Getting To Know Gods Will
Chap 16 Part 4 of 4
The Psalms teach that humans are endowed with the power of moral choice (1). They also show humans as the crown of God’s creation. The psalmist stood in awe and wonder at our place in the panorama of creation. God was the source of human dignity and is the hope of our destiny. He made us “a little lower than the heavenly beings” –
Psalm 8:1-9; “1 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”
– or than God and crowned us “with glory and honor.” He gave us dominion over the created world of nature and animals. How can we respond? We praise our Creator God.
Psalm 8:9; “9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”
In the Psalms we find no complete doctrine of life after death. Usually the psalmists spoke of existence after death as Sheol. This was a shadowy existence of both the wicked and righteous dead with no remembrance or praise of God.
Psalm 6:5; “5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?”
Psalm 30:9; “9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? ”
While God’s presence might be in Sheol,
Psalm 139:8; “8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”
….they felt more certain of it “in the land of the living”.
Psalm 27:13; “13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.”
Apparently, as far as the ancient Hebrews knew, death was destruction.
Psalm 88:3-12; “3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. 4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: 5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand. 6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. 7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah 8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. 9 Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee. 10 Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah 11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction? 12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?”
The truth of death as departure to be with the Lord awaited a fuller revelation;
2 Titus 4:6-8; “ 6Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.”
1 Corinthians 15:51-53; “51Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
Only Christ’s resurrection fully unlocked death’s fearful mystery. The Psalms do reflect the human longing for eternal life.
Psalm 49:15; “15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah”
Psalm 73:23-26; “23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”
However, at best, the psalmist had only a hint of what would be revealed in time by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. God had not yet “brought life and immortality to light through the gospel”.
2 Titus 1:10; “10Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”
Reading these chapters of the King James Bible will provide a good acquaintance with the WORD and the WILL of God – and once you know this, you will never have a problem in knowing what we all should be doing. Ignorance is the greatest destroyer – and the cause of much heartache; and, sadly, personal ignorance is rarely recognized by the victim.
Ephesians 4:18; “17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:”
This study will motivate you to greater consecration and devotion to the service for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Scriptures To Ponder And Study
Psalms Of Law: Psalm 1 and Psalm 19
Psalms Of Life: Psalm 3 and Psalm 31
Psalms of Christ: Psalm 22, Psalm 40 and Psalm 41
Psalms Of Creation: Psalm 29 and Psalm 104
Psalms Of The Heart: Psalm 37 and Psalm 42
Psalms of Judgment: Psalm 52 and Psalm 53
Psalms Of God: Psalm 90 and Psalm 139