Psalms 81:13 We Cannot Blame God

Psalms 81:13 (KJV)
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

If only God’s people had hearkened to God and walked in His ways. 

We cannot blame God for the outcome of Israel. History proves they never did walk obedient consistently. The same is true in our time. The trouble is not with God. 

Psalms 81:13-16 (KJV)
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.
He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

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Psalms 79:1 The Heathen Are Come

Psalms 79:1 (KJV)
O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.

It seems to me that the Psalms speak daily about the trouble we are in today. 

I note that the governor of our state presumes to give guidance[1] to churches. This is typical and even appropriate for Protestant churches. The Pilgrims and Puritans expected their government to take ownership and tell people when, where to worship and how much to give by way of taxes. 

Early Baptists suffered heavily because they refused to marry their faith to government. Through the crisis of the war for independence, they lobbied for liberty of conscience and, once receiving it, began the long road of courtship and dependence on government. Today it is obvious most Baptists are married to the government and therefore functionally Protestant. Seems like we’re witnessing an attempt to effect a divorce. It would have been better had we never wed. 

I believe we have just one hope; that is that God would judge those who have defiled His Holy Temple and render to us churches wholly separated from government. 

I cannot say I know what that looks like. 

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Psalms 79:1 The Heathen Are Come

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[1] Psalms 79:1-6 (KJV)
O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.

Psalms 77:7-9 It Will Pass

Psalms 77:7-9 (KJV)
Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?
Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?
Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

Of what calamity this Psalm speaks, we will not know until we reach eternity. What I am struck with is that such calamities are so frequent: in the Bible, in history, and in life in general that they cannot all be identified. This one was especially difficult. The Psalmist mused in his heart and, at the same moment, cried out to God, “Will the Lord cast off for ever?”

  • They had known the presence of God.  Not now.
  • They had experienced His blessing and favor. No more.
  • God had given to them mercy. No longer

His promises seemed now to fail. His grace seemed to have ended. It now felt as if all they could know was the anger of the Lord.

I do not know the occasion or the severity of this distress so I cannot say how it compares to the one that we now face. I imagine that the Psalmist’s trouble would make ours seem as nothing. What I am certain of is that it did not last forever. Since the time of this writing:

  • Men have known the presence of God
  • Men have experienced His blessing and favor
  • Men have been granted mercy
  • Men have enjoyed the grace of God and
  • Men have lived without fear of the anger of God

We have come to a time of distress and trial. Just today I learned that our state’s governor presumes to develop “guidance” for church assemblies. This is a huge step over the Baptist, and very biblical, doctrine of separation of church and state. If America has ever known the blessing and favor of God, it sure feels as if it has been cast off now. 

But this will pass. 

Our place today is to turn to the Lord as perhaps we have never done before. We cannot take for granted that we have freedom of worship. We cannot take for granted that we have the privilege of public assembly. We cannot take God for granted another day. The people of God must turn to God.

And pray for “a little reviving.”[1]


[1] Ezra 9:8-9 (KJV)
And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

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Philemon 1:6 Effective Witnessing

Philemon 1:6 (KJV)
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

I cannot imagine that there is such a thing as a Christian who doesn’t want to communicate his faith effectively. Perhaps we have different ideas of what this communication is, but a genuine Christian wants to share his faith with others. To that end notice:

It will require prayer
The effectual communication of faith is not possible in the power of the flesh. We must have the power, the energy of the Holy Spirit. That must be obtained through prayer. In this case Paul prayed for this energy for another. I suggest that, in order to have such Holy Spirit effectiveness, we need both our own prayers and those of another. 

The acknowledging of our faith. 
The word means “perfect knowledge”. I believe it must come from two directions:
First, we must acknowledge those things God has done in us. 
This is, after all, the heart of witnessing. We speak from experience. In this case we transfer all the glory of these good things to Jesus Christ in us. 
Second, those knowing us must be able to admit there is a good thing in us. 
It will do little good to tell them that we have something good, and we received it from Jesus unless they can acknowledge, they see some good thing in us. We need the good thing and we need to willingly allow it to be seen. Then we need that God will open the eyes of others to see it and hear us that it is from Jesus Christ. 

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Psalms 73:25 No One But God

Psalms 73:25 (KJV)
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

I’ll say it right off; There are some challenges with this verse. The Psalmist, who is not David asserts two things:
There is no one in heaven he is interested in but God
It is not David, but we know for sure that David expected and looked forward to seeing the baby born to Bathsheba when he got to heaven. It cannot be said, therefore, that it is wrong to look forward to seeing our loved ones who have gone before us.

There is no one on earth he is interested in but God
There are countless examples of people in the Bible who cares for another human being. Paul’s love for the Philippians comes to mind.[1] It cannot be said, therefore, that it is wrong to love someone on this earth. 

That said, this is still challenging and convicting. The Psalmist said there is only one he looked forward to seeing in heaven, the Lord. And he said there is only one he desired in this world, the Lord. It’s a matter of priority and preference. Honestly, can you say that Jesus is enough to make heave sweet for you? Can you honestly say if you had no friend today but Jesus, He would be enough for you?

