DAY 9. PSALM 9.
Still gazing on the universe our hearts are transported in wonder, love and praise to the throne of the Creator and the songs of the redeemed echo endlessly around it.
Our contribution is as important as the rest as we join with myriads of redeemed people singing their songs of praise to their Redeemer Christ.
We open with four 'I wills' and then four 'Thou hast' we are responding to the facts that the Creator has already done great things for us that have made us glad.
The remarkable works of Creation followed by the gracious works of sustenance and those followed by the mighty acts of redemption, what wonderful thoughts to fill our hearts and minds with, at the beginning of the day.
We note the 'singing' v 2 not a doleful song but with a hymn of praise to the glory and honour of our heavenly Father and precious Saviour.
The four 'I wills' are a commitment that comes from a heart taken up with the Lord, the first reveals the praise and adoration that flows when we are walking with the Lord in the light of His word.
The second reveals the dedication to the Lord by the change of wills from 'my will' to
'Thy will' be done, 'to show' means to enumerate or recount the mighty works of God both in creation but in salvation as well.
The third 'I will' points to our turning our thoughts of our self to dwell upon the Lord who has made us 'glad' points to the pleasure that He has brought to us.
The fourth 'I will' comes as a result of the joy and gladness that arises within us, causing the out flowing of praise and thanksgiving from us.
It all has to do with our walk with the Lord, there is nothing forced about the thoughts here but rather they are the spontaneous reactions from a heart living at peace and in harmony with God.
We cannot help but come to this joyful position when we see our enemies turned back and the Lord vindicated as a result, 'it is the Lords doing and it is marvelous in our eyes'.
Such people cannot refrain from magnifying their Lord, in the quietness a peal of praise comes from their heart ascending to the summit of Gods holy hill.
This sometimes is heard in public worship but far more often in the private place when we are alone with our Father and Lord Jesus.
Now we reflect on the four 'Thou hast' the simple truths of God working on our behalf and we need to ponder these facts regularly so as not to get over familiar with holy things.
First 'Thou hast maintained my lot' pointing to the Father actively working for our good as He extracts the gold from the ore of our life.
In the refining that seems to take most of our being away with it seeing it is soiled by sin it has to be put through the fire but He keeps His hand on the heat control.
The second one points to His over riding of the godless forces arrayed against us and that have been used as the flame to refine us.
'Rebuked' points to our Father dealing with the enemy giving them their just deserts seeing they are living in rebellion to Him and too His Son.
Number three 'Thou hast destroyed the wicked' this points to judgement and to the fact that none can escape it, the 'wicked' are the ungodly souls that are restless and tossed too and fro with the imaginations of men.
They have no time to seek out the truth but are ready to shift their talk to the vain imaginations thrown up be individuals equally restless as themselves.
The fourth 'Thou hast' points to the irreversible nature of Gods judgement, it is complete when the sentence is passed and because it is just no arbitration will be needed.
Our enemy is living on a knife edge with judgement and they are facing eternal separation from the Living God in isolation with Satan as their leader.
We as the redeemed of the Lord do not gloat over their sentence rather it drives us out to warn them of the danger ahead and the only exit that can save them is Jesus Christ.
Two facts are presented to them in v 6 'destruction' that is a place laid waste for eternity rather than a place of partying and pleasure so often thought to be what hell is like.
Then 'perished' that points to the memorial of them, they cease to afflict the child of God they lie in ruins for eternity because of their opposition to God.
The finality of the sentence is mirrored in the words 'perpetual end' and 'perished' they are living on the lower standard of life on earth and will therefore continue to live on the lower standard in eternity.
Now the spotlight returns to the Lord v 7 'but the Lord' He is the Creator and sustainer of life who has passed the sentence on the 'ungodly' now looks upon the 'godly' or redeemed souls.
We gaze by faith upon the Lord in glory and like John of old the first thing we notice will be His Throne v 7 it has been His throughout eternity.
We should take note that His Throne is already established before time began, it is His seat and He rules from it without hindrance.
Then we can see it exists through time that is but a fleeting period in the sight of the Eternal God, 'a thousand years are but a day and a day as a thousands years in His sight' Psalm 90 v 4 and 2 Peter 3 v 8.
Our calculations are vastly different to the Lords as we can only conceive earthly time and He dwells in eternity.
The other thought that comes out is that the Throne of God is the place were judgement is executed and the finality of that is terrifying this is no place to argue our case but we will receive our eternal sentence there.
As we gaze upon the Throne of God we notice that there is One standing before the Throne pleading our cause, the Risen, glorified and exalted Lord Jesus Christ.
We stand redeemed through His mighty work on our behalf, He has done for us what we could not do for ourselves or anybody else could either.
We are covered by the blood of His sacrifice and that allows us into the presence of the Sovereign Lord for eternity v 10 the Old Testament saints looked forward to it just as we look back to it.
What a cry will go up in eternity on that Great Day of the Lord when the Lord Jesus ascends back to His Throne with His people, the redeemed of the Lord.
The cry goes up v 11 for the redeemed to sing forth and proclaim the mighty acts of deliverance poured out on them since they came in repentance to the Lord God.
He is the centre of eternity and all praise and worship is God centred there, no splits or splinters caused by human personality only the united cry of the saints in adoration to the Lamb of God..
We take note that 'praise' has taken over here as the Lord is now centre stage in eternity
at last He is in His rightful position as the Eternal Creator God.
He has had mercy upon those kneeling there before His Throne and His grace is demonstrated again as they are accepted into the heavenly place for eternity and His love is poured out upon them as they delight to worship Him in His holy place
Then we come to a fifth 'I will' v 14 'rejoice in the God of thy salvation' the demonstrated exultation is manifested openly by all the participants in eternity as the exalt their God and Saviour.
Now all of this should be manifested now on earth as we prepare for eternity, each day we should be praising the Lord for who He is in increasing measure seeing that He is working on our behalf all the day long.
We should be seeking to become the person that He wants us to be on earth so that the transportation to eternity will complete our walk.
The word 'arise' v 19 is the word that use to move God into action but it is the word that He uses to stir His children from their spiritual sleep now is the time for preparation for our transformation and not for sleeping.