19He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
20He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
(Psalm 147:19-20, King James Version)
Showed His Word
Tucked in these last few verses of Psalm 147 are some rather profound thoughts! The Psalmist tells us that God showed His Word unto Jacob, His statutes and judgments unto Israel. He then continued to state that God has not done so with any other nation. As a matter of fact, no other nation has known God's judgments.
Let us think for a minute about the implications of these statements, and then think about what they mean to us now in the 21st century. As we study our Bibles, we understand that, beginning with Abraham, God set apart the Jewish nation for Himself. For centuries, even as the descendants of Abraham became as numerous as the sands upon the seas, and the stars in the sky, God dealt almost exclusively with Israel. To Israel He showed His blessing and favor. As they, as a nation, remained obedient to Him, they experienced untold blessings. However, when they rejected Him, He finally brought judgment upon them.
Yet, even in God's judgments, He nurtured and guided His people with an ever abounding love. Their final rejection, however, of Christ as their Messiah, opened the door for the Gospel to go forth to all nations. God, however, is still not done with the nation of Israel. The time will come, at the end of days (which appear to be upon us), when God will again bestow His great and awesome blessing upon His chosen people. They will return to Him in droves, as He reveals to them that Jesus Christ truly was and is their Messiah.
What of those of us who are not of Jewish descent? Since the time of the apostles, God has opened the door of salvation to all nations, for truly there is salvation in none other than in Christ the Lord. As God opens the hearts of people, and they see their need of salvation in Christ, He opens His arms to them. Just as God showed His Word to the ancient Israelites, so does He show His Word to those who become His children today.
How can we respond to such an awesome God? We can only respond in humble thanksgiving, for there is no salvation apart from Him.
Let us then praise this God who has loved us so much that He sent His only Son to purchase a people for Himself. As God's children, let us pray for grace and strength to live each day in His service, rejecting the things of this world, and embracing our wondrous Lord and Savior. In Him, alone, is all peace, all joy, and all comfort!
God Bless You,