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Psalms Saturday #9 – Psalms 93 – The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty

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Psalms Saturday #9 – Psalms 93 – The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty – 02/27/2016

Psalm 93:1 (ESV) The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. 2 Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. 3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. 4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty! 5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

This Psalm is awesome in its praise to the LORD. I love this because it gives titles that should only be ascribed to the LORD, please enjoy this great Psalm of praise, although it is just five verses it is rich in teaching moments. Let’s look it all five verses on a verse by verse basis beginning in verse one.

V1 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

I love and rejoice when I read these words and I thank you firstly if you are spending your precious weekend reading these words. Let’s look at how the Psalmist refers to his LORD to set out the tone of the Psalm…

  • LORD – He calls him LORD (All Capitals) the name above all names and as rich as our language is, we still do not have the words to describe how majestic God is. The author of the words of this precious book that we read and a constant thread throughout scripture that is never contradictory.
  • Reigns – To the writer of this Psalm, his LORD is ruler in his life, he is in charge and in control he has total devotion to the LORD of all creation.
  • Robed in Majesty – Think of the finest king you can imagine and you are no-where close. The one who alone is worthy of All gory, All honor and All praise, then you are getting closer.
  • Strength – Do you have confidence in your countries foreign policy? Do you have confidence in being a world superpower? What about the defense policy? The Psalmist is using the same confidence that is displayed in Psalm 20…

    Psalm 20:7 (ESV) Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God

    We have moved on a little from using chariots and horses but I am sure you will get the picture that whatever strength you think that your nation has, it is nothing compared to the strength of the LORD.

  • World is established – He is the one who made everything in 6 days! It was established as to his measurements and his criteria, nothing is there that he did not request.
  • Never be moved – It will never be moved except at the LORDs command.

Getting a picture of how big and awesome He is yet? If not then please read on!

V2 Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

He is beyond time, he is established before “old” was, he will be established after everlasting is. The prophecies of the Old Testament he could see them happening when the prophets were moved to predict them. He is outside of time but yet he made time. He had the birth of Christ planned when Micah was prophesying what city he would be born in. He established the law as an example to the people of his perfect standard knowing that he would send a redeemer to save them because God’s standards were so much above our own. The Psalmist now gives examples of how big God is…

V3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. 4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!

Now we have an example of the power of God, that he can even control the floods and the waves of the sea. He can lift up the floods and make the waters roar. If you have ever stood at a shoreline with a child you will know of the worry that swells up inside of you if a wave comes in that is mightier than you would like. (For me if the water is going to hit her kneecap then I pull her out) and that is nothing compared to the type of wave the LORD can begin to send.

The terms are very descriptive and describe the situation rather well. Terms like “mightier”, “thunders”, “lifted up their voice” and “lifted up their roaring” tell of a God who has the ability to allow the waters cover the earth such as in the days of Noah, but in his benevolent grace he restrains the waters from doing so. This is classic Jewish poetry to demonstrate the point of why the original declaration of the LORD being mighty is in fact correct. The Psalmist speaks greatly about the strength of the LORD but what about the LORD’s character?

V5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

The Psalmist talks about the HONESTY of the LORD. His words, his commands, his decrees are very trustworthy. You can trust his words and the words that are written in his name are words you can quite literally build your life upon. Lastly we see the term “holiness befits your house” and that is very apt, God is holiness, he does not lie and his perfect standard is way too perfect for us.

He does not lie and he is that holy that he hates sin, which is why he made provision for you to escape your sins by faith in the messiah Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to heaven and God desires you to be in heaven and as the Psalmist says that is not a temporary state but will be forevermore. There are two ways that you can travel when you die, you can have an eternity without God with eternal death and suffering in the lake of fire or you can choose eternal life with God in heaven. God is that just a God, he allows you to choose for yourself.

Lord willing, in our next article in Psalms we look Psalm 100 and an awesome Psalm of praise. The Psalmist used such wonderful terms as “mighty”, “majesty”, “everlasting” and “holiness” all words which are very befitting a glorious God. I pray that you are able to join us as we go through the bible, line by line and precept by precept.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
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Are you in the “Self-preservation society”?

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What is the “Italian Job”?

John 14:6 (ESV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Anyone who knows me well will know that as a young adult, one of my favourite movies was the 1969 version of “The Italian Job”. (Famous for the Mini chase scenes) I loved the movie as a British classic movie. It is a very strange movie where the “good guys” are actually a band of petty thieves, controlled by a crime lord who is still in jail and aided by a computer genius who are attempting to rob an armoured truck and steal millions of $ worth of gold bars on the day after England play Italy at football.

The “bad guys” are the guys who are trying to stop them. These consist of The Mafia who do not want a crime on Italian soil done by foreign criminals and the Italian police who just don’t want crime happening at all. The film was filmed using real people in the city of Turin in a real traffic jam. (Saved on extras I suppose)

If you were planning on watching the movie then please look away, I may spoil some things for you. The film was filmed prior to the EU being formed so the premise was that if they made it over the alps into Switzerland and deposited the money in a Geneva bank, they would have got away with it.

I liken this to the Christian life a little, we have committed crimes against God, it is called sin, and in our own little way, we are going on a dangerous journey (not in a speeding bus heading over the Swiss Alps) but if we are still without securing our eternal salvation, we are heading to the lesser of two possible outcomes.

You see, when we pass from this earth, there is one of two outcomes for us, we have an eternity with God, or an eternity separated from God in the lake of fire. This is where the Italian Job comes in.

The theme song of the Italian Job was “This is the Self Preservation Society” and this is what I urge you to do my friend and my reader. I urge you to secure your eternal destination. Because I can assure you, if you do not commit, if you don’t join a holier version of the “Self-preservation society” it will be decided for you.

There is no sitting on the fence, this may be hard to read, but if you are not with God, you are against him. We have the same choice as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we can choose to go with God or go against him. Should we choose the latter, we also choose what eternal future goes with that!

We have to do what is stated in Acts 16:31, and “believe in the LORD Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (paraphrase) begin on that day to day walk with Jesus Christ and live for him. Going out and telling the world about his good news and how he died for your sins.

The Italian Job (the film) finishes with the “good guys” getting cocky and the driver begins to take chances on the road, mis-times a turn and the bus goes into a tailspin. The bus is left hanging over the end with the people at the font of the bus and the gold pulling the bus over the edge. In the last scene, the main character instructs the men not to leave the bus and he tries to drag the gold towards the centre. This leaves the bus balancing scarily on the edge.

Are you like that today? Life is pulling you over the edge? Something in your life is weighing you down, chasing after what you value is leading to your doom. The people you need to help balance your life are all looking to exit out the door leaving you to fall. Are you at rock bottom? Cry out to Jesus! He is the great healer.

You may still have the consequences of your sin. I do! I am overweight! However you can be forgiven and start to live your life with meaning and purpose that goes beyond your own life. I recently heard a sermon based on a father of the Antioch church whose legacy has lasted over 2000 years.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing, an exhortation and a challenge
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