Friday, January 6, 2017

verses 5-6

"How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever..."

"God of Jacob"

Well, if God can help the ol'heel-grasper, angel-wrestler,
deceiver Jacob, He can help you!
Our hope is in the Lord, His God, our God.
My hope is in the Lord, His God, my God.

Spurgeon call this blessed hope, "Heaped up is his happiness indeed!"

"The God of Jacob is the God of the covenant,
the God of wrestling prayer..."

"Help and hope Jacob found in his excile
when none but God could help."
(Simon de Muir)

In the New Testament, Acts 4:24ff, when Peter and John were arrested,
upon their release the people quotes some of this verse...

"And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said,
'O Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them..."

Since man should not put their trust in princes, in men who return to the dust, he should put his trust in the Creator.  We don't see King Saul walking around, neither do we see King David.  We don't see Herod sitting on a throne, nor the apostles, Peter, James and John shaking out their sandals anywhere, for example.  We don't even see, like doubting Thomas, our Lord walking with his sandals kicking up the dust upon this earth.  But the stars are still there hanging about.  The mountains and valleys are still in place, though a little shaken here and there by earthquakes and the Flood.  The sea is still there since the days of Creation, still bound by the hand of God who tells it, come here, but no further. 

"He who made heaven can make a heaven for us, and make us fit for heaven.  He who made the earth can preserve us while we are on the earth, and help us to make good use of it while we sojourn upon it.  He who made the seas and all its mysteries can steer us across the pathless deeps
of a troubled life, and make a way for His redeemed to pass over.  The making of the worlds is the standing proof of the power and wisdom of that great God in whom we trust.  It is our joy that He made not only heaven, but the sea; not only things which are bright and blessed, but things which are deep and dark." (Spurgeon)

"Who keeps faith forever"
"Who keepeth truth for ever."

Are you starting to get the picture?  God has the big picture, from beginning to the end.  He is unchanging.  Creation is His stage.  Man has only bit parts while God is the leading man.  We can trust that He, without fail, will remember all His lines... 

"stored in His inexhaustible treasure as the most costly jewel ever there."
"And because the truth which He so keeps,
and which is the sustaining power which preserves the fabric of creation,
is the Eternal Word, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ."
 (Dionysius the Carthusian & Ayguan)

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