Sunday, January 29, 2012

Glorious and Excellent

 4Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
 5The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.
 6At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep. 

 Glorious and Excellent

Has there ever been a time in our lifetime when the world has not been embroiled in wars and rumors of wars? Has there ever been a time in known history when the world has not been embroiled in wars and rumors of wars?

How have the strong been appointed into leadership? How have nations appeared as leaders on our globe? Has the victor's crown been given to the most knowledgeable or intellectual or has it been given to those with the most military might or strength?

We speak of and yearn for peace, but without its military might, a nation's words are just as the sound of tinkling silver. With that in mind, Asaph, the psalmist looked to God and says, "Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey."

To what is Asaph referring? When we remember that Asaph lived from the time of David's kingship, through the leadership of Solomon, and into the leadership of Rehoboam and Jereboam, we realize that he was a living testimony of God's power among the nations. The might of men meant nothing apart from the help and power of God. With God, the nation rose supreme among the nations of the world, but when the nation forsook God, so, too, did the nation suffer defeat from its enemies.

These words, and this lesson has been forgotten in our day. It would seem that the nations that have the most advanced nuclear abilities would be considered among the great nations of our day. Is that really true? Has God's arm been shortened in our day of technology and military advancements? Has man become more powerful than God?

As Christians, we are quick to acknowledge that nothing man can do will usurp the power of God, but do we really live and act as though that were true?
The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
As the nations at the time of Asaph could not find their hands, but were cast into a dead sleep, so are the nations today in the same peril. This is the God we serve. He is undone by no man or nation, but reigns supreme among all the nations of the world. That may not be obvious at this time, but the day will come when it will be made abundantly clear to all of mankind.

Go, today, and serve your most glorious and excellent Creator God!

God Bless You,
Linda


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