In God we trust. But in what God do we trust? It’s amazing how generations can think that God blesses America while our leaders display blatant idolatry. Oh we have our “Christian” leaders but why are they attending occultist rituals? That giant owl (above) is part of a summer playground for the rich and powerful called the “Bohemian Grove”. Top international leaders enjoy total secrecy but rumors hint at a lot of sexual escapades. Richard Nixon reported:
“The Bohemian Grove — which I attend, from time to time — it is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine, with that San Francisco crowd. I can’t shake hands with anybody from San Francisco.”
Decisions about the atomic bomb and presidential candidacies were reportedly reached at this site. All we really know is that the Bohemian Club is more secretive than area 51.
Is this just a harmless retreat from publicity, a little social liberty for the famous? We may want to remember that a real demonic seduction would depend on deception. King Saul considered using the occult to guide his decisions. God punished his unbelief. Perhaps this is why our leaders need our prayers. As Jesus said, “They know not what they do”.
Do the Free Masons rule the free world? Is money our God? Are we really only slaves to the new world order? God doesn’t care about the prince of this world. He has already made plans for him. Idols like this didn’t help the Philistines and they won’t help the leaders of America. In King David’s time those worldly threats did not move him away from his faith. He had real enemies and he had a real God to answer them.
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. Psalm 34:1-5
David gave praise to God and God removed his fears. Others were influenced to follow God by David’s example and they too were unashamed of the fear of the Lord. This is our great opportunity; to incite faith in God as leaders in spirit and truth.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Psalm 34:6-10
David was a poor man in his own eyes until God solved his problems. He and his friends were protected by the angelic host. Like a hearty meal the goodness of God is worth tasting. We are encouraged to fear God for the prosperity he brings. Worldly power leaves the strong men hungry. We will never be lacking anything that is really good for us.
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psalm 34:11-15
Teachable children can find life in the fear of the Lord. If you love life and seek to live many days then speak truth and avoid guilt. Be merciful and fair and avoid doing evil. God sees our deeds and he protects the weak.
If a rich man climbs on the backs of others without compassion he is deceived and will only sink into despair. No conspiracy will discover victory and knowledge of secrets will not win a long life. Gathering the leaders of the world for plans and plots will only earn you destruction. Nations are not the source of power; only the Kingdom of God will prevail for eternity.
This image of men gathering in the Bohemian grove is history. It is finished. They gathered, planned, and witnessed their hopes unraveling. Such gatherings today and tomorrow are already history and still end in failure. Man can only plan for known threats, while God knows the unknown mysteries of all that is yet to come. Who will you trust to lead you through the night? Who will you fear?
The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. Psalm 34:16-22
For those who slip into evil the future is bleak. Fame and fortune do not deliver anyone from the judgment of God. Equally sure is the hope of the meek and the deliverance of the repentant. All these psalms have repeated the testimony of God’s faithfulness to save his people. We hurt, we fall, we are abused but we are faithfully delivered. Those who hate us are left to destruction and desolation.
Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt. Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them. Psalm 35: 1-5
So the psalmist asks God to help him against men who oppose him in life. David faced men in battle with sword and spear, so he asks God to return the favor. He wants God to be his help, and this is the will of God. God wants us to depend on him, not our own arms.
Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them. For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul. Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall. And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him? Psalm 35: 6-10
David experienced personal enemies and had no reason to allow their prosperity. To David God was a real friend, and he could expect his friend to undermine his enemies. He knew that they would fall into their own traps because God would lead them in. Later Israel would experience such enemies in Babylon and Persia, and these psalms may have comforted Mordecai and Esther.
False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: Psalm 35: 11-15
Who knows when a friend will become jealous and turn into an enemy? Which neighbors will turn some perceived offense into a deadly struggle? David humbled himself and treated enemies as a friend or brother. That was to no avail as they still united to tear him down.
With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth. Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions. I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land. Psalm 35: 16-20
Wow, it sounds like an episode of “Devious Maids”! And we will meet people who miss the target badly. Some have infiltrated the churches, and you will break bread with them. Let God deliver you, don’t waste your breath on any who will not hear God himself. In these gatherings David chose to praise God rather than berate men. He has asked God to prevent the winking plots from prospering around him.
Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it. This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me. Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord. Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up. Psalm 35: 21-25
David had enemies among the respected men of Israel. They had power and influence to use against him. Their gossip or violent threats could do real harm to him but for the Lord. When he called he got divine intervention. Enemies would not prevail over him and they would not brag of victories.
Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me. Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long. Psalm 35: 26-28
Anyone who stands unwaveringly for truth will find enemies. The world expects us to wink at the folly of men who pander to the political world. To stand for God is to stand against most of the leadership of the world. David’s stand was known and yet the powers of men could not prevail against him. Those who were willing to stand with him would share the prosperity and joy of the Lord. To speak of the goodness of God became their pleasure and trademark. But darkness never learns.
