The Inspiration of the Almighty Giveth Them Understanding

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable– II Timothy 3:16, it is His inspiration and profit that I desire for you, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding– Job 32:8, and it is His understanding that I pray you receive. LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear– Psalms 10:17, as Jesus said, blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them– Matthew 13:16-17. Before Jesus came, the prophets and righteous people could only hope to see and hear what we now can enjoy because our salvation is a done deal, and all we have to do is believe in his completed work on our behalf rather than trying to add to his completed work by our own works of any kind (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5).” ~LMJ~

A Psalm of David (Psalm 32)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There are 150 separate Books some refer to as chapters that we today call The Book of Psalms. Many refer to the Psalms as “The Psalms of David,” which is somewhat misleading, because David did not write all of the Psalms.

In the Psalms, we have seven named writers, and the books they wrote are listed below.

One: David with his name above seventy-three Psalms.
They are Psalm 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 68, 69, 70, 86, 101, 103, 108, 109, 110, 122, 124, 131, 133, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, and 145.

Two: Asaph with his name above twelve Psalms.
They are Psalm 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, and 83.

Three: The sons of Korah with nine Psalms.
They are Psalm 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 84, 85, and 87.

Four: For Solomon, with his name above two Psalms.
They are Psalm 72 and 127.

Five: Moses with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 90.

Six: Hemon the Ezrahite with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 88.

Seven: Ethon the Ezrahite with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 89.

Totaling up the above seven names and their Books, we have one-hundred-one Psalms identified by the pen and hand of Prophets. The remaining other forty-nine Psalms are unnamed, such as Psalms 137, yet they are all God’s Word and are inspired by Him (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21). King David had a large part in the forming of the Psalms, writing more than any other.

We thought it only fitting to enliven your interest in David by peeking into one of his Psalms, to view how he walked with God and had such a wonderful heightened level of understanding his Savior.

David not only walked with God, but he was also known as a man after God’s own heart and we today have his Psalms as an inspiration to help us aspire to also be a man or woman after God’s own heart.

Did you know that after Jesus who is the subject of the whole Word, David is the most written about person in the Bible as an archetype of Christ? Jesus would inherit not only David’s kingdom, but all the kingdoms of the world when he returns to reign over all the earth. Jesus is called the son of David fourteen times in the Gospels.

The following is the entire thirty-second Psalm ― A Psalm of David:

Psalms 32:1:
BLESSED is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

In this Psalm we notice the first word BLESSED; this word means to have happiness in our life’s journey as God blesses our ways because we have not only found the Promised Seed, but through Christ we walk with God and is a reason to be both blessed and happy. Transgression in the Hebrew Text relates to the thoughts and intents of the heart that lead away from the instructions of Scripture, yet thankfully Scripture shows us how to journey on a direct path that leads us to His wondrous Word through knowing Jesus Christ as our True Passover.

When we realize our faults have taken us away from God, as the sin nature does “so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1), and we then realize that we have an advocate in His Son because “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7), and we come back to God in prayer to receive our cleansing and forgiveness, God is always willing, ready, and able to forgive.

I John 1:9:
If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Then the Psalm goes on to say, whose sin is covered. In the Old Testament times sins were only covered, it is like tying a trash bag or putting refuse into an underground septic tank, we know there is something not so pleasant under there, but at least it is out of sight. Thankfully today in grace, God cleanses us from all unrighteousness, leaving the inside washed completely clean rather than simply covering them up. This is because of the blessed work of the Offering of the High Priest, on man’s behalf.

Psalms 32:2:
Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile {or deceit}.

David shares in the first two verses that the believers are “blessed.” The LORD considered this important enough to reiterate the truth of our being blessed by Him by repeating it to show we have blessings upon blessings (Ephesians 1:3). The reason that we are so blessed is because the LORD Jehovah sees the Christ in us, and that most important part of us (our hearts and inner consciousness) is not deceitful before the LORD where we are totally sinless and pure and guileless. So when and where we may experience condemnation because of our sins, it is pretty much a waste of our time and energy because what Jehovah imputes to us is forgiveness and cleansing rather than iniquity.

In our spirit (our inner heart), the LORD sees no guile because within we have the Bright and Morning Star; this is what He really sees as we are the children of light ― His light. Having no guile means that the LORD sees absolutely no deceit, but only His children with Christ within, for we may always stand before Him, and confess, thus being forgiven, cleansed, and knowing that He has not imputed (or held) our shortcomings against us (Psalms 32:1–2 are also recorded in the first church Epistle, Romans 4:7–8). For Christ the Prophet of all prophecy “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25). Jesus is not going to be crucified again – for you, he is not going to die again – for you, and he is not going to get up again – for you, once was enough to last an eternity – for you – for your justification!

