The Way of God

Little RiverAs I read the first five chapters of Psalms and the first chapter of Proverbs I can not help but reflect upon the way I walk in this world.  Today I started my readings with Proverbs chapter one instead of first chapter of the Book of Psalms.   In the opening six verses Solomon gives ten reasons for writing the Proverbs.  These reasons are:

for attaining wisdom and discipline

for understanding words of insight

for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life

for doing what is right and just and fair

for giving prudence to the simple

for giving knowledge and discretion to the young

for letting the wise listen and add to their learning

for letting the discerning get guidance  

for understanding proverbs and parables

for understanding the sayings and riddles of the wise.

As I study the book of Proverbs I have gained great insight in the study of human nature. Just by reading over the ten reasons I realize that fools, sinners, murders, robbers, liars, simpleminded and those that do not have the fear of God will not be reading the books of Psalms and Proverbs.  However wisdom is still calling out to those in need.  Her presence can be heard and seen in the streets, in the gateways as she makes her speeches.  Wisdom speaks out and rebukes their foolish ways.   Wisdom pours out her heart to give them wisdom, to teach them discipline and show them knowledge and discretion.  However, they remain in their ways.  So when bad times over take them when they reject wisdom’s way she laughs at them, she mocks them and she does not answer them.  Why?  Because they choose not to fear the Lord and spurn the knowledge of wisdom.  They just want help out of their problems, they have no desire to change their ways.

As I read the words found in Luke 15:11-31 I see the father of the prodigal son follow the same path as wisdom does in the verses of Proverbs chapter one.  This principle of returning back to wisdom is importance for all parents to grasp.  We can add much to the story found in this parable but here are the facts: the younger son want his share of the estate, the father gave it to him.  The younger son squandered his share and then had to take a job which did not pay enough to met his needs. It was not until he came to his senses that he returned to the father.  As we study the principle of returning home it is importance to realize that there must be a change in a person’s walk or way of life.  If there is no change they will just return to the condition that they were in before they were bailed out of the problems that they are experiencing at the time.  Therefore, offers to help, or forcing the foolish one to go the right way is not an option.  The wayward one must turn and come back home to the way of wisdom.

The final words of Proverb chapter one reinforces this principle.  “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.  Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.  For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”  These verses are sometimes difficult for a parent to heeded who has a wayward child.  No parent who truly loves their child wants to see their child fail.  But the truth is everyone is accountable to God for the way in which they walk and it is more important to reinforce this principle then reinforcing a way of life without the fear of God guiding it. 

Psalm 146

Little RiverPraise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.  While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.  Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.  His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.  Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:  Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:  Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:  The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:  The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.  The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.  (KJV)

If you are like me and read five Psalms and a chapter of Proverbs a day then you are on the last or second to the last day of the month today.  These last five psalms are what I call the Praise Psalms.  The reading of Psalm 146 reveals to the readers Christ a picture of the promise King.  In Christ the reader would have found hope and help from the burdens that encompassed their lives.  He would uphold the cause of the oppressed, and give food to the hungry.  He would open the eyes of the blind and restore health to the broken bodies.  He would meet the needs of the fatherless and widows, but would frustrate the ways of the wicked.   However when he came to earth two thousand years ago, he became the rejected one that was pictured in Isaiah chapter fifty-three.

Who hath believed our report?

And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:

he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him,

there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men;

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:

and we hid as it were our faces from him;

he was despised,

and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows:

yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,

he was bruised for our iniquities:

the chastisement of our peace was upon him;

and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned every one to his own way;

and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed,

and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth:

he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment:

and who shall declare his generation?

for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked,

and with the rich in his death;

because he had done no violence,

neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him;

he hath put him to grief:

when thou shall make his soul an offering for sin,

he shall see his seed,

he shall prolong his days,

and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:

by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;

for he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great,

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;

because he hath poured out his soul unto death:

and he was numbered with the transgressors;

and he bare the sin of many,

and made intercession for the transgressors.

