1 In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
5 The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
The theme of this Psalm centers around is that no matter what is going on around us, or in the world, God is still on the throne and He is still in control. As in verse 2, it should not surprise us if we find out that the wicked grind their teeth in anger and have evil intentions against us. Why is that? Because to the unsaved, those who are Christís are a reminder of the sin they wallow in, and they do not like that. But we have nothing to fear from them, our God is bigger than anything they can do to us. I like how Paul put it:
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
An important point I would like to make also is, in verse 5, God most certainly tries us. We have things that test us, things that proves out faith, and makes us better when we get through them. This should be no surprise, and it flies in the face of the TV preachers teaching that with ďproper faithĒ you can have you best life now, and a trouble free life. WHAT? Look at our Saviour, Jesus Christ! Look what He went through. How can one expect not to have trials and tribulations when you look at the life of our Master? We are not greater than Him, and to think we can go through life unscathed is ludicrous. Trying is a test which has a goal of good at the end either for Godís glory, or to improve us. Thatís a huge difference than tempting, which God does not do. Tempting is an invitation to sin, and our sovereign God would never do that.
No-one or nothing has the power our God has, nothing. So we need not fear what man can do when we realize who the God we serve is.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
So no matter what happens, whether we perceive it to be good or bad, whether we perceive it to be great or small, it happens for His glory and our good. We may never understand how either until we are with Him.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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