Psalms 32:3:
When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

Silence represents our not asking for forgiveness in prayer from our God (I wrote a study once titled, “Ask: and it shall be given,” and as I like to say, “Ask, and it shall be forgiven!”). Sometimes we may feel so awful about our past sins that we become too fearful to even consider daring to ask for God’s forgiveness, and this is something David had experienced in his life.

Consequently, when we forget our Captain of Salvation, then we do not ask God for forgiveness, and we may feel as though we are standing all alone, when all along our heavenly Father wants us to accept our forgiveness and walk again with Him. We can because the Captain of our salvation gave his all in all in order that we may come to God at any time to accept our forgiveness and begin enjoying life with both our Savior and our heavenly Father. Life on the other side of forgiveness is quite wonderful, it beats the hell out of condemnation, so please come on over and join the sanctified at the sweet spot of life. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

Romans 8:34:
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Bones in Psalms 32:3 represents the inner structure of man’s physical life, and yet feeling so very old and bending under the pressures of life. David’s meaning here is that when we try and hold ourselves up on our own merits without God being a vibrant part of our life’s foundation, then we forfeit God’s blessed privilege of spiritually holding us up through the power of our Wonderful Secret. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10). This is God’s desire ― to hold men and women up with His loving strength.

The roaring also in Psalms 32:3 represents man’s inner unfeigned sorrow or groaning by his own self-pity, the inner result when he does not allow himself to ask God for forgiveness or help, when all along God’s poised will and desire is to do so (when we ask), and Jesus, our Redeemer, gave his life and now he intercedes, clearing the path to Him so that we could go to God unfettered in our minds.

Psalms 32:4:
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

I have heard this verse explained as one who is living under the thumb of God, as one who is receiving His rebuking correction; however, this is simply an untrue statement in relationship to the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Trust me; if God was that kind of God with unimaginable threatening power at His disposal and His hand of vengeance was upon us, then mankind would have ended with the fall from grace on Paradise back in the time of Genesis.

God would have never given man the hope of a Deliverer, and the Deliverer would never have given his life, except for one thing, God has loved mankind, including you (Ephesians 1:4), even before Adam and Eve were formed, made, and created.

Christ certainly loved enough to die in that horrible torturous way for you and me. Then, why in the world would some unduly high-pitched, shrieking voices jump out from behind teaching pulpits crying out, “God could squash you at His whimsical leisure and pleasure as you live a lowly and meager existence under His terrible hand?” Oh, come on now, that is just plain wrong, for God loves you as is heard within the gentleness of our Still Small Voice! He has graven (tattooed) you upon the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16), and when He opens up His arms and hands, it is you He sees in His loving arms and written on His palms. It is you He loves, come what may, it is you He is committed to, and continually overjoyed with (Psalms 73:22–25)!

Thus David realized that, “Though he {a righteous man or woman} fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand” (Psalm 37:24).

Psalms 80:17:
Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

Here is the biblical interpretation of for day and night thy hand was heavy upon me. Whenever we carry our own burdens around without releasing them to our God in prayer, then we may feel heavy (spiritually), and weak in our personal faith. We may experience feelings similar to the statue of Atlas who is portrayed carrying the weight of the world upon his shoulders, or David the King who cared and watched over the Nation of Israel, or the Apostle Paul who cared for the entire First Century church of God (II Corinthians 11:28). Jesus Christ, the King’s Son and Eternal Answer bore the sins of the whole world and lifted you and me up to our heavenly Father and He can release one and all from the burdens of the sin nature while revealing to us our new divine nature in Christ (II Peter 1:2–8).

Oftentimes the burden of carrying our sins around is something believers experience and what John calls “an unction from the Holy One” (I John 2:20) when God is working overtime to inspire us to come back to Him (and why?), so we may enjoy His fellowship and our Spiritual Revival. This is the true meaning of day and night thy hand was heavy upon me, for today in grace we deserve our Heavenly Pardon. God is beseeching us to come back in order that we may enjoy our Good Day in fellowship with Him. “Even there {at any place} shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me {so I will not fall}” (Psalms 139:10).

My moisture is turned into the drought of summer is referring to a spiritual drought and is the absence of the spiritual refreshing that can come to us only when we accept God’s healing will of forgiveness. It is man himself who singularly grapples within his mind to rise up to believing in his worthiness given to him in Christ. These are some of the emotions David went through hundreds of years ago and are most common to men and women of today. It is man alone who oscillates in and out of fellowship with his God. It is Christ our Arbitrator who catapults men and women up to receiving God’s refreshing, and it is Christ who has lead the way for man to receive the graces of God. The expression Selah essentially means to pause and calmly think about what was just written (and then rethink it through again and again, or, in other words ― meditate on God’s Word, grace, and love)!