The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil. Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Psalm 36: 1-5
The bible has told us that this world belongs to Satan, and that man’s heart is full of evil. So is this new? Not in David’s time, or in times since. Our nation’s founders flirted with the “Hell Fire Club” in Ireland. Our nations and their leaders still have no respect for the God of Israel, but still we prosper in God’s patience.
Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. Psalm 36: 6-8
Generations have placed their hope in their Christian faith. Their crops have come in and their industries have prospered. Wars and rumors of wars have not ruined us even when the odds were greatly against us. Still times are changing, and we are able to ignore many warnings. Even our scientists can not convince us of dangers of climate change. How can we expect anyone to respond to ancient writings? They meet and plan in secrecy and press on with vain schemes.
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me. There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise. Psalm 36: 9-12
Here the faithful have witnessed prosperity in faith, and they tell the world of it. David hopes to avoid the danger of pride and asks God to help him. Our own pride is the first danger that opens our mind to the temptations from the planners of evil. Deliver us from our own interest in the darkness. But we can remember that darkness belongs in our world because it has been predicted.
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. II Timothy 3:1-5,7
This is expected, and we do not need to act against what is ordained. These are the road signs that confirm our location along the roadmap of time. We are moving toward better times after these remaining dark times. We know we are near the destination now.
But the spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. By means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. I Timothy 4:1-3
All right, we have assurance that all this is normal and that we can still prosper during these dark times. We are instructed not to be freaked out by the events that we knew were coming. Returning to the Psalm David offered the same assurances the New Testament has just demonstrated.
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37: 1-5
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. Psalm 37: 6-10
God will reveal you to be the good people so don’t run to anger. Let God do his job and avoid doing evil until he comes. Evil will pass and leave the earth to the people of peace.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The LORD shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. Psalm 37: 11-15
David has delivered the promise of the Lord to you. He knows the works of evil against you, and has promised to destroy your enemies for you. He has promised to turn their works back against the evil. They seem to own every political party in every nation, and be dominant against us, but their secrets are known by God.
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. Psalm 37: 16-20
It is godly to be content with what you have, knowing that it will not fail in the times of famine. Joseph and Daniel prospered even in prison, and so God is faithful to us today. These of the darkness will be consumed in the smoke of judgment.
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psalm 37: 21-25
Evil continues but good men stay on their path God calls them to. If a good man makes a mistake his repentance is honored by God. David has seen the evidence over many years of life as he writes this testimony. Fine suits do not cover sin.
He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. Psalm 37: 26-30
David repeats the message because it is the source of life. We should honor God and live in the evidence of mercy. This way of faith is the only way past the end of the road of good intentions. Wisdom and good judgment come in the words of a godly person. Sadly, some claim to be of God and still speak foolishness to the world.
The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Psalm 37: 31-35
So a good person is focused on the law of God, the instructions of the bible. He knows where he should be and how to avoid the destroyers. God will take care of these who threaten you, and you will live to see their destruction. David has witnessed men with great power like a huge tree towering over us. Today they gather under the redwood trees in California.
Where does all this lead? Evil becomes openly displayed in public, and it’s true nature will be recognized in an open display of spiritual darkness. It has a master who pre dates even David’s time.
Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. Psalm 37: 36-40
Yes the evil man will pass away, and his master too will be banished. If you want truth and peace you will find it in trusting the Lord to be your salvation. The traps of false teachers will not take you if your steps in the minefield are illuminated by one who knows all secrets. There is a place made to punish the spirit of darkness, and men do not need to follow him in.
The New Testament reminds us to be at peace, not to waste our time fighting with darkness. Among the bad behaviors of man is included the habit of railing:
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 1 Corinthians 5:11
For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 2 Timothy 3:2
So we should define “Railer” for the church that wants to walk a straight path.
One who rails; one who scoffs, insults, censures, or reproaches with opprobrious language.
One who utters curses and lamentations, or that shouts abuse
to utter bitter complaint or vehement denunciation
derivative of Late Latin; ragere: to bray
BRAY: To utter the loud, harsh cry of a donkey
DONKEY: a domesticated hoofed mammal of the horse family with long ears and a braying call, used as a beast of burden; an ass. jackass, a stupid or foolish person
The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is an American unaffiliated Baptist church known for its extreme ideologies, especially those against gay people. The church is widely described as a hate group and is monitored as such by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center.
Of course we need to follow the rules and pay our taxes, even if our leaders are all from the pits of hell. Without railing then we can submit to this for our season.
And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. Matthew 22:20-21
The Kingdom of God is not of this world, but it is in this world for now. We do not have to be of this world while we are in it.