the taunts with which your enemies, LORD, have mocked,
with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.
Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.
It is easy for some of us to be thankful to God when all is going well. Others cannot even raise a thankful glance to heaven or mutter a simple “thanks God.” when everything is going superb. And there are those who, despite adversity, amid the most terrible storms, when everything falls apart and all hope is lost, can say “thank you Lord, for I know that whatever happens to me is for my own good.” The latter are those who have understood perfectly what the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Not only are they have perfectly understood this principle but they have also taken ownership of this promise of God for His children. Be it storm or peace, they are always trusting that everything is under the absolute control of God.
The author of Psalm 89, Ethan, was one of these people because despite the wealth of aggression and adversity to which he was subjected he was able to send blessings to the Lord, knowing that everything that was happening in his life and also in relation the nation of Israel was part of the good, pleasing and perfect will of God. Do you understand this biblical principle? Can you thank God for all that you have received, whether good or bad, recognition or insults, blows or kindness, curses or blessings, hate or smiles, contempt or acceptance, health or sickness, scarcity or abundance, joy or pain, etc.? When you learn to maintain your spirits high despite the circumstances around you, you will fully understand what Ethan was thinking when he ended his long list of complaints and lamentations with a heartfelt blessing for God. So, the next time you complain, also give praise to God. Only to God be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged Amen, anointed, Christianity, enemies, forever, God, LORD, mocking, praise, taunts, understanding
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
Some children of God would like not to have to struggle to get their livelihood. They want to live an easy and comfortable life where everything is at hand and nothing is missing, yet without much effort. Some echo the character of a Dominican Republic merengue song known as Negrito del Batey who said that work was God’s punishment and based on this position of laziness and leisure he refused to even make the attempt to make a living by the sweat of his brow. It is true that sometimes that we need to take a long break to allow us to regain strength and enjoy a time without cares, free of activity, but this only temporarily. Then we could repeat after the Italian people: Dolce far niente. It is sweet to do nothing. The message that God sends us through His word in no way promotes leisure but rather exhorts us to dedicate ourselves with joy to the work God has given us, so through the usufruct of our labor we can satisfy our needs and maybe a few desires . Trusting in riches is characteristic of a fool because they can not bail us out or insure our happiness.
Moreover, we know that the love of money is the root of all evil and that many have died for not realizing the path of death they were following when looking for money at the expense of their lives and that of their loved ones. Let us run with patience the race that lies ahead and let us not worry about the riches but to fulfill the activities that will enable us to achieve them through honest and measured work . God always blesses him who is obedient. Let us obey his instructions and trust in his power and he will bestow all the blessings he has in store for us his children. There is great satisfaction in providing for one’s family in obedience to the commands of the Lord. As important as the “what” is the “how.” Do not neglect these biblical principles and you have the satisfaction of doing things that please God. Only to God be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged attention, Christianity, condition, crown, endure, flock, forever, generations, God, herds, riches, security
“Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
and I will not lie to David—
that his line will continue forever
and his throne endure before me like the sun;
it will be established forever like the moon,
the faithful witness in the sky.”
Throughout history in different places, regions and nations of the world various systems of government have been developed. We know of absolute monarchies, constitutional monarchies, dictatorships, republics, democracies, autocracies, theocracies, etc., depending on where power resides and how the state is managed. All have their advocates and some, such as dictatorships are widely abhorred and condemned by people who appreciate and defend their freedoms. In any case, all these different forms of government have their pros and cons and none of them is the solution for humanity. God has promised us through His word that there will come a day when all people will be ruled by one king, on whose shoulders will be the government. A victorious warrior who will be called Sar Shalom, Prince of Peace, who will rule on the throne of David and over his kingdom for all generations.
We, the sons of God, look forward to the return of the great King, he who shall rule with justice, love and truth. He shall heal all sickness, soothe every cry and fill his people with joy and rejoicing. He will make a new heaven and a new earth. He will dwell with his people in the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven. Everything will be done anew and there will be no more death and curse. The King of kings and Lord of lords will rule for ever and ever to the delight of mankind. Let us wait, then, with patience and fortitude the triumphant arrival of that glorious and wonderful day in which our God shall wipe away every tear and we will see no more death or mourning or crying or pain. We shall see our Saviour face to face and worship him and his name will be on our forehead. It is impossible for us to imagine how glorious that day will be; but you can bet your boots that we shall see it and be glad in it. Only to God be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged Christianity, David, endure, faithful, forever, God, holiness, lies, swear, throne, witness
How long, LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
When misfortune hits us, we see everything with so much pessimism that we think our beloved heavenly Father has forgotten us or simply abandoned us. The joy and the happiness caused by his presence in our lives cease to be the main characteristics of our usual mood and depression and melancholy take ownership of our being to make us flag and adversely affect our thoughts and hopes. Part of the training that we receive to mature in our spiritual life involves moments of loneliness and abandonment. The idea is not to learn to defend ourselves by our own strength but to learn to depend on God and only on him. At such times, our tendency is to seek a solution based on our own experiences and skills. Perhaps this natural response of our being has helped us out of this or that problem in the past but as we have to face more challenges and difficulties, our forces will no longer suffice to come out of trouble successfully.
Although it seems that God has abandoned you, he still is by your side, very close to you. Although it may seem that God has forgotten you, he will never leave you on your own and he will be protecting you from the many darts of fire that the enemy throws at you. The purpose of trial is to bring out the best of your heart, a heart that God has transformed to adequately respond to adversity. Do not let depression keep you from looking up to him who gave you physical life, salvation and eternal life to seek from him the answer to calm your anxieties. Only God can help break out of the difficulties in which you are. Do not put your hopes on methods, people and philosophies. God, our Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty. Only look for and depends on him. To God alone be the glory!