19Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
20Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
How good is the goodness of God? The psalmist proclaimed: Oh how great is thy goodness. For the Christian, the goodness of God is a pearl of great price which is hidden in the sight of all men, preserved only for the saints of God. Thy goodness . . . which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men.
We are called by God to serve Him right where He has placed us; it is right for every single Christian to understand that his daily life is his own personal mission field. What a marvelous God we have; He knows that carnal man is not prone to seek God in the middle of His Sanctuary, so God places His own people right in the middle of carnal man!
In earlier decades in my country, there did not seem to be such a great division between the morals of God's people and the morals of the nation. That, however, is certainly no longer the case. It seems as though the nation in which I live cannot cast off the chains and restrictions of the Bible fast enough.
Where does that leave the true people of God? God's people are called to live obediently to the commands of God, regardless of the laws and statutes of the lands in which they live. As a nation runs after the gods of this world, their own laws quickly abandon any semblance of the laws of God. The change is subtle at first, but soon it is apparent that one cannot serve two masters; to serve God, faithfully, demands that the laws of the nations be abandoned in favor of the commandments of God.
Following the natural course of events, that disparity will eventually place God's children in danger; persecution is inevitable. Rather than fear, we must remember this God we serve. How does God protect His children? He hides them in plain sight!
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
Let us remember that we serve the God of the Old Testament as well as the God of the New Testament. As we read of His marvelous works among the nation of Israel, we must remember that He works among His children today in the same way.
By the grace of God, let us lift up our weak hands, and quell our feeble knees, and walk in the strength and power of our God. Let us pray for grace to leave the things of this world behind, and dedicate ourselves to His service right where He has placed us!
Oh how great is Thy goodness, oh God!
God Bless You,