Friday, October 19, 2018
Scratching the Surface of the Psalms
“Don’t Mess with the Anointed!”
I’ll never forget the elder who closed a church meeting with this simple prayer: “Lord, You have been clear. If we obey You, things will always work out. Thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
That just about summarizes Biblical revelation of God’s existential and eternal care.
Obey God and be blessed by Him!
Or as we often sing, “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
Nahum explained, “God won’t tolerate anything that distracts from Him and will avenge and settle the score on behalf of His covenant people. God will serve up justice…He cares for those who search for protection in Him.”
Did you notice the warning to those who mess with God’s people?
“God will avenge and settle the score on behalf of His covenant people.”
It’s a promise that goes back to Abraham: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you. I will make your name great. You will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you. Whoever curses you, I will curse.”
Don’t mess with God’s people!
Mess with ‘em and you’re gonna pay sooner or later, usually sooner than later, and definitely in the end!
When anyone messes with God’s people, they are fighting with God.
Considering God being God, His people have always liked the odds of being on His side.
History does not lie.
Ultimately, anyone who has ever messed with God’s people have paid for it.
Egyptian Empire? Gone!
Persian Empire? Gone!
Greek Empire? Gone!
Roman Empire? Gone!
Byzantine Empire? Gone!
Ottoman Turkish Empire? Gone!
Nazi Germany? Gone!
Soviet Empire? Gone!
Whoever messes with God’s anointed!
God loves His people!
God takes care of His people!
Sooner or later, usually sooner than later, and definitely in the end!
Nahum: “God will avenge and settle the score on behalf of His covenant people.”
If I were sitting in some government think tank in Iran, Egypt, Russia, or even the good old U.S.A., I would think twice and take a long look at history before I moved against the people of Israel.
Yogi said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
From Genesis through Revelation and ever since, God’s people end up in first place when the final standings are posted.
That’s the Biblical assurance and historical reality for people who have enough wisdom to go with the knowledge that nobody beats God in the end.
Psalm 28 outlines the good news.
Believers call on God and God saves.
Under assault from all directions as is always the case when you wake up, look up, stand up, speak up, and act up for Jesus by the book, David turned to the only One capable of saving here and now and forever: “Lord, I call to You. If You remain silent, I’m done. They are after me because I am for You.”
Believers like David know God will come through for them: “May the Lord be praised. He hears our pleading. The Lord is our strength and shield. We trust Him because He always delivers.”
Believers like David know the greatest punch-line in history that is His story: “The Lord is our strength. He is the stronghold of salvation for His anointed.”
Outnumbered yet victorious throughout His story.
No matter the size of the Goliath.
Not even crucifixion.
Be mindful and careful and warned pewsitters and pulpiteers.
Be mindful and careful and warned parents.
Be mindful and careful and warned teachers and school board.
Be mindful and careful and warned media and entertainment.
Be mindful and careful and warned mayors and representatives and senators and judges and presidents.
Be mindful and careful and warned all nations.
If you keep on keepin’ on undermining Jesus by the book and insulting and injuring God’s people, you are offending their/the Father.
Psalm 28 along with the entirety of Biblical revelation and His story have warned you: “Don’t mess with God’s people!”
Believers will always experience comforting anticipation in this undeniable and ultimate reality.
As for those who keep messing with the anointed, I wouldn’t place any bets on ‘em in Vegas.
Blessings and Love!
Shatter the sound of silence!
Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!
Salt! Shine! Leavenate!