Friday, September 23, 2016
God Is Personally Interested
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.” (Psalm 113:1)
People who serve the Lord have experienced his salvation, and the peace of knowing there is nothing standing between them, and they regularly experience his working on their behalf. Unfortunately, emotions are very volatile, changing with our circumstances, so that even a minor difficulty can send one into depression, if allowed to do so. By staying focused on the things God has done for us, we can reduce the volatility of our emotions, and as Christians we have a great deal to be thankful for. .
“Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised.” (Psalm 113:2-3)
We ought to be thanking god for what he does and who he is from the time the sun comes up until it goes down in the evening. Before artificial lighting was available, most people went to bed shortly after the light faced in the evening, and got up as it began to get light in the morning. Literally what the psalmist is saying is that we should be praising God every waking moment.
“The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!” (Psalm 113:4-6)
A couple of times during his presidency, Barak Obama made visits to a carefully selected person’s home, making a lot of headlines because he took time to visit with someone who had no particular political importance. God is more important and powerful than any world leader, ruling the entire universe, not just a single country or even a single planet, yet he is willing to come into the lowliest and least important person’s home and spend as much time as needed to personally address their concerns. By comparison, our president was too involved with his golf game to even hold a press conference or check that FEMA took action when floods in Louisiana forced thousands of people to evacuate and killed many.
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.” (Psalm 113:7-8)
God took a little shepherd boy from a relatively unknown family and made him King of Israel. He has taken some of the poorest and most forgotten people and given them positions of great authority, here on earth, and in his eternal kingdom, according to Revelation 5:10. “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
“He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.” (Psalm 113:9)
He is able to give a woman who is unable to have children a family to care for, giving her the joy of motherhood. Sarah was ninety when she gave birth to Isaac, for example. Knowing he takes a personal interest in us, even knowing how many hairs are on our heads, and that he is concerned about our most secret desires, we ought to thank him for even caring. Most human leaders would not.