Knowing God

Knowing God

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Psalm 9: 9 (KJV)
9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble

“Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.” ― J.I. Packer
The poor and weak, such as have no might nor power, and are thrown down and trampled upon, as the word signifies; and such are the people of God. They are oppressed with the burden of sin; they are bowed down with Satan and his temptations; and are sometimes pressed out of measure, and above their strength, with the persecutions of men; they are trodden under foot by antichrist, or otherwise are borne down with a variety of sorrows and afflictions; but the Lord is a refuge for them. The Chaldee paraphrase renders it as before, “the Word of the Lord”, the eternal Logos, the Son of God: He is a refuge for poor sensible sinners, fleeing from wrath to come; being typified by the cities of refuge, whither the man slayer fled from the avenger of blood: He is the strong hold for the prisoners of hope to turn into; His name is a strong tower and place of defense for oppressed saints; He is a refuge when all others fail, and at all times, in the day of affliction, and in the hour of death, and at judgment.
David here furnishes a remedy for the temptation which greatly afflicts the weak, when they see themselves, and those who are like them, abandoned to the will of the ungodly, while God keeps silence. He puts us in mind that God delays His aid, and to outward appearance forsakes His faithful ones, in order at length to succor them at a more convenient season, according to the greatness of their necessity and affliction. From this it follows, as been pointed out, “that He by no means ceases from the exercise of His office, although He suffer the good and the innocent to be reduced to extreme poverty, and although He exercise them with weeping and lamentations; for by doing this he lights up a lamp to enable them to see his judgments the more clearly.”
Accordingly, David expressly declares, that God interposes his protection seasonably in the afflictions of His people. The Lord will be a protection to the poor in seasonable times in trouble From this we are taught the duty of giving his providence time to make itself at length manifest in the season of need. And if protection by the power of God, and the experience of his fatherly favor, is the greatest blessing which we can receive, let us not feel so uneasy at being accounted poor and miserable before the world, but let this consolatory consideration assuage our grief, that God is not far from us, seeing our afflictions call upon him to come to our aid. Let us also observe, that God is said to be at hand in seasonable times when he succors the faithful during their affliction.
It is important to understand that knowing God’s name, as mentioned here, implies something far beyond merely being able to pronounce it. For one truly to know God’s name when this psalm was written meant loving and serving Him. However, in our times, it has come mean to confess His Son Jesus Christ, obey the Gospel, and walk righteously before him. –Luke 6:46.
The blessed promise of these verses is that God never forsakes His children. They may indeed be sorely tried and tempted as was Job, hunted like a wild beast by vicious enemies as was David, or even, at times, feel forsaken, as did the Christ himself on Calvary; but nevertheless, they are never forsaken. As stated in Psalms 37:28, “Jehovah forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved forever.” How well do you know Him for He certainly knows those that are His.

Have a Great and God filled Day
Pastor C


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