Monday, May 20, 2013

Beautify the Meek


2Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
 3Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
 4For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. 
(Psalm 149:2-4, King James Version)

Beautify the Meek

In Psalm 149, the psalmist said that the Lord takes pleasure in His people, and that He will beautify the meek with salvation. What an awesome phrase: beautify the meek with salvation. When you think of it, that is more that we can possibly comprehend. God of all gods, who is higher than the heavens, looks down upon this sinful and lowly generation and points to this person and that person--and beautifies them with salvation.

None of us deserves God's hand of grace which plucks us from the fiery brands of sin and plants our feet upon His solid ground of righteousness. There is nothing in us which would make us worthy of God's love and grace, and yet He bestows such blessing upon His children. How should we respond?

As the psalmist encouraged us, our only response should be one of praise and glory to His holy name. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. In other words, in every thing we do and say, let us praise the name of the Lord. Whether we are at work, home, or away from home, all of our actions and words should offer praise to this amazing God who has done such a great work in our hearts and lives.

Though this psalm is directed to Israel, yet we, as God's people, should understand two things. First, God grants this same blessing and grace to all of His people. Second, just as Israel wandered from God and served the gods of the neighboring nations, so we should not take God for granted. Neither should we take our faithfulness for granted. As Israel fell, so could we wander away from the Lord.

Let us pray that we would not only serve, praise, and honor the Lord our God today, but that we would continue to be faithful to Him all of the days of our lives. Let us also teach our children and our grandchildren, praying that God would faithfully bless them as He has most certainly blessed us. Let us not think that we have the ability to keep ourselves faithful to God, but, rather, let us pray that He will keep us strong in Him. By His grace are we saved, and by His grace are we kept faithful to Him!

What an amazing God we serve.

God Bless You,
Linda

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