Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Lord Is Good!

 1Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD.
 2Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God.
 3Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.
 4For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. 
(Psalm 135:1-4, King James Version)

The Lord Is Good!

Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.

As we read Psalm 135, especially verses 3, we must shake our heads sadly, for this is not the common consensus of our day. How many people truly believe that the Lord is good? Most charge God foolishly for He does not act in a manner pleasing to them. "If He is truly God, why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?" they ask.

Complaints and rebellion against authority is not new in our day. Just read the account of Moses and the children of Israel in the wilderness and you will see a people who were ripe with rebellion--rebellion against Moses and Aaron, and ultimately, rebellion against God. What was their excuse? They had the evidence of God right there before them in the pillar of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day, and yet they still rebelled.

So, we should not be surprised that, in the self-serving world of the 21st century we see a selfish, independent people who are quite satisfied without God. Indeed, the words shown above are quite foreign to them. Yet, that should not be true of the people of God. Having the Word of God at our disposal, and seeing the wondrous ways in which God has blessed us, as His people, our hearts are warmed when we read the Psalmist's words in Psalm 135.

Psalm 135 is a Psalm written for true believers. As we think of the many ways in which God has faithfully sustained us all of the days of our lives we gladly join the Psalmist in declaring, Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good; sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Treasures! We are peculiar treasures of the Lord. Those of us who are Gentiles have been grafted into the Israel of God so that these verses are precious to us as well. Not only are we peculiar treasures of God, but we are His chosen people.

It is important for us to understand that we are believers, not because of righteous works that we have done, but because the Lord Jesus Christ covered our sins with His blood, and God looks upon us as though we have never sinned. Nothing we have ever done has caused God to turn to us, but once covered by Christ's blood, we are pure in His eyes.

How much more, then, should we long to love and serve God more faithfully than we do. As we see and understand the great love that God has bestowed upon us, like the Psalmist, we cannot help but lift up our voices in praise to God. Truly, the Lord is good!

May we, in grateful admiration to our God and King, turn our hearts to Him so that for the rest of our days on this earth we may seek to live for His honor and glory alone. May we fill our hours and our days with service unto Him, for we owe everything to Him.

Go this day in the goodness of the Lord and bring praise and honor unto His name!

God Bless You,

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