Psalms 70:1, To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD.
Gods timing is perfect. God is not lazy. God is not a procrastinator. God is not a time waster. No is God someone who does not care. When you turn to God and reach out to Him in your hour of need He is going to respond.
What we have to understand is that God is not necessarily on the same time table that we are on. 2 Peter 3:8, But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Does God make haste? Certainly He does. The best example of this is salvation. When a person reaches out to Jesus after realizing their need for deliverance from sin, God responds to that person right away, saves that person immediately. That is making haste.
But at the same time God does have a timing in doing the things that He does. We do not always understand all the reasons why behind His timing but a lot of times after the fact we will understand. Salvation is the great example of this. When Adam and eve sinned God did not send Jesus the very next die to die on the cross for their sins but the fullness of time God sent His son.
Think about this verse again: 2 Peter 3:8, But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. From this perspective God does things very quickly. How long was it before God sent Jesus to die for Adam and Eves sins, 4000 years or 4 days?
Romans , For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
This is why when we think about the return of Christ we know that is not that far way. Jesus himself told the disciples it was possible He might return in their life time. Jesus has not returned yet but then again it has only been 2000 years or 2 days according to Gods view of time. Revelation , He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
This is one of reasons I do not believe that human beings have been on this earth for long as some scientists think they have. The Bible says right here in Romans , For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
Of course the genealogies of the Bible trace human lineage back to Adam and eve and that is about to 4000 B.C. which would mean about 6000 years humans have been around. And even by just looking at what goes on in society and how quickly society as whole degenerates as it falls into sin. Its hard to imagine the world lasting for millions of years. Besides the Bible says a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
Millions of years is not a short work. The problem with teaching people that the world is this old is first of all no one really knows for sure how old the world is. Going by what the Bible says we have indications that the world is not that old.
False teaching such evolution teach the idea that all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. This is completely contrary to the idea that God will make a short work upon the earth, that God will make haste to deliver those who trust in Him. Making a short work upon the earth means making haste to deliver His own creation.
2 Peter 3:3-7 says, Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
People who are taught that all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation are being told that God is slack concerning His promise. And we know that the Bible says in 2 Peter 3:9, The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Its interesting to notice that these verses in 2nd Peter which mention those who say all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation are also people who deny that God ever judged the world with a flood. They are looking for an excuse to lie to themselves to tell themselves that there is no judgment.
Just for the sake of argument, even if the world was millions of years old that would not change the fact that a human being at best is only going to live maybe 100 years then still will die and have to face God at the judgment regardless of how old the earth is and regardless of how many years humans have been on the earth.
So what is more important? How old the earth is or the fact that you are going to die one day? Anyway we know that God does make haste in delivering those that turn to Him.
Psalms 70:2-4 says, Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt. Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.
He that letteth will let. If there is one thing that the book of Psalms talks about a lot, one comparison contrast that it makes often is the difference between what happens to those who are the enemies of God and those who trust in God the difference between those that love the gospel of Jesus Christ and those that oppose the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Needless to say it should be obvious what the result is going to be when man who is finite and limited in his power verses God who is infinite and all powerful. Just as the Bible says you will reap what you sow. Sin, any and all sin will result in your own destruction. People who lie and steal and have power and abuse their power and take advantage of other people and who seem to be able to lie lie lie and do all that they do to oppose the gospel of Jesus Christ or to destroy and take away freedom or too silence the witness and testimony of Christians, such people as these have their day coming, their day of judgment. God sees all that they do and in the end it is God that will be magnified not them.
Psalms 70:5, But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.
Psalms 70 is a short Psalm and it ends the way it begins. The people of the world who do not have faith in God are not going to understand such concepts as what it means to wait on God or the fact that God is a God of action. God does not always do what we want or ask him to do but that does not mean that God is not a God of action who makes haste to answer prayer and to deliver His children.
The best example of this is to look at the account in the Gospels of Jesus on the Cross.
Matthew 27:39-40, they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Luke 23:39-43, And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Of course one of the thieves which hung on a cross next to Jesus and the people that passed by were mocking Jesus. But even if Jesus had come down off the cross right at that moment they probably would not have believed. Of course these people did not understand that Jesus was dying for their sins. Most of the lost people of the world basically have the same attitude as the one thief on the cross and the other people that mocked Jesus. They say, where is the promise of His coming for all things continue as they were since the beginning of creation. But they are wrong. God does make haste especially to deliver His children.
