THE SERVANT GENERAL
IN THE ALMIGHTY
psalm provides a bridge between our themes for this year and
next. It connects "Trust in Jesus" with "The
Almighty! Just and Righteous is He." "Those who
honor your name trust in you" (Ps 9:11a). And what is
the characteristic of this God whom we trust? "It is
God who governs the world with justice" (Ps 9:9a).
where is the justice in a world where the good are afflicted
and the bad prosper? Well, that is only according to our human
minds and eyes, and not according to God's mind. "Now
the natural person does not accept what pertains to the Spirit
of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand
it, because it is judged spiritually." (1 Cor 2:14).
God is The Almighty! How then can such a wide gap be bridged?
This can happen with our life in Christ. "For 'who has
known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?' But we
have the mind of Christ." (1 Cor 2:16). We must put on
Christ and no longer think as the pagans do. "Do not
conform yourself to this age but be transformed by the renewal
of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and pleasing and perfect." (Rom 12:2).
then can our minds be renewed? We keep going back to a foundational
principle. "The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord"
(Sir 1:12a). Thus we accept in faith who God is. "The
Lord rules forever" (Ps 9:8a). He is the eternal God.
He is Creator and King of the universe. He exists beyond time
and space. He is omnipotent and omniscient. He is the Almighty!
Our proper posture is awe and reverential fear.
we accept in faith that the Almighty God is just and righteous.
For God, right is right and wrong is wrong, no matter how
it seems in the world for the moment. "You upheld my
right and my cause; seated on your throne, judging justly."
Ps 9:5). Evil will be punished. "You rebuked the nations,
you destroyed the wicked" (Ps 9:6). But this will happen
in His own time and in His own way. For our part, and all
those who try to do good and be good, we are assured that
God "judges the peoples with fairness" (Ps 9:9b).
we know that the good will be afflicted, oppressed and will
suffer. What about that? We have already seen the many benefits
of suffering, which is purifying and redemptive. But whatever
it is, we simply rest on the reality that "the Lord is
a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble."
(Ps 9:10). And here is our assurance as we humbly trust in
Jesus: "you never forsake those who seek you, Lord."
is left to say and do? As we stand in awe and humility before
the Almighty God who is just and righteous, we simply declare:
"I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will declare
all your wondrous deeds. I will delight and rejoice in you;
I will sing hymns to your name, Most High." (Ps 9:2-3).
to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)
download file, click on icon
of Job - Part 8[PDF]