Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mystery of Faith

 11The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
 12The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.
 13Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
 14Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
 15Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
 16In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
 17For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.
 18For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king. 

Mystery of Faith

Sometimes I am amazed at the depth of understanding of the Old Testament saints. The only Bible they had was the first five books of our Bible, and yet they had a profound understanding of who God was. Most people, in our "highly enlightened society" of the 21st century, have only an elementary understanding of who God is, in spite of having the entire Bible at their disposal. Why is that?

Just in these verses from Psalm 89, alone, look at all of the attributes of God listed by the writer of Psalm 89.

* The heavens and the earth belong to God.
* God founded the world--the north and the south.
* The world rejoices in its Creator.
* God's arm is strong.
* Justice and judgment are the habitation of God's throne.
* Mercy and truth go before God's face.
* God is the glory and strength of His people.
* God is the defender of His people.
* God, the Holy One of Israel, is their king (Israel being representative of the people of God).

All of the attributes listed above are found woven throughout the pages of God's Holy Word. Why, then, do we find so much unbelief in the world today? Christ explained the mystery of faith in this way:
 11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: (Mark 4:11, King James Version)
God's Word is a two-edged sword, giving life to those who believe, and pronouncing judgment upon those who do not believe. When God's children read the Word of God, the Holy Spirit enlightens their understanding; an unbeliever, reading the same Bible passage, misses the entire meaning, and goes away drowned in his own ignorance.

As Christians, let us cast aside our worries and troubles, as we pray to our dear Savior to open our hearts and minds of understanding. Then, let us read again the list of attributes given in Psalm 89. This, dear saint of God, is our God. His arm is strong and mighty, and His right hand is lifted up, ready to come to the aid of His children. In a world where mercy and truth are nonexistent, our God is a God of justice and judgment.

Let us not fall into the pit of self-glory, but let us give all glory and praise to our great and wondrous God, our Defender and King. Let us walk in the light of His countenance, rather than stumble in this world of darkness.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

God Bless You,

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