Psalms 92:1-3, “A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.”
These verses in Psalms are talking about praising God. Praising God is one of the ways in which we worship God. To worship God is to server God. There are many ways to worship God and to praise God. The way mentioned in these verses is through the use of music.
Concerning praising God, worshiping God and serving God there are 3 important truths taught in these verses. The first truth is found in the phrase, “To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.”
What is mentioned here is day and night. In other words the idea is that of a 24/7 attitude, in other words every hour of the day, every day of the week, every week of the month, every month of the year and so forth. A very similar thing is taught in Psalms 1:1-2 which says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
When it is appropriate to praise God and to serve God and to worship God? Is it when you go to church on Sundays? Is it only when your at a building? When is it appropriate to have fellowship with God? Is it only when you go to a religious service? No its not but it is day and night.
Most people that are involved in Christianity make the mistake of only praising God when they go to church service. Now this certainly is a good time to praise God when you are fellowshipping with other believers but what about the other 23 hours of the day and the other 6 days of the week?
Think of it this way. God is everywhere. God is always toiling and labouring. God is always involved in your life blessing you, reaching out to you in fellowship and there is always an opportunity to accomplish a work for God. Serving God, worshiping God, praising God should be done moment by moment each hour of the day and not just when you go to religious service.
In heaven the greatest thing about heaven is that Jesus is there for us to fellowship with. In heaven there will not be a moment we do not spent fellowshipping with the Lord, praising the Lord, serving the Lord. So it would be wise to learn to live this life just like your going to live it in heaven walking every moment of time in fellowship and praise with the Savior, Jesus Christ.
In talking about praising God the truth that we learn is in these words which say, “Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp.” In other words a variety of musical instruments are used here to praise God. What we learn from this is that there are many ways to praise God. When it comes to music there are many different kinds of musical instruments that can be used and many different kinds of music that can be made.
God has given us great freedom. God loves freedom. God wants us to enjoy that freedom especially when it comes to expressing our love for the Lord for what He has done for us.
For example when it comes to the issue of music in regards to worshiping God some Christians are taught that the guitar is evil or that rap music is evil. If you wanted to be very strict and go by what the Bible says then you would realize in Biblical times there was no such thing as a piano. That would mean maybe you should just stick to using a harp or a psaltery or an instrument of ten strings when you make music to praise God. The Bible never mentions using a piano. Pianos did not even exist in New Testament times. I mention the piano because in conservative Christian denominations that is their chief instrument of music. Of course there is nothing wrong with the piano. The piano is a great instrument that makes beautiful music. I am just pointing out what the bible says about praising God and about music.
The point is it is important to understand the freedom that we have in Christ. There are many ways to praise God and not just when it comes to music. If you understand the freedom you have in Christ then you will suddenly find many many more opportunities and ways in which you can serve God and bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost of the world.
The third truth learned about praising God in these verses is found in the phrase, “with a solemn sound.” In other places in the Bible such as in other places in Psalms for example the Bible says in reference to music to praise God with a joyful sound. Joyful of course means happy and thankful. But what does the word solemn mean?
The word solemn has the idea of to muse or to meditate. In other words the music that you are listening too and that you are using to praise God should result in affecting your mind in such a way that it makes you think and meditate on God’s truth, God’s Word, God’s promises, and even on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is very important what you think about. It is very important how you use your mind. Romans says, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” Psalms 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
God gave you a mind and He wants you to use it. If I am thinking about the right things then I will be serving God. Thoughts always come before actions. It is very important what we think about. It is very important what we meditate upon. If I am not thinking about God’s Word then how am I going to serve God? When you praise God it should be, “with a solemn sound.”
Now think about the word solemn you might say well if the word solemn means to meditate, to think heavily upon then why doesn’t the Bible use the word meditate here. And the answer is this, the word solemn is a good word, it is a good translation here. Solemn also has the idea of to be serious, something that is serious something that has weight and importance too it. That is why you would be meditating on it in the first place because it is important because it is serious.
