1Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
2When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
3The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
Bear Up the Pillars
We live in an amazing world, and to that we owe thankfulness and praise to God, alone, for it is He who displays His wondrous works, not only through the beauty of this world, but through His work among the men who inhabit it. As we take the time to learn of the history of this world, we must be amazed again and again at God's hands of protection upon it. Particularly, we see God's hand of protection upon His people, who though persecuted throughout all of history, amazingly persevere and continue on even to our present day.
As Asaph ponders these things, he admits that though the earth has almost been destroyed by divisions and wars, he supports and maintains it.
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it.
What does he mean when he states, "I bear up the pillars of it."? I found an interesting commentary from John Wesley, who explains that statement in this way.
I support it by maintaining religion and justice, setting up good magistrates, encouraging good ministers who are indeed, pillars of a nation.
As we think about verse 3, what are we doing to bear up the pillars of our world? As Christians we need to respond in two ways. In whatever way we are able, we need to encourage and support Christians who are actively involved in the governments of our own countries, and even if we are in countries where that is not possible, we need to pray for our leaders. Even ungodly leaders have been known to be used of God on behalf of God's children.
It is time--yes, it is past time, that Christians shake off the dust of apathy and spend their lives for the Lord Jesus Christ. We are here for a purpose, and that purpose is not to sit idly by while the forces of evil seem to take over the world. God is still the Victor, and we are on His side!
Go today, and bear up the pillars of this world for the Lord Jesus Christ!
God Bless You,