In this Psalm, David finally realized he was not acknowledging God in his life and thus he was lacking the refreshing that came by having fellowship with God once again, and so he then continues:

Psalms 32:5–6:
-5: I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid {from God}. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD {Unto who? Unto the LORD, rather than to any man}; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. {Not just the sin committed, but the iniquity in the thought process and actions that caused the sin in the first place, this also God will totally forgive and cleanse.} Selah. {So please ― Pause: and calmly think on what we just read ― that God forgives us completely, even from the conception of a sin (James 1:15) to one’s commitment to follow through with it all the way to its ultimate completion and degradation ― Wow, that is magnified grace given to you and I in spades!}
-6: For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

The word shall represents that we may, whenever we desire, reach all the way up to our God’s ears in prayer. Believers may come to experience their forgiveness, acknowledging that God does cleanse us of our sins. Take God’s Word for your forgiveness; whenever you do ― you have literally believed God in all His beckoning of you to accept His forgiveness!

The word godly means to have and enjoy a true and vital relationship with God, which is necessary to enjoying freedom in Christ. Believers, you and I, are the godly, and when praying we have an uninterrupted connection with God (spiritual-optics), which are never disconnected at God’s end, and His communication lines are free and always in good working order.

When is a time that God may be found? This is a very good question, and the answer is straightforward ― it is always a good time to come to God in prayer; there is never a bad time for we always have our Song in the Night and this awards rest and peace to our souls.

Psalms 69:13:
But as for me {David}, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

Hebrews 4:16:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

II Corinthians 6:2:
For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Even when we are feeling down or if we feel that we are no darn good and are living in self-condemnation and sin (even then ― even now), God encourages us as His children to go to Him without hesitation or fear.

Our loving, heavenly Father will always embrace us in His love. “If God be for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31)? God is always on our side (and no one is bigger than God is), and Christ gave himself so we could be on God’s side, for we are eternally on the winning team. It is God in Christ cheering us on to the finishing line, where and when true perfection will be awarded (I Corinthians 15:51–58), wherein we will receive, “The prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

Surely in the floods of great waters they {the spiritual storms of this life} shall not come nigh unto him, because God watches over us. He is indeed our “refuge from the storm” (Isaiah 25:4), delivering ever brighter tomorrows, “in whom {in God} we trust that he will yet deliver us” (II Corinthians 1:10). Amazing, God is saying in II Corinthians 1:10 that He is going to deliver us from things in the future that have yet to happen, oh what a God we have to learn of and enjoy!

Through all of God’s healing Word, He directs our spiritual steps to safer and higher ground on our Path of Righteousness. His Word encourages us to build our spiritual lives on the rock, Christ Jesus (I Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:20). The spiritual winds may “beat” from one direction and “blow” from even another direction, but we shall not be blown away, as promised us by Jesus himself (Matthew 7:24–25). As we learn to build our spiritual lives upon the rock, indeed, stormy rains (negatives) may fall down, floods (of unbelief) may come up, and the winds (of doubt) may bellow across the bows (boughs) of our hopes and dreams in an attempt to stimulate fear. Yet God has already guaranteed to us that He will hold us up and continue to keep us afloat, as we continue looking to Him and His healing Word through our wonderful Savior who is the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19).

Psalms 32:7:
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

God is our hiding place, because in (fellowship with) God there is refuge, there is sanctuary, and there is peace of mind. “HE that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalms 91:1). It is our God Who preserves us from impending trouble; it is our heavenly Father Who watches over our lives and assures us of victory in Christ who reveals the Wholeness of Man, and it is our God Who enables us to pass through all the storms of life.

Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance can be experienced in contrast to feeling as though we are drying up from the inside out without spiritual edification, nourishment, and inspiration. And instead of being flooded with negatives from every direction, God encompasses, encircles, and covers us, giving to our souls spiritual songs of His deliverance. This is when our souls sing for joy, and because of our deliverance, we can be overflowing with rejoicing, for from the depths of our inner souls we can become ever more thankful for our complete standing as God’s redeemed children.

Today, as we rejoice in our calling from God, we may spiritually and experientially realize our unique place with God being spiritually seated at His very own right hand in and with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:5–7). Recall how much love the Father has for us, “that we should be called the sons {and daughters} of God” (I John 3:1).

