This is the week we set aside to give thanks. We should set aside a little time each day to give thanks. Even at that we would not be caught up in giving thanks. In Psalm 100: 4 it says, …be thankful unto Him… There is a subject of thanks that would take endless days to do. In verse 5 we are told to thank Him for His goodness, His mercy, and His truth. His goodness and mercy alone has follow me all the days of my life. His truth will endure through every generation and forever. If I just give thanks for these alone I better go and get started.
I look at a prayer found in Psalm 50: 15, which says, And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. This prayer was prayed by Crusoe while on a deserted island. This a simple prayer, call upon me. One must be in trouble in order to be delivered. There is also a secure prayer. The phrase I will, gives us His secure seal that when we call He will deliver. There is a sobering prayer in this text. When He delivers us He expects us to glorify Him. How can we do less. I would say we all have many delivery stories, do we have as many giving glory stories.
The word “selah” is used 74 times in the Bible. The word has to do with a person’s focus of thought. In the word we see a power of thought. I understand from study that repetition in the Bible is God’s mega phone. The word also has a pausing thought. It is used in music to pause and wait before moving on. The word also has the idea of a perception thought. It tells us to stop and change the focus. We need to stop looking around and look up. There is also in this word a practical thought.John Phillips defined this word as ” Well what do you think about that “. Let this LORD,s day be a selah break. We never know we may return from the LORD,s house in awe.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:12, Wherefore let Him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. Peter’s denial of the Lord is mentioned in all 4 gospels. He failed every test the Lord ever gave Him. Jude says He is able to keep us from falling. We fail the Lord when we do not lean all our weight upon Him. Though Peter failed every test yet he graduated the valedictorian of his class. He preached the valedictorian address at Pentecost and 3000 people were saved. That my friend is the height of grace and mercy.
Let us ponder some verses in Matthew 6:25-34. In a short conversation with His disciples our Lord mentions one phrase five times. ( 25,27,28,31,34 ) The phrase is “Take therefore no thought “. This phrase means to worry or to be stressed out. What is one to do in a stressing situation ? The Lord says stop it. Instead of worrying in verse 26 He say go bird watching, He feedeth them. When Bill gates retired he was worth 70 billion. This would only feed the world’s bird population with bird seed for 2 days. Wall Street was propped up with 700 billion. This would only feed the birds for 30 days. The children of Israel were worry warts. In the wilderness our Lord rain them Manna from heaven. They could collect an omer a day This equals out to be 6 pints per person. There was 2 million of them. This would be 12 million pints. Can you picture 12 million pints? How about 9 million lbs. ? How about 4,500 tons? We can’t pictures these measuerments. Let’s put 15 tons in box cars, that would take 300 boxs cars. I can see it now, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299,300. This went on for forty years. They got double on the day before worship. 595, 596, 597, 598, 599. 600. Instead of telling God about how big your troubles are, tell your troubles how big your GOD is! We must change our focus.
I ponder two phrases from our LORD’s teachings today. They are found in John 8: 28-29. The phrases are, “…I do nothing of myself…” and “… for I do always those things that please the Father…” When I think upon the words ” I do” I am thrilled beyond measure. Our Saviour desires to do all for His people. In these verses I find some controls He puts on His doing. He can do only that which the Father directs. May we learn great lessons here. I can only do that which the Father directs. I can do all things through Christ who strengths us. Just imagine what would happen if God’s people only did that which the Father directs. The other control was to always please the Father. His Father later said, “This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased”. Oh! May I always do that which will cause Him to say oneday, ” Well done thy good and faithful servant”.
John said in his gospel, that Jesus was the ‘WORD’ that was with God and He was God. Then said that the WORD became flesh, in other words, God became man. Jesus is the God Man. He is all God and all man. He showed this time and time again while upon the earth. We see Him become hungry and eat, yet He raised Lazarus from the dead. ‘Why’ He’s the God Man. One time He was asleep on a pillow yet he stood, spoke, and the sea was still. He shed blood yet He raised the son of ‘Nain’ from the dead. He’s the God Man. One time He showed anger in the temple, yet to touch His garment brought healing. One time He was weary and needed rest, yet He could walk on water. He’s the God Man. But the greatest of all thoughts is that the God man lives in me.