PSALM 10: WICKED

Its really sad when you think about it. The state of where we find ourselves is atrocious. I truly can’t find the proper word to describe the human race, a word that sums up the depth of our grossness but also taking into account the hope that still lies within each individual. The violent nature of 21st century humanity shows just how far away from God we have gone.

 

“2 In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted. Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.”

 

Think about just how the wicked pursue the afflicted. Think about how drug dealers pursue those who are addicted to their drugs. The drug dealers are driving pimped out cars, living in nice homes, wearing jewelry while their afflicted are living in alleys, boxes, shelters, ready to steal anything to get enough money to go to the dealer who is driving the Lexus, who carelessly makes the exchange so the afflicted can feel thirty seconds of exhiliration. That’s the afflicted’s lifestyle. The dealer is heartless towards his customers. Heartless! You may be happy when you hear of a dealer being busted with a lot of drugs and he gets sentenced to prison time. Its good he is off the streets, but what about those afflicted. They are so caught up they will find another Lexus to buy from. They are stuck in their affliction, while the dealers out there are plotting their demise.

 

“3 For the wicked boasts of his hearts desire, and the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.”

 

Wickedness begins with selfishness. When all you care about is you and yours you are wicked. When all you think about is you and yours you forget about God. Your mind gets consumed with your plans at the expense of those around you who need your help. Your plan becomes so supreme in your mind that helping people comes after you take care of your plans and many times there is not enough to help others. Its the life of selfishness. Its the heart of wickedness.

 

“4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, ‘There is no God.'”

 

Not only do selfish people forget God, but the progression leads people to believe eventually that there is no God. Selfish people come to a place of self sufficiency, to a place where they can make it on their own (or so they believe). This is how a society becomes as atrocious as we have become. This is how people kill innocent people just because. This is why drug dealers and addicts both exist. One is trying to get rich and live the good life, the other is trying to escape his/her problems by disconnecting with reality even if its for a few moments and it ends up becoming a lifestyle choice he is stuck with, at least for awhile.

This is how all sorts of sin becomes rampant in society, and not just rampant, but even looked up to. So many sins especially in America are no longer sins in our society! We have left our true path. The path we were meant to walk down has become so blurred people cant seem to find it.

But, alas, for those who want to find it, it shall be found! God is there for those who are humble enough to believe He exists. For those who know they have been left out on a shaky limb to fall and die, for those who have been sought after by the wicked and fallen to their trap but they want out, there is a way out! God is a God of grace and mercy, for those who come to Him. Are you beaten down? It doesn’t have to be drugs or alcohol. You could be beaten down by financial trouble. You could be beaten down by physical illness. God knows what affliction you are suffering from. Come to Him in prayer. He will answer you. Then believe His gospel. Believe Jesus will rescue you from your sins. Get into His Word and He will have you back on the right path.

 

God bless!

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PSALM 9: ITS A SURE THING!

The psalmist says,

“But the Lord abides forever.” Psalm 9: 7

This is as sure a statement you will ever hear. There is no could abide, should abide, or might abide forever. He does abide forever. According to my reference bible I use it could also be translated as, the Lord sits as King forever. There is no more of a sure thing in this life as the eternal existence of God. I’m not a betting man but if I was to place a bet on this point I would be taking people’s money as easy as taking candy from a baby.

“He has established His throne for judgment, 8 and He will judge the world in righteousness. He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.”

 

The Lord is a fair and just God. We see a lot of injustice in the world in all nations in all generations. But there is a day appointed to all people where we will have to stand before God. If you have placed your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will be spared the ultimate punishment of eternity away from God, which is an eternal existence in hell. God’s justice takes into account His grace and mercy which He shows us.

Have you ever been shown mercy by a judge before? Sometimes its so unexpected, but what do you do with that mercy? Do you go back out and do what brought you before the judge, or do you sober up immediately since you were given a new lease on life? If you are one who believes in Jesus Christ, and you have made Him Lord of your life, its time to sober up and live your life for Him. God is a just God and He judges in righteousness. Knowing this should cause all those who believe in Him to be sober minded, choosing to do whats right now instead of wrong.

