Psalm 57

Psalms 57

v2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. Similar to Psalm 138:8 which says “God will perfect that which concerns me” and Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good….”. Our sovereign covenant God is doing all that is needful in our lives and giving all that is needful to live for him faithfully.( Romans 8:32, Phil.4:19)

John Gill says, v 8  Awake up, my glory
Meaning his soul, it being the most honourable, glorious, and excellent part of man; is the breath of God, of his immediate production; is a spirit incorporeal and immortal; is possessed of glorious powers and faculties; had the image of God stamped upon it, which made man the glory of God, ( 1 Corinthians 11:7 ) ; and has the image of Christ on it in regenerated persons; and is that with which God and Christ are glorified; and is, upon all accounts, of great worth and value, even of more worth than the whole world: and this sometimes in the saints is as it were asleep, and needs awaking; not in a literal sense; for it is incapable of natural sleep, being incorporeal; but in a figurative and spiritual sense, as when grace is dormant, and not in exercise; when the soul is backward to and slothful in duty, unconcerned about divine things, and lukewarm and indifferent to them; which is occasioned by prevailing corruptions and worldly cares; and sometimes it becomes dull, and heavy, and inactive, through an over pressure by sorrows and troubles, as the disciples of Christ were found sleeping for sorrow, ( Luke 22:45 ) ; which seems to have been the case of the psalmist here; he had been in great distress, his soul was bowed down, ( Psalms 57:6 ) ; he had hung his harp upon the willow, and could not sing one of the Lord’s songs in the place and circumstances he was in; but now he calls upon his soul, and arouses all the powers and faculties of it, and stirs up himself to the work of praise, just as Deborah did, ( Judges 5:12 ) ; some by his glory understand his tongue, as in ( Psalms 16:9 ) compared with ( Acts 2:26 ) ( Psalms 30:12) ; and so may design vocal singing here, as instrumental music in the next clause:

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To Riga and BACK! (1)

Action-packed, blessed day thanks to the Lord. Read Psalm 18-God’s way (with me) is perfect. Operation to take out bulging disc went well but whether power and sensory losses in right leg recover is in God’s hands.

The problem

Amazing primitive living documentaries on TV go on endlessly and display skills anything but primitive using the wonderful jungle provisions of bamboo, earth and limestone, leaves etc. Primitive living

 

Amazing providence (all God’s working) concerning my daughter presently in Costa Rica who foolishly lost her bag and passport, but it was found by a local yoga teacher who finding my details on her contact in emergency card sent me a FB message through which I was able to unite finder and Marie Isabel with her vital passport. God uses all means and is in every detail of life-what a divine Friend!

Read Psalm 20-so rue of today through King Jesus.

Good luck??

If you are accustomed to hearing this said especially to yourself with perhaps fingers crossed, touch wood and other superstitious nonsense take it as an opportunity to speak up for God’s sovereign rule of all things in providence.

You could say, “Luck does not exist “, “what good are these superstitions?”, or I believe in a good Sovereign God who is in charge of my life and I will trust in him. I’d rather depend on him.

 

Pic by Rod Bongat.

GOVERNMENT AND PROVIDENCE

Another aspect of God’s providence is his government and rule over all things. That God does rule is clear from Scripture (Ps. 2:2–4). As the Ruler of all things and as the God of providence, he is the “blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). That providential rule of God is:

All-encompassing. There is nothing, not even Satan or sin, that God does not sovereignly rule (Job 1:12; Job 2:6).

Sovereign. God not only rules all things, but he rules them in such a way that they must do his will and serve his purpose. In the case of men, angels, and devils, his rule is not compromised by, or dependent on, the will of his creatures (Job 9:12).

Righteous. God rules all things in such a way that the responsibility for the actions of men, angels, and devils remains their own. He cannot be charged with the evil they do, though he is completely in control of it and even brings it to pass (Rom. 9:17–20).

Purposeful. God not only rules, but does so according to a perfect plan to which everything must and does conform. Nothing happens by chance. Nothing surprises God or causes him to change his mind or will (Ps. 115:3; Ps. 135:6; Rom. 9:21, 22).

Incomprehensible. So great is God as the Ruler over all that his ways are beyond our understanding (Job 9:10; Isa. 55:8). Though all things work together for the good of his people and for the damnation of the rest, it is not always possible for us to see that. We live by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).