As the readers after the time of Christ look back on the Savior and his work we have a detail history of his walk found in the Gospels.  We are also given the promise of his return.  However, with this return we also will see the doing away with the ways of the wicked.  With this hope in mind how can we not praise the Lord.

This promise of the Lord’s return is very important for Christians as they make a stand for Christ in the world today.   As I read the Lord’s words concerning his kingdom found in Matthew chapter twenty-five I ask myself these questions: am I a wise or foolish virgin, a profitable or unprofitable servant, a sheep or a goat.  The answer depends upon which phrase would I want to hear.  “Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels” or “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”.  Peter informs us that if we have the correct view of the Second Coming of the Lord it will help us from being carried away by the error of the wicked.  Knowing this are you looking for that coming day?



Psalm 142

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I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.  I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.  I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.  I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.  Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me. (KJV)

This was written by David when he was running from Saul.  As I read this psalm and reflect on the times in my life that God seem so far from me I can sense the desperate need that David longed for at this time in his life.  These times are characterized by rejection even from those who should be supporting you.  It seems during these trialing times you must defend yourself from lies and dishonest statement from friends and foes alike, that are used to discredit you and your activities.  This was the case with David at this time in his life.  David was being hunt down as a criminal.  He was forced to be separated from his friends and family.   It was at this time that David even had to take his parents from their home and leave them with the King of Moab to protect them from Saul.  The only ones that surround him at this time were those who were distress, who were in debt, and those who were discontented with the events happening in Israel at that time.  These people looked to David for support, and he became captain over them.

As I study the issues that David deal with at this time, found in I Samuel chapters twenty-one through I Samuel thirty-one, I can see him praying verse six of this psalm. Toward the end of this time period  these words of David were recorded in I Samuel 27:1 “And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me any more in all the borders of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.”  David just seem to give up at this time.  The memory of the time he was anointed by Samuel to be the next King of Israel was pushed to the back of his mind.  The memory of time spent in the service of King Saul and the relationship of being his son-in-law were history.  His desire was to rest and find safety among the very enemies he once had defeated.

However, there is hope in God.  David realized this in verse seven of this psalm.  In this verse I see a principle that the church today needs to grasp and take hold of in order to have others gather around them.  This principle is simply looking to God for deliverance instead of taking matters into my own hand.  The church of Laodicea lost this principle of relaying on God to rescue and taking care of them.  In Revelations 3:17 this church is characterized by theses words “I am rich, and have gotten riches and have need of nothing” yet to the Lord “they know not that they are wretched and miserable, poor and blind and naked”.  In other words their principle was “God helps those who helps themselves and see we have prosper by this principle.”  And yet in God’s eyes they were poor, naked and blind.  God intervenes in your life for many reasons, however when He does it always for His glory and refining you for his purpose.  When we wait on the Lord and go through the refining process people will see God’s goodness to us.

So as you read this psalm reflect upon the gloom and loneliness that David must have faced during these times and the hope he still had in God to be his refuge and his portion in the land of the living.  The key to David’s life is that his heart was fully devoted to the Lord.  Being fully devoted to the Lord will bring times of difficulties in our lives and these times might be hard for us to understand.  However, not being fully devoted to God will bring destruction to our life.  Solomon is a perfect example of someone who follows God and then decides to go and pursue his our purpose.  In I Kings 11:4 “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been”.  He turned from God and God left him.  So we need to be like David and realize that when our spirit grows faint within us, it is God who know our way and all we need to do is to look to him for direction.

Psalm 139:1-6


O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  (KJV)

As I read this psalm I recall a friend whose desire was to commit this psalm to memory to remind her of how much God was really in control of everything around her.  This psalm was written by David who like Timothy was instructed in the ways of truth at an early age.  His great-grandmother was Ruth, so the history of faith must have run deep in his family.  I too saw this strong faith in my mother’s parents (my grandparents) and also in her life.  As parents and grandparents we must realized that actions speak louder than words and that our children and grandchildren watch our every action.  These actions should reflect a godly world view as presented by this psalm.  Note that this psalm starts with the phase “you have search me and you know me” and ends with the phase “search me, test me, and lead me in the way everlasting”.  This psalm starts out by introducing the great teacher God and ends with a student eager to learn God’s ways.