No reviving can happen in our soul except this is a truth in us. 


[1] Philippians 4:1
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

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Psalms 72:1 Pray For Our Leaders

Psalms 72:1 (KJV)
Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.

I realize that this is a personal prayer. King David was praying himself, that God would give him God’s judgments. He is asking God for judgment:

  • Knowledge
  • Discernment
  • Authority
  • Laws

He was asking God to help him rule well and rule as God would have him to rule.

I realize that this was the king’s personal prayer requests. Still, I can’t imagine a better list of requests to pray for our own leaders, as Paul told Timothy, “for all that are in authority.”[1]

Knowledge
The fear of the Lord,[2] without which no man may have true knowledge.

Discernment
The power or faculty of the mind, by which it distinguishes one thing from another, as truth from falsehood, virtue from vice; acuteness of judgment; the power of perceiving differences of things or ideas, and their relations and tendencies.[3]

Authority
Our President, right now, needs God-given and divine authority. He is our elected official, but he is being derided by enemies.

Laws
It is the world of magistrates to determine laws for the good of the citizenry. May God grant our authorities the mind of God in the making of those laws.


[1] 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

[2] Proverbs 1:7 (KJV)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

[3] Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

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Psalms 71:9-11 The Value of Years

Psalms 71:9-11 (KJV)
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

Here is a man who, in the prime of youth, stood valiantly for God. He had enemies all his life, but in the vigor of youth, many of them stood back. As is the way of all mankind, youthfulness gave way to the years. With old age came weakness and in weakness his enemies were emboldened. 

I find it fascinating that his enemies were not atheists or even agnostics. They believed in God. What they saw in this man’s old age was not that there is no God, or even that his god was not God. They interpreted the weakness of old age to be a sign the God had forsaken him. 

I think I see that interpretation often in society today. Even in solid churches, a good number of believers view old age as weakness, the loss of God’s presence. I think the Bible teaches something quite opposite. The value of years is worth far more than the vigor of youth. 

O my God make haste to help the younger generation to see it. 

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Titus 1:15 A Sanctifying Tendency

Titus 1:15 (KJV)
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

Unto the pure all things are pure.” What a convicting thought. Right away let’s dismiss that this teaches the believer can do anything and believe anything because his faith makes it impossible for him to be defiled. 

Albert Barnes believes there’s is an allusion to the meats question of Romans 14. He expands upon that and writes, “that every ordinance of religion, every command of God, every event that occurs in divine Providence, tends to promote the holiness of one who is of pure heart. He can see a sanctifying tendency in everything”.

We have been dealt a difficult blow of late. We have had liberty snatched from us overnight and our neighbors are the very people likely to turn us in if they believe we are practicing liberty.[1]  It’s easy right now to complain pretty loudly. 

The pure mind and heart will seek the “sanctifying tendency” of even this difficulty. 


[1] I suspect, however, that many of those breaking the laws regarding travel are the very ones voting in the people who have confined us.

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Psalms 66:16-20 What He Hath Done for my Soul

Psalms 66:16-20 (KJV)
Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

All that fear God. 
No one else would be interested. This does not necessarily exclude unsaved souls. Many, I am sure, have hearts prepared by the Lord. They should never be excluded. It seems obvious that the largest number of these will be believers. It’s perfectly acceptable to preach your testimony to other Christians. 

I cried unto Him
And this with his mouth. He was open. Out loud. He cried audibly to the Lord. Let others know you pray. Give testimony of praying. 

If I regard iniquity 
Christians need to be reminded of this truth. A vibrant prayer life is impossible alongside an active sin life. 

Verily God hath heard me
The Psalmist was as much a sinner as you and me. But he did not live in sin. He lived in the presence of the Lord. 

Blessed be God
Let every Christian give a similar testimony as each of us may have a similar walk with the Lord. 

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2 Timothy 3:1 Like Never Before

2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV)
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

When I became a believer, back in the late seventies, passages like this one were the talk of the church. The songs, the Christian films, the sermon series, it seemed, were all surrounded around this subject. It seems like the urgency of the last days has waned over the years I have been a Christian. Churches have become more application oriented, help oriented, comfort and encouragement oriented, counsel oriented. For good or for bad, though we would all still agree that these are the last days, that hasn’t been the hot topic of preaching. 

Perhaps that’ll change. 

I am not sure what will be the eventual outcome of this virus and the subsequent shut down of everything, including churches. 

  • I’ve been reminded that Baptist churches historically never sought government permission to do what we do. We were almost always the target of governments because we preached separation of church and state. 
  • I’ve been reminded why, when I began as a Christian, we didn’t pass out directories of church members. 
  • I’ve been reminded that the course of this world is toward a one world, anti-God system. And

I have seen how quickly such a thing can come to pass. 

Whether these are the final hours of the last days, I cannot say. It is possible we will pull out of this tailspin into catastrophe to an amazing revival. I pray so. 

What I do think is worth noting, and bears no speculation, is that this chapter, that begins with a warning of perilous times, ends with an assurance that every Word of Scripture is God breathed and profitable.[1]

We need to read, study and meditate upon it today like never before!


[1] 2 Timothy 3-16-17 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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