“9 The Lord will also be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

Just a little note here: Those who make Jesus Christ their Lord are gonna need this promise. You will most likely feel oppression from someone or some people for living your life for Jesus. But the promise is that God will be a stronghold, a refuge, a mighty tower that you can run to and receive grace, mercy, refreshment, protection, whatever you need for the moment. Jesus does say He will never leave you nor forsake you. If you have taken on His work, He will reward you accordingly. But oppression is a guarantee for all those who choose to live a godly life.

“10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

Do you know His name? Do you know Jesus? Put your trust in Him. He will come through. As you seek to know Him, as you read through His word, as you spend time in prayer and do His work, He will put you in situations where your trust in Him will be tested. Trust Him. There are numerous times, Old Testament and New Testament, where He has proven Himself. With such a great cloud of witnesses we should have a great confidence in Him. Become part of the cloud of witnesses by trusting in Him and watching Him come through for you. Then you can share your story with others and they can feed off of your trust in Him!

Remember, He does abide forever. His Word (the Bible) can be fully trusted, forever. His promises can be believed on, forever. Its a sure thing to believe in Him, forever. Place your life in His hands, forever. And be blessed, FOREVER!

 

PSALM 8: WHO AM I???

Has that question ever crossed your mind? Have you ever been blown away while considering the vastness of the universe? The earth? Humanity??? Many don’t have time to consider these deep concepts because their mind is too busy thinking of other things of much less importance. One of the fundamentally important questions of mankind should be asked by all: Who am I? We learn through 12 years of public schooling that we basically came to be by accident. That through some still unknown scientifically unexplainable event we started and through billions of years of transformation we finally became who we are today. A mere accident! We are given homework, research papers, and tested on this myth for these 12 years to try and convince us its true, but the truth is we were created. By God!

The Psalmist, who was a very deep thinker, considers this:

3 When I consider Your heavens the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained. 4 What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty. 6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands. You have put all things under his feet.

Now those are some deep thoughts. When we choose to break through the mundane everyday distractions that absorb our minds, we realize how little sense evolution makes, and we realize there must be Someone behind our existence! God put so much effort into our existence and we come up with some theory that kind of maybe possibly make sense even though there are more flaws in this theory than just believing in God Himself!

Ok, so once we believe we are created, now to just think about the One who created us! Wow! He must be quite the creative type. Consider the very planet we live on, and how it is perfectly situated, not too far from the sun otherwise we couldn’t handle the cold air, but also not too close to the sun otherwise we couldn’t handle the heat! Look at all the lights in the sky the bigger one by day so we can see and the lesser ones by night so we can know times and seasons, etc. Look how perfect the eco system works together with the many different species of plants that all seem to have their own purpose. And the animal kingdom, with all the different kinds and species, living amongst each other in harmony within its own environment.

Then He crowned His creation with humanity, which He made in His own image. We were made with many of God’s characteristics, imagine that! Characteristics such as: the ability to unconditionally love others, the ability to choose what we want to do and where we want to go, purpose, vision, just to name a few! The psalmist says, He has made us to rule over the works of His hands! This is our Creator! This is why He is worthy to be glorified and honored with our very life!

And we honor Him by coming up with a half thought out theory that says we are accidently put on earth through the cause of some unknowable explosion that just happened to come about in a way we can’t really figure out yet but we are working on it! Really people? We sure can do better than this! Believe in Him, and praise Him, and worship Him! Give Him your life! He died for you, so live for Him!

 

Be blessed

 

PSALM 7: MY REFUGE!

Have you ever been so caught up in the busyness of life that you just wanted to escape? I believe anyone who has lived into their 30s and beyond would quickly answer YES to that one! This generation is so fast, and its not just a problem with the US. With internet access available throughout the world, and cellphone technology advancing by the year, the global community has become much faster. People throughout the world are caught up in careers, relationships, leisure, family, and social time and it seems with these facets of life taking up time, where is there time to truly escape? Nowadays especially I am noticing people are not even taking vacations anymore, either because of money, or they just choose not to. And how many go on vacation, and its not even a restful vacation?!?!? More work seems to go into enjoying the vacation, than actually enjoyment.

