8Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
9He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
10He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
11The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
Who Do You Think You Are!
My Mother hated pride and arrogance. I can still hear her say, "Who do you think you are, the Queen of Sheba?" It seems humorous now, but can you not hear God saying the same thing in this passage from Psalm 94?
Yesterday we spoke of those who, because they are self acclaimed atheists, thought the matter was settled. If they did not believe in God, then He really did not exist. It kind of reminds me of my cat. When she wants to hide she will typically try to curl up under our arm. If she can not see you, then she believes that you cannot see her.
God calls such logic brutish or senseless, and rightly so. The wicked, and sometimes even some professing Christians, believe that God cannot hear and does not see what they do. God quickly addresses their foolishness.
He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
Does the Creator not know His creation? Of course He does. Therefore, what becomes the greatest comfort to the believer, becomes the greatest fear of the unbelievers, or even Christians who have gone astray from faithfully following the Lord.
To the believer, what a comfort it is to know that God, the Creator of the universe and beyond, is intimately involved and concerned for His own sheep. Christ did not return to heaven to get away from His flock, but rather returned to heaven so that He might be intimately involved in their growth as His children. He knows every single one of His own children, even to the number of hairs on their heads. As a kind and good Shepherd, He leads them and directs them in the way they should go.
However, what is a comfort to the believer should be the greatest fear to the lost. There is no getting away from God. He sees and knows everything we do, He hears what we say, and He knows when man follows vain logic. His summation, in the end, is that man is filled with vanity--his thoughts are futile!
As believers, we must understand that, apart from God our thoughts and actions are also filled with vanity. We are such proud and arrogant people. Do we have a right to be proud? No! Every good thing we have is from the Lord, and every good thing we do is done in the power and glory of the Lord. If we are given certain abilities, why would we take pride in them? Even our abilities are gifts from God.
Let us then, bow before God, our Creator and praise His name. Let us cry out to Him to help us leave our pride, as well as our vain and foolish thoughts, and turn everything to God. He is our Rock, He is our fortress, and He is our very reason for living!
God Bless You,