“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)
After a recent study of Psalm 136 and its numerous declarations that the Lord’s mercy endures forever, I came upon the following in Psalm 33 and had to share it.
As I was reading Psalm 33, the thought occurred to me that in these difficult, uncertain, and perilous times we are living in … thoughts of Who is really in control need to be brought to the front burner of our hearts and minds. Such a source of comfort!
With that in mind, I ask you to consider the following verses. When you read them … sit quietly … even for just a few minutes … and take stock and then strength of heart in the knowledge of “God’s mercy being upon us.”
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
13 The Lord looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
16 The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart is glad in Him,
because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
The greatest asset of each of these three entities … “the king, the warrior, the warhorse” … is not at all able to “save, deliver or rescue” them!
The same applies for each of us! When our greatest assets become unstable, where can we find stability? In our loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God and His Word!
Regardless of what may be happening in the world around us … we can always count on the Lord! It is in the Lord of heaven and earth that we can always put our hope and trust! Are you giving thought to these truths?
You see … nothing ever happens that catches God off guard, and there is no power that can foil the plans of our God!
So, if you are like me … when things appear to be spinning out of alignment … out of control … we just need to remind ourselves daily that God is always in control! Always!
- When God speaks … it is done!
- This God of power is the one in whose love we find refuge.
- There are some things His Word tells us about God that make this act of trust eminently reasonable.
- God is sovereign over every nation … over this entire universe!
It will always be the ‘purpose of God’ that shall be standing firm!
We who are “children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” … we’ve been redeemed by the Lord! God hasn’t changed in even the minutest over time. His counsel is found in His Book! And our God is not one degree less omniscient than He was from before this world was created!
Ladies and Gentlemen, nothing … no one … can deliver us from our enemies … whether those enemies are seen or unseen, except our “God, Jehovah, the “I AM.”
When God gives a name for His people to call Him it conveys His dominion over all things, the source of His power, and His eternal nature: “I AM.” He is the self-sufficient, self-sustaining God who was, who is, and who will be.
Genuine stability … based on knowledge and genuine trust in the Lord and His might … offers hope to an otherwise hopeless world!
May God give us an eternal perspective and help us to turn our hearts toward Him.
David’s testimony should be ours: “You rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand is to make great and to give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:12)
Bill Fairchild, Jr.