Another problem I’m seeing is the younger generation that is looking up to our generation is going into their college years believing that being busy is the way they are supposed to be, so they strive for it themselves! They’re filling their lives up with so many dreams and hopes and desires, but life is only supposed to go at a certain speed. Its not meant for the speed of our generation. Their are so many souls that lack a good relationship with their heavenly Father because the previous generation neglected to teach them the importance of knowing Him.

Its time to take a break! Relax a bit! Take a deep breath! There are a lot of solvable problems in our lives that seem unsolvable because we are going 110 mph. Relax! Take out your bible and turn to Psalm 7. Notice the first verse:

O Lord my God, in You I have taken refuge: save me…

David was a busy man! He was a man of war, a teacher, a worshipper of God, a husband, a father, and the King of Israel. I’m sure he wore a few other hats as well. When life becomes as busy as it did for David, you’ll find that you won’t have time to worry about many of the daily stresses in your life, and also you wont make everyone around you happy. David had his share of enemies in his life. The kind that would not just plot to kill him, but also try and follow through on it. David also knew his strength was limited. He knew if a number of people pursued him, he was as good as dead…UNLESS! Unless he got the Lord involved!

When David was a child, he was a shepherd. In those days of being a shepherd he developed a very close relationship with God. He was by himself with the sheep and he needed Someone to help him protect those sheep from enemies such as a bear, or lion. He knew he didn’t have the strength within himself to fight off such adversaries. So the Lord fought for him, and he knew it was the Lord! That is where David and God strengthened their bond. It would continue. Many of David’s psalms were cries for help from his enemies, and God would come through. It was their relationship that solidified David’s faith, and David’s faith caused God to do great things on his behalf!

Do you have enemies in your life? Do you have many stressful situations in your life? Take some time to be with God. Not just in a room by yourself time, but also bible time, church time, prayer time. Make time for Him and He will help you! Make Him your refuge, the place you run to when you need to just relax and take a break. He is waiting for you.

 

PSALM 6: GUILT AND SHAME YOU HAVE NO CHANCE!

Have you ever felt the burden of guilt? Have you ever messed up so bad and your heart felt the pain you caused someone else to feel? And you feel like there is nothing you can do, nowhere you can go, and nobody to turn to to help the person, and to rid yourself of that feeling. Guilt is the awareness of having done wrong, but its partner, shame, is the uncomfortable feeling that accompanies guilt. These are two weapons the devil uses to try and take apart the spirit of man. But God has a much more powerful weapon to combat this enemy! It is His Holy Spirit, and when you are in a Father/child relationship with Him, you have 24/7 access to His Spirit to fight the battles necessary before falling into the path of these weapons! Lets look at Psalm 6 for an example:

 

 1. O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your wrath. 2. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away. Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed. 3. And my soul is greatly dismayed. But You, O Lord – how long? 4. Return, O Lord, rescue my soul. Save me because of Your lovingkindness. 5. For there is no mention of You in death. In Sheol who will give You thanks?

 

You can see here, the Psalmist (David) feels the guilt and shame of causing the Lord pain. He feels the burden of sinning against the Lord. The enemy, as expected, would love for David to “pine away” and feel “greatly dismayed”! He does his best to keep the memory of the moment fresh in our mind in hoping we can’t get past it. The Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength, therefore, if our enemy can keep us from that joy, we are weaker and of less effect for God. When we stew in our moment of guilt and shame long enough we can easily bring ourselves to a point of depression. Look at the next passage:

 

6. I am weary with my sighing. Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears. 7. My eye has wasted away with grief. It has become old because of all my adversaries.

 

David became so preoccupied with his grief, he lost sleep, his heart grew weary, he cried throughout the night. You can probably guess that during this particular time he was most likely of little effect in his daily routine. If he stayed in this state for much time he would probably be diagnosed as clinically depressed! We obviously cannot tell by this writing how long David felt this way. It could have been a few days, maybe a few weeks. But look at the drastic change of attitude that comes next:

 

8. Depart from me, all you who do iniquity. For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. 9. The Lord has heard my supplication. The Lord receives my prayer. 10. All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed. They shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.

