Psalms 10:4 God In All Our Thoughts

Psalms 10:4 (KJV)
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

There are two possible perspectives for this passage, and it’s context:

On the one hand we could see it as behavioral
The wicked does what does because he is wicked.

On the other, we could see it as descriptive.
Those who behave in these ways are wicked.

  • It is wicked to persecute the poor
  • It is wicked to bless those the Lord abhors
  • It is wicked to have a mouth full of cursing

If we take this as an appropriate interpretation then verse four provides a convicting consideration, it is wicked that God is not in all of our thoughts.

Note the word all. God is to be in all of our thoughts. Not just the religious ones. Not just when we are at church or in our devotions. God should be in our thoughts:

  • While we are at home
  • While we ply our trade
  • While we enjoy our meals
  • While we visit with company
  • While we conduct our business

We understand that a wicked man would not have God in all his thoughts. Have we considered that it is wicked not to have God in all of ours?

 

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Psalms 10:4 God In All Our Thoughts

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Acts 17:4 Not A Few, But Not Enough

Acts 17:4 (KJV)
And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

I am intrigued by these terms, “a great multitude” and “not a few.” Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica had been successful. Not a few had believed the message and trusted Christ.

  • Not a few but
  • Not enough

Not enough to sway the Jews toward Conversion. Not enough to prevent lewd fellows from assaulting Jason. Not enough to keep the city from an uproar and not enough to provide Paul a welcome to stay and continue preaching. Not a few but not enough.

No matter how successful a ministry is it is petty (speaking of numbers) in comparison to those who disagree with it. My father in law used to speak of big fish in a small pond. The largest and most influential ministries are only that in the eyes of others with smaller ministries. They may puff out their chests as if they have been blessed more greatly than some others but, in the eyes of the world, they are little and despised.

It leads me to think this; we will never be so successful as to appear successful in the eyes of the world. We will never have seen enough saved as to turn the course of humanity in our own power. These are things only God can do and we must therefore remain in humble trust upon Him.

 

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Acts 17:4 Not A Few, But Not Enough

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John 8:6-7 Nothing Much Has Changed

John 8:6-7 (KJV)
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Wow, how many times has it been that people have asked me a question I tried not to answer? Truly nothing has changed in all these two thousand years.

  • They asked a question meant to cause trouble
  • They asked the question despite it being obvious Jesus preferred not to answer
  • They asked the question and came under conviction by the answer

The thing they hoped to do did not happen. He did not condemn the woman. He did not set Himself up so people turned against Him. This thing only served to heap coals of fire upon their own heads. They left under conviction, ashamed and without a word to answer Christ.

 

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John 8:6-7 Nothing Much Has Changed

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1 Samuel 30:6 Encouraged In The Lord

1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV)
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

David had been driven from his home by Saul and feared for his life from the same. Now:

  • His family had been captured
  • His stuff had been stolen and
  • His men blamed it all on him

No wonder he greatly distressed.

Yet with all that on his plate David encouraged himself in the Lord. How he did it we are not told but that he did it means we can too. I suspect he was encouraged:

  • By fellowship with God
  • By reflection on His promises and
  • By “manning up” because of God

And then he did something about it. He asked God for direction and pursued his problem.

If David could, we can.

 

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1 Samuel 30:6 Encouraged In The Lord

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1 Samuel 26:9 I Met A Man Like David

1 Samuel 26:9 (KJV)
And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?

Recently I spent a few days with a preacher friend of mine. We have known each other for two decades. I am sure we would both have called one another friends most of these years. But on this visit I learned some things about him I had never heard. I came away with huge admiration for his integrity and honor.

Some time later I read this passage of Scripture in my Daily Visit with God and was reminded of my friend and how similar his integrity is to David’s. I wrote this poem as a part of that Daily Visit with God.

 

I Met A Man Like David

I met a man like David
It was but days ago
A man in whom is honor
He is faithful, so you know

He served along another
For years, and did him good
And when ‘twas time for him to lead
His mentor to him withstood

But he kept his wits about him
He gave him praise and favor
Because to this man all his goal
Was to receive the Master’s savor

He has a burden carried long
I think it’s made him strong
He hasn’t asked that others bear
A burden, which to him belongs

He smiles and whistles and says, “God is good.”
And keeps himself real close
To Jesus Christ his Saviour
The One that he loves most

I do not think he is sin free
I know this could not be
But he has a heart that’s after God
And that is plain to see

I pray for God to bless him
And use him as His own
Fill his church with others
The fruit of His seed sown.

