As we come to the last part of this Psalm it is so good to be reminded of the title “Prayer and thanksgiving for the Lord’s Righteous Judgements “. We discussed in the previous part that part of God’s Righteous judgement was that He had prepared a place of Eternal punishment called Hell While it is so nice to major on the goodness of God we should never forget the consequences of disobeying God and live a life that pleases ourselves which leads to Eternal Damnation. David throughout this Psalm was quick to praise the Lord for the way that He had provided for him. A good example of this is Verse 1 which says: “I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart, I will tell of your marvellous works “. This verse tells the secret of being blessed by God. Firstly, David lived wholeheartedly, this is the secret of being close to the Lord, I can tell from bitter experience that there is no pleasure in being halfhearted. The Bible describes that situation as being “Luke Warm” which God hates. It is so important, to be committed to the Lord and when we do we will be amazed at what the Lord will do in 2024.  And the second thing is just as important, David said that he would tell of God’s marvellous works. It saddens me when a group of Christians come together and nobody wants to talk about spiritual things. One of the greatest pleasures that I experience is talking about the goodness of God in my life, and when I do my spirit comes more alive.  Verse 18 says: “For the needy shall not be always forgotten, the expectation of the poor shall not perish, forever “. I love the honesty of David, he acknowledges the weakness of our human nature, despite having a passion for loving God there are times when God feels a long way from us. And if we give in to our feelings it only makes matters worse.  This is where it is it is so important for us to learn and remember what brings us close to the Lord. Verse 19 says: “Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail, let the nations be judged in your sight “. In times of conflict David always wanted God’s greatness to be seen, he knew that his God was the answer. May we learn from David and always turn to our God for help.  Verse 20 says “Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men “. David wanted that men would understand that they have no power except the power given to them by God. The Psalm ends with the word ‘Selah’ which means to pause and reflect, unfortunately, this is something that we do not do enough of.  The Lord is so good to us and because it happens all the time, there is a danger that we start to take it for granted. At the beginning of 2024 may we be like David and be quick to call upon the Lord and thank Him for His greatness.

 

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  1. If we rely on self it is only our perception on things, if we rely on God and his word then he enlightens us and we grow in Him and get closer to Him

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