In Psalm 32, David begins by expressing how blessed we are when we receive forgiveness, and then he goes on to show what happens when we do not ask for forgiveness as he did for a time. Finally, David got to the place in his life that he realized that all he had to do was acknowledge the error of his ways. It was then that David came to grasp that his God totally forgave him. “David said unto Nathan {the Prophet}, I have sinned against the LORD {this is David, he was not confessing his sins to Nathan, but admitting that he sinned when he was confronted by the Prophet}. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin” (II Samuel 12:13). What could be more comforting to a sinner than to hear that God has already put away his or her sin?

Psalms 51:1–3:
-1: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. {This asked David of God in regard to what David had done to Uriah the Hittite and Bathsheba his wife; you can read the story from II Samuel chapter 11:1–24 on how David got Uriah killed so that he could get Bathsheba to be his wife.}
-2: Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin {David asks God}.
-3: For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Well, once the thing is done then it is done and one could live in condemnation a lifetime or admit to God that a sin has occurred and accept His forgiveness and get back into fellowship with God. The thing that helped David was his humbleness in accepting that “The LORD also hath put away thy sin” and then he wrote “my sin is ever before me.”

I wanted to discuss a little about the Old Testament and the New in the light of understanding what we talked about in the first verse on this Psalm in which we saw that God forgave by covering or putting away sins in the times of the old covenant, while in grace all our sins are washed away completely. David’s sins and transgressions were, as written, put away, and even though his sins were put away they were still within David’s mind as he wrote my sin is ever before me. Have you ever heard it said that people can forgive but they cannot always forget? The same was true for David; he could accept his forgiveness but it was a lot harder for him to forget which only made him a better person, afterwards.

Following is a spiritual assessment of King David, he “did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he {the LORD} commanded him all the days of his life, save only {except only} in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” (I Kings 15:5). Note in this verse that something was remembered, a thousand things were good for David and still something remained ― a sin in his mind. Although forgiven by God, it was not washed away or blotted out. However, today in grace all of our sins are cleansed and we have this wonderful verse of understanding, “For I {your God} will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12). You see, in the Old Testament the repentant sinner could not forget his or her sin and because of that his or her God could not forget them either because the Redeemer of sin had yet to come and die for the sin of the world. However, because of the complete redeeming work of Jesus Christ who became sin ― for us, we find, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:21).

Today our sins are completely washed away and we are now as righteous as God is, and not only can we know that our sins are forgiven, but it is also possible to forget them altogether along with God Who already has ― I remember no more! Paul taught “this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13–14). I Corinthians 1:30 reveals that “of him {of God} are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (I Corinthians 1:30), and if or when we can think on such things as wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption rather than on our already forgiven sins, then God can go to work helping us beyond the past as we are pointed to Christ and our eternity.

Philippians 4:6–9 (The Amplified Bible):**
-6: Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
-7: And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
-8: For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
-9: Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.

David’s sin is written in Holy Writ, right there in I Kings 15:5 (and in other Scriptures), which means that the verse will abide as an integral part of the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever (John 1:1, I Peter 1:23). However, our sins are gone forever, washed completely away and therefore they cannot live and abide forever but are eternally gone ― from us! This is part of the “mystery of godliness” (I Timothy 3:16), afforded to us through Christ’s perfecting work for us (Colossians 1:28), and his cleansing work in us (I John 1:7).

Do yourself a favor, try and read all about your sins in the New Testament (as we were able to read David’s in the Old Testament) and you will find that you as a sinner are completely absent, dead to sin (a few examples: Romans 6:11, I Corinthians 15:3, and II Corinthians 5:14–15), but as a redeemed saint and child of God you will find yourself on every page alive in Christ (a few examples: Romans 6:11–14, and Colossians 3:3–4). You will discover this especially when you read along in and with Christ who is your guide and Golden Thread who leads you to absolute enlightenment, “For now we live {enjoy the more abundant life}, if {since} ye stand fast in the Lord” (I Thessalonians 3:11). As David was able to receive forgiveness and did amazing exploits for God, we are also even more enabled (Philippians 4:13)! Our sins are completely cleansed and will never be remembered or read about and thankfully only the good that we do by believing the Word will be known to us along with every being in heaven as our believing shall provide our heavenly rewards!

Psalms 32 now continues on with God’s response to David’s on account of his opening up his heart to Him:

Psalms 32:8:
I {God} will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go. I will guide thee with mine eye.

Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” to the Father (John 14:6); it is only through finding the Son of God, our Beloved, that one truly receives the instructions and teachings and guidance from God’s heart. Guide thee with mine eye is something that a servant in the biblelands would completely understand, because when their master would perhaps raise one eyebrow in a certain way or move his hand with a subtle gesture, the master would be directing his servant to do something for him, perhaps bring a cup of water or bring him a pillow. The meaning here is that God can direct us with inspirations that are not forceful but much rather are very gently given to us through the loving motions of inspired thoughts of comfort from Him in Love.

Psalms 32:9:
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding {who are stubborn}: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they {otherwise, they will not} come near unto thee {to receive their instructions and guidance}.

God’s lesson here is that we may walk with His guidance and allow Him to inspire our life’s path through the inspiration of our Savior who gave his all in all so that we could receive all of God’s abundance.

Psalms 32:10:
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

The wicked do experience many sorrows because they reap the wickedness that they sow. Nevertheless, we who trust the LORD can be delivered from all of our sorrows and be continuously encompassed in God’s loving mercy. Mercy biblically means that God withholds judgment and punishment that perhaps are rightfully due, yet because of God’s divine grace upon our lives, judgments are repelled away.

Often, when we blow it and sin (for no man is perfect), we may be justly deserving of condemnation, judgment, and punishment; however, God’s mercy holds these off, keeping us in a life with Him that is full of mercy from every direction and dimension.

Psalms 32:11:
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

When we are glad in the LORD for His mercy upon our lives, then genuine rejoicing in the LORD will manifest itself, whelping up into thankfulness that we know God. Even David lived his life as one forgiven and who was enabled to shout of joy. We may rejoice because God has made us righteous, as completely righteous as God is (II Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9), because of His Son, Jesus Christ. So shout for joy!

We who continue to come to our God in prayer with thankfulness and with believing that He does indeed answers us, will (without a doubt) also absolutely recognize that God sees us as His upright in heart. The life that Christians can enjoy in knowing God’s healing will reveals to us life more abundantly. God sees you in Christ, as His upright in heart who has received His spiritual refreshing.

Psalms 149:5:
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Oh, what a marvelous song we have!

Acts 20:32:
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

God’s Merciful Grace!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

One day we received an e-mail from a woman wanting to know what our thoughts were regarding two religious denominations. I wrote her back and explained that as a Christian, I always endeavor to look at believers from God’s point of view, as God always looks at the heart, and He always loves us (John 3:16). I try to see the best in people and I am very happy to know that people love God, rather than worrying about where someone may fellowship around God’s love, mercy, and grace.

Romans 12:9 encourages us to “Let love be without dissimulation {or without discrimination}.” The next day she e-mailed back and stated that I was perfectly correct, then for about three pages she explained the evils of those two denominations, and warned me about how devilish and sinful they were (in her opinion). We have not been given the privilege from God to be dispensing condemnation or His wrath (Romans 12:19). She became a judge over other people and wanted to hold onto her anger about other churches and people simply because they did not go to her church or believe and practice her denominational doctrines.

We should be so blessed that God called us individually to His gracious Word, and be happy for all of God’s children. Jesus said in the Gospel of John 10:16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” It is futile to worry about what other people may think or believe; as someone once said, “a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” In other words, it is next to impossible to change someone’s mind when they believe in a certain way ― right or wrong.

We would be much better off being concerned and content that we ourselves walk with God and that He has mercy and grace on our souls rather than worrying and being negative about what other people may or may not believe. We Christians could be much kinder, happier, and gentler, Christ-like people if we were more concerned about ourselves rather than worrying about what our Christian neighbors might practice or think (Galatians 6:10). Besides, what other people practice and think is honestly between them and God, and we really do not know for certain what people think in the heart of their hearts as stated in I Corinthians 2:11.

I Corinthians 2:11:
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save {except} the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Only God knows for sure what is in the heart of man “for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee” (I Chronicles 28:9).

Romans 2:1 reads, “THEREFORE thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” This verse is quite expressive in reflecting that one’s judgments will always and ultimately return back to those who assume to sit as judges over other people (not in the laws of the land, but in spiritual issues of the heart).

Matthew 12:36-37:
-36: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
-37: For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

God’s merciful grace can be discovered and enjoyed anywhere by anyone because wherever you are, so is God, and where other Christians are, so is God because He dwells in believers without discrimination. Recognizing this is acknowledging the immensity of God’s merciful grace upon our own lives because we have not always walked perfectly with God and followed His will completely. Yet God still loves us and He has loved and forgiven us for our faults just as His loving grace and forgiveness is upon others who love and walk with Him to the best of their abilities.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:1 “JUDGE not, that ye be not judged.” This is the instruction from our Savior, and he always spoke for God: “For I {Jesus} have given unto them the words which thou {God} gavest me; and they have received them” (John 17:8). So the question is: Have we received the words of God, have we believed them, are we judged or are we not judged? If we judge not, then the promise of God is that we are not judged. Let us follow Jesus’ teaching of God’s words about judgment in Matthew.

