SOS

THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT   

A psalm of only five verses is to accomplish a mission and a message.  God is real, he warns us of danger, and he wants to save our life.  This is like the telegraph or early radio messages that signaled alarm: SOS.  The morse code was for those three letters;

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This is information that the world needs to receive and consider.  We find those three letters transmitted in three psalms here.  Mission accomplished.

PSALM 93:  SOVERIGN

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.  Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.  The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.  The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.  Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.  Psalm 93:1-5

God is in charge and all powerful.  He established our planet in a path that cannot be changed except by him.  The throne of God is eternal and timeless.  Although the nature of earth can drive the waves to fury, God has authority over them.  What God has declared in his word is certainty and his house is established for holiness but not for sin.  This psalm is a short pointed message to everyone to consider.  God has spoken through his word, and even this short psalm establishes what our priority should be.  Consider the words of the one God.  Now consider a longer version of what a psalm can be.

PSALM 94:  ORDAINED

O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.  Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.  LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?  How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?  They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage.  Psalm 94:1-5

Vengance belongs to the Lord, and not to man.  So do your job Lord and demonstrate your vengeance for us.  How we want to help God but that demonstrates our unbelief  as we demonstrate that we don’t trust him to do his part.  How long will evil men have a free run to oppress and kill the righteous?  The gangsters of life brag about their exploits against the law while they destroy families, communities, and themselves.  The people of God are suffering along with the rest of the oppressed.

They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.  Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.  Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?  He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?   He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?  Psalm 94:6-10

Men and women engage in violent crime and warfare in our world.  These are confident that God will not see them because they are unaware that he exists.  The announcement of the last psalm revealed our God so wake up your ignorant brutes!  God even wants to warn you that he lives, hears, sees, and knows you.  God who formed you knows your nature and your real value.

The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;  That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.  For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.  But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.  Psalm 94:11-15

God knows that all men think vain and evil things.  But if you know that he lives and that he is warning you, then you have good news.  God cares enough to warn you that he is ready to punish you.  He wants you to hurt enough to stop hurting others.  If you can turn to life he will give you life instead of death in the pit of hell.  Become one of his because he will not fail to protect his people.  God will return life to the repentant and a wise man will decide to follow righteousness.

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?  Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.  When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.  In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.  Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?  Psalm 94:16-20

In an evil world we may feel vulnerable if we become as righteous potential victims.  We can turn from evil and know that God will protect us and enable us to be good.  I might be hopeless and discouraged without seeing God step in to help me.  God’s mercy did intervene to keep me from falling so I am now assured.  I have a renewed mind of hope that brings me peace in the daily trials.  Can God have any tolerance for those who pass laws to oppress the weak?

They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.  But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.  And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.  Psalm 94:21-23

While voices raise false accusations against the brethren God provides answers and protection to their frustration.  As Haman of old these evil workers are hanged on their own gallows.  God is as real and as powerful at that 93rd Psalm has declared.  So rejoice in the rock fortress of his sanctuary.  Now we can enter into a full worship in the next psalm of celebration.

PSALM 95: SALVATION

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.  In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.  The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.  O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.  Psalm 95:1-6

This is a psalm, a song of celebration of the rock of ages, our salvation.  Giving praise to God reminds the world of the declaration of God presented in that last psalms.  The rock of our salvation is a spirit, a God and a King.  He has the power that has been ascribed to him before and forever.  Worship and bow before the God who is the master of his creation.  We are invited to the temple to be in his presence.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his  hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,  Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.  Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:  Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.  Psalm 95:7-11

This is our God, we are welcomed by him as his own, and he cares for us as his flock of sheep.  If you have heard his voice you are not too evil for him, he will accept you one of his own sons.  Avoid the mistake of the Jews who were rescued from Egypt but turned against their savior later because of some temptations in hard times.  These were his own children who rejected him, and he was forced to let them go.  Those who saw their redeemer and followed his word entered into the prosperity of his rest.

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