9 You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them. Psalm 89:9

We forget that the Lord Almighty is ruler over everything above, everything below, and everything on Earth.

We look out into the vast expanse of the ocean and marvel at what we can see; It’s impossible to know what we cannot see. Billions of wildlife exist throughout the entire ocean eco-cycle. We see shrimp and fish on occasion but not much else. And that’s just one ocean. The God who made it all happen not in one ocean but in all the oceans is still as in control of the planet as He ever was. I look at many of the world’s problems and wonder how it’s all going to play out in the end. We need not worry because He who was with us yesterday will be with us today and tomorrow. He will get all of those problems sorted out in good time.

He can be trusted with our deepest darkest troubles and worries.

He can be trusted.

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Bright Minds and Corrupt Natures

7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him. Psalm 89:7

This verse is still referencing heaven and its inhabitants. If you combine the intellect and wisdom of all those who have a place in heaven, you would not begin to touch the intellect and wisdom of God almighty.

I used to think that all the brightest minds in the world would certainly be able to solve the world’s major problems. What I hadn’t considered, however, was the fall of man. Let’s say you wanted to do away with hunger in Southeast Asia. The food arrives in port thanks to the generosity of the more wealthy. President Lihn however hears of the container ships full of food and decides to slap a 20% tax on all incoming containers for the next month. The ship inspectors require their own tax of one full container from each ship. Customs was not aware of the shipment so they require the ships to remain at sea until they can investigate origin and destination. The crew members suspect they wanted a small cut of the ship’s payload but were not as bold as their compatriots in their request. Continuing with the story, after waiting 28 days on the seas for Customs to investigate origins and destination, it is determined that the food must be distributed immediately or it will spoil at sea.

The fall of man halted the shipment of food into a desperately poor country. The president wanted a cut. Inspectors wanted a cut. Customs patted themselves on the back for not allowing contraband into the country, while the food rotted. Unfortunately, these are the types of story that happen every day. Some of the bribery is not as obvious but it still exists.

My point is this: you may have the greatest mind in the world but when it goes up against human nature, you’re probably not going to win.

A second minor point I’d like to make is this: when the nations get together to conspire against God and His church, they never win in the long run. Oh, they may think they are doing the world a favor by persecuting Christians, but the Church grows even more because of it.

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No Comparison

For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
    Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? Psalm 89:6

The obvious answer to both of these rhetorical questions is “No one.”

Any kind of comparison with the Lord will fall woefully short.

Satan himself is a created being.

Every person in heaven right now or any person bound for heaven in the future is a created being.

It’s encouraging just to state the obvious: nothing compares to the Lord within the entire universe.

If we believe that, which we most certainly do, then what prevents us from praying boldly?

What prevents us from doing bold things for Christ?

What prevents us from living “on the edge” for Christ?

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Being Thankful

5 The heavens praise your wonders, Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. Psalm 89:5

It all points back to Him, doesn’t it? From creation itself to those in heaven, they all are in awe. That’s why I say it will be interesting to learn more about heaven by actually being there. There’s just so much we speculate on now. So, no, there will not be a St. Peter at the Pearly Gates with a clipboard in his hand, guarding the gates of heaven.

No, Peter will be one among millions who we will be standing alongside of, worshiping the Creator Himself. Would we even recognize Peter or Paul or any of the great saints of the faith? No one really knows but we do know that that’s not why we are in heaven.

If you’re in the United States this morning (on this Thanksgiving Day), be thankful for what you have in Christ.

Be thankful for family that loves you and cares about you.

Be thankful that we get to enjoy life every day of the year.

And yes, be thankful that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

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The Very Character of God

You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant,
4 ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.'”

We have the benefit of seeing this prophecy fulfilled in the Son of God. If you trace the lineage from David, it all points to Christ. David, a deeply flawed man, had a heart for God. Generations to come would – and still do – revere King David. It speaks volumes about God’s character that He would choose someone like David to “establish his line forever.”

It never ceases to amaze me that God still chooses men and women of deeply flawed character to continue God’s kingdom from one generation to the next.

It’s the very character of God in action.

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A Fulfilling Place

I will declare that your love stands firms forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. Psalm 89:2

This verse allows us to begin thinking of heaven again. The consistency in heaven is God Himself. We don’t know much about heaven except God will be there, and we already know He is faithful. We also can trust that whatever He does in heaven will be awe-inspiring and wonderful. People ask – I often ask – “what is heaven like?” Well, if God is there it will be incredibly fulfilling.

Sorry, but I don’t know much more than that. Do we need to know much more than that?

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Through All Generations

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations Psalm 89:1

To those who know Christ, we understand a bit about eternity, that is, that we will be singing of God’s love forever and ever and ever. The second piece to that, though, is keeping that fire alive not only among this generation but through the next and the next after that. How do we do that? How do we ensure future generations will carry the Gospel message onto future generations.

The answer, of course, is in the second half of this verse but it goes a bit further. Surely we proclaim in any way, form, or fashion the Gospel message. We proclaim it through radio, TV, broadsheets, song, word of mouth, or a thousand different ways. But as sure as I write this, you have to know that people are also watching us. They’re looking for consistency. They may not be looking for perfection necessarily, but consistency. And that goes back to the fundamental principle of this verse: faithfulness. Being faithful in our walk and witness is totally worthwhile. It tells others about the changed life you’ve experienced.

In that way, we are able to show how God is faithful. He has used every generation to proclaim His word and His love. That’s faithfulness.

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Darkness and Friendship

17 All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend. Psalm 88:17-18

Years ago, Simon and Garfunkel recorded a great ballad that begins:

Hello Darkness my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again

Perhaps this singing duo knew about the despair the sons of Korah experienced.

What is it like to experience what they experienced? What is it like to be absolutely overwhelmed with life and circumstances? We all get down on occasion but being in the midst of terrible and prolonged depression is not a fun place to be.

If this is your situation, reach out to one or two people. I know it seems like the most difficult thing in the world to do when you’re this way, but it’s the best thing you can do. Tell them your struggles. It goes without saying that you are already reaching out to God, but I think that everyone needs other people in their lives to talk to about very personal and real things. There’s a very good reason God put others on this planet, namely so that we can at least have a friend or two to ride out the storms of life.

Be encouraged, my friends, be encouraged.

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