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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PSALM 135



"Whatever the Lord please, He does,
In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in the deeps.
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
Who makes lightnings for the rain,
Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.
(verses 6-7)



"God has absolute power, and may do what He will.
This absolute almighty power is of universal extent;
He does what He will in heaven, in earth, in the seas,
and in all the deep places that are in the bottom of the sea
or the bowels of the earth...
all the powers of nature prove the greatness of the God of nature..."
(Matthew Henry)

 

Hmm.  This is a little au contraire to the frenzied worry over the destruction of our planet so that the "smartest person" in the country says we need to find a planet to inhabit since ours will be ruined in the years to come.  Some people are worse than fainting goats!  It's pretty bad when the heads of our government say that our refrigerators and climate change are the biggest threat to our nation.  I think they somehow left God out of the equation.  It's enough to give us the vapors.
Just as in the previous verses, not only are we "His own possession, His special treasure," so the wind and lightnings come from His treasuries. 


In the midst of Jeremiah's satire on Idolatry, which we will refer to later,
he says in 10:12-13

"It is He who made the earth by His power,
Who established the world by His wisdom;
And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.
When He utters His voice,
there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain,
And brings out the wind from his storehouses."

John Wilkes Booth (left)
in Marc Anthony play


Not only nature, but mankind, "Observe God's sovereign irresistible power...

1. In bringing Israel out of Egypt, humbling Pharaoh by many plagues, and so forcing him to let them go.
2.  In destroying the kingdoms of Canaan before them (v. 10).  No power of hell or earth can prevent the accomplishment of the promise of God when the time, the set time, for it has come.
3.  In settling them in the land of promise.  He that gives kingdoms to whomsoever he pleases gave Canaan to be a heritage to Israel his people."



In our own national history, there was no reason our rag-tag colonialists could overthrow the most powerful nation on earth, but God.  Just the way He preserved George Washington's life even astounded the natives who fought with the French against him with bullet holes in his clothing and hat and horses which were shot out from under him.   From soldiers holed up in a winter camp with him at Valley Forge some with no shoes or not enough food could rise up and defeat the organized fat and sleek Red Coats.  There was no reasonable way that my relatives (five great, etc. great grandfathers), the long hunters would march over the mountains nearly two hundred miles through snow to defeat the Torreys (fellow Americans) who were under the leadership of "one of the best" soldiers in the king's army at the Battle of Kings Mountain. 

Our very establishment as a country, through much loss of blood and treasure, is a miracle.  Thus, we celebrate Thanksgiving as a celebration of surviving against all odds because of the grace of God.  It is this history that liberals want to throw out along with the Civil War and make into revisionist history that is being taught.   It is amazing that the Bible does not mince words but shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of events of human history.  Of course, I'll be the first to admit, much of our history is ugly revealing the depravity of man.  However, there is hardly a square inch of land on our globe where the conquered and the conquerors have not struggled.  Yet, we are witnesses to the compassion of God throughout all generations, His heritage to His people.



"He smote the first born of Egypt,
Both of man and beast.
He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt,
Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
He smote many nations
And slew mighty kings...
And He gave their land as a heritage,
A heritage to Israel His people.
Your name, O Lord, Is everlasting,
Your remembrance, Lord,
throughout all generations.
For the Lord will judge His people
And will have compassion on His servants."
(verses 8-12)



Mankind is just a withering flower of the field
while the majesty of God's nature has endured through all history.


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