Matthew 7:1-5:
-1: JUDGE not, that ye be not judged.
-2: For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete {measure out}, it shall be measured to you again {“for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”― Galatians 6:7}.
-3: And why beholdest thou the mote {a tiny splinter of wood} that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
-4: Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
-5: Thou {would be a} hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

The beam and the mote are literally the same things with this one huge exception: the beam is like having a figurative “telephone pole” stuck in one’s eye causing one to not have good vision (nor comprehension in terms of judging others), as opposed to a fragment, a small mote that may be in someone else’s eye.

Just to judge for judgment sake and being critical of others is as Jesus said, hypocritical, and the same judgments will always return back to the giver. Jesus is teaching us that it is quite easy to find fault with others, especially when other’s faults are the same as our own (Romans 2:21-22). One of the great lessons in this teaching by Jesus is that as we get healed in our lives from our own faults when we are not judgmental, then we become truly able to, first forgive, and then help another walk with God without judging each other.

Proverbs 26:20:
Where no wood is {such as the beam or the mote}, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer (to murmur, whisper, backbite, slander), the strife ceaseth.

In the context of Jesus’ teaching, the lesson shows us that judging others is having a beam in our own eyes, but when one stops judging, then he or she will become healed from that temptation to judge. Ultimately, then one can begin to help others out of this same temptation of nitpicking away at people they may love or acquaintances or even others they may not even know personally, whether they are living in or out of their spheres of influence. Judging is always detrimental, for with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Psalms 15:1-3:
-1: LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
-2: He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in {or from out of} his heart.
-3: He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

As we become conquerors over our own shortcomings, such as being judgmental, then with God’s help we may show fellow believers the true graces that God has bestowed upon us can also become theirs. This is when we “clearly see” God’s merciful grace upon our own lives when our focus is to bless and help our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Romans 12:18, and 14:19:
-18: If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
-14: Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and the things wherewith one may edify {build up} another.

God sees the motive behind thoughts and actions and He looks at His children with unconditional love and not on the underlying doctrines of establishments to judge one group more chosen or special or holier than He would another. No one group can stake claim to having a corner on all the truth; I do not know it all and neither does anyone else. It is when people think they know it all that they end up shutting all the doors of true outreach and forgiveness, for they will begin to imagine that everybody else is wrong except for themselves. The same thing happened to the Apostles back in the Gospels: “And John answered and said {to Jesus}, Master, we {the Apostles} saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us” (Luke 9:49).

The Apostles shunned someone who was not following their religious practices, so Jesus further instructs them to “Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us” (Luke 9:50). Sure, not every place teaches everything accurately and more than likely, some will teach things that you or I do not agree with. If someone loves God and is fellowshipping with other likeminded Christian believers, then praise the LORD, because He is blessed and so are they.

I have no doubt that most Christian people are motivated and inspired by God’s Word, love, and grace, and to think evil or less of others is a waste of time. If they are teaching God’s Word and the people are blessed to receive it; then praise God for their efforts (Philippians 1:15-18); Paul wrote, “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (II Corinthians 13:8). In other words, “the Word of God is not bound” (II Timothy 2:9) because God’s Word is always liberating and will always build up the believers with grace when it is planted in the fertile ground of the human heart.

“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” (Acts 20:32). God is all love and His Word encourages us to be followers of Him with and in His love, and not allow the temptation in our minds of judging others who also love God and who are, according to Jesus, “for us.”

Ephesians 5:1-2:
-1: BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
-2: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

If we are blessed in our place of worship, then praise God for our ministers, teachers, and fellow believers. However, if we are being beaten down over and again with condemnation and hell fire, and if they are teaching us to dislike other believers from other places, then perhaps we should look for a better place to fellowship.

I do believe that there are wonderful ministers, teachers, and preachers living in almost every community who would love nothing better than to teach you the Scriptures, who are inspired by God to encourage, strengthen, and build up their congregation in love. If we need to move on for spiritual nourishment, we can be thankful that our former place of worship helped to propel us into searching for a better way, especially when we find it and our lives become ever more blessed for God’s grace and mercy in our lives.