There is certain seriousness to life, a certain seriousness and importance and weight to truth to the gospel of Jesus Christ to serving God. You see a lot of people especially in our day an age because of technology have much easier lives then they use to. People use to have to work 18 hours a day 7 days a week just to survive. But because of technology life is a lot easier. Therefore people have more free time. A lot of people don’t take life serious. A lot of people spend their lives in the pursuit of pleasure and fun and play. That can get a person in a lot of trouble. God wants Christians to be solemn people. That doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. There is a lot of fun in serving God. But life is serious. Truth is serious. The gospel of Jesus Christ and the eternal destiny of men is a solemn thing. Music has a huge impact on what a person thinks about. Even if the music you listen too is just pure music without words that music is going to effect your emotions and your thoughts. That’s why this verse in the Bible says “with a solemn sound.” The music you listen too should have the result of you thinking about truth. And of course the most solemn truth in all the world is the gospel of Jesus Christ. So best music in the world is music that preaches and teaches and sings about the gospel.
Psalms 92:4, “For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.”
Why do we praise God? We praise Him because of His works. Notice that this verse says there is triumph because of God’s hands not our hands. What a mistake it is to praise men. If a Christian accomplishes some great work for the Lord it is only because of the Lord and His grace not because of that person’s own strength. Praise belongs to God not to man. We triumph because of God’s hands. It’s God’s hands that formed us of the dust of the earth. It was the work of God that sent Jesus to the Cross to die for our sins and that rose Jesus from the grave.
Psalms 92:5-6, “O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.”
God has done many great works from the creation of the heavens and the earth to the work of Christ on the cross. So in a way you could say there are two kinds of people those that understand and see the works of God and those that do not.
If an all powerful God created a heaven and an earth, established the earth put man on it, created man in His image why that is a very marvelous thing. Something as great as that it would be obvious that God did it. And it is obvious but to many people it is not obvious.
Take a watch for example. What if a person studied a watch for say 20, 30, or 40 years. They could take it apart and put it back together many times, they could study the materials that it is made out of, they might even be able to get an idea of how old the watch is. One thing would become obvious to them to have a watch you have to have a watch maker. Any one who takes a watch apart and looks at it will say well this designed by someone, Intelligent design. A watch is a very simple object compared to the human body. Watches don’t evolve from rocks. Human bodies don’t evolve from rocks or monkies for that matter. A watch doesn’t just appear out of thin air. It has a watch maker. The earth is a much more complex object than a watch is. The earth didn’t just appear out of thin air. In fact you can stare at empty space as long as you want but nothing is going to just appear there and become created or evolved. Life comes from life.
Just simple human logic proves there is a Creator, an all powerful God who created the world and gave man life.
You see the truth is the reason a person would chose to reject reason and to lie to themselves and ignore the evidence and ignore the logic and choose to believe that there is not a God is because if there is no God then you do not have to answer to God for your sins. Now it stands to reason that there is a God and even if you turn away from this truth you are still going to die one day and stand before God and be judged for your sins. But a person who lies to themselves and tells themself there is no God actuallys believes that by believing their own lie there are escaping the judgment of God without repenting of their sins. That is foolish.
You see there are two words used in this verse to describe a person who does not know or understand the works of God. Psalms 92:5-6, “O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.”
The two words used here are the words brutish and foolish. Now this is not name calling but this is simply fact. There is just no way to butter up the description of a person who does not know and does not understand the works of God. The word brutish actually has the idea of food that a cattle eats. In other words its associated with animals.
If you study animals can learn something very interesting about human beings. First of all humans and animals are very different. Humans are a much higher creation than animals are. Animals do not read and write, animals do not build buildings. But at the same time animals always understand and know their God given place in the world.
Jeremiah 8:7, “Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.”