This psalm starts by introducing an omniscience and omnipresence God who is involved in every aspect of David’s life.  The question now arise “can I apply this psalm to my life?”.  The answer to this is a resounding YES.  Just read Matthew chapters five, six and seven (Christ’s message to Israel).  In these chapters Christ is stating the way in which we should walk and how God seeing us will provide everything we need.  In I John 3:19-20 “This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence, whenever our hearts condemn us.  For God is greater than our hearts and knows everything” John states that he knows everything in our life.  So yes this psalm can apply to your live.

From the introduction I know that God is searching my heart and that he knows me.  He knows my actions, my speech, as well as my thoughts.  He even directs my path by placing a barrier around me.  He is my potter the one that has created me.  He knows how I was form and the purpose for which I was created to perform since these were written in his book before they even happen. So as the master teacher he knows the students.

One of the truths I learned as a classroom teacher was for learning to take place the student must be willing to learn.  David recognizes the first step in learning was to trust the teacher.  He recognized that God not only knew him and was always present, but that he was framed and created by God.  We see David’s longing for knowing God’s thoughts.  However, we also see David’s desire for God to get rid of evil.  David does not hide his hatred for people with evil intent.  However his prayer is that God will intervene in this battle.  One of the biggest issues that a classroom teacher faces in maintaining classroom discipline.  I have witness many times when an unruly student has interfered with the learning process of the class.  How to handle the issues that result from evil intent is a delicate issue for the believer.   This is why God has given us great examples of faith such as Joseph, David, and many others to help guide us along the way.  Joseph’s reply to his brothers’ request from Jacob to forgive them for the way they treated him at seventeen reveals how we must approach evil intentions of other.  He stated in Genesis 50:19-20 this truth “Fear not: for am I in the place of God? And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.  So when evil intentions are directed your way turn them over to God, and keep living a blameless life before God and man.

As I study the last eight verses of this Psalm; I gain an insight of how David must have felt as King over the nation of Israel.  His desire was to rule over God’s people as a King who follow God’s way and a King who could transform this nation into a Godly nation.  As I was reading some news articles this morning I could not help reflect an article titled Bush debuts as motivational speaker by Alexander Mooney of CNN on George Bush’s comment that he made in a motivational speak in Fort Worth Texas October 26, 2009.   One of the interesting points in this article was about how Bush’s faith played a large role in guiding his decisions as the President.

“Every single day, I was honored to be your president by bringing honor and dignity to the office,” he said. Bush also added later that his faith played a large role in guiding his decisions: “From a personal perspective, I don’t see how you can be president without relying upon an almighty.”

Just like David the president’s first step was to get his our personal life in the right with the almighty.  Verses seventeen and eighteen gives us a picture of this first step:  “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.”  We must turn our thoughts toward God and reflect on his way.

However; verses nineteen through twenty-two brings up the issue of dealing with those that are wicked.  It is interesting that the first thing that David does is to turn his desires over to God.  Verse nineteen starts out by stating “If only you would”.  Yes David had no desire to be in their presences, he had no desire to take part in their plots.  Yet how do you work with the wicked when it is part of your task on this earth?  David’s desire was to create a kingdom for promoting God’s way, however, many of those surrounding him only wants to follow their desires and pleasures and promoting their way.  When studying the Psalms we see the challenges that David faced in his life as he tried to walk in God’s way.  These challenges were the same as Christ faced when he came to earth two thousand years ago.  The goal of his coming was given to us in Luke 4:16-21 as he recited Isaiah 61:1 and the first half of verse two.  The mission Christ came to do was “he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Christ did not read the second of verse two “and to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion; to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”.  Many believe that this will be fulfilled when he returns the second time.

