Blessed is the Nation Whose God is the Lord – Part II

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord… Psalms 33:12a

The nation who honors God as their God – God of that nation – is a blessed and happy nation. Conversely, the nation who will not recognize God, and who dishonors Him, is a nation who has a curse on it and its people. God made us – He created the universe and all that’s in it. Out of His benevolent love He created us and out of this love, He sustains us. He laid out principles, that if we obey and follow, we will prosper.

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. 2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalms 33:1-3 KJV

This Psalm starts out with a command for those who are righteous – those in right-standing with God – to rejoice in the Lord, to praise Him, give thanks, play instruments, and sing – with a loud and joyful sound! He also follows up, in this Psalm, with the reasons we should praise Him. Praise and worship is an acknowledgement of authority. Praise and worship could be singing or it could be speaking. When we talk highly of someone or something, we are praising that person or thing. You worship that which you love, respect and submit to. When you praise God, you are acknowledging His Lordship and the fact that HE is your Master and that HE is in control and that you are dependent on Him in and for ALL things.

For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Psalms 33:4-5

We can and should praise God for His justice, faithfulness, loving-kindness, goodness, and truth that appear in His word and also in His works. When you praise Him for all these things, you also become a recipient of them. The more you praise Him, the more you open yourself to receive from Him, and the more you receive.

The Word of the Lord is right; therefore when we deviate from it, we are in the wrong. We are right when we agree with it. The Father watches over all men. He made us and He knows us and nothing is hidden from His eyes. We can hide nothing from Him, neither can we pull the wool over His eyes, so we might as well speak the truth to Him – and to others.

God’s word is true and reliable. All the words God speaks are right and true. Everything He does is done in truth. He loves the truth and, unlike men, He never lies. That is why His word can be trusted and relied upon. God never moves the goalposts – He doesn’t change His words – He is constant and consistent. He doesn’t forget or leave His promises unfulfilled. We can trust the Scriptures because they contain the words of a holy, trustworthy, and unchangeable God.

If God’s word is true and right, and if we want to have and live in truth, then we must conform to His word. The problem is that people want to sin and do their own thing. If you are going to sin, but you really want the truth and you want to be right with God, then you’ll need to repent and change what you are doing to line up with God’s word. Or if you don’t want to stop sinning and you don’t want to repent, change and be right with God, then in your own mind you’d have to negate God’s word and cast it out as irrelevant or untrue in order to validate your sin and make it acceptable. So what was once called sin is now called merely a “lifestyle” or a “choice”. Many people have utterly rejected the word of the Lord, all because they refuse to quit sinning and change their ungodly lifestyle.

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Psalms 33:6-9 KJV

We can and should praise God for His creative power – for the fact that He created us and all that we see – the universe – the heavens and the earth! He spoke and it was done. He commanded and it stood fast. What a great God! He deserves to be revered and worshiped by ALL the inhabitants of the earth! Only a fool would not recognize His handiwork or that He IS the Almighty God.

The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Psalms 33:10-11 KJV

There is no government of man that will succeed without respect for the ultimate authority of God in their lives and without the acknowledgement that He alone is the author of their blessing and the source of their supply. God’s plan is always a good plan and the best plan. Isaiah 9:6 says that the government is on Jesus’ shoulders. Man’s standards, values and plans are temporal and inconsistent, but God’s counsel and plans stand strong and steady through successive generations. Man and his plans come and go and fade and fail, but God and His word stand through it all and above it all. If a nation is to succeed – there is only one way – make God number One in that nation and acknowledge that the nation and the government and the people are totally and utterly dependent on Him!

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalms 33:12 KJV

God’s peculiar favor is on His people. His people are not merely some small, exclusive group of people whom He has arbitrarily chosen – for He is no respecter of persons. No. God’s people – the ones He has chosen and blessed are those from any and every nation and people, who have chosen to respond to His love. Through and because of Jesus, every nation may receive the favor and blessing of the Father simply by bowing to His Lordship!

For This Purpose I Came to This Hour – Part II

“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.” John 12:27 NKJV

Jesus came for this purpose:

16. To save the world, not condemn it:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18 NKJV

17. To send fire on earth:

I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I if it be already kindled? Luke 12:49 KJV

18. To be salvation:

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy1:15 NKJV

19. To baptize in the Holy Spirit:

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. Matthew 3:11 KJV

I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” 32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ John 1:31-33 NKJV

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39 KJV

20. To deliver from evil:

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. Galatians 1:3-4 KJV

21. To bring judgment:

And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. John 9:39 KJV

22. To give abundant life:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 KJV

23. To bear sickness:

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.” Matthew8:17 NKJV

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV

24. To be a light to the world:

I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46 NKJV

25. To give eternal life:

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 NKJV

26. To minister to people:

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28 NKJV

27. To bring grace and truth:

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 NKJV

28. To do God’s will:

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John 6:38 NKJV

29. To destroy Satan’s work:

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 NKJV

30. To be an example:

Who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:21NKJV

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. 1 Peter 2:21 NKJV

31. To die for sins:

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3 NKJV

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5 NKJV

32. To purify unto Himself a peculiar people:

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus2:14 KJV