Thursday, November 10, 2011

Unto Thee!

 9Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
 10Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
 11God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
 12Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work. 

Unto Thee!

As we look upon our lives and gaze into the future, what keeps us going? What gives us the hope and strength to continue on? It would seem that David, the psalmist, was pondering such things when he wrote the words to Psalm 62.

He certainly could not trust in men, whether they were of a low or a high degree. He could not gauge his future upon the relationships he had with them. Whether of low or high degree, what are men before God? They are altogether lighter than vanity!

Neither could David trust in oppression or riches. That may seem like a rather obvious statement to us, but think about it for a minute. As you observe the world in which we live, what are the two things men seem to trust above all others? Men trust in oppression and riches? Through oppression kings and peoples are conquered, and through riches, men of a low degree are brought to a high degree in the eyes of others.

As children of God, we know that, no matter what may appear to be true, power belongs only to God. As we read the Word of God we see nations and peoples were upheld or conquered by the power of God, yet we have difficulty transferring that knowledge to our lives in the 21st century. Has God's arm been shortened so that He no longer controls the hearts of men? No!

Just as in the time of David, we must raise our eyes to heaven today and say,
"Unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work."
Unless, by God's grace, we the people of God understand that the God of the Old Testament is the same God who lives and rules in our hearts today, we are no different than the people of this world who reject God.

Let us pray that we would not foolishly rest upon the vanities of this world, for we know that in God's time oppression will cease and riches will fade away. Instead, may all of our hope rest in God, to Whom belongs all power and glory.

Unto Thee, O Lord, belongs all praise, and honor, and power, and glory!
God Bless You,

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