Psalms 71:1-4, In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
Jesus is our redeemer; our deliverer. There is no worse circumstance in life than to be lost in sin and Jesus can very easily redeem you out of that situation through His blood. So of course God has the power to deliver you from any circumstance. This of course does not mean we do not reap what we sow. Actions have consequences. If you go to Los Vegas and gamble away your life savings God is probably not going to make your money magically reappear in your bank account. You will reap what you sow. actions have consequences that is simply the way God made this life to be.
Even so God is all powerful. God is merciful and even in situations where we have made mistakes God is more than capable of giving us grace. Of course these verses are specifically talking about deliverance from your enemies. You will have no greater enemy than the devil. And God has already defeated the devil by sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross and rise from the grave. With such a great victory as this you can be confident God can deliver you from any other enemy you face.
Psalms 71:5-9, For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth. By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee. I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge. Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
These verses make it very clear that God is here to guide us through life if we trust in Him. He will be there from the beginning to the end. God is there from the time our life begins in the womb. And God will be there even when we are old and our bodies and minds are frail. If you trust in the Lord and His promises you will find that He will never fail or abandon you. Jesus said, I will never leave nor forsake thee.
Psalms 71:10-14, For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him. O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt. But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
The important thing to remember about Psalms is that Psalms is often a prayer. These verses are a prayer. When you have enemies instead of doing as the world does which is to do unto others as they do unto you, what you should do is pray for your enemies. It certainly is good and just to pray for justice as well as deliverance from your enemies. But you should also pray for their souls that God will touch their hearts to be saved.
Psalms 71:15-18 says, My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
As God guides us through this life God wants us to be a testimony to those around us so that in our lives His strength and His power is revealed. One of the ways this is accomplished is by praising God. If you want to learn how to praise God and what to praise God for just read the book of Psalms. Psalms does a lot of praising of God. The things you say are very important. All it takes is to talk about the things of the Lord in your everyday speech. This itself can be a powerful testimony to the people in your life around you. It certainly will at least give them the opportunity to see and to think about the things God is doing in your life.
Of course practical righteousness is very important as well. Both the things you say and the things you do are important. To have one without the other is not a good testimony.
Psalms 71:19-21, Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
In thinking about the great things which God has done and God will do one of the greatest is the resurrection from the dead. Most people do not put a lot of thought into the fact that they are going to die one day. They live their lives ignoring this truth, blocking it out of their minds, tell themselves the day of their death is always a long way off. It is considered morbid and negative to dwell on this truth. But people should think about it. They should be concerned about the judgment that is to come.
For a Christian there is nothing negative about death. Christ rose from the grave and through His power we will too. This is one of the great works of God, the victory over death.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57, O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalms 71:22-24 says, I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
The key things mentioned in these last verses of Psalms 71 are redemption and righteousness. Redemption refers to the fact that we are bought out of the slavery of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ. The word redemption is one of the great theological words of the bible.
Colossians 1:12-14 says, Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
We dont redeem our selves Christ redeems us. We do not have righteousness of ourselves we are freely given the righteousness of Christ by grace through faith. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long.
Christians should be careful about giving too much credit too or praising other Christians too much for the things that they have done. A Christian is just a sinner saved by grace. Without the grace of God without the power of the Spirit to enable a person that person would accomplish nothing of their own sinful flesh. It is really Jesus that deserves all the praise.
It very well could be a great mistake that organized Christianity
makes whenever a preacher is introduced before a crowed
and when they give they introduction they say things
like, I would like to introduce to you a great man of God,
And then they list things like his degrees or the churchs he has planted and other things. It would much more accurate to say,
I would like to introduce to you a great sinner, And then list off the sins that person has committed in their life of which there are probably many. By praising other men too much we make the mistake of causing other Christians become followers of men even idolizers of men rather than of God. What I know is that this verse in Psalms says, My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long.
And in speaking of the righteousness of Christ, if you do not have the righteousness of Christ you can turn to Him today and receive it freely through His grace.
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