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Psalm 139

Psalm 139

O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers! They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name. O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you? Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.” Ps. 139:19-22

  • The God who Judges All

David demonstrated that God was present everywhere, that He knew everything and that He constantly had us in mind. He was impressed by the indescribable nature of God. These glorious divine characters rejoiced him but also developed indignation in his heart towards the slanderers who insulted God’s divine attributes by their impudence. David knew that God was present everywhere and this meant that the wicked rebelled by profaning God’s holy presence by their sinful deeds. He knew God saw everything and yet the impious persist of sinning without bothering that God’s eyes are constantly on them. He felt that it was outrageous to God that sinners blasphemed so blatantly.

When Goliath insulted the army of Israel, David was personally hurt by the insults made to God. He did not look at his feebleness but his zeal led him to stand alone against Goliath. Goliath blasphemies were abominable in God’s presence and so in David’s presence. David had to remove this shameful wickedness in his eyes.

When David heard the insults of Goliath he said “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17:26

This was the kind of hatred David had against those who insulted the God he worshiped. David’s hatred against the wicked was rooted in his love and zeal for God. Eliab did not understand the sensibility David had.

Paul also told the Corinthians that wickedness should not be tolerated among Christians.

But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.” 1 Cor. 5:11-13

Those who do not know Christ should lovingly be helped to get out of their dark lives. It is better to be in fellowship with sinners than with those who profess to be Christians and insult our Lord .

 “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16).

In 1 Corinthians, Paul talked about the immorals who claimed to be Christian and stood among the saints. Have no fellowship, expel them, do not associate with them and do not even eat with such people. How many church leaders are ready to take this decision by cleansing from the house of God the shameful children of iniquities? If our good Lord was physically present, I guess He would have again made a whip and chase the evildoers out of His presence (John 2:15). God is not necessarily pleased by the presence of everyone who calls Him Lord at church. Even if on earth, the church leaders fear of taking disciplinary actions by removing the source of wickedness among the saints. It will not be so in heaven. Jesus said:

 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Mat. 7:21-23

There exists a ‘holy hatred’ which finds its root from holiness and zeal for God. It is not issued from pride or super-spirituality but from the desire to live like priests in God’s tabernacle (1 Pet. 2:9). Paul talked about hating even the garment defiled by the flesh (Jude 1:23) to illustrate that we should not even be in contact with anything stained by sins. David, Paul and Jesus voiced out clearly their hatred against sin. Their actions proved that they were radical, intransigent and adamant when it had to do with God’s honor. Showing tolerance or no concern to wickedness make us enemies of God.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ps 139:23,24

David expressed his deep hatred against the wickedness found in man and then he dared to ask the One who sees everything, knows everything, judges everything and is present everywhere to examine his heart. This risky request is bound to make David guilty and yet David still wants God to expose his inner thoughts. David was not challenging God to find sin in his heart but rather asked God to help him discover sins so that he might get rid of them. Not only did he hate the wickedness found in others but also the presence of it in his own heart.

 

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Posted September 9, 2014 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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The Indescribable God [Part 3]   Leave a comment

Psalm 139

Psalm 139

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” Ps 139:17-18

  • The God who thinks about us

God does not use mass production methods to meet the world’s demand of new borns. The Divine Artist meticulously creates unique works with His hands. For each one of us He had a purpose in mind when He created us. The reason of our existence is distinguishable from other people. I have put aside some inventions I created when the purpose for which they were designed have been fulfilled. Some of these inventions have never been used because they no longer had their raison d’etre. For some time these inventions were important and useful. Afterwards, I eventually forgot about their complexity, resources I invested and even their existence. Not so with God’s works. He does not forget us after He created us. The reason why we exist on this earth is not to survive by eating and drinking but to live by accomplishing the purpose God created us for. Each one of us is a piece of puzzle and God’s thoughts are constantly on us because we are part of the paint work of the Divine Artist.

I believe that the reason God created each baby was not to destine them to hell but for them to serve His purpose and have part with Him in heaven. There will be unfortunately a large unfinished puzzle in heaven because many pieces will be lost.

It might seem illogical that God gives so much importance to sinful insignificant creatures as us but the scriptures tell us so. Paul described in 1 Corinthians 12 that we are different members but yet part of the body of Christ. The body will survive without a nail but it will lose its beauty and make it more vulnerable. Each vein has its purpose even if by itself it is just a tiny blood carriage. We should not undermine the reason of our existence. God made us so wonderfully complex and yet many people have some complex of inferiority!