Philippians 1:15-18:
-15: Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
-16: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: {Paul was in jail for preaching ― no freedom of speech for a man of God back then!}
-17: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.
-18: What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

I enjoy reading verse 18 above, from the Amplified Bible:

Philippians 1:18 (The Amplified Bible**):
But what does it matter, so long as either way, whether in pretense [for personal ends] or in all honesty [for the furtherance of the Truth], Christ is being proclaimed? And in that I [now] rejoice, yes, and I shall rejoice [hereafter] also.”

Paul’s teaching is that regardless of who preaches Christ there is cause to rejoice, yea to rejoice repeatedly, for he will rejoice as we also can rejoice. When Christ is preached, then people receive the Word of God, and the Word can make people free. God’s graceful Word will bless and strengthen people regardless of people’s motivations for preaching (though most preachers and teachers have only godly intentions). God’s Word will always profit (II Timothy 3:16) and give blessings to the recipient, for this is how God designed His gracious Word!

Isaiah 55:11:
So shall my word {God’s Word} be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void {useless}, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

God’s gracious Word encourages us to always look to Jesus rather than to look on man because the more we look at people, the more we will see error, the sin nature, and imperfection. However, the more we look to Jesus, the more perfect we will become and as we gain his perspective and incentive, we can learn to love believers to a much greater dimension. I Peter 4:8 encourages, “above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”

Hebrews 12:2a (The Amplified Bible**):
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection] . . .

An honest concern and question for some people is: Which Church, or which group of people are truly the ones that God blesses? For some people the answer is obviously clear, the one they belong to! This is true; however, all believers have received an unconditional and eternal salvation in the sense that God Himself always looks at the heart rather than at the denomination or group we might belong to, “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

God is love (I John 4:8, 16), and according to His Word anyone who is saved belongs to Him for eternity because God is no respecter of persons or groups. Anyone, anywhere, and under any circumstance can become saved and become a member of His household. We are members of the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:27), and we may fellowship around God’s healing Word with whomever we desire.

God is our Father and He is blessed when we are blessed; He is never upset simply because we go somewhere to learn more about Him Who counsels and comforts us in our deepest spiritual thoughts. God loves us unconditionally right where we are, and He never thinks ill of us for fellowshipping with His children and wanting to know more about Him: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). When believers are receiving spiritual nourishment at their place of worship, then who am I to say that they are wrong, devilish, or whatever? Nobody, that’s who!

I John 2:9-11:
-9: He that saith he is in the light, and hateth {disdains, dislikes} his brother {in Christ}, is in darkness even until now.
-10: He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
-11: But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

God has given to His children tremendous light and understanding through knowing His gracious Word and the only thing that will turn the light off (spiritually speaking) is to dislike fellow believers, our brothers and sisters in Christ with whom we will spend eternity. The Bible records that we are to, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5), and Jesus always loved people, he is all love, and he is our daily example.

Acts 2:47:
{The believers were} Praising God, and having favour with all the people {How many? All the people!}, And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Who adds to the Church of God? God! God brings people to Himself; He draws us to Him through Christ who is the mediator between God and men (I Timothy 2:5). God is the searcher of all hearts (I Chronicles 28:9; Psalms 139:1; and Romans 8:27), and God never makes mistakes; His calling us to Himself is by His grace, and this alone should humble our hearts just to know that we were allowed into His household (Ephesians 2:19-22).

Romans 11:29:
For the gifts {of God’s graces} and calling of God are without repentance.

The gifts we receive from God are always by His grace (including our eternal life, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8) and our calling by God is without repentance, meaning that He never takes it back. Our God will never be sorry for calling you nor confess or even imagine for one second that He has made a mistake in calling you because He is perfect and His calling to you is by, with, and through His grace and mercy.

John 10:28-29:
-28: And I {Jesus} give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
-29: My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

We have a wonderful section of Scripture from the Gospel of Luke expressing a vivid mind picture of how to look on others, showing us Jesus’ perspective for perceiving other people who walk with God.

Luke 18:9-14:
-9: And he {Jesus} spake this parable unto certain {people} which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
-10: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican {a tax collector}.
-11: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
-12: I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
-13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven {a custom to show humility and reverence for God}, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
-14: I {Jesus} tell you, this man {the publican} went down to his house justified rather than the other {the Pharisee}: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

The Pharisee practiced “good works” of tithing, giving, and fasting ― believing that by his own works he was saved, that his works made him a great believer; however, let us notice what he did not do. He refused to humble himself before God; he believed that his way of religion made him a better man than the humble tax collector. He literally separated himself out from the entire human race, believing in his heart that he was better than other men. He never recognized that he himself was a sinner, unlike the publican who knew it was only by God’s grace and mercy that he could be justified.

