Psalms 119:90-91, ďPsa 119:90† Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. Psa 119:91† They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
In the previous verse of Psalms 119 verse 89 the preservation of Godís Word was discussed. Now the Faithfulness of God is mentioned.† There are many things that show the faithfulness of God. One of them is the preservation of Godís Word. But in these verses something else is mentioned: Godís creation.
Now in looking at Godís creation there is something to notice its called ordinances. These ordinances are called the laws of nature.† A great example would be the earth in its orbit. How does the earth stay in orbit around the sun at just the right distance for life on this earth? What are the odds of that happened when we can find no other planet in the universe with life on it? It shows the faithfulness of God. You can study all of creation and it will show you the faithfulness of God. The rising and setting of the sun today, the beginning and the end of a new day, is a reminder of the faithfulness of God. Rain or sunshine, cold or heat, spring or summer, planting or harvest, it is all the faithfulness of God.
It is interesting to notice it refers to these ordinances of nature as Godís servants. They are Godís servants because they do exactly what God created them to do. And if as a person you do what God created you to do and fulfill that purpose then you too are being Godís servant.
To be a servant of God is a great honour, a great privilege, a great opportunity. Jesus gives the greatest example of being a servant and it says of Him in Philippians 2:5-8, ďPhp 2:5† Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Php 2:6† Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Php 2:7† But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Php 2:8† And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.Ē
This is what is means to be a servant. You do what God wants no matter what it is. It will involve humbling yourself. It will involve being obedient, and it will involved picking up your cross just as Jesus picked up His Cross. If you want to serve God then find your cross and bare it faithfully all the days of your life.
Paul also had something to say about being a servant, ďRom_1:1† Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.Ē
Paul connected the idea of serving Jesus to the gospel of Jesus Christ. How much you are serving God will directly on whether or not you are using you opportunities to spread the gospel in the world. You donít have to be an apostle or a gospel preacher or a missionary to spread the gospel. Simply find a way to be a witness to your neighbors and to those that you work around and to all the strangers that you come across in life as you go through society. There will be plenty of opportunities unless youíre a hermit who lives in the woods.
Serving Jesus has everything to do with the
gospel because Godís great work in this world is the saving of lost souls from
sin. You want to serve Jesus then find a way to spread the gospel. Maybe the
next time you give 5 dollars to a homeless person also tell them about how
Jesus died for their sins. Get a hat or a shirt that says Jesus or that has a
bible verse on it and wear it everywhere you go so that people can see it and
read it. The opportunities, especially in free societies like the
Mostly remember that being a servant and being a testimony to the gospel means loving other people and putting other people before yourself. It means donít see other people as your competition or your opposition but see them as your opportunities to minister to their needs and to show them compassion and respect so that they can see the love of Christ.
Psalms 119:92-95 says, ďPsa 119:92† Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. Psa 119:93† I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. Psa 119:94† I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. Psa 119:95† The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.Ē
These verses are talking about something very important: staying in Godís Word. As you go through life there are many things that could possibly take you out of God Words. One of those things is just the business of life, the regularly day to day things of life. But these verses specifically mention† 2 certain things: affliction and persecution.
Now you would think that when a person suffers that they would be more likely to see their need for Jesus and their need for His Word but even if suffering doesnít make you bitter towards God thereís. It changes your life to where itís harder to do things. You may not feel like studying Godís Word. You may be spending so much time at the hospital or maybe you will be in so much pain that to even lay in† a bed and read the Bible is hard to do.
Sometimes you just have to make yourself do things even when you donít feel like it or when youíre not in the state of mind that you would like to be in. Serving God is like that somethingís. You feel like your walking through a desert with no joy,† no peace, God may even seem far away, the darts of the wicked may be assailing you on all sides, and to take time to read and study the bible and pray may feel like chore or dry and joyless activity.
You see what happens in life is that there will always be something there to try and take you away from time in Godís Word: Some circumstance in your life, some event, some necessary activity , some tragedy, some persecution. It will always be a challenge in some way to stay faithful and consistent in the word of God day by day. But for those who do God is going to reward them. God rewards faithfulness. God will reward you with knowledge of the truth. God will reward you with a growing peace and confidence in Him. And God will also reward you by giving you greater opportunities to serve Him. The more you know about the Bible the better you can serve God. Godís Word is very important to God. And there are not many in the World that know it and understand it. If you can become a person that really knows and understands God Word and lives it consistently you will become very important to God like Moses was or John the Baptist, or Elijah, or Enoch, or the apostles.
Think about it this way Yes Jesus loves everyone. Jesus wants all men to be saved. Jesus gives all men opportunity. Jesus is not a respecter of persons. But at the same time God has a work Heís doing in the world. Heís very wise and organized in the way that He does it. He is going to look out across the world and those Christians who are most faithful to Him, who have wisdom and knowledge of the Word, who have the love for Him and for serving Him that they should, and who are willing to do whatever God wants, why a Christian like that is much more usable to God than a half hearted Christian who only occasionally studies God Word, who knows and understands very little about the bible. It is just practical and it makes sense.