 

Suddenly, this man of tears, of grief, of anguish, has a surge of strength, of hope, and possibly a glimmer of joy! The Lord is consoling him as he is in direct communication with Him. What a benefit we have especially in the New Testament era, where we have access to the Holy Spirit 24/7! Those who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, and have turned from their ungodly ways, and have made Jesus their Lord, can live with this Holy Spirit living inside of them 24/7! 

Guilt and shame are two of the many weapons the devil throws at man. The Holy Spirit has the power to diffuse each and every one of them. It starts with the joy of the Lord, the day of your salvation! Have you experienced the joy of the Lord? Have you decided to take advantage of God’s perfect gift of eternal life through Jesus death and resurrection? Have you decided to make this Jesus your Lord? If so, you know about the joy of the Lord, which is your strength! If not, make that decision today and watch your enemy turn back and be ashamed! 

 

 

 

 

PSALM 5: GOD’S FAVOR IS YOUR SHIELD!!!

 

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my groaning. 2 Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King, and my God, for to You I pray. 3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. 4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You. 5 The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. 6 You destroy those who speak falsehood; the Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. 7 But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, at Your holy temple I will bow in reverence to You. 8 O Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; make Your way straight before me. 9 There is nothing reliable in what they say; their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. 10 Hold them guilty, O God; By their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, for they are rebellious against You. 11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You. 12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield.

 

 

One thing I can honestly say I love about King David is he knew exactly who to complain to! There was a time in his life where a man cursed him right to his face in the company of many people, and instead of taking action as others told him he should have done, he just said, if God is allowing this man to curse me let him curse me. In other words, he complained to God but to others he showed grace and mercy. God will hear your complaints and take care of them, if you allow Him to do so. Be sure to direct your prayers to Him and show grace and mercy to others.

I love verse 3 where he says, “I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” Many people pray, but are we eagerly awaiting the answer God has for us? Are we truly trusting that God is going to respond to our problems no matter how long it takes? Or do we have an expiration date on our prayers? This concept of God answering prayers is written all over the New Testament as well. Jesus tells us to pray without doubt and you shall receive. Sometimes we need an answered prayer to jumpstart that concept into our being. So I say to you, begin praying with expectation once again, but go beyond just expecting! Eagerly watch for God’s answer and He will not disappoint.

Interesting are verses 4-6 where David runs down a small list of characteristics that God cannot stand, many of which David has been guilty of throughout his life. If David didn’t understand grace and mercy, he would have be condemning himself, but look at verse 7 which I’ve italicized. He acknowledges the abundant lovingkindness, which is available to him, through God’s grace and mercy. He knew himself better than anybody, so he knew, had it not been for grace and mercy, he would have been doomed for eternity.

As he continues, in verses 8-10, he is speaking of those who do not, and ultimately will not, acknowledge God, therefore disrupting innocent people in this life! God’s grace and mercy and abundant lovingkindness are available to all, even the most hated and hateful human being. But while here on earth we must confess this and live in it and show it to all to really enjoy and embrace it in our lives. Those who neglect will have a vice or a sin or sins that will control them and therefore disrupt other people.

Finally verses 11-12, we come to the place where David is encouraging righteous living by praying a prayer of faith for those who live such a life. The final statement is a prayer that confidently speaks of the favor of God being our shield! God’s favor will put you in positions you cannot attain on your own, and in doing so, protects you from the enemy! God will sometimes get you out of a dangerous situation through His divine favor. There are many people that because they choose not to receive the grace and mercy of God will be a tool used by the enemy to brings us down. But thanks be to God, He knows how deliver us from any plan that satans tools can put upon you!

Basically, the psalmist give his reader many reasons to feel blessed and emotionally stable. The issue is which side you choose for yourself. The side of righteousness where God can and will protect you, or the opposite, the side of wickedness! If you are alive today, and you have spent your days being used by the enemy for destructive purposes, you can come to God, through Jesus Christ today! Make your confession today, and repent and be used by God and you will be blessed!!!