The word merciful in the publican’s prayer in Luke 18:13 in the Greek Text is the word for “reconciliation” as in Hebrews 2:17. The tax collector was earnestly praying to be reconciled back to God (he obviously knew that he was a sinner and that he needed God in his life), while the Pharisee believed in himself that he was already reconciled above and more than other men.

The Pharisee was more concerned about the condition of others than of his true condition; he was convinced that he was saving himself by all of his works, yet Ephesians 2:8-9 reads: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” However, only the publican went home justified, and the word justified literally means, “just-as-if-I’d never sinned.” By being humble before our God, our God-given justification can be thankfully received and enjoyed within our hearts. Jesus, in the verses from Luke above, sums up a wonderful Proverb for us:

Proverbs 28:14 (The Amplified Bible*):
Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is the man who reverently and worshipfully fears {respects} [the Lord] at all times [regardless of circumstances], but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

The publican fits into the first category of a blessed man, while the Pharisee will inevitably run into trouble for hardening his heart against other people. Sure, there will be times in life when we are down, when we do not walk in the light, when we have fear and condemnation because of the sin nature. Yet when we do come back to God, back to the throne of God’s wonderful grace like the publican did, then we can enjoy blessed verses of healing Scripture demonstrating God’s loving comfort to us that will always build us back up and strengthen our lives so that we may continue walking for God.

Psalms 34:18 (The Amplified Bible*):
The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent {sorry}.

James 4:10:
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Our loving heavenly Father always sees our heart, and when our heart condemns us because we are out of fellowship, and we then realize it and become thoroughly penitent, God will forgive ― ALWAYS! The greatest blessings in life come to the believer when he can control his thoughts and actions (see James chapter 3) to be a blessing to his fellow man ― especially those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:10 (The Amplified Bible**):
So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].

Enjoy your message because today is The Season for God’s Merciful Grace.

I John 1:5-9:
-5: This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
-6: If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
-7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
-8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
-9: If we confess our sins {to God}, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

The Inspiration of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Timothy 3:16:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

The words “given by inspiration of God” literally mean that God breathed. All Scripture being the genuine breath of God is exhilarating to those of us who are searching for God and the meaning of life, for in God’s Word is contained “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him” (II Peter 1:3).

Let us first note that all Scripture is profitable, and secondly that all Scripture is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. These are the reasons for God breathing His Scriptures into existence. God inspired many different writers (Prophets) through the years to have all the Scriptures written. Nevertheless, all Scripture came from God.

II Peter 1:21:
For the prophecy {of God’s Word} came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake {and wrote} as they were moved {or rather; as they were inspired} by the Holy Ghost {by God, Who is the Holy Spirit}.

We want to handle the Word of God with this respect; that the Scriptures are truly the way to know God’s heart, and are profitable for us, and that we have the God-given right to them in never-ending abundance.

The first time God breathed was in Genesis when God gave man life, for He “breathed into his {Adam’s} nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). The second time (recorded in the Bible) that God breathed, man received “all Scripture.”

This all Scripture contains the God-given profit and instruction (the manual of life) to live in the complete righteousness of our God. He created man, and then He gave us the written instructions on how to live perfectly within the heavenly designed structure that God created.

It is the Word inspired in our own hearts that gives us purpose and reason for life itself. It is our heartfelt inspiration of and for God that encourages and gives you and I hope to continue walking with Him in complete satisfaction that He is our Maker, and our every reason to continue looking to Him through His revealed Word, the inspiration of God.

There are One-Hundred and Fifty Individual Books (Not Chapters) in the Psalms

“There are 150 separate Books that some refer to as chapters that we today call The Book of Psalms. Many refer to the Psalms as The Psalms of David, which is somewhat misleading, because David did not write all of the Psalms. In the Psalms, we have seven named writers, and the books they wrote are listed below.

One: David with his name above seventy-three Psalms.
They are Psalm 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 68, 69, 70, 86, 101, 103, 108, 109, 110, 122, 124, 131, 133, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, and 145.

Two: Asaph with his name above twelve Psalms.
They are Psalm 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, and 83.

Three: The sons of Korah with nine Psalms.
They are Psalm 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 84, 85, and 87.

Four: For Solomon, with his name above two Psalms.
They are Psalm 72 and 127.

Five: Moses with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 90.

Six: Hemon the Ezrahite with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 88.

Seven: Ethon the Ezrahite with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 89.

Totaling up the above seven names and their Books, we have one-hundred-one Psalms identified by the pen and hand of Prophets. The remaining other forty-nine Psalms are unnamed, such as Psalms 137, yet they are all God’s Word and are inspired by Him (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21). King David had a large part in the forming of the Psalms, writing more than any other.” ~LMJ~