Thursday, January 12, 2017

PSALM 147:5-9

"Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is infinite.
The Lord supports the afflicted;
He brings down the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises to our God on the lyre,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens which cry."

As we saw in the earlier passage, God is so great, so strong, His understanding is infinite, like the infinite number of stars which He counts and  names. We are like men who try to sound the depths, all the eons of men who have tried to find the bottom of God's infinite abundance in strength, greatness, power, mercy, and we could go on and on.  It is bottomless.  It is so far out of our reach, only He knows how many stars, galaxies intimately.  Matthew Henry says, "...of His power there is no computation.  Man's knowledge is soon drained, but God's knowledge is a depth that can never be fathomed."

He even knows how to take care of bullies.  He is a nation builder and a nation-take-downer.  He has seen it all., ruler after ruler, evil at its worst.   I know as a parent, when our sons told ofbullies, we reported it to the school who are responsible for their safety from the moment they leave the house to when they get on the bus, go to school, return home and arrive safely at home again on our doorstep.  But in the end, the school, even with video surveillance cannot see everything.  We can prepare our sons on how to deal with bullies, but God can do one even better.  He is everywhere, knows all, sees all, and can take 'em down.  I just found out that my son gets up much earlier in order to catch a bus which is blocks away instead of near by in order to avoid bullies.  He looses an extra fifteen minutes of sleep every morning in order to hike it there.  That's one way he is dealing with bullies.  We were in fact surprised to wake up and find that someone damaged our car tires in the night and found the other car "deader than a door knob."  Hmm. Matthew Henry says, "The Lord lifts up the meek, who abase themselves before him, and whom men trample on; but the wicked, who conduct themselves insolently towards God and scornfully towards all mankind, who lift themselves in pride and folly, He casteth down to the ground."

He knows how to provide for the entire earth, the cosmic weather man who not only reports the clouds and rains, but causes the grass to "spring forth!"  Can you imagine a weather man with the audacity to say to the millions watching, "Here is a weather pattern that I am bringing which I will use to cause the grass to grow"?  So y'all better do some good sing'n and it best sound better than the squawking crow babies God even provides worms to, the worms which come wiggling out after a good raining.

Matthew Henry says, "Clouds look melancholy, and yet without them we could have no rain and consequently no fruit.  Thus afflictions, for the present, look black, and dark, and unpleasant, but from these clouds of affliction come those showers that make the harvest to yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11)"

He continues,   "By the rain which distils on the earth He makes grass to grow upon the mountains, even the high mountains, which man neither takes care of nor reaps the benefit of.  This grass He gives to the beast for His food, the beast of the mountains which run wild, which man makes no provision for."  I know from our years of camping in the high mountains of Colorado at 10,000 feet and above, there is no greener place on earth for the sheep needing pasture to the wild creatures.  The shepherds did not plow and seed and water to make the grass there grow.  Nope.  God did.

So sing praises and get out yer lyres as David did singing to the sheep just like the cowboys sing to their cattle.  We don't need a good voice or an adoring audience to sing His praise.  Just lift up your voice.

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