 

Thank you and God bless

 

 

 

 

PSALM 4: ITS AS SIMPLE AS THIS

1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. 2 O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah. 3 But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him. 4 Tremble, and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the Lord. 6 Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord! 7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and new wine abound. 8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell safely.

 

How I love this psalm! This psalm was written by King David. He was known as a man after God’s own heart, spoken as such by God Himself! David and God were close, very close. Their relationship started when David was a shepherd, and because David never chose to end it, God showed him miracles, mysteries, victories, the highest highs, but also the lowest of low times. Two truths can be said of David: He was a worshipper of God, and he was a teacher of the things of God. This psalm clearly displays both. Because David knew God so deeply, his praise could not be silenced. And because David knew God so deeply, he had to tell others about Him. He could not keep quiet about his Refuge, his Shield, his Provider, his (Whatever he had need of). Lets learn what David teaches here.

Verse one, he starts out with a request to God. He was in such constant communication with his Lord, either bringing his requests or bringing a praise, thanksgiving. He loved to acknowledge God’s goodness to him.

Verses 2-5 is where he brings a simple lesson to all who would read this psalm. Remember, his heart is so tied to God that he wants to teach others about him mainly so they can come and see that God will be good to them as well. Verse 2 he admonishes them basically saying, ‘Why are you wasting your days?’  You see, we don’t have many days here on earth. Even if we live to see 100 years, it is so short compared to eternity! When we live our life not in relationship with God, we waste it. David, here, is attempting to wake up the reader!

Verse 3 is a truth many don’t seem to believe. Many seem to believe if they live a good life, stay out of trouble, say their prayers at night, etc., they will get to heaven. They consider the “godly” men to be the supersaint who is too lofty for them to reach and even call them extreme people who are on the wrong side of religion. The godly, however, are the ones God has set apart for Himself. The rest of this chapter will define the “godly” more clearly.

Verse 4 is where he lays out simple principles to live by that will lead us close to God. First of all, when he says tremble, he is speaking of the type of fear that can better be described as respect. A careless life is a wasted life, and those who believe in God learn that their life needs to matter for something. Where it says tremble, and do not sin, David is simply bringing an awareness to the reader that we should not be careless with our life otherwise it will be swallowed up by the grave, and possibly sooner than we think. Many people have high expectations for their life, but carefree living lead to laziness, drunkenness, etc., and those high hopes were buried before they came to pass. Respect your life, do not allow sin to have its way in your life. Let Jesus show you how to live.

Meditate in your heart, and upon your bed, and be still! Relax!!! People who live their life in the fast lane either die early, go to jail, or end up spending their latter years in regret because of all the pain they experience whether physical or emotional. We were not created for that type of lifestyle. We are meant to live in God’s presence, to take time in our bible and not just read but meditate, or consider deeply what we read. We are meant to be relational people, relaxing in the presence of friends and family. Obviously we need to work hard for a living, but we need time to relax as well. Take time with Him! He is waiting to be visited by you.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness. This means to just do the right thing, and let the bible define your standard of what is the right thing. Sometimes you will be isolated by your community, or workplace, or school, or circle of friends for doing the right thing and that is why David says the “sacrifice” of righteousness. God will reward you greatly for such a sacrifice. The world needs more people who live such lives.

And trust God! God is worthy of our trust. Doesn’t it always seem like He picks the worst time to want to show us He is trustworthy? Trust Him though. Let Him do for you according to what He promises in the bible. And after prayer and supplications and confirmation in your spirit from others who believe in God as well, just believe God will do what He says He will do! He wants to come through for you, so you can tell others about Him, and heaven can be more densely populated!

In verses 6-8, David is again acknowledging God’s goodness to him, and leaving this psalm with a grateful heart. God is a great and wonderful God! He is especially good to those who choose to let Him be, and then acknowledge Him. He wants your heart to be tranquil, at peace, and rested. If you will come to Him sincerely, these benefits are yours. Will you come?

God bless!!!

