Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Read – Psalm 65:1-13 – The God of All Blessing
Today in History
1635 – Harvard University, the oldest institute of higher learning in the USA was founded in Cambridge, MA.
1793 – Eli Whitney applied for a patent on the cotton gin beginning machine ginning of cotton.
1886 – The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland.
1901 – Race riots were sparked by Booker T. Washington’s visit to the White House killing 34.
To the chief Musician, Music and Song of David.
1 Praise waits for you, O God, in Zion: and to you will the promise be kept.
2 O you that hears and answers prayer, to you will all men come.
3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, you will make atonement for them.
4 Blessed is the man you choose to approach you that he may dwell in your courts: we will be satisfied with the goodness of your house even of your holy temple.
5 We are awed by your righteous answer, O God of our deliverance; we are assured to all the ends of the earth, and the remotest shore of the sea:
6 His strength set up the mountains; which being kept by His power:
7 The roar of the seas brings praise, above the tumult of the nations.
8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts reverence your sign: you make the dawn of the morning and dusk to rejoice.
9 You oversee the earth, and the waters: you greatly enrich it by the river of God, which is full of water: you provide them with grain, which you have established.
10 You have made the ridges thereof abundantly: you descend to the furrows thereof: you make them soft with rain: you bless the sprouts thereof.
11 Thou crown the year with your goodness; and your path drips with fatness.
12 They drop on the habitations of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with grain; they shout and sing for joy.
Indeed David again sings a song of praise to the God who first elects men to come into His presence and then blesses them with all of needs fully and abundantly provided.
Christians are often turned from peace to turmoil by the god of this world who clouds their vision of God’s great blessing by the immediate circumstances of life. Is your vision sometimes clouded and a cause for worry and despair?
What causes us to lose sight of God’s great blessing? We lose sight or become cloudy with worry and despair when we lose sight of God’s Word and His promises to us. Most professing Christians today are spiritually ignorant of the greatness of God himself. In these psalm David explains that first of all, God is to be praised and very carefully hears and answers our prayers. That should be a great enough assurance that nothing would separate us from God’s blessings. Do you grasp the extent of David’s thought? If you as a child of God will pray God is listening closely and will answer that prayer. Paul adds to David’s confidence when he says, (Romans 8:26-28) “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” The Holy Spirit intercedes for the believer even when we don’t know what is the will of God for our lives and when the spiritual battle going on in our life is beyond our understanding. Have you been to place where your spiritual battle overwhelms you and brings you to despair? Do not be afraid. Do not enter the trap of questioning God through worry. But trust Him to intercede for you.
Secondly, God alone has drawn you to His presence. There is nothing in your life that will cause you aprt from His grace to come to Him. If you are truly His son, it is because of His work giving you life and faith to believe and trust Him. Jesus personally promises and explains the “process” of coming to God. It is not because of our sincerity, our prayer or any action on our part it is totally of God himself.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man can come to the Father, but by me.”
John 6:37 “All that the Father gives to me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.”
John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father who has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:65 “And he said, “Therefore I say to you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.“
Dear skeptic, do you for a moment imagine that He that has caused you to come to Himself will leave you alone in the clutch of the circumstances of this world.
Thirdly, His power and might reaches the ends of the earth. His is not at a loss in His knowledge of the circumstances and trials you are facing. He has promised blessing even as the god of this world and all of his imps seek to defeat you. This world cannot prevail over the creator and sustainer of life. The desert will blossom and bring forth abundantly in spite of what the world perceives as drought. He has promised to meet your need in every circumstance you and I may face. But we most center our attention on His Word rather than the whispered attacks of the great deceiver.
God told Moses to exhort the believers to simply “look” at the brass serpent and they would live. (Numbers 21:8-9) “And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.” God’s Word is our safe guard. We do not need a serpent made by man. We must simply rest on the promise God has made.
He is without question, the God of all blessing.