So, as we study Psalm 139 and realize that God deals with us as an individuals, we must not lose focus that God’s dealing with us is for his purpose, not ours.  As David closes this Psalm with these words, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  The central theme of this Psalm is God’s way and our desire to follow it.  So as I read this Psalm I am drawn to these last few verses.  God usually uses a small still voice to speak to us, so heed the words of Eli and be quiet and listen for the Lord to speak to you.

Psalm 135:1-6

Little RiverPraise ye the Lord. Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise him, O ye servants of the LordYe that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.  Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.  For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.  For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.  Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. (KJV)

The key to understanding this psalm is found in verse 6 The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth”. As one recalls the Lords’ prayer in Matthew chapter six “Thy kingdom come Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”.  This Psalm is similar to Psalm 115.  Verse six of this Psalm “The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.” compares to verse three of psalm 115 “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.”  Verse fifteen through eighteen of this psalm is similar to verses four through eight of Psalm 115.  Finally, reference is made in both psalms to: the house of Israel, the house of Aaron, and those who fear the Lord.

These psalms help us understand how God uses the nation of Israel.  It is not because of the greatness of Israel as a nation that God uses this nation, but to the glory of God.  It is because of God’s promises to Adam, Abraham, Isaac,  Jacob, David, and many others that God uses the nation of Israel be bring Him glory.  His dealings with Israel throughout history gives the nations of this world examples of God’s love and faithfulness.   It gives the nations of the world to view God in action.  Yet it leaves an open door for all to had a relationship with Him.  This psalm speaks of praising him, whereas Psalms 115 speaks of trusting Him.  But both Psalms include the phase “those who fear the Lord”.

As I read this psalm I can not help but focus on the word praise.  Praise should be  a very easy task for us in our relationship with the Lord; however, I believe because of the effects of “the cares of this world” on our life we lose our focus on the relationship we are to have with the Lord.  We become so wrapped up in the everyday activities that we seem to forget the most important relationship we have is with the Lord.  Praise is wonderful.  Our relationship with our spouse is also an important relationship we have on this earth.  I have come to realize how important praise is in this relationship.  The simple, yet meaningful words such as my lovely beautiful sweet lovely young lady before I start a conversation can set the stage for a wonderful conversation.  This is the type of praise we need to come before the Lord with in our conversation.  Once we have set in place who God really is than why would we ever question the path he has prepared for us each day.   So as you start this day out start it out by praising the One who will lead you in paths of righteousness through the green pastures and still waters, and if by chance you happen to have to go through the valley shadow of death He will also be there.

Psalm 121

IMG_4046I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: From whence shall my help come?  My help cometh from Jehovah, Who made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.  Jehovah is thy keeper: Jehovah is thy shade upon thy right hand.  The sun shall not smite thee by day, Nor the moon by night.  Jehovah will keep thee from all evil; He will keep that thy soul.  Jehovah will keep thy going out and thy coming in From this time forth and for evermore.  (ASV)

This psalm shows us how much God watches over us. Yes we do have angels that attend to our needs, but it is the Lord that watches over us not his angels. Read Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not look down on these little ones.” “ For I tell you that their angels in heaven always look to the face of my father in heaven.” and you will see that it is God who watches over us not angels. The angels are looking to God for directions. With this in mind should not we also be looking to God for directions in everything we do as we walk the path of life that he has placed before us.

In a world of uncertainty ask yourself where is the answer to your problems and the issues you face in life?  Do we really look to the Lord to meet our everyday needs?  As I was reading Psalms 119 yesterday verse one introduces the reader to the true purpose of this Psalm.  The purpose is to help and strengthen the one who wants to live a blameless life and who wants to walk in the way of the Lord.

