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What You Know About God Should Affect Your World
There is so much that you can know about your God. In this message, we would like to examine Psalm 99 to glean some fundamental truths which are meant to change the world in which you live. As you study this Psalm, be sure to keep in mind the basic question - "How is this meant to change my world?"
Psalm 99:1 says - "The LORD reigneth..." In hearing these words, what comes to mind? How can this simple yet powerful statement effect your present-day existence?
Throughout the Scriptures, we find this statement repeated over and over again.
1 Chronicles 16:31 says - "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth."
Psalm 93:1 says - "The LORD reigneth, He is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith He hath girded Himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved."
Psalm 96:10 says - "Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: He shall judge the people righteously."
Psalm 97:1 says - "The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. "
Revelation 19:6 says - "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth."
This is a statement that makes the "heavens be glad" and the "earth rejoice." It is a statement that is to be repeated over and over again to the "nations" and "among the heathen."
Why? What does it entail?
When you make this confession, you are saying that Jesus is Lord and Christ. You are declaring that the reign of evil has been overthrown and replaced by His reign. It is something powerful to confess throughout the day in the face of all adverse circumstances, hindrances, or opposing forces - set up by the devil himself?
No matter what kind of opposition arises from the evil side, the Lord's throne is unmoved. He has reigned, does reign, and will forever reign. He sits above all. In the midst of all things, He reigns over all - ordering all events and all things according to His will. He governs everything He created - for indeed He is qualified to do so.
He has now set up His kingdom. Hence, His Gospel should be received and obeyed. All power is given unto Him in heaven and in earth(Matthew 28:18). Therefore, all men are bidden to yield their obedient faith.
When you confess this statement - "The Lord reigneth" - you are saying to the reign of evil that God is in control of your life and circumstances and that it must submit accordingly. You are - in essence - commanding all things pertaining to your life to line up with this truth.
When you say it in the midst of the "heathen," you are bringing conviction on those who are under the dominion of darkness and calling them to perfect submission to the Lordship of Jesus.
Can you see how this simple statement can radically affect your world? Just knowing that "the LORD reigneth" and allowing this truth to penetrate your heart and life will bring drastic changes. It will cause you to be a "winner" or overcomer in all circumstances.
Psalm 99:2 says - "The LORD is great in Zion..." God dwells in "Zion" - His Church or most favored palace. It is here where He manifests His power and great glory before His people. It is here where His "greatness" should be displayed, acknowledged, and adored.
The Scriptures tell us of His "greatness" -
Psalm 48:1-2 says - "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King."
Psalm 76:1 says - "In Judah is God known: His name is great in Israel."
Psalm 86:10 says - "For Thou art great, and doest wondrous things: Thou art God alone."
Psalm 145:3 says - "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable."
Psalm 147:5 says - "Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite."
Isaiah 12:6 says - "Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee."
God is "great." He is almighty, infinite, and eternal. He is high and exalted. He is a Being of great power and great glory. He is able to defend His people. He is "great" in the deliverance of His people. He is "great" in the hearts of His enemies. His sovereignty is absolute and incontestable. None can describe His majesty.
Barnes' Notes says this about Him - "The greatness and power of God are reasons why we should appeal to Him in our weakness , and in our times of trouble."
How does His "greatness" affect your life? Do you appeal to Him in your weakness and times of trouble - because He is so "great"? Are you fully aware at all times and in every place that the "Holy One of Israel" Who is so "great" is always "in the midst of you"?
This God is "of great power" and "doest wondrous things." Does knowing this make your faith strong and unshakeable? Are you able to easily believe for the impossible because you have this same God on your side fighting for you?
What are you going to do with the following truths - "The LORD reigneth" and "Great is the LORD"? How should they affect your world?
Psalm 99: 2 says - "...and He is high above all the people." This includes all the nations. "He is high above all." This includes man's highest thoughts and loftiest conceptions. "He is high above all." He is Creator of all. He rules over all.
Psalm 66:7 says - "...His eyes behold the nations..."
Psalm 97:9 says - "For Thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: Thou art exalted far above all gods."
Daniel 4:34 refers to Him as the "most High."
He rules in the kingdoms of men. He is God of all gods. He is higher than the highest.
How does knowing that your God is "high above all the people" affect your life and circumstances? Since He is "high above all," is He not able to see the end from the beginning? Can He not see and know any injustice that comes your way? Is He not very capable of leading you to the right destination? Is He not able to see and know when danger is headed your way? Since He is the "most High," will He not have the last word on everything?
Lastly, let's consider Psalm 99:5 which says - "Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at His footstool; for He is holy." The choicest jewel of God's character is not His sovereignty or His power but His holiness. His holiness is the harmony of all His virtues. It is the very thing which causes us to fall prostrate before Him in worship.
The Scriptures confirm that He is "holy" -
Leviticus 19:2 says - "Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. "
Isaiah 6:3 says - "And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory."
1 Peter 1:15-16 says - "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. "
Notice that the Scriptures do point out the fact that since God is "holy," He commands that we be "holy" as well. He is the model by which we should frame our lives. We are commanded to imitate His holiness in all our conduct, business, and outward walk and behavior. We cannot profess to be His followers and then be unholy in our course of life.
How is the fact that He is "holy" affecting your life and walk? What things can you do and what things can you not do because your God is "holy"? What makes your life so different from that of the heathen's because the God you serve happens to be "holy"? How did your lifestyle change when you discovered that God was and is "holy"? Are others pointing at you and saying - "That man or woman is 'holy' "?
In Psalm 99 alone, we discover that - "The LORD reigneth," "The LORD is great in Zion...", "...He is high above all the people", and "...He which hath called you is holy." These are truths that are very familiar to most, but the question that you must ask yourself is - How are these truths affecting my world?
As one renowned Preacher would say - "Don't just read the Bible, but allow the Bible to read you."
What you know about God should affect your world.
Is it? In what ways?
We leave you with a thought-provoking quote from David Tait, the founder of Walking With Jesus Ministries, which says - "We live in a culture highly influenced by Greek thought and understanding. Our education system and the Olympic Games are but 2 examples of aspects of our culture inherited from ancient Greece.
The Greeks revolutionized earlier ways of thinking, such as seen in Jewish culture, by separating thoughts and actions. To the Greeks, it was perfectly okay to think one thing yet act in another way. The logical conclusion of this in the church today has been to promote the recitation of the 'Sinners Prayer' (which incidentally isn't found anywhere in the Bible) as the way to receiving an entry ticket into heaven. What you do after that doesn't matter, for you have the free pass!
This logic is anathema to the Jews (and Muslims), and a major reason why they are so anti the church today. For they hear us say one thing, then do another! We continually justify this to ourselves, through our Greek logic heritage, but it is not the way of the Lord; it is not the teaching of Jesus.
Jesus is our rabbi. In the time of Jesus, the rabbis would choose the brightest pupils of the day to become their followers. These students would literally copy the rabbi in everything he did. They would say the same words as he did, copy their rabbis actions precisely, with the ultimate aim of becoming exactly like him..."
What you know about God should affect your world.
Is it? In what ways?
May God Bless His Word.