Psalms 147:9-10 God’s Pleasure

Psalms 147:9-10 (KJV)
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

Is it our honest desire to be the delight and pleasure of our God? Do we truly want to please Him in our lives? This passage may cause some a fair deal of concern. God is not excited and pleased with strength. He has little joy in the works of men – what we may or may not accomplish. These may have their place, but not in relation to our relationship with God.

  • He delights not in the strength of the horse
  • He takes no pleasure in the lags of men

The Bible is quite specific.

  • God takes pleasure in them that fear Him
  • God takes pleasure in those that hope in His mercy

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Psalms 145:18 Near God

Psalms 145:18 (KJV)
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

What an encouraging passage. “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him…”

He is nigh unto all
No doubt there is no one so far from God that He cannot hear and help. No one so far He cannot save. No one so terrible He does not love.

He is nigh unto all that call upon Him
This limits then the “all.” He is nigh unto all but He is especially nigh unto them that call upon Him. When my sons were small we might have been physically near most of the time but we were near emotionally, attentively and etc. when they called out to us. There is a difference between being close at hand and being at hand.

He is nigh to all that call upon Him in truth
This limits the promise still further. God is not far from anyone but He is closer to those who call upon Him and closer still to those who call upon Him in truth.

It is important then that we not only know that we know the Lord but that we rightfully divide His Word so we know the truth.

 

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Psalms 138:2 A Place, Person and Plan for Worship

Psalms 138:2 (KJV)
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

I see three of the key components of worship within this verse:

  • A place to worship
  • A Person to worship and
  • A plan for worship

Worship always involves a place of God’s choosing.
Rebellious man has decided that God can be worshipped anywhere he pleases. While this might seem truthful, it places the wrong one in control of worship and thereby nullifies that worship. If we are not submissive to God we are not in worship. The place of worship in the New Testament era is in a local (I believe, Baptist) church.

The mention of God’s name is here found twice.
It is an obvious reference to Jesus and reminds us that we worship God by Christ. He is the High Priest Who opened the way that we may come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Finally is the reference to God’s Word.
He has magnified His Word even above His name. To worship God without Christ is heresy. To come to Christ without the Word is impossible.

 

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Psalms 131:1-3 Humility Equals Happiness

Psalms 131:1-3 (KJV)
LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.

The happiest people before the Lord are the most humble. This Psalm, ascribed to David, is powerful in that it seeks no power. It is simply a declaration of humility:

  • He had no ambitions in his heart
  • He sought no positions of elevation
  • He attempt no great deed

And yet, we know God used him in great ways.

He had quieted and contented himself. He had separated himself from dependence upon others.

His only hope, and that hope he sought for Israel, was the Lord.

 

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Psalms 119:136 It Makes Us Weep

Psalms 119:136 (KJV)
Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

There are a couple of ways to interpret this verse and each has merit.
The one is the distress of the Psalmist because God is not glorified in these who disobey the Law
Every believer ought to be distressed that God does not receive the glory due His name. When a person

  • Ignores the Word of God,
  • Denies the Word of God or
  • Willfully disobeys the Word of God

they are at enmity with God and they are robbing from God the honor, glory, majesty and worship He deserves.

The other is the affliction he experienced in his personal life because of disobedience to God’s law
Whenever a person flagrantly disobeys the Bible he or she creates a situation whereby a believer might be pained.

  • It could be direct violence such as Cain did to Abel
  • It could be indirect such as the trials of Daniel when judgment came to Jerusalem.

He was not directly responsible for the judgment but he was directly impacted by it.

Whichever the interpretation one chooses (I see a place for both of them) the fact is that Christians long that others would learn the Word of God and keep it.

 

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Psalms 116:9 Walk Before The Lord

Psalms 116:9 (KJV)
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

Because the Psalmist, under the inspiration of God, made this declaration, I take it that this is possible.

It is possible to walk before the Lord
The word “before” means face. He walks aware that God’s face is upon him. The word references the face as that part of the body that turns. God’s face follows and watches us. He knows our moves and the places we have been. He never leaves us or forsakes us.

