Meditations: Psalms 14-15- “Meditations of God”

Psalm 14.

So far we have been considering what ‘communing with our heart’ would mean. It is a world in itself. So ‘with all our heart’ is in a manner of speaking sets us under the direct authority of the Sovereign Lord God. “The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord‘s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.(11:4)” This verse from Psalm 42 is with reference to me,  “…As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God./My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?(Ps.42:1-2)”

Here my soul indicates my inner man as distinct from my body that may be engaged in some household chores or attending to needful things in life.. It has its own language and my meditations in whichever case are on the same page as of God. Meditations of God and child of God therefore runs simultaneously his visible world being locked into His, despite of whatever circumstances he might be at any moment.

 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him./And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison./And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands./And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision(Ac.12:5-8)”. More miraculous is the truth of soul which is free; and once we have become part of God’s concern it is past death, its freedom is no less curtailed as it was in living body. Our physical bodies shall have to face death once. But God is the God of the living. When we say, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” it is what abundant life means and the sign of Christian Living.

So one who refuses to accept God as a reality, despite of all evidence pointing to His Power and Wisdom is a fool. His work also is so corrupt to be called abominable. In vv.4-5 what motivates a fool is fear. So he sees poor huddled masses trying to escape violence and dearth in their own country and when they arrive at the border, a fool cries,’We are invaded!” Fools in their folly are one and fear makes them take desperate actions since fine qualities like forbearance, compassion, humility are unknown to them. So expediency of fear directs their hand. They are consequently put in cages and children are separated and treated as vile creatures deserving no mercy. The fool and his goons are ‘workers of iniquity.’ God says,” Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge.” Those who watch on doing nothing are as complicit in their crime as those who perpetrate evil.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.

There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge.

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psalm 15

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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