We usually have in our thoughts people we value and I guess the reason God thinks about us is simply because we are important to Him. God’s thoughts about us cannot be numbered. It is as if the invention God created has been awaited since eternity past to accomplish its purpose while it lives. The world’s life expectancy is on the average 70 years. This is on the average the time we have to execute what God is asking of us. No one else will be able to do what we were designed to do and I guess that when God looks at the undone work, His eyes relentlessly turn on the one designated for it.

This was God’s voice echoing in Isaiah’s ears “Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? ” Is. 6:8

Isaiah eventually responded to the purpose God created him by going where God sent him. I believe Jesus was thinking of you and I when He said “The harvest is great but the laborers are few“. Luke 10:2

God has projects in store for us and He gave us spiritual gifts and ministries to accomplish them. His thoughts about us are so numerous that David compared it to sand. Inventors enjoy seeing their inventions fulfilling the reason of their existence. The world would have been different today if we had no electromagnetic generators, bulbs or computers. If Faraday or Edison did not make their inventions and God showed them afterwards what they could have done, they would have been regretfully depressed. Each new day we live is a countdown to accomplish our purpose.

It seems David felt pursued as soon as he woke up. He felt like a baby who did not have to call for attention because the mother was already awaiting by the cradle for it to awake.

Many suffer rejection, feel ignored and unimportant. They have no purpose in life and are miserable. If they knew the God David described in Psalm 139, their lives would no longer be the same.

My child, you have been in my thoughts since eternity past and I have purposefully created you to accomplish my will today. Where are you?”

Posted September 8, 2014 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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Psalm 139

Psalm 139

  • The God who sees

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

If I tried to be in total absence of light to the point of not seeing myself, it would just mean that my eyes no longer capture the wavelength of the visible spectrum. I would be invisible to my eyes and eyes of others but not to God. David used light as an illustration to express that God sees us plainly no matter what we try to do. We make a difference between night and day because of the contrast of light intensity. Whether night or day, God’s view of us remains unaltered. How many times we behave like ostriches and conceive fake peace in our heart because our eyes no longer see the sins that our hands have concealed? O how miserable and sad it is to appease our conscience by hiding sins. God is acquainted with all our ways and our inclinations. We’re predictable to him, there’s not a sin we confess that God will be shocked by. God does not have retinas and lenses that will dim his view of us if the light intensity became naught. God knows perfectly well our soul and spirit. Not only our thoughts and desires are known to Him but also the roots of these thoughts and desires.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12

If by reading what God said in the scripture more than 2000 years ago, I still see my sins and feebleness rightly exposed today, then the God who communicated this chunk of infinite wisdom is unfathomable.

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Rom. 11:33

  • The God who creates

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

Since the beginning of this Psalm, David used illustrations that could not be described through superlative adjectives to express God’s omniscience and omnipresence. Here we see him use words like ‘wonderfully complex’ to describe that His wonderful deeds are beyond man’s comprehension. Our anatomy is perfectly delicate and marvelous. Who can create such a complex work if not an omnipotent God? I rarely use adjectives since I’m not easily impressed by things created by man. What man created has an initiation and follows by continuation or completion of this work. Inventions become more complex with the new technologies available and yet it is still possible to have experts to explain us all the logic behind those inventions. But what God created, experienced no evolution (since it was perfect) and yet the world experts joined together are unable to explain how man’s memory is stored, how consciousness operates and where dreams come from. I’m sometimes fascinated by the complexity of things and when a clue/explanation is found, they lose their intensity of interest. Not so with divine complexity. The more we dig, the more it enchains with unresolved enigmas. Because of pride, man prefers to classify as mysteries some legitimate questions instead of admitting that there is a God.

Man is unable to create brain cells,blood cells or reproductive cells. Scientists boast of being able to clone reproductive cells but is still unable to create one from mud. If ever man is able to create those cells, I would then suggest that he solves the penury of blood in hospitals by creating blood cells, console the childless parents by producing reproductive cells and give Alzheimer patients back their memory by regenerating brain cells. All this by using his OWN mud/raw material.

Out of nothing God meticulously created those micro-organism and macro-organism. David did not know the existence of cells and the discoveries of the 20th century but yet he realized that his anatomy was wonderful and complex. He praised God for the works of His hands. Before birth God knew us and before we lived it, He already recorded what we would do with the number of days He gave us.

We need not go to the ends of the earth for marvels, nor even across our own threshold; they abound in our own bodies.” C.H Spurgeon

 

Posted September 2, 2014 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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