If you had an organization wouldnít you pick the best educated, the strongest motivated, the most dedicated individuals for the most important tasks. God does that too. Donít you want to be the apple of God eyeís. Donít you want to be the one Christian in the world that God looks at and chooses above all others to use for the gospel?
Remember this life is a spiritual race so in a sense itís a competition. Itís a friendly competition. But you are in competition with other Christians. Itís the kind of competition where a person gives their all to Christ and hopes that in doing so it will make others give their all to Christ. Itís not the kind of competition where you hope that others fail so you might succeed but where you hope that other succeed or that your spiritual success results in other succeeding.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians -27, ď1Co † And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. 1Co † Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 1Co † And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 1Co † I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 1Co † But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.Ē
Paul said it was a race and a competition. You need to be able to look at the future and to realize what lays ahead not in the sense of this human life but it sense that one day your going to stand before God and Heís going to reward you for your service to Him. Eternity is a long time. What you do in this short life a few human years is going to determine a great day about what you will be doing with your existence in eternity. There are great rewards to earn in heaven and we have a vague idea of what those rewards are, but they are great rewards greater than you can imagine.
Serving God often isnít the way we think it is. God thinks very differently than we do. If God has something for you to do no matter how insignificant it might seem to you, odds are its very important to God.
Lets read those verses again.† Psalms 119:92-95 says, ďPsa 119:92† Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. Psa 119:93† I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. Psa 119:94† I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. Psa 119:95† The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.Ē
All these reasons mentioned are reasons to stay faithful in Godís Word. It takes a life time to learn Godís Word. It really does. So if you want to learn it properly then you need to study it consistently. One of the great benefits is this: knowing that God is preparing you for the future. God uses a prepared person of for a prepared place. Itís just like Jesus God prepared a body for Him. Or itís just like the apostles. Jesus trained them and prepared them to do a great work for him. Sure there are things God wants you to do today, especially stay faithful in His Word regardless of whatever happens in your life.
There are great things in the future waiting for
you if you stay faithful in the Word of God. Think about Moses, He was 80 years
old when He began to lead the children of
Psalms 119:96, ďPsa 119:96† I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.Ē
This is a very interesting verse. At first glance it might seem hard to understand. But its talking about the human life, the human experience, they way the world works when it says, ďI have seen an end of all perfection.Ē In other words you can reach a point in life where in a sense you have, ďexperienced it all.
Think about King Davidís life. He experienced it all. He was a lowly shepherd boy. He went to war and slew giants. He lived in caves and Hid from kings. He became a King himself. He even had great mistakes which he made. But in all the things He experienced about life he had this to say in conclusion, ďbut thy commandment is exceeding broad.Ē In other words heís talking about the great liberty and freedom there is to be found in Jesus had His word.
We live in a very interesting society today. Some people really focus on experiencing life, living life to the fullest, traveling around the world, tasting other cultures and cuisines, back packing through Europe, trying out different sports, meeting famous and powerful people and poor people and studying what their lives are like, going on cruises, going shopping, going on vacations, visiting Disney world or some other tourist destination. Some people are very focused on trying to live life to the fullest so to speak in terms of the human experience. And God does what us to enjoy our lives and life it to the fullest. But at the same time that is not really where the great measures of freedom and liberty are found. The greatest measures of liberty and freedom are found in the Word of God.
You see you can take a person whoís life is full of fantastic and great human experiences but it you compare it with a person who lives a simple and mundane human life like a hermit who never travels anywhere, never does anything exciting, never goes out to eat, never meets interesting people, and yet that person is in the Word of God and goes their life day by day think about and mediation on the word of God and applying it to everything that they do. Guess which person is really experience the fullness of life and its freedoms and the real human experience the way its meant to be experienced?
The point is this you can see an end of all perfection but if you really want to taste the freedom and the fullness of life you have to come to the Word of God for that. Once it takes root in your heart and in your mind then the doorway to freedom becomes wide open and you are able to truly experience life the way it was meant to be.
Because the fullness of life isnít really determined by your circumstances or how exciting and exotic of a life you have but its determined by how much the word of God is what is used to filter your circumstances in life and your experiences.
When you look through the lense of truth, when you walk through life with a thankful heart to Christ, when you do even the smallest thing in servitude to Jesus knowing how important it really is, having the mindís eye cast with a vision on eternity then life takes on a whole knew meaning and you being to understand what freedom and experiencing life is really about.
Why no matter what happens to you in life, whether you become a bed ridden invalid or a prisoner in a communist country you will always have freedom, the freedom to live by faith in Jesus Christ, the freedom to do what is right, the freedom to serve Jesus, because these things can be done in any circumstance, under any condition, despite any degree of opposition. There is no freedom in the world like that kind of freedom.†
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your savior I hope and pray you will turn to Him today. He died for your sins and He rose from the grave. Jesus wants to give you eternal freedom and fullness of life more abundantly.
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