This psalm helps illustrates the personal relationship an individual can have with God.  The individual relationship that David had with God can be seem through out his writings as well as the other authors of the Psalms.  Yet it is not only an individual relationship that we share with God, but also a national relationship as illustrated in the fourth verse.  God does watch over the nations.  This Psalm illustrates the importance of looking to God for deliverance.  But what do we do then our nation as a hole rejects God ways?   Christ gives us the answer is given in in Luke 13:1-9:

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. He spoke also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.  Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbered it the ground?  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:  And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shall cut it down.

In these verses we are given two events, one political and one natural where Christ was asked the reason why these happened.  His reply was simply, do not worry about why these events are happening, or what caused them, but instead make sure you repent.  In other words we need to focus on our relationships with God and our fellowmen.  The parable of the fig tree also shows how much the servant is willing to just do to save the tree under his care.  This is the same care Christ has for us when we place ourselves under his leadership.

Verses from Psalm 119 (The Law of the Lord)

1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!

18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

29 Put false ways far from me; and graciously teach me thy law!

34 Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart.

44 I will keep thy law continually, for ever and ever;

51 Godless men utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from thy law.

53 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake thy law.

55 I remember thy name in the night, O LORD, and keep thy law.

61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget thy law.

70 their heart is gross like fat, but I delight in thy law.

72 The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

77 Let thy mercy come to me, that I may live; for thy law is my delight.

85 Godless men have dug pitfalls for me, men who do not conform to thy law.

92 If thy law had not been my delight, I should have perished in my affliction.

97 Oh, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.

109 I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget thy law.

113 I hate double-minded men, but I love thy law.

126 It is time for the LORD to act, for thy law has been broken.

136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because men do not keep thy law.

142 Thy righteousness is righteous for ever, and thy law is true.

150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from thy law.

153 Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget thy law.

163 I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love thy law.

165 Great peace have those who love thy law; nothing can make them stumble.

174 I long for thy salvation, O LORD, and thy law is my delight.

Psalm 111

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Praise ye Jehovah. I will give thanks unto Jehovah with my whole heart, In the council of the upright, and in the congregation.  The works of Jehovah are great, Sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.  His work is honor and majesty; And his righteousness endureth for ever.  He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: Jehovah is gracious and merciful.  He hath given food unto them that fear him: He will ever be mindful of his covenant.  He hath showed his people the power of his works, In giving them the heritage of the nations.  The works of his hands are truth and justice; All his precepts are sure.  They are established for ever and ever; They are done in truth and uprightness.  He hath sent redemption unto his people; He hath commanded his covenant for ever: Holy and reverend is his name.  The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth for ever.  (ASV)

Last night during the silent of my time in prayer I realized how important the very first verse of the Bible is to mankind “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.  God is responsible for our very being, however we become so wrapped up in our affairs and the social environment in which we live in that we forget that God even exist.  The world around us has taken God out of the picture.  God is either too big to care about the events of our individual lives, or he really does not exist.  This psalms helps bring us back to the simple relationship we need to have with God.  God is our creator and we are his creation.  After reading Proverbs twenty-two I realized that “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all”.  All men must call him creator.

First we must praise and extol the One who made our being possible.  Do this with your entire heart.  The path of knowledge starts with this simple understanding of “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.  If you do not have this as the foundation and starting point to pondered everything you see, hear, taste, and touch then your thoughts will lead to the wrong conclusions.  Today as you read the psalms focus on the phrase the fear of the Lord.  This fear is the starting point in understanding the world around you.

When I consider the second part of verse ten “all who follow his precepts have good understanding” I can not help but place an emphasis of the importance of starting the day out with the Word.  The world is ready to let us know our problems.  In Genesis three Adam and Eve hide from God because they were afraid and naked.  As we study the account of the fall in Genesis chapter three we realize that God did not ask Adam why he was afraid; but instead ask him “who told you that you were naked?”.  However, before Adam could reply to God’s answer God ask Adam another question “have you eat from the tree?”.  Adam’s reply it was the woman who you gave me that gave me the fruit.  So in fact Adam blame God instead of taking the blame himself.  In I Timothy 2 :14 we realize that Adam was not deceived or beguiled, but freely chose to take the fruit.  Who do we listen to every day?   The world around you, or God?  Do we follow God’s precepts or do we listen to the world?


