Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PSALM 115 continued...


On the one hand we have deaf, mute, blind, lame gods,
while on the other we have our God, our help and our shield.

I will give Adam Clarke's literal translation of the following verses...

Three generations

"The Lord has been mindful of us;
He will bless, He will bless the house of Israel;
He will bless them that fear Jehovah, the small with the great.
Jehovah will add upon you, upon you and upon all your children.
Blessed are ye of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
The heavens of heavens are the Lord's:
but the earth He hath given to the sons of Adam."
(verses 12-16)

Just the kids...

"The Lord has been mindful of us."
"All our comforts are derived from God's thoughts to us-ward...
Both the weak in grace and the strong shall be blessed of God,
the lambs and the sheep of His flock.
'The Lord shall increase you,'
especially in spiritual blessings,
with the increasings of God.
He will bless you with the increase of knowledge and wisdom,
of grace, holiness and joy."
(Matthew Henry)

Jay and Amy's four

This past Sabboth was the perfect triad,
good worship, good preaching, and grandchildren there to sit by and to greet when they came running out of children's church calling, "Grandma!"
You see, the promise here of God's mindfulness is not just for the spiritually mature, but for the little ones as well, the weak and the strong,
"the small together with the great."
(verse 13)

Uncle Andru and Laura

"May the Lord give you increase,
You and your children.
May you be blessed of the Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth."
(verses 14-15)
Addie & Ezra

What a blessing it was to hear the five year olds quote their Bible verse,
"Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
And give attention that you may gain understanding,
For I give you sound teaching;
Do not abandon my instruction."
(Proverbs 4:1-2)
Yep, we were feeling pretty blessed about then.


But going back to earlier verses...
Sometimes we forget that fear rules those who worship idols as they try and appease these false gods.  It is not enough that they are man-made, but then they are given the false attributes of the ability to inflict terrible suffering upon their worshippers.  Instead we are encouraged the same as God's chosen people,  to trust.

"O Israel, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
Ye who fear the Lord, trust the Lord;
He is their help and their shield."
(verses 9-11)

Our fear is awe-struck reverence that endears us to trust,
not just the Israelites, the Levites, but all the rest of us who fear the Lord.
In case we miss it, the psalmist writes it three time,
"He is their (our) help and shield."
"He is our succor, support, guardian, and defence of all who put their confidence in Him."
(Adam Clarke)

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