Sunday, December 09, 2012

Give Me Understanding

 169Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
 170Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
 171My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
 172My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. 
(Psalm 119:169-172, King James Version)

Give Me Understanding

As we come to the epilogue of Psalm 119, the Psalmist cried out to God: Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. That is our universal cry to God, is it not? Give me understanding!

As believers, we are not immune to the charges people make to God: "A God of love would not allow babies to die," or "A God of love would not allow that teen to be killed in a car accident." However, we are not God and we do not understand the ways of God. Neither do we charge God foolishly as those in the world do. Over time, we seem to come to accept the realization that we are not God, and He does not run His train on our tracks.

These feelings of doubt, though, are not new, are they? Time and again we have read similar doubts and questions from the writers of the Psalms. How do we, then, protect ourselves from the cynicism of this age so that we do not charge God foolishly?

Notice that the Psalmist did not stop at: "Give me understanding," but rather continued, "according to thy Word." It always comes back to God's Word. Verse after verse, especially in Psalm 119, continually drives us back to the Word of God.

How do we protect ourselves from the cynicism of this age? We protect ourselves by immersing ourselves in God's Word. As we pour over its pages we get a distinct view of God that is not seen by the people of this world. Who is this God we serve? We note a God who rules His people with a strong and mighty hand. His arms are not shortened nor His strength depleted by the people of this world, nor the demons of Satan.

We understand that our view of this world and the spirit realm around us is as though looking through a darkened glass. Yet that is not God's view. We know that our Creator God planned all of the days of this world before time even began. We know, too, that when it is time for this world to cease, it will cease. God's hands are not stayed by anyone or anything that exists. The promises made to His children in His world will come to pass exactly as promised.

We know, too, that God is good, holy, just, pure, righteous, lovely, all-powerful, and all-knowing. He has the power to bring to pass everything that He has ordained. He is not ruled by sinful, selfish passions as are the people of this world, but is motivated by His everlasting love.

No wonder the Psalmists continually came back to God with voices of adoration and praise. As we approach the coming Christmas holiday let us join the angels in praise to God who chose a people for Himself, raised them up, saved them through the birth, death, and resurrections of His Son, and will bring them safely home to be with Him forever. Nothing will stay His hand.

O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,.
O come let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord!

Amen! Even so come quickly Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,

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