1 The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
It all belongs to Him. We can take credit for growing crops, for building great structures, for capturing wind and sun to harness energy, and to bring healing through herbs and plants – and mankind does. But it all belongs to Him. I am reminded of a little story I once heard:
An atheist come to God and said he could make anything God could make because God does not exist. So God took him up on the challenge. He asked the atheist what he would make. He said he was going to make a man, perhaps robotic, but it would function and act like any man God could make. So God said go right ahead, but you have to use your own materials.
The atheist was all pleased with himself that God had accepted the challenge and he set about getting the plans he had drawn up to accomplish his task. Once they were all laid out, and most of his interior parts were before him, he leaned down to get the dirt he would need to form the skin on the man.
God said “What are you doing?”
The atheist said he needed dirt to mold the skin onto the metal frame he had built and that would complete his project.
God just smiled at him. “Well, sir. You forget one thing. Besides the fact that every metal piece you have used so far was made from my original material, so is really not yours to use, you will also have to get your own dirt!”
Genesis tells us that by His spoken word, all the heavens and the earth were created. It all belongs to Him. I must remember that everything comes from God. How can I ever praise Him enough for His provision. everything I need is right here, and He provided it.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
There are requirements to stand before God in heaven. I have heard there are many churches that teach Jesus died for all and all will go to heaven. The Jesus said “You must be born again”, and that means making a personal decision for Him. Please, dear reader, make this decision today, because that is the way we can be in the position verse 4 calls for.
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
Clean hands – no sin. We have bee washed by the blood of Jesus. Isaiah 1:18 tells us though our sins were as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Only the blood of Jesus can do this. We cannot do it by our works, or good works, or church attendance, or tithe. All our righteousness is as filthy rags (Is 64:6), no on does good, not one (Psalm 14:3) Jesus must clean our hands.
Pure heart – without reproach in our thoughts and intentions. Many will say that they have pure thoughts all the time – that they never think evil of anyone. I have yet to meet such a person. We are all born of Adams seed, the seed that disobeyed God, and we all need to be delivered from that curse. Ezekiel 36:26 declares God will replace our stony heart with a heart of flesh. This is the pure heart only God can put in a man.
Don’t give up your soul to vanity – set your sights on things above, not on thins of this earth. Life her is full of vanity (see Eccl 2). Whatever we gain here will be gone when we enter eternity. Now don’t get me wrong. We do need to be our best here on earth for our Savior, and we need to bless our neighbors and friends with our substance, but the main goals is set up our treasures in Heaven, where they will last forever (Matt 6:21). Those treasures are our family and friends who get saved – the fruit of our labor.
Don’t swear deceitfully – He’s not talking about swearing as we think of it, except maybe that we should never take God’s, or Jesus, name in vain.- This is an admonition to not lie, make empty promises, say nice things you don;t really mean and and tell people you’ll pray for them when you don’t – among other things. Don’t deceive anyone by your words. God hears every word, and you will be held accountable for them (Matt 12:36) Be careful little lips what you say!
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
This is the reward for those that follow verse 4. A blessing from the Lord – what more could we ask for! His blessings come in so many forms, and we never know what blessing will come next. It seems I am regularly praying for a blessing of some kind, either for myself or my family or friends. And it never fails that He comes through for one of those requests.
Right now, I am always hoping His healing touch will come upon me, and I know eventually He will in His time. But the blessing is that the is keeping my wife strong, and she is an amazing caregiver, an angel of the Lord given to me for such a time as this – what a blessing!
Righteousness from the God of my salvation – our righteousness is filthy rags (Is 64:6) . But He imputes His righteousness to us (Phil 3:9). If we are covered by His blood, God sees His righteousness is seen in us instead of our own, and He sees us as His own, clean and unspotted by sin. We are the Lord!
7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
I love the fact that David ends so many Psalms with praise. It is a fitting way to end any prayer or song. A great example for us on how to end our prayers. Let’s do our best to always bring praise to Him throughout our prayer time.