Wednesday - The Fear Of God



Lesson Scriptures: Psalm 33:6-15, 18-22


Key Lesson Theme: “The Fear Of God”


Today's Lesson: Wednesday, November 30


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Psalm 33:10-15


10 The Lord frustrates the counsel of the nations;

he thwarts the plans of the peoples.


11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,

the plans of his heart from generation to generation.


12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord —

the people he has chosen to be his own possession!


13 The Lord looks down from heaven;

he observes everyone.


14 He gazes on all the inhabitants of the earth

from his dwelling place.


15 He forms the hearts of them all;

he considers all their works.


Commentary


Other ancient religions had creation myths in which their gods spoke a creative word. Most often, these gods were the authority over a limited element of creation. For example, in Greek mythology, Poseidon was the god of the seas, and Athena was the goddess of wisdom and military victory. The Lord God has no such limited assignment or authority. He is Creator of all things in heaven and earth. Furthermore, the gods of the ancient religions did not tie their “creative acts” to a history of ongoing interaction with the people, at least not in the sense of looking out for the best interests of the people.


However, the Lord God is intimately involved with all His creation, especially humankind who are created in His image and set aside for His divine plan and holy purpose. He is not detached or disinterested, but watches over them. Hence, another reason He is to be revered.


“The eyes of faith perceive behind the disorder of national conflicts the invisible hand of God, who shapes the history of the world according to his eternal purpose. Though the great nations that dominated the world may devise clever and effective plans, they have been brought to naught whenever they were at variance with the decree of God . . . there is only one plan which endures forever, and that is God’s plan.” As a people of faith, we affirm that the eternal plan of God is still unfolding and will be accomplished in God’s time (Hab. 2:3).


His involvement with humankind is more than merely observing what they are doing; He is active with them. God knows their thoughts and the motivations for their actions. He considers all their works. He has the ability to understand everything they do.


“As Creator of each individual person, God perceives the thoughts and actions of each individual person; the awareness of such all-seeing omniscience may only be a source of praise, as it is here, for those who can stand the divine scrutiny. For others, it may be a source of terror.” Nothing escapes His attention. There are no secrets. He knows their plans, but none of their thoughts or deeds is able to supplant His plan and purpose.


What are some lasting truths that come from Psalm 33:10-15?


· Though the Lord dwells on high, He is not detached or disinterested from His creation.

· The Lord watches over all humankind both to observe and to influence their thoughts and behavior.

· We are accountable to the Lord, for He made us; He knows who we are, what we think, and what we do.


Until tomorrow Saints...

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