PSALM 3: RELAX! GOD IS IN CONTROL

1. O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. 2. Many are saying, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah 3. But You O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. 4. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah 5. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. 6. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about. 7. Arise O Lord; save me O my God! For you have smitten all my enemies on the cheek; You have shattered the teeth of the wicked. 8. Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah

Have you ever felt like many people were after you? And you thought you knew that you knew for sure that you were being set up for failure by some? Sometimes when we are having a bad day we tend to exaggerate the situation. I believe its in our sin nature. Our sin nature would rather keep us in chaos than peace! In the first two verses here the psalmist is generally speaking that the world is coming after him! David did live quite a chaotic life, so there was definitely some truth to his words, but the rest of this psalm tells us where his faith truly rested.

He encourages his soul in what he knows about God. David had a strong relationship with God from childhood and faced many adverse situations throughout his life because of that. There were many opportunities for God to show Himself personally to David and he was a very reflective man. Whenever God saved him, he recorded it in his memory for such a time as the writing of this psalm.

As we get to know God as our personal Father, we can have confidence even when the walls seem to be caving in around us. He wants us to go through adverse situations at times so He can prove Himself to be to us whatever we need Him to be. As we experience personal victory after personal victory, no matter how small at first, we can be confident that He will be our shield, our protector, our refuge, and we will not be ashamed to tell others!

Fear will leave us through our experiences with Him! Especially in those adverse moments will we be able to proclaim that our Father will be our shield! As He continues to come through time and again our witness for Him gets bolder. Think about your emotional state then. Is it possible that you will then experience the perfect peace that we all so desperately desire?

One of the reasons people of our generation are lacking this peace is because many don’t experience a close relationship with their heavenly Father. Many of us today would rather run away from adversity than just endure it. If you have made God a close personal Friend, you can rest in your adversity and watch Him be your Protector!

God bless!

PSALM 2: BE OF GOOD CHEER, JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD

1. Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? 2. The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 3. “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!” 4. He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. 5. Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying, 6. “But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain.” 7. “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You. 8. ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession. 9. ‘ You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'” 10. Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warning O judges of the earth. 11. Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling. 12. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

 

 

In this psalm, the battle lines are drawn! The psalmist has so much to say of the battle that rages on in the heavenlies of which humans find themselves in the very center of. “The nations” spoken of here represent those who have taken sides with satan, God’s enemy. The first four verses tell us a lot about “the nations.” First of all, they are in an uproar. They lack peace, they are irritated, they are angry, and they are fed up! Second, notice that their leaders take their stand! They’ve come to a place where they can no longer deal with feeling inferior to their enemy so they confront Him. But, third point, look who they are fed up with: The Lord and His Anointed One! The Anointed One is Jesus! The nations are in an uproar over Jesus! Imagine! So what do they do? They take counsel with one another on how to break His authority over them. Satan has cleverly persuaded “the nations” that God’s ways are oppressive, and they should be able to live their lives the way they want. “The nations” chose to walk in his plan and now are seeking a way to rid themselves of Jesus.

From verses 4-9, we see God’s response. He sees from a distance what is going on, and shakes His head. How is it that God’s creation could possibly think they can devise a plan to overthrow Him, the One who created them??? Then He speaks out His plan, of making Jesus the Victor over satan’s plan. Jesus will possess the very nations that are trying to overthrow Him and His kingdom! Jesus enemy is defeated! Satan has no power over the Lord and His kingdom and His plans. But he has limited power over the people who allow him access to their life! Here are the battle lines: If you believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and have made Him your Lord, you are on Jesus’ side. If you have not done so, you are on satan’s side, giving him access to your heart! 

Satan’s power is so limited that we notice in verses 10-12 that those kings who were on satan’s side were given the opportunity to repent. God’s mercy is truly on display here! We all are at one point in our life an enemy to God, but His great mercy desires to bring us on His side.

Notice the final sentence: How blessed are all those who take refuge in Him! To take refuge means to take shelter, or find protection in. When you are on God’s side, not only are you on the winning side, but you are protected from the enemy, or “the nations.” You may notice in this generation it seems “the nations” are taking offense to God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. But we are protected from them. God will protect us until our work is done.

The battle will not end until Jesus returns, but we can be of good cheer. Just as Jesus overcame “the nations” we too shall overcome! Find your protection in Him, and be blessed!