Thursday, June 21, 2012

Who?

 1Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 2Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?
 3Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times. 

Who?
Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can shew forth all His praise?
Today we continue our Psalms devotions in the series called "First Love," with Psalm 106. In verse 2, the psalmist asks two questions which he will then answer in the remainder of the psalm.

It is interesting to note that this psalm was written while the Jewish people were still in captivity. Never once does the psalmist charge God foolishly for allowing their enemies to not only conquer them, but to carry them away to a foreign law. Rather, the psalmist spends the rest of this psalm rehearsing the history of the Israelite nation, showing how their sins against God brought them to their present state.

The psalmist demonstrates in verses 1-3, the true heart of the believer. The question is not, how do you view God when everything is going well in your life, but rather, how do you view God when everything is going wrong?

It is one thing when unbelievers charge God foolishly with questions such as: How can a God of love allow babies to die? or, Why does God allow children to suffer from cancer or other debilitating, and often fatal diseases?, or, how about this question, Why does God allow people to remain in a vegetative state for years before they finally die?

Their questions, of course, are implying: We would do things better than God! For those who do not know God, such questions are not surprising, but what about Christians who ask the very same questions?

I have a little saying which I have to repeat to myself often: "God does not run His train on my tracks!"

You see, we see just a little snippet of the big picture, but God, who is timeless, views the entire panorama of this world from its creation to its end. This world is maintaining the exact, preordained course, set by God. Many questions cannot be answered, but we do know that God is a God of infinite love.

What nation ever worshiped a God who would take on the form of man, truly human, yet still truly God, and live among a people who despised and hated Him, so He could show them the true love of the Father? What nation ever served a God who would live among them with the sole purpose of dying a cruel death so that He could save a people from the eternal punishment due to them for their sins against Him?

The psalmist expresses it best:
Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can shew forth all His praise? Blesses are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
This is the God we serve! This is the God who lives and moves among us, constantly watching over and keeping His children on the course He has set, ordering events that will bring them closer to Him. This is the God who will bring His children safely home that they may live in the love, peace, and joy of God for all eternity!

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,
Linda



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