Psalms 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” When we look at history we find it to always support the truth of God’s Word. This verse is example of this truth. We do not need history or archeology to prove the Bible true. It does however serve as evidence and a reminder that the Bible is true.
Of all the nations in the history world there have been no nations more blessed than that of Israel and America. The success of these nations at certain time periods in history can be directly attributed to their relationship with the one true living God. Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” This verse should be a warning to any nation that in leadership and morality departs from God and the teachings of the Bible. God judges individuals. And God judges nations. This explains the ultimate reason any nation crumbles: because of departure from the LORD Jesus.
Any place in the world where man digs into the earth and finds the ashes of ancient civilization, it should serve as a reminder that God judges nations. Psalms 9:17 says, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” The rain falls on the just and the unjust. If a nation is blessed, it is because God has blessed it. It is God that raiseth up and casteth down. Any nation that turns to the one true living God can be blessed. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” This is the reason that no matter how bad things get in a country unless that country has become utterly cast down and destroyed, there is the opportunity for the people and the leadership to repent and to trust in Jesus. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”
This verse has a specific reference to the nation of Israel. God has made certain promises to the nation of Israel because of the faith of Abraham. These promises are going to be fulfilled one day when Christ returns. In that day Israel will become the greatest nation ever; because Jesus Christ himself shall rule. Hebrews 1:8 says, “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.” And Revelation 2:26-27 says, “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my father.”
What sets Israel apart from other nations is the promises that God has given to Israel as a nation. These promises are directly related to the faith of Abraham. God promised to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3, “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” The promises given to Abraham and the nation of Israel have partly been fulfilled through the giving of God’s Word, the preserving of God’s Word, and the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. However the full promise has not come to pass yet and will not come to pass until Christ returns and sets up the Millennial Kingdom, making Israel the greatest nation nation ever on the face of the earth.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” Is this true? Yes. What then is the solution to the economic problems that plague various countries in the world today? To turn to Jesus. What is the solution of the war, the famine, and the other sufferings that plague nations? To turn to Jesus. Any nation that turns to Jesus can be blessed. Unless that nation has been destroyed by the judgment of God, it is not too late to repent and to turn to Jesus.
The key word to notice here in Psalms 33:12 is the word “inheritance”. An inheritance is something that cannot be lost: it is guaranteed. It is as sure as God’s promises. Everyone who turns from their sins and turns to Jesus receives part in the inheritance. When you think of the word inheritance there are two aspects that should be thought of: the believer’s inheritance and God’s inheritance. Concerning the believers inheritance, First Peter 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” And Hebrews 9:15 says of Jesus, “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
Concerning God’s inheritance, Psalms 33:12 says, “the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” God has an inheritance too. His inheritance is those who turn from their sins and trust in Jesus for salvation.
By saying that the Christian is God’s inheritance, the eternal security of the believer is being emphasized. An inheritance cannot be lost. Jesus said in John 10:27-30, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” How much love indeed Christ has for men that those who turn from their sins to Him should be called ‘his inheritance’ and ‘his people.’
The truth that we who believe in Jesus are called, “his own inheritance,” reveals to us God’s attitude towards those who have found forgiveness of sins and righteousness in Jesus. Considering that we are God’s inheritance, it is no wonder Exodus 34:14 says, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” The thoughts of God’s heart stand to all generations. He said it, and it was done. The name of Jesus is, “Jealous.” We who have turned from our sins to Jesus of Nazareth are his inheritance. How special we are to God. How much God loves his children. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ or from his fellowship, his friendship, and the opportunity to serve Jesus.
Psalms 33:13-15 says, “The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; He considereth all their works.” All men are created in the image of God. All men are thus created equal: “he fashioneth their hearts alike.” All men were created for the purpose of having a relationship with Jesus. How sad it is that so few turn from their sins and turn to Jesus for salvation. The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good. “Jesus considereth all our works.” In other words there is a judgment coming. Revelation 20:11-15 says, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Psalms 33:15 says, “He fashioneth their hearts alike; He considereth all their works.” This is a very important verse because it emphasizes the equality and the justice that is found in God’s judgment. In this world there will not be perfect justice found in the governments of men because all men are sinners. But God is Holy and God is fair. When God judges men it will be fair, just, and perfect judgment because God knows all and God sees all. God is all powerful. This is why Psalms 33:4-5 says, “all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment.”
The great and final judgment of this world at the white throne is something that every believer can look forward to. At last will come final justice against all the suffering and cruelty that has been done to men by other men. At last will come great judgment against the devil and the fallen angels because of all the evil they have done against Jesus and those who have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. What a great day of justice this will be when at last the blood of all the martyrs who have suffered and died because of their faith in Jesus will be avenged. What a great and perfect judgment it will be against all the injustice of the world. And what a great time of reward it will be for those who have labored diligently and faithfully to the glory of Jesus Christ.
The opportunity to turn from sin and turn to Jesus is an equal opportunity for all men. “He fashioneth their hearts alike.” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus died for the sins of the world. Therefore, all men have the opportunity to hear the truth of the gospel, repent of their sins, and become part of ‘God’s own inheritance.’
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