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.

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?