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HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 12 con’d)

I am unable to move past the word “planted” in verse 13.

I considered what it is to be planted in my last post, but  planted is also an action.  I began meditating (as I garden) on planting and God.

My favorite verse, some call it a ‘Life verse’, is :   And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Gen 2:8.  This is the first mention in the Bible of the term ‘planted’, and it was God’s doing.

Perhaps staying planted is something we must be participants in, as I commented on in the last post, but God Himself is the One Who implements the planting.  This is true that He orchestrates all that brings us to be a part of a local church, where we should remain planted in the Word and in our Christian lifestyle.

Psalm 1 illustrates a prosperous Christian as being planted in the place of blessing. Further, Romans 6:5 says, For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  All these “planted“s are initiated by God.

The last mention, also significant, is one that we are called to perpetuate, where the Apostle Paul is speaking of sharing the Gospel:  1 Cor. 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 12)

vs 13  If we desire to flourish in the court of the LORD  we must be “planted” in the house of the LORD.  The court of the Lord is in time to come, but the house of the LORD is here and now.  The word shall indicates a promise, which GOD is sure to keep.

Are we definitely “siding with God”?  Are we ‘planted’ in a local, Bible believing Christian church?  Is it a lackadaisical, non-committed participation?    Flourishing means we are getting water and food. Planted means we are ‘in the ground’.

 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 11)

vs  12 Our church body encourages each other in hope of the promise that one day the devil and his agents, that worked so tirelessly against our goals, will be put down – and we will see it.  Verse 11 is a promise.  Verse 12 is the counterpoint to Vs. 11.  Those who belong to the LORD – Born Again Believers (because none are righteous apart from Jesus’ sacrificial blood), who God considers righteous shall (a promise) flourish and grow – not material.

 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 10)

Vs 10  back-pedaling.  I must revisit vs. 10.  to the words Fresh Oil. We know the OIL is the Spirit of God.

Fresh, new way to relate to Him; from His part, He deals with me in a renewed way daily.  ” It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23)  It is from Him we have a new walk in our daily life; separated, away from the grind of this rat race.

When I entered this journey into Psalm 92, I saw the message of how my life reflects my love for Jesus, but as I’ve been posting and in other areas of my life, the idea of  “I know God loves me, but am I someone that He likes” has become a theme.  I have many people in my life that I truly and unconditionally love; my children , for instance, (and God often uses my relationship with my children to teach me about my relationship with Him), but there have been times when my children were not at the top of my ‘A’ list, so to speak.

Am I that way with God?  Am I someone He not only loves, because He promised it, and that is His nature? but someone He likes?  My study into the scripture and meditations are focused lately on this idea of who Jesus called ‘friend’.  That’s how I want Him to think of me.

HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 9)

vs. 11  Seeing my desire on mine enemies …God wins!!

– He is true to me, I’ll stick by Him.  Anyone who has ever mocked a Christian for his Biblical stand (or done worse) puts himself in opposition to God, not the believer.

This is the moment they’ll remember…the fork in the road…one way leads to blissful eternity in the place where the King of the universe lives, the other road ends in everlasting torments with utter loneliness…only pain and one’s own memories of unalterable regrets.

I’ll take the road to Jesus! thanks!

HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 8)

vs.  10  Blessed Assurance – Heaven

We will feel like kings, exalted – The Bible says we will “reign with Him” Rev. 20:6. That’s a promise!

Anointed with fresh oil – like a new day, fresh and clean from the shower; but far, far cleaner than we can understand, now with a  new and fresh relationship with the Oil , which is the Holy Spirit.

Seeing how He wants to bestow such blessings and honor on us, should we not consider what honor we are giving Him each day ?

 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 7)

vs. 8-9    Praise and exultation to our Great Everlasting Lord who will rid the earth of sin.

Praise because God is most high forever.

Forever- From before He created “time” and the “In the beginning” which He designed for us to exist in, He was and is and will always be. It’s hard to wrap my head around this, because I am a creature of time and space.

Most High– Greatest and most powerful.  Controller of everything and the orchestrator of all wisdom.  His power and promises, His plans and His Person shall never be broken.  He has authority, ownership, and the ability to accomplish all He desires, and there’s nothing that can stand in His way.

I must praise this Almighty One that chose to love and care for me.  He has showered me with His favor and special blessings no one else could understand, and time and time, again rescued me (sometimes even from situations I caused), only because He chose to…I don’t deserve Him.

HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 6)

vs 7  When the wicked and the workers of iniquity flourish, the world nurtures and encourages them, but we must come together to to be encouraged in righteousness.  More needful, however, we must come together to pray for families of children killed at school by schoolmates, or daycare centers attacked, or even other so-called Christians desecrating funerals.  We must come together to pray!

Here it says, “they shall be destroyed forever.”  That is God’s decree.  I do not say we should pray for people’s destruction, but we must pray for people’s salvation.   God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 5)

vs. 6  We need to get together with our brothers and sisters in Christ who understand these things.

We walk everyday with those God calls foolish, not stupid; a fool is one who doesn’t perceive God or accept His hand in the working of their life.  A fool says, “there is no God” (Ps 14:1).  The world outside the church door is filled with brutish people – uncivilized and irrational.  When  I see naked heinies,  brawls, and women using filthy, foul language at their children, they are uncivilized; and if we cannot ‘reason together’ as Isaiah invites us to do, people are irrational.

We need to come away, apart, to our church family, where we find civility, reasonable people without foolish perceptions, that are on the same page – and it’s a page out of our Good Book!

HOW DO I LOVE THEE – PSALM 92 (PT 4)

vs. 5  The Lord’s works are so great and amazing.  It also says the way He thinks is “very deep”.  We can only stand in awe when we glimpse or get a small taste of His wisdom and orchestration- His sovereignty.

First, to think that YOU are concerned for me, and the things YOU do are specially specific to me and my life right now and are connected with the lives, and specific to the lives of all the people around me that YOU love, too; that is awesome, but then to know YOU are also keeping the universe together.

“By him all things consist.” (Col. 1:17)  The universe is spinning, from the smallest atom to the grandest galaxy, in synchronized, scientific perfection, to laws calculated so we can notice them and know HE is in control. He can do all this free from the “laws of science” (He is not bound by them as we are) he created the laws to show mankind that he is there.

Lord, You are so  GREAT and Your thoughts truly are very deep. You are WONDERFUL!