1:3, “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but
You see animals have understanding of their place in the world. They know that mankind is superior to them, their even afraid of man. A zebra sees a lion or smells a lion it knows to run away. When mating season comes around animals do not mate with the same sex they mate with the opposite sex. You see animals understand their place in the world. And they understand basic things about how life was meant to function the way God created them to be.
Yet because mankind is so sinful so enslaved to sin that he will believe the most foolish lies and become brutish. How foolish it is to think that mankind evolved from an animal. People who do not want to repent of their sins and who do not want to stop doing the lustful things that they enjoy doing in life will believe the craziest things.
There really is no other way to describe a person who does not know the works of the Lord other than the words brutish and foolish: because the evidence is there. The evidence for creation, the evidence for a world wide flood, the evidence for intelligent design its therein biology, in archeology, in geology, in all science there is plenty of evidence it is just a question of how a person chooses to interpret that evidence. For a person to interpret the evidence accurately and correctly that person has to be an honest person and want the truth. Otherwise their going to facts of science and explain them in such a way to make it sound like something that fits their system of believes.
You see evolution is just a theory it is a religious system. What you believe about life about creation about life after death is your religion. That’s what it is. Most people that are strong advocates of evolution are people that are very opposed to Christianity and the truth. That is why there have been many man people over the years both teachers in universities and scientists even who have lost their jobs or been expelled from the scientific community because of their belief in God and in creation and in intelligent design. As a matter of fact a lot of organizations that are run by evolutionists including museums and schools they will hide and destroy evidence that they find that disprove evolution or they will fire people that point out errors in their text books. People that do these kinds of things are not people that are open minded or people that are interested in the truth. But they are people that want to teach and force people to believe the theory, the religion of evolution.
If you think about the future though the philosophy that is going to dominate this world in the end times is not evolution, nor is it the Muslim religion nor the Buddhist religion, nor is it Christianity but it is going to be the worship of the devil. This is what is going to happen during the 7 year great tribulation when the antichrist comes to power.
Think about this verse again Psalms 92:5-6, “O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.” The devil hates God. God is good God is holy God is love. The devil is evil. The devil is a murderer. The devil wants to destroy mankind. The devil wants all of mankind to go to hell not to be saved. Anyone who worships the devil is brutish and foolish. It is foolish enough for mankind to worship himself or to worship animals but worshiping the devil is even more foolish.
How dumb can you be to worship a being that hates you and wants you to burn in hell. You see this is how foolish people get. They get angry at God for creating hell and judging them for their sins even though God sent His son Jesus to die for them. God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell the devil does.
absolutely shocking, dumbfounding almost unbelievable how much truth a person
can turn away from and reject. A good
example of this is the nation of
Obviously the devil and one third of the angels turned away from God and from all that truth in heaven that they were surrounded by. Humans do the same thing. They have creation and the knowledge of science, they have the bible and all of its great details about God’s promises and God plan of salvation. But they choose to not know and to not understand. That is brutish and that is foolish.
When live in an age when man has increased and increased in their knowledge of science their understanding of the created world. Yet they don’t really understand it because they reject the truth of creation and the Creator. Where do all these incorrect philosophies, theories, supposed scientific ideas, and lies come from? They come from the devil.
You see in describing the time period of the great tribulation and in describing one of the characteristics of the final kingdom of Babylon the great the Bible says in Revelation 18:2, “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”
The key phrase here is the phrase, the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” You see one of the characteristics of that kingdom is going to me demon possession. There is demon possession in the world today. As the world gets more and more evil there will be more and more demon possession.
possession is very different than the way
The devil generally does not advertise what He does. He is very subtle. If you see a lion or a wolf running after after you are going to run away but if think its a sheep you just might think its cute and walk up and pet it.
If you study demon possession in the bible it does not really explain how a person comes to be possessed. I think there are two possibilities one either God because is angry at a person decides to punish that person by making them demon possessed for turning away from the truth kind of like Jesus did when He cast the demons into the swine and they ran off the cliff or either a person willingly and knowingly with their own free will being involved in the process somehow allows that fallen angel to possess them.
