THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE OUGHT TO BE HIS OWN PSALTER TO GOD HIS FATHER
I believe that GOD ALMIGHTY WHO divinely inspired the writing of the books of the Bible is the Bible’s real Author.
GOD wants to draw every believer closer to HIM moment by moment, by way of HIS Presence being felt in the believer’s hours of meditations in His Word, the BIBLE, as well as in his grief and in his triumphs, even in his occasions of rejoicing, in trusting and believing in HIM no matter what his circumstances may be.
Such truth characterized David’s experiences which he wrote in Psalm 23. Through the Psalms, particularly in the 23rd, it is evident that God embedded spiritual treasures in the deep recesses of David’s heart by revealing to him, among other truths, that HE HIMSELF is David’s own SHEPHERD and he HIS sheep.
David knew that a shepherd such as himself is to provide protection and safety, care, shelter and most importantly love for his flock.
In this very special relationship between GOD and David as SHEPHERD AND SHEEP, any believing reader could see GOD touching not only the mind of David but most importantly his heart, proving the fact that a person’s head knowledge that GOD exists does not suffice as replacement or substitute for GOD’S REDEEMING GRACE.
Why? Man has a soul that needs saving, and, that the soul could only be reached and washed of all filth by GOD ALONE by way of that person’s heart. It is ONLY GOD who has the power to save souls.
“Behold, GOD IS MY SALVATION…”- ISAIAH 12:2a.
Any Bible-believing reader could claim Psalm 23 as his very own song of praise to HIM who owns him, for GOD’S truths expressed in beautiful poetry also find expression in the struggles and realities of the lives of HIS saints.
The Psalms are expressed in the form of poetry which is not of the rhyming pattern but of parallelism in meaning and in thought.
Basically, the Psalms are the human heart’s hymns of praise to his CREATOR. They declare GOD’S everlasting love, HIS goodness and mercy, His omnipotence and justice. And we can draw strength and restoration from the Psalmist’s own prayers and supplications to GOD.
GOD is the AUTHOR OF BEAUTY and the CREATOR OF ART. One needs only to look from one point of the universe to the other and see that no highly skilled mortal with the greatest degree of craft and knowledge could have spoken all things into existence in all that beauty and order.
“The heavens are YOURS, the earth also is YOURS; The world and all its fullness, YOU have founded them.” – Psalm 89:11.
Besides, who could have conceived the stories of the BIBLE with the truths and fulfillment of each of its prophecies having been confirmed by man’s recorded history as having transpired right to the very details specified by GOD’S spokesmen, with some still being realized as of the present time, and the culmination of future events foretold still being eagerly awaited by HIS PEOPLE? That’s not just beauty of the WORD OF GOD! That is the ULTIMATE ART in the fingers of the HANDS OF THE ONE WHO AUTHORED the MASTERPIECE OF ALL TIME. THE BIBLE, THE WORLD’S TRUE HISTORY WRITTEN IN ADVANCE BY HIM WHO KNOWS THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, IS GOD’S WORK. It is not just man’s story. It is GOD’S STORY! IT IS HIS STORY authored and written with no attempts at putting on a façade of great skill and capacity for imagination.
With all of these said, this writer is of the persuasion that there is an eternal, spiritual connection between God and HIS every saint, and that the life of the true believer is an offering of sacrifice unto GOD, knowing that HE IS AN AWESOME GOD.
The life of the believer thus should be a PSALTER OFFERED TO GOD, his TRUE AND EVER LIVING FATHER.
AND YET, WE ARE NEVER TO FORGET THAT GOD IS ALSO THE GOD NOT ONLY OF LOVE BUT ALSO THE GOD OF JUSTICE.
“ AND FEAR NOT THEM WHICH KILL THE BODY, BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL; BUT RATHER FEAR HIM (GOD ALMIGHTY) WHICH IS ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL.” – Matthew 10:28.
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!... SO GOES THE SONG. HE DESERVES ALL GLORY AND PRAISES ALL HIS OF CREATION COULD GIVE TO HIM! __________sabbathbemadoña