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A People Yet to Be Created

June 8, 2018

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A People Yet to Be Created

The unknown author of Psalm 102 had heartaches  and enemy reproaches  that made him groan physically,  as he wept and prayed  for the help  of the almighty LORD.     In writing his prayer  that praised the eternal LORD  for His compassion and glory,  this psalmist said something awesome  about his psalm — his prayer.     In verse 18,  he wrote:

This will be written  for the generation  to come;   
That  a people yet to be created  may  praise the LORD.

This psalmist wrote his prayer  to glorify the eternal Lord of all,  who helps us all  in our short lives  that are filled with weaknesses  and troubles.     The psalmist’s life was filled  with pains and troubles — just as he knew our lives would be filled  with pains and troubles.     So,  he wrote this psalm  to witness to us  of the power of the LORD  to help us  in all our needs.     He looked  to help future people  he did not even know.     All this  to glorify the Lord,  our helper.     God helps us  in our needs.

Asaph,  another psalmist,  wrote Psalm 79  for us today.     Asaph prayed mightily  for the LORD’s help  against all of Israel’s enemies,  as he also asked for God’s mercy  and compassion  regarding Israel’s many sins.    He ends his psalm with,

So we Thy people  and the sheep  of Thy pasture   
Will give thanks  to Thee forever;   
To all generations  we will tell  of Thy praise.

Asaph did not confess sins  and ask for God’s mercy  just for himself.     He wrote because he wanted his prayer  to be a witness  of the greatness of God’s power  to help us today  in our needs.     We are living much more than 2,000 after Asaph,  but we can learn  of God’s mercy  from him.

King David wrote a prophetic psalm  about the crucifixion  of our Lord Jesus — Psalm 22.     David realized  that what he wrote  was God’s word  to all future people,  to prove to everyone forever  that God is in control  of all things  and that Jesus truly is our Savior  from all sin.     David ends Psalm 22 with,

It will be told  of the Lord  to the coming generation,   
They will come  and will declare His righteousness   
To a people  who will be born,  that He has performed it.

David wrote about Jesus’ crucifixion  to comfort us today.     We need to realize  that what Jesus did  on the cross  for us  truly is for real.     Because God is able  to keep His prophetic word,  He has the power  to forgive all our sins  as promised.     We are being asked  to look at this proof  and trust in it.

Then we can think of the Apostle John  who was exiled  on the island of Patmos  for preaching God’s word.     He wrote the book of Revelation,  the gospel of John,  and several epistles.     John did not feel  that his exile  should prevent him  from witnessing  to the world.     He was limited greatly  in the actual number of people  he could communicate with directly.     But,  John realized  that it is God  who spreads His word  through many different means.     So,  what John wrote  has actually become a witness  to millions around the world  ever since.

Christians today need to think  about their witness.     We are not called upon  to write any sort  of prophecy — that is for sure.     But,  we are called upon  to be witnesses  to God’s truth  in Jesus Christ.     It does not matter  what sorts of trials  we are in the midst of — or the fact  that we realize  that we are sinners  in need of forgiveness.

It does not matter  that the number of people  we are able to witness to  is quite small.     We witness on a one-to-one basis  with our work ethics,  our life style,  our joy in the Lord,  our attention to God’s truths  in every situation,  and by keeping our eyes  on Jesus as our Savior  from sin.     As we think about the people  who have helped us grow in faith,  we realize  that they are ordinary,  every day people.     They shared God’s word with us  just because they cared  about us.

Maybe what they said  just stayed  in our memory  and helped us  over some bumps  in our lives.     And then,  we began to learn more  about our salvation  through other witnesses  and as time went by,  we grew in faith,  grace  and the salvation  of Jesus.     As we grew  in faith,  we began to share — and so,  God’s word travels  through the ages — from one person  to another — by God’s power — not man’s.     Our witness may,  indeed,  be small — but,  it affects someone’s eternal salvation.

Our Lord has declared  in Isaiah 55:11,

So shall My word be  which goes forth  from My mouth;   
It shall not return  to Me  empty,   
Without accomplishing  what I desire,   
And without succeeding  in the matter  for which I sent it.

As we think  about God’s proven power  to save us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  thank You  for bringing Your holy word  to me  down through the ages.     Through Your word  You give me  eternal salvation.     Let my witness  be true  and filled  with Your forgiving love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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