long and destructive war which began in 1775, and was not ended til, 1783? 

He goes on as he addresses verses 40, relating it to world history, "Who can consider the fate of the late emperor of the French, Napoleon, without seeing the hand of God in his downfall!  All the powers of Europe were leagued against him in vain; they were as stubble to his bow.  He came--He saw--and He conquered, almost every where, till God, by a Russian frost, destroyed his tens of thousands of veteran troops.  And afterwards his armies of raw conscripts would have overmatched the world, had not a particular providence intervened at Waterloo, when all the skill and valour of his opponents had been nearly reduced to nothing!  How terrible art thou, O Lord, in Thy judgments!  Thou art fearful in praises doing wonders."

"He poureth contempt upon princes."
(verse 40)

"How many have lately been raised from nothing, and set on thrones! --and how many have been cast down from thrones, and reduced to nothing!  And where are now those troublers of the earth?  On both sides, they are in general gone to give an account of themselves to God.  And what an   account!"

"...all iniquity shall stop her mouth." (KJV)
"But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth." (NASV)

"God's mercies and judgments are so evident, and so distinctly marked, that atheism, infidelity, and irreligion, are confounded; last evil-doers shall not have cause to laugh and blaspheme, but to confess that all is justly and wisely done by God." (Adam Clarke)

I don't know about you, but I long for that day!  Doesn't it make you wonder how people buy lies hook, line, and sinker?  History has been rewritten and believed by the masses.  It is because they've paid tens of thousands to be taught it, they buy it--lies and all as it feeds their egos--in our universities, the temples of academia. They have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and it goes downhill from there.  There is certainly room for differences of opinions, but as far as Biblical truths, there is not any wiggle room.  Are you as tired as I am of the bombardment against our values?  That's why we are surrounded by near insanity!  There will come a day when God will shut their mouths as He did the roaring lions in the den with Daniel, a man full of the wisdom of God. 

"Whoso is wise, and will observe these thing,
even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord."

So wisdom is understanding the lovingkindness of God. 
Observe and understand.
Hide them in your heart.

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