2005-07-16 - Praise God for His
Psalm 7, Part 5
A Resolve to Praise God for His Deliverance (v.17): 11 The culmination
of the psalm is one of praise for God. The praise for the deliverance from
enemies is almost secondary, because it only demonstrates the righteousness
of God, the glory of God's character. David and we need to praise God not
so much for what He does, but for who He is.
" O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the
earth!" (Psalm 8:1).
Conclusion: Where do we go from here? There are a couple of points
we can take from this psalm. The first deals with how we should respond to
the truth that God Will Judge! The second focuses on how the confidence in
final justice can help us develop a spirit of trust in the Lord and end the
demand for immediate justice.
First, we are not called to pray for God's judgment of mankind. This isn't
a wrong prayer, it is simply not the prayer of the church. We are called
to make disciples. This means we must make the truth of the just God available
to all men. They can only receive that gift when they understand the need
for it. We must not allow fear of offense stop us from giving the truth.
The truth that, "all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God," and the result, "man is destined
to die once, and after that face judgment," "For
the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord." (Romans 3:23; Hebrews 9:27; Romans 6:23).
We must give the message of judgment, but also the hope of the way to escape
the result of that judgment.
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first
importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that
he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
So because we know God Will Judge, we should be motivated to offer the way
of salvation to those who face that judgment.
Second though, as we understand the nature of God, we then can face the evil
around us with confidence in His nature, not just His justice, but also in
His mercy and love. Because God is righteous, because He has saved us, we
can rise above the painful circumstances of life and live at peace in the
midst of them.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious
about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all
understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"
(Philippians 4: 4-7).
This peace is then a miraculous peace. This is a peace that comes from God
through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a peace that is foolish from
the world's perspective, because it doesn't depend on our situation, only
our focus. Are we looking at the Lord, or are we looking at the waves?
"Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is
the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know
him, God was pleased, through the foolishness of what was preached, to save
those who believe" (1 Corinthians 1:20-21).
11 Ibid., p. 99
To be Continued.
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