Psalm 110

Little RiverJehovah saith unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, Until I make thine enemies thy footstool.  Jehovah will send forth the rod of thy strength out of Zion: Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.  Thy people offer themselves willingly In the day of thy power, in holy array: Out of the womb of the morning Thou hast the dew of thy youth.  Jehovah hath sworn, and will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek.  The Lord at thy right hand Will strike through kings in the day of his wrath.  He will judge among the nations, He will fill the places with dead bodies; He will strike through the head in many countries.  He will drink of the brook in the way: Therefore will he lift up the head.  (ASV) The writer of Hebrews refers to this psalm in Hebrews six and seven.  The Lord referred to this verse three times in the gospels (Matthew 22:44, Mark 12:36, Luke 20:42).  He also warned the Jews that in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of God and coming on the  clouds of heaven (Matthew 26:64 and Mark 14:62).  Peter in Act chapter two and the author of Hebrews in chapter one refers to this psalm when addressing the work of Christ.  The Lord used this psalm to redirect the Pharisees answer to his question “What do you think of Christ?  Whose son is he?”.  When they answered “the son of David”, he referred them to this psalm which he accredited to David.  His question was “How is it then that David speaking by the Spirit calls him Lord?  If then David called him ‘Lord’ how could he be his son?”.   To this they could not answer him a word, nor did they ask him any more questions.  Christ reference to this psalm was during his last week on this earth right before his death when his authority was questioned.   In Matthew 26:24 Christ states “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him”  and in Act chapter two Peter preaches that Christ is the one written about in this psalm.  Two facts to remember about this psalm: the Lord will judge the nations, however He also has the role of priest after the order of Melchizedek.  In I John 2:2 John writes of his actions in this position as being the propitiation for the sins of the whole world.   So read this psalm in relationship to psalm two and “kiss the Son, lest he becomes angry and you perish in the way, for his wrath may kindle in a moment.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.” 

Psalm 106

gullPraise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.  Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? Who can shew forth all his praise?   Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.  Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; that I may see the good of thy chosen that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation that I may glory with thine inheritance.  We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.   Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.  And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.  And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.  Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.  They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:  But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.  And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.  They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the Lord.  The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and covered the company of Abiram.  And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.  They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.  Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.  They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea. Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.  Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:  But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord.  Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:  To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.  They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.  Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.  Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.  And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.  They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:  Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.  They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them:  But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.  And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.  Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.  Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.  Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.  And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.  Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.  Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.  Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:  And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.  He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives. Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.

After reading this psalm of how God dealt with Israel in the past and his future dealings with Israel the reader should realize that God is a merciful God, a God that is always willing to forgive.   However, we as a nation should also take heed of our relationship with God today.  I am afraid that we as a nation today represent Israel at the time of Elijah and that the true worshipers are a part of the seven thousand that have not bowed their knees to Baal.  These are individuals that walk daily in God’s way and are not a part of a movement.  Movements are man’s way of making things happen, however the more I study God’s Word and watch events happening in the world around me, it seems that God uses individuals moved by His Spirit to make things happen both on a local scale as well as on a global scale.   These individuals have the characteristics that are found in verse three; they maintain justice and constantly do what is right.  They strive at living a blameless live.

Paul uses the example of this psalm in his warning to the Corinthians in I Corinthians chapter ten.  In verses 5-11 he writes “Howbeit with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.  Neither let us make trial of the Lord, as some of them made trial, and perished by the serpents.  Neither murmur ye, as some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer.  Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.”   Yes God is a merciful God, but if we are bended on rebellion when as verse forty-three states we will waste away in our sins.  We then must choose the correct way to conduct your daily walk.