Psalms 91:9-10 You Can Be An Encourager

Psalms 91:9-10 (KJV)
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

I cannot help but be thrilled with the confidence of the Psalmist here. His relationship with God is so sure that he boldly assures his audience that, since they knew God as he knew God, “There shall no evil befall thee.”

A great need in our day is for Christians with this same confidence.

  • A confidence to speak out for God
  • A confidence in the work of God is
  • A contagious confidence in God

This confidence need not belong to the preacher and scholar alone. It has a rightful place among any believer who has experienced the blessed hand of the Lord. Charles Spurgeon, in his Treasury of David has this personal testimony concerning this passage, “In the year 1854, when I had scarcely been in London twelve months, the neighbourhood in which I laboured was visited by Asiatic cholera, and my congregation suffered from its inroads. Family after family summoned me to the bedside of the smitten, and almost every day I was called to visit the grave. I gave myself up with youthful ardour to the visitation of the sick, and was sent for from all corners of the district by persons of all ranks and religions. I became weary in body and sick at heart. My friends seemed falling one by one, and I felt or fancied that I was sickening like those around me. A little more work and weeping would have laid me low among the rest; I felt that my burden was heavier than I could bear, and I was ready to sink under it. As God would have it, I was returning mournfully home from a funeral, when my curiosity led me to read a paper which was wafered up in a shoemaker’s window in the Dover Road. It did not look like a trade announcement, nor was it, for it bore in a good bold handwriting these words: – “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” The effect upon my heart was immediate. Faith appropriated the passage as her own. I felt secure, refreshed, girt with immortality. I went on with my visitation of the dying in a calm and peaceful spirit; I felt no fear of evil, and I suffered no harm. The providence which moved the tradesman to place those verses in his window I gratefully acknowledge, and in the remembrance of its marvellous power I adore the Lord my God.”

If a tradesman may encourage a preacher such as Spurgeon with such confidence, so may any believer who knows the hand of the Lord.

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Psalms 91:9-10 You Can Be An Encourager

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Psalms 89:20-21 Established in Christ

Psalms 89:20-21 (KJV)
I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:
With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.

These verses (and the context in which they are found) are directed to David but must find their truest fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

My interest is in verse 21 and the phrase, “With whom my hand shall be established” many of the commentaries retranslate[1] this to read something like “From whom my hand will not leave.” I cannot argue that as a truth regarding David. God’s hand has forever been upon him through his progeny, especially Jesus. Though the Davidic family experienced supreme failures and was, at least in one line, forever dispossessed of the throne, God’s promise to him has never been altered because of Christ.

But the plain reading of the King James Version can only be applied to Christ. This understanding of the phrase is that God’s hand is established through Christ. We see

  • who God is,
  • what is His Character and
  • how His promises are fulfilled

in the Person of David’s Son, Jesus Christ.

[1] The word translated established means set up, fixed confirmed. It is difficult to find the “be ever present with” interpretation in the phrase other than through reason.

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Psalms 87:6 Where Were You Born?

Psalms 87:6 (KJV)

The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

Of this verse Spurgeon writes,
“Jehovah’s census of his chosen will differ much from ours; he will count many whom we should have disowned, and he will leave out many whom we should have reckoned.”

We read in the Scriptures of the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Whether this passage is a reference to it is a question for the scholars to debate. What interests me is that God has a count and that God considers those on it.

It seems best to understand the verse to speak of the two births:

  • physical and
  • spiritual

Those whose names are written in the book have not only a physical birth but a new and spiritual one. In this case we would be drawn to the book of the Revelation where God, at the Great White Throne Judgment, looks to see whether those delivered up to him from hell have their names written in the book of life.

Whether a person spends eternity with God or in the Lake of Fire ultimately rests in their new birth.

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Psalms 87:6 Where Were You Born?

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Psalms 85:3-4 A Position, A Prayer and A Purpose

Psalms 85:3-4 (KJV)
Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

There is in this Psalm:
A position, what God has done
Vs 1-3

A prayer, what God is doing
Vs 4-7

A purpose, the reason for which He is doing it
Vs 8-13

Positionally God’s people are:

  • forgiven,
  • cleansed and
  • seated together

with Christ in heavenly places.

We are justified.

Experientially we are all too aware of our own failing and sin.

Though God has pronounced us to be clean we are keenly aware that it is not so. We plead for Him to:

  • turn us,
  • revive us and
  • be merciful to us

because we know we need it.

We are being sanctified.

Practically we know that justification and sanctification are:

  • possible,
  • effectual and
  • actual

because “mercy and truth are met together” in the person of Jesus Christ.

We have a Saviour.

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Psalms 85:3-4 A Position, A Prayer and A Purpose

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Matthew 5:48 Bull’s Eye!

Matthew 5:48 (KJV)
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Romans 3:23 says For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The word sinned is defined as missing the mark. Picture an archer’s target. The mark is the bull’s-eye. Most of us would think that hitting anywhere on the target would be acceptable. Not so according to the definition of sin. Sin is to miss the bull’s-eye.

