Vol. II Number 35 September 13, 1998
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
12 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.
14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Many Christians say that the Lord is good, but they don't put their trust in him. They have failed to totally trust the Lord and many have been led astray through the devices of men. Many have trusted President Bill Clinton, only to be let down. Many have trusted a religious leader only to be let down. The Christian is to put his trust and devotion in the Lord Jesus. If you put your trust in any other, they will let you down.
The Lord is good and his mercy endures forever. O give thanks and praise to the Lord for he is good. Whereas man is wicked and corrupt, the Lord will never let you down. The Lord is always there in times of trouble. The Lord is there in times of good will and prosperity. The Lord never leaves. He is ever present, even when we are not looking for him. The Lord sees all and nothing is hidden from him. Even when the wicked think that they have covered up their tracks, the Lord sees all. And even with this ability, he extends his divine mercy towards us. So, when the psalmist writes that the Lord's mercy endureth forever, he is saying that though the Lord sees all, he still extends his divine mercy towards the sinner.
But though the Lord is to be trusted above all else, there are many who would rather put their trust in a man rather than in the Lord. Where the Lord will never fail, man will always fail. For man is not even close to the creator. How can the created say that the created can even come close to the creator. But many have put their trust in themselves and have come up short. Many have put their trust in some great personage and have been disappointed. The Lord is looking for your total trust and admonition. He doesn't want to play second fiddle to anyone or anything. For the first commandment is:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
When Jesus was asked which was the great commandment in the law he replied:
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
We are commanded to put nothing before the Lord God. All of our trust, strength, mind, and soul is to concentrate on the Lord. When you put your trust and devotion in anything else and don't totally trust the Lord, you will be disappointed. Only Jesus will never fail you. So when you trust in the Lord with all of your heart, you will never be disappointed.
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