He also walks with his face turned to God. Wherever life takes him, whatever he is dealing with he has his face on the Lord.

It is possible to do it in this life
This is simply a pie in the sky, when I get to heaven that’s what I’ll do sort of thing. Right now, in the land of the living. Where God is invisible to my eyes and where the issues of life are ever present. Where people press upon me to live as they live.

Right here I can and therefore will walk before the Lord.

 

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Psalms 112:1 Who Gets The Best Blessings?

Psalms 112:1 (KJV)
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Praise ye the Lord.

Seems to me that this first phrase stands alone. The Psalmist makes this declaration before beginning his thesis, Praise ye the Lord.

I am struck with those words, “…that delighteth greatly in His commandments.” He doesn’t merely delight in them but he delights greatly in them. The word means wholly, speedily, diligently. It comes from a word meaning vehemence. We could suggest with passion or hotly.

Over the years I have met multitudes of people who claim to be believers but it would be impossible to think of them as passionate, diligent, wholly believers. For them their faith was an “add on”. It was for them a bonus to be Christian so long as Christianity provided for them some perceived benefit and so long as that faith did not become an inconvenience in any way. God’s Word promises no blessings for believers of that sort.

The great blessings in Christianity are reserved for those with the greatest passion for God and His Word.

 

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Psalms 112:1 Who Gets The Best Blessings?

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Psalm 15:1-5 Who Stays in the House

I. HIS CONDUCT
Psalms 15:2 (KJV)
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

None of us are perfect. We make mistakes. We do things we later wished we had not done. We don’t do things we later wished we had. But the one who is serious about his relationship to his Lord and to His church strives to do the right thing.

II. HIS COMMUNICATION
Psalms 15:3 (KJV)
He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

He is concerned that those who abide at the tabernacle are careful not to use their tongues against one another.

III. HIS CHARACTER
Psalms 15:4 (KJV)
In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

Just about anyone can pretend to be a good man for a little while.

Psalm 15:1-5 Who Stays in the House

Psalms 102:18 A Faith That Will Sustain

Psalms 102:18 (KJV)
This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

The promise of this Psalm is, Psalms 102:28
The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

The Word of God, and this Psalm in particular, is written so that those who follow us will continue in the faith and be established (perhaps an allusion to heaven) before God.

So what does the Psalm teach that delivers this promise?

The psalmist was in desperate straits. He had enemies and his heart had been crushed. It seemed as if he was all but lost
(vs 3-11)

Like a pelican in the wilderness
Out of place.

Like an owl in the desert
Out of resources. And

Like a sparrow on the rooftop
Out of protection

  • He prayed
  • He cried and
  • He called out for speedy help.

(Vs 1-2)

And then he said this, Psalms 102:11-12
My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

The point is that all of us, every one of us, withers and dies (on this earth). Only God endures forever. So the key isn’t to live as if I am going to live forever. The key to providing a faith that will sustain the next generation is to live as if God will endure forever.

I will fade from life and then from memory. Rather than trying to preserve myself I would be better off investing in others the knowledge of and relationship to my Eternal God.

 

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Psalms 102:18 A Faith That Will Sustain

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Psalms 100:4-5 Reasons To Praise

Psalms 100:4-5 (KJV)
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Here are three simple and immutable reasons to come into the house of God with thanksgiving and praise:

The Lord is good
Strong’s Concordance defines this as good, “in the widest sense.” God is Good in every way imaginable.

His mercy is everlasting
Everlasting comes from a word means to conceal or the vanishing point. It is reminiscent of infinity. It means His mercy extends beyond our vision. It continues until it simply fades out of view.

His truth endureth to all generations
The word “endureth” has been added by the translators. They italicized it so we would know they had done so. Kudos to them for their transparency and integrity. Still, it is obvious it belongs here and simply means, “as far, as long and as much as.”

God’s truth endures as far as all generations. As long as there is another generation God’s truth is still true. It needs no adjustment, no tweaking, no refinement to relate to another generation. What was true of the first generation to hear God’s truth is true of the last generation that will hear it.

Notice that praise and thanksgiving is all on account of God. If we have our eyes on Him we can always be thankful.

 

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