Thursday, November 14, 2013

PSALM 29

“Therefore Consider Carefully How You Listen” (Luke 8:18)


A Psalm of David
 1  Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings [you son’s of God]—
Honor the Lord for his glory and strength.
2  Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
3  The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea—
The God of glory thunders… the Lord thunders over the mighty sea. 

4  The voice of the Lord is powerful. The voice of the Lord is majestic.
5  The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars—
The Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
6  He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf.
He makes Mount Hermon  leap like a young wild ox. 

7  The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning.
8  The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake—
The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9  The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” 

10  The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
The Lord reigns as King forever.
11  The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.   [New Living Translation] 

Read Isaiah 66:22—
“For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.
“But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” 

 God is looking for people who have a holy reverence for His Word and His plan for learning and applying it. Paul also says, “And for this reason we also constantly thank God, that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the Word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.” Thessalonians 2:13.   

God performs his work in us… the process like this:
(1) Through COMMUNICATION: Listening to God
(2) Through COMPREHENSION: Understanding what God says
(3) Through CONFIDENCE: Trusting in what God says
(4) And then comes CHANGE: Being transformed by what God says
This is the beginning of a personal relationship with Him.  The Holy Spirit is the resident teacher whom the Father has sent through the Son to indwell every New Testament believer, as God’s special anointing teaches each of us and makes  the truths of the Word understood and real to the heart or mind.  To be transformed by the Word through faith in God, God has given us the Holy Spirit.  We have a choice: we can simply go through the motions of religious activity and deceive ourselves, or learn and trust and obey and become His true children.