Now there are several good example of demon possession in the bible. One example is the man in the tombs. This example is recorded for us in the book of Mark and the book of Luke. In this example the man said his name was legion because He had a lot of demons in him. It says He lived in the tombs and he cut on himself.
You see it is not a good thing to be possessed a being more powerful than you which hates you and wants to destroy you. Such a circumstance will cause you a lot of suffering. But demon possessed people are not just crazy insane people who cannot control themselves and who act wild and crazy all the time.
Another good example of demon possession is at the betrayal of Jesus Christ. You can read in Luke chapter 22 and it says that when Judas betrayed Jesus Satan entered into Him and then He went and betrayed Jesus. This took cunning and manipulation. Because the Pharisees were afraid of Jesus. But the devil knew just what to say and just how to act through the body of Judas to provoke them into taking the opportunity to arrest Him.
So you see demon possessed people can act very cunningly and manipulatively. The truth is there are a lot of demon possessed people in the world. Most of the leaders of the world are probably demon possessed. The antichrist is going to be a demon possessed person, a person possessed by the devil. So it stands to reason that there could be a lot of teachers, scientists, religious leaders that are demon possessed people. Angels are very intelligent beings. Fallen angels are still intelligent beings even though they are fallen. They have been around for at least since the beginning of creation which is at least 6000 years. That is plenty of time to learn the Word of God and learn how to create a million different lies and arguments against the word of God, that is plenty of time to learn about God’s creation and come up with all kinds of false interpretations of scientific facts. That is where all this stuff comes from, this stuff like evolution.
In fact the devil has a network of angels. They do what he tells them to do. In this day and age with internet and satellites and telephones it is very easy to believe that the devil has a network of people, demon possessed people on all levels of government in all the countries of the world in all levels of education and communication and this network communicates with each other secretly like a secret society. It is one of the ways we can see the world moving towards this evil one world government which will be controlled by the antichrist.
There is a saying, the eyes are the windows to the soul. This saying is very similar to a saying in the book of Proverbs which says in Proverbs 23:6-8, “Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.”
Some people do have evil eye. In other words they are so evil, maybe even demon possessed that you can just see it in their eyes. There is something unnatural about them. Sin affects a person. Sin is destructive on a person mentally, emotionally, physically even damaging to their personality. Now a lot of people may not notice this especially lost people, people who are self absorbed and who live their lives focused on themselves. But Christians who know the word of God and because they have the spirit of God certainly can discern this. Its like a child molester or a homosexual or a serial killer, people like this are so evil so perverted so corrupt that they cant hide it. If you are around them long enough you notice the way they act, the way they look on their face, and even the light in their eyes.
Anyway the point is man is brutish and foolish. The reason man is so dumb and stupid, which is what these words mean, is because man chooses to turn away from the truth. If a person cant tell the difference between a man and animal if a person cannot tell the difference between a man and a woman if a person cannot tell the difference between a Holy all powerful loving God and evil hateful murderous fallen angel that is dumb and stupid.
So the world is heading toward a time in which all the world is going to worship the devil. Satanism may not be a big religion right now but it is on the rise. Its main raise is in the form of world religious unity. That’s what a lot of Satanists promote.
We live in the age of grace so we live in a time where God has given the Bible and a tremendous wealth of scientific knowledge which both proves the Bible true and points to the existence of God. But the day is coming when the world is going to get what it wants. God is going to take all the Christians off the earth and how easy it will be then for people to turn away from the truth and be a brutish and foolish as they want.
Of course its not going to end well for them. It is going to end in the judgment of God. A wise person will seek to know and to understand the works of the Lord so that they are not deceived by the devil and so that they can escape the judgment of God. The greatest work of God of course is Jesus work on the cross when He paid the sin debt by shedding His blood and dying and then defeating death by rising from the grave. This is the way to being to understand and to know the great works of God by believing the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have never turned from your sins and turned to Jesus you can do so today and He will forgive you and save you and give you eternal life.
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