Gracious. God rules for the benefit of his people (Rom.8:28). All things do not happen to work together for good to those who love God, but they do so because he controls and directs them through Jesus our Savior. God’s rule is not, however, gracious to all. His rule over the ungodly is the opposite of his rule over his people. It is a damning rule, not only because they reject his rule and despise his gifts, but also because he actively rules them for their own destruction and damnation. This is not to deny that he gives them good things—life and breath, food and shelter, fruitful years, and all the rest—but never out of love or in grace. This providential rule by God must be believed, for what we see does not always appear to be under God’s wise rule. Instead of order we see disorder in creation and society; instead of justice we see injustice, chaos, and apparent disarray in history and creation. Faith nevertheless believes and confesses that God is in control, that nothing happens by chance, and that by God’s grace all is for good. Faith holds that all things must work for the good of God’s people, and that they must work together for that good, to those who love God.

Rev. Ronald Hanko

This article extract from “Doctrine according to Godliness” is posted with permission from its publisher, Reformed Free Publishing Association, Grandville, Michigan.

God’s ultimate purpose

In 1 Chronicles 17 King David speaks outlining God’s purpose for himself and his people: For himself, ” that thy name may be magnified forever” (v24) and for us, “let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O Lord, and it shall be blessed for ever.” (v27). May this be our aim and his gracious accomplishment for us! The cross of Christ, is of course the place and the event, from which all this flows namely the glory of God and the everlasting blessedness of his sheep.

Affliction

Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church Singapore, our sister church, shared this recently and I thought it worth repeating:

In our sojourn here as God’s children, we are not immune to the trials of life. Last Lord’s day in the congregational prayer we are reminded again of the trials of life that the people of God have to go through. We prayed for one beloved saint from our midst who was hospitalized with sickness. As we see the trials which God’s people have to go through, we call to remembrance the blessed Confession we hold to. We take great comfort especially in these two Questions & Answers of our Heidelberg Catechism.

Q. 26. What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven
and earth”?
A. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them; who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence) is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father; on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body; and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage; for He is able to do it, being Almighty God,
and willing, being a faithful Father.

Q. 27. What dost thou mean by the providence of God?
A. The almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand.
We are reminded here that all things come not by chance but by His fatherly hand. There is no greater comfort to go through our trials in this valley of tears, than with this knowledge and assurance that we are in the Father’s hand. Beloved let us lay hold on this truth.

Full Catechism here.

Available here.

Billy Graham false teacher!

See how man-centred and wrong the man was! He puts cart before horse!

Billy Graham: “The context of John 3 teaches that the new birth is something that God does for man when man is willing to yield to God … Any person who is willing to trust Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and Lord can receive the new birth now … All you have to do to be born again is to repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour … Repentance is first, and absolutely necessary, if we are to be born again … The Holy Spirit will do everything possible to disturb you, draw you, love you, but finally it is your personal decision” (How to Be Born Again, pp. 133, 136, 140, 144, 146).

John 4 shows this is false, “The wind blows where it listeth” it is not controlled by man or at his beck and call. It is by regeneration we are made able to repent and believe and that God does SOVEREIGNLY.

The Bible is Sufficient

Because Scripture is the Word of God it partakes of the attributes of God whose word it is. This historical perspective defends the Bible’s infallible inspiration and perfection (see also Psalm 19:7). It is impossible for the all-perfect God to produce something imperfect. Scripture also possesses the authority of God. Scripture is the sole source of the knowledge of God, of how to love him and how to live for him. It contains all that is necessary for this life and our hope for that which is to come — the Sola Scriptura of the Reformation.  As the source of truth and authority, we must add nothing to it, especially man-made traditions because then they supplant it’s truth as Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). This is what Roman Catholicism does. Whether it’s creation, gender, relationships or church practice we need no supplementation to the Bible. It alone fully equips us (II Tim.3:15-17).

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Why do the wicked appear to prosper? Do they really?

