Their Help & Their Shield
Again, I find myself reading the Psalms and feeling as if it were written just for us, right here in 2020. At least a part of it, anyway. Just look at Psalm 115:1-3…
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
Isn’t it amazing? Even now, cynical unbelievers constantly look at those of us to BELIEVE God and ask that same question: Where is your God? If we’re telling the truth here, there might even be some of us who claim to be believers who have asked it as well.
But you know what? The answer is still, and will still continue to be, THE SAME.
God is in the heavens. He does as He pleases. Does that mean He doesn’t hear us when we pray? What about when our prayers seem to go unanswered?
They Have… But Have Not
Here again, we see the Psalmist giving a clear picture of the “why”… and again, it’s so similar to what we’re in the midst of even now. Psalm 115:4-8 draws a grim picture…
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusted in them.
Wow, right? Let’s take a quick look at some similarities between this verse and some assorted New Testament Scriptures.
Silver & Gold
In Acts 3:6, Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: He made it clear to the beggar he wasn’t giving worldly wealth. What was this “such as I have” that Peter spoke of then? It was none other than the Holy Ghost, poured out on believers in the Upper Room in the first chapters of Acts. THAT was – and IS – worth so much more than mere wealth.
In 1 Peter 1:18, Peter spoke again of these “precious metals” calling them corruptible. But it’s Revelations 9:20 that sort of made me shudder…
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
It better not be wealth we’re storing up!
Jesus said, in Matthew 12:34, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. I love that verse, because it has been so true in my life. Before coming to know Jesus as intimately as I do now, the “abundance” of my heart was apparent. However, I fill it now, daily, with the Word, with praise and worship music, with thoughts of thanksgiving for where He’s brought me from, and glory to God, that abundance is more prevalent that the previous garbage I used to harbor there.
I love what Jesus said in Luke 21:15. In fact, I think it should be a clarion call from the mouths of all believers. Especially “for such a time as this”… For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. Doesn’t that make you just want to get up and dance around?! A mouth, alone, may not be a wonderful thing. And wisdom has no way to go forth alone. Together, they work toward the Godliness that no adversary can fight against! Glory!
There are several verses in the Scriptures concerning the eye, but none speak so monumentally, especially in the days in which we now live, as Matthew 6:22-23…
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But in thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
God help us to never have eyes that are darkened! Even Paul prayed against this, in Acts 26:18, when he said, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Summing It Up…
I would be remiss to leave off without pointing out the similarity between that verse in Acts 26, and the well-known Scripture in Acts 2:38-39…
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
I Love the Lord
I just LOVE the 116th Psalm! Because I’ve LIVED it! He DID hear my voice and inclined His Ear to me! He DID get hold of me as the sorrows of death compassed me. He IS gracious, and merciful, and He DID help me!
I particularly love Psalm 116:7, that says, Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
It reminds me of Psalm 42:5; Psalm 42:11; and Psalm 43:5… Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? Did you know you can talk to your soul? And should do so, especially when times are hard?
The “soul” is the “mind, will, and emotions” within us. In other words, “our feelings.” And they lie. Not only that, but the enemy often strikes us there, especially among our closest family members, because they seem to have the greatest sway over our souls… our emotions.
When we feel ourselves start drifting away and becoming downcast, it is right at that very moment that we need to remind ourselves, as the Psalmist did, of God’s mercy and grace, His deliverance, and all His many benefits!
Again, in relation to the “soul,” the Psalmist speaks in Psalm 116:17, I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD
Oh, praise His glorious Name, that we have that ability. Remember, Paul reminded us of it, in Hebrews 4:16 when he said, Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Some days, praising and worshiping is easy! You want to dance, sing, shout, clap your hands, weep, run around, or even jump up and down! Those moments are so special, so warming, and the veil between the physical and the spiritual seems so thin!
But other days, it’s almost as if the weight of our own flesh refuses all manner of praise, worship, or thanksgiving. And THAT… that right there… is exactly when it becomes the “sacrifice of thanksgiving” that we can offer, as the Psalmist says, as a kind of vow. It’s hard. But can I tell you that it’s worth it?
Do these two chapters speak to you in this specific day and age in which we find ourselves? If so, how? Has it caused you to draw closer, under the shelter of His Wings, or has it driven you to discord and fear?
I think if we continue to fill our hearts and minds with the Word and with all the goodness it offers, we can live entirely different lives, even in the midst of calamity!
Dear Lord Jesus, I ask that You come close to all who read these words today. Comfort them, Father, and move on their hearts, whatever their circumstances. Show yourself strong and mighty for them, and for their families, and for their household! We know Who You are, Lord! And we call those things that be NOT as though they WERE… already! We call lost family members SAVED, in Jesus’ Name! Bring them to the knowledge of your plan of salvation, so they do not miss heaven. We call the sick HEALED, in Jesus’ mighty Name! You ARE the Great Physician, Our Healer, and we stand in faith, believing, just as You told us to. And we call those areas of stress, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts banished, in Your powerful Name, the Name that is above ALL that is Named! Glory to Your Name, Oh Most High God! I ask it all in Jesus’ resplendent Name, Amen.
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