The Pharisees were the best-known people of their day for practicing righteousness. They worked hard at it. They had disciplined themselves toward it. They held each other accountable for it, but they were not perfectly capable of it. They could hit the target as it were. They probably could hit the target better than anyone else alive in their day. But they did not hit the bull’s-eye. They were not perfect.

Jesus set before His hearers a difficult ideal; their righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees. No, He set before than an impossible one, they were to be perfect as their Father in heaven is perfect. That is exactly what God promises in 2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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Psalms 81:12 Lust Filled Hearts

Psalms 81:12 (KJV)
So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

It was grace that prevented Adam and Eve from re-entering the Garden and eating of the tree of life. Even so, the grace of God prevents us from following after the lusts of our own hearts. There is nothing stingy that God would keep us from sin. There is nothing cruel that God restrains our passion. On the contrary, to be let go. To be given up to the lusts of our hearts is the greatest of judgments.

In the last days God with remove His restraint from this world. Antichrist will be given free reign and men will freely follow him. These will be the worst days the world has ever known.

Note however that it is not God that gives them such lust filled hearts. That is of their own doing. He merely frees them to follow after those lusts.

To be surrendered to God is a great blessing.

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Matthew 3:1 What Days They Were

Matthew 3:1 (KJV)
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

What wonderful days those days were.

  • Jesus had reached Maturity
  • John the Baptist was prepared for his ministry
  • God the Father’s own fullness of times had come

In those days:

  • Rome had occupied Israel
  • The Jews had turned their faith into idolatry and
  • The world had become open with roads and commerce

In those days:

  • God introduced to mankind the Messiah He promised so many of thousands of years before
  • The world would be forever changed by the message John was about to preach and
  • Salvation from sin would become a reality at Calvary.

The world changed in those days when one man stepped out of obscurity to do God’s will.

What days they were!

 

 

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Psalms 77:4 To Sleep or Not To Sleep

Psalms 77:4 (KJV)
Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Another Psalmist said “I will both lay me down in peace and sleep…”[1] To the one was sweet peace and rest given. From the other the same was kept.

I am reminded to be careful of putting God into a box of my choice and preference. I enjoy sweet rest. Others do not. I must be careful that I do not judge the others as not having the same Spirit of God as I. God deals with each of us as He wills.

  • God allowed Herod to slay James with the sword.
  • God led Peter away free from the same fate and at the same time.
  • God was not more pleased with Peter than James.

Each man lives of himself before God. Our duty is not to insist that anyone else walk with God as we wish them to but to encourage them in their walk with God.

  • One will remain awake all night burdened for the souls of others
  • Another will sleep peacefully assured that God will care for their souls

Both are correct and both are needed.

[1] Psalms 4:8 (KJV)
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

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Psalms 77:4 To Sleep or Not To Sleep

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Psalms 75:1 Coming Soon Near You

Psalms 75:1 (KJV)
To the chief Musician, Altaschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph. Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

When the Bible references God’s name it is often a reference not only to God himself but to Jesus. In terms that are foreign to my manner of speech, Cambridge Bible Notes says that God’s name is “the compendious expression for His Being as it is revealed to men.”

This passage says that God’s works declare that His name is near. I suggest that not only does the hand of God at work in our lives prove to us that God is near at hand but that the carrying out of God’s plan in the world is a sign pointing to the soon and near coming of Jesus Christ.

God’s promise, and the thing Christians have looked for since Jesus was taken up to heaven in Acts chapter one, is His return in like manner as He was taken up from them in their sight.

The wondrous works of God declare that coming to be near.

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Psalms 73:18 Special FX

Psalms 73:18 (KJV)
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

The other day I saw a little video designed to demonstrate the power of editing work.[1] It had a child, maybe 3 or 4 climbing on the edge of baby bed rail. We’ve all seen children do it. But in an instant the scene changed and that baby had climbed precariously out on the edge of a skyscraper. The next scene had a child playing in a park feature shaped like a boat and in the next instant the boat was in storm tossed seas. Over and over the child was shown first playing as any child would and instantly the scene was transfigured into a terrifying moment.

I think that fairly represents how the Psalmist pictured the ungodly of this world. They appear to be lifted up to high and lofty places. They seem to be prosperous and successful. Both the ungodly and, very often, the believer see them as having outdone the world. But when the Psalmist put on the perspective of God’s Word he saw an entirely different picture.

Though the devil has edited the lives of the ungodly to make them appear

  • Happy and
  • Successful and
  • Prosperous

they are, in reality, playing on slippery ground. Below them looms destruction, death and despair. They have climbed the ladder of worldliness but God has allowed them there for their fall.

The tricks and tactics of the world the flesh and the devil may make it look as if the ungodly are winning in this world but it is only a parlor trick. Christians must wear the lenses of the Word of God to see truth as truth truly is.

[1] View the video here.

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