“True it is that wicked men do usually prosper in their outward worldly condition: Yet there is what may abundantly vindicate and clear the justice of God in this matter. For, 1. There are other judgments and punishments besides outward afflictions. Even the very prosperity of wicked men is their judgment: It destroys them.† It is but a seeming prosperity, and not such truly. It is a curse to them: They are thereby prepared for the day of slaughter (g). All their enjoyments are salted with a curse: cursed is their basket and their store (h): Their very blessings are curses. Their table proves a snare to them, God gives them riches to their hurt (i); to be fuel for their pride, prodigality, luxury, intemperance, and other evils; so that they are thereby blinded, and hardened, and strengthened in their wickedness: and these are the sorest judgments (k). 2. The execution of visible judgments is only suspended for a time. As some are God’s elect:, and therefore not to be cut off in their unregenerate state: So he endures also with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction (l). They are like malefactors condemned to death, only reprieved for a time. And God suspends the execution for just and wife reasons: Either because he hath some belonging to the election of grace to bring out of their loins; or, because he hath service for them in the way of his providence about his church and people; or because his people are sheltered under their wings. 3. Judgment, though delayed, will at last be executed. Tho’ it be not suddenly executed, yet it is surely executed: As a chimney long foul will be fired at length. God will at length shew himself a just and righteous God. And the longer judgment be delayed, it will be the more severe when executed. Justice may, like a lion, seem to be asleep; but at last it will awake, and roar on the sinner. Hence the Lord threatens, I have long time holden my peace, I have been still and refrained myself, now will I cry like a travailling woman, I will destroy and and devour at once (m). God hath an eternity wherein to punish impenitent sinners. Hence Abraham is brought in speaking to the rich glutton, Son, remember that thou in thy life-time received thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: But now he is conforted, and thou art tormented (n). 4. The greater their outward prosperity be, their judgment will be the more terrible for their manifold abuse of it. They are lifted up on high, that their fall may be the greater. Their ingratitude for, and manifold abuse of his mercies, will furnish a severe indictment against them. While wicked sinners abuse God’s patience toward them, they treasure up to themselves wrath against the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God (o). ”

† Improbo bene esse non potest – Cicero, Parad. 2
f) Ecc. 8:10
g) Prov. 1:32
h) Jer. 12:3
I) James 5:5; Det. 28:37
k) Mal. 2:2; Ps. 69:22; Ecc. 5:13
l) Rom. 9:22
m) Isa. 42:10
n) Luke 6:25
o) Rom. 2:5

William Wishart, Theologia, or Discourses on God, delivered in 120 Sermons (1787), Volume 1, Sermon 42

Thanks again Andy Underhile.

God gives over societies to sin who hate and ignore him.

“But, when the ties of religion are once broken from the mind, all the most effectual restraints of moral principle are instantly dissolved; public sentiment is absorbed in private interest – public virtue is lost. Sensuality insulates every citizen; he has no country but self; all the energies of patriotism are enfeebled; and voluptuousness, in its progress, creates a base servility of soul which is prepared to submit to any master who will favour its indolence, and afford it the means of indulging its effeminate pleasures. Mutual faith is perished – vows are broken without scruple; for what remains to enforce their obligation? Deceit and treachery are but ordinary means to accomplish unworthy ends. Lust, jealousy, and dastardly revenge disturb the order and destroy the happiness of society. When manners have arrived at this stage of degeneracy, they can then be purged only by the destructive power of a foreign master, or by some dreadful internal and exterminating revolution—Such has ever been the ultimate progression of national dereliction of morals and religion —republics have fallen a prey to internal tyranny, empires to foreign conquest. To cite to you proofs of this truth would be to repeat the records of universal illustrated in the fortunes of individual families. Profligacy of manners, poisoning the very fountains of life, a vicious and debilitated race becomes extinct in a few generations. This is the curse which God has inflicted on practical atheism, and its constant companion, extreme corruption of manners. He has so laid the plan of his providence over the world, that the course of nature shall avenge the violated majesty of his law, and become itself, the minister of his justice. When universal depravity of morals has invaded a people, each race becomes, by obvious causes, more corrupted than the last; the evils of the preceding are still accumulated upon that which follows, and seldom, as I have before said, does the third, or the fourth generation pass away till they are ripe for the exterminating judgments of Heaven. Thus does a righteous and jealous God visit the iniquities of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those that hate him.” — Samuel Stanhope Smith, Sermons, Volume 1 (Religion Necessary to National Prosperity)

Thanks Andy Underhile.