Marvin McKenzie February 19, 2018

 

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1 Samuel 26:9 I Met A Man Like David

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Joshua 22:17 We Can’t Afford Compromise

Joshua 22:17 (KJV)
Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD,

The iniquity of Peor was idolatry. More than that is was idolatry initiated through compromise. When Balaam was forbidden of God to curse Israel, he accomplished the same purpose by convincing Balak and the Midianites to join hand in hand. This “friendship with the world” led to Israel’s idolatry and then to God’s judgment against them.

Now Notice Israel’s assessment of that judgment these many years later, “from which we are not cleansed unto this day.” They were judged then by a plague but still the consequences of their compromise lingered. The problem with leaven in the flour barrel is that, try as you might, you can never get it all out.

  • Compromise plagued Israel through every generation up to and including today
  • Compromise plagues Christianity in general and
  • Compromise is to one degree or another hindering every believer’s walk with Christ

We simply cannot afford to compromise further.

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Joshua 22:17 We Can’t Afford Compromise

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Joshua 7:2-3 The Danger of Success

Joshua 7:2-3 (KJV)
And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.

Here is an example of one of the great dangers of success, especially resounding success. Israel immediately forgot about the miraculous aspect of their victory at Jericho. They only saw the victory.

They won so decisively that they instantly assumed there was no enemy that could defeat them. They forgot that they could put themselves at odds with God.

Notice that their next function was to judge others. They went to access the capabilities of Ai.

  • They did not look inward to judge themselves
  • They did not look upward to see God’s view
  • They assumed they were fine and everyone else was not.

There is a place and time for judgment. But it always comes after seeking God and thoroughly examining self.

 

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Joshua 7:2-3 The Danger of Success

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Deuteronomy 2:30-31 Even In The Obstacles

Deuteronomy 2:30-31 (KJV)
But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.
And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.

Nowhere does the Bible shy away from the idea that God hardens hearts. I think the reason that is a problem to so many is because they tend to apply it to a Calvinistic view of God choosing some to be damned forever in hell.  It would be much better to view it as God choosing our roles in His plan. He chooses that:

  • All would be saved
  • The saved would be united together in a local church for service and that
  • Those who reject salvation are judged because of that rejection

Notice that God did not turn the heart of Sihon in Israel’s favor. God could have had He chosen. That was not His choice. God could make all our obstacles vanish before our eyes and before we see them as an obstacle. He doesn’t do that always. (Could we even know how many times He has done that if He has removed them before we recognized them?) Sometimes God allows the obstacle, even chooses the obstacle for some purpose greater than our ease.

God is still God, still capable and still wonderfully good to us. We must choose to glorify Him in all things, even the obstacles.

 

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John 17:25 These Have “Known”

John 17:25 (KJV)
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

Jesus did not say “these have believed that thou hast sent me.” Jesus said, “these have known that thou hast sent me.

  • Faith is not believing what the Bible says is true
  • Faith is knowing what the Bible says is true

Here is the great difference between the religious and the true believer. Here is also the thing that so confounds the people of the world. Worldlings become increasingly sure that they know nothing at all. Everything they have come to believe to be true is suspect:

  • The history they have learned
  • The science they have studied
  • The philosophies they have embraced

It is all to be accepted as only being what they believe to be true at the moment. It could all become different with new knowledge and new discoveries. (About the only thing that is not suspect is their certainty that the Bible is not true.)

Then along comes the Christian. He holds something he knows to be true, that Jesus is of God.

  • He does not merely believe it
  • He most certainly knows it
  • He has no empirical evidence to prove it
  • He cannot produce hard facts that support it

There is no experiment that can reproduce it but

  • He knows it to be true

He only has one argument at his disposal for those who question him; “Come and see.” Those who know Jesus know Jesus to be God. It’s as plain as that.

  • Some believe He is probably God
  • Some accept that believing can be beneficial but
  • Those who know, know

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John 17:25 These Have “Known”

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