Sunday, 21 June 2020 Psalm 33
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. -Psalm 33:11
The plans of man are hardly foolproof! Not so with the LORD- His plans stand firm forever! This Psalm celebrates the greatness of God, while summoning man to praise Him in giving Him due glory and honour!
In His omniscience, God knows the end from the beginning and hence His purposes cannot be thwarted- “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ (Isaiah 46:10). No big or best plan of a person/people/nation can take effect unless God decides so. Verse 10 says the Lord foils the plans of the nations and thwarts the purposes of the peoples- because they are made without Him.
The Redemption plan of God is the greatest proof before us, in how He has fulfilled what He promised through generations about the Messiah, the Saviour of mankind. Right from Genesis when man fell into sin, God declared that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the enemy (Genesis 3:15) -a looking forward to Christ Jesus who would by His death defeat Satan. The promise of the Saviour was given in many prophecies, 2000 years before its actual fulfilment!
In the life of His chosen ones, like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and many following, God has time and again proven the purposes of His heart for their lives. Each of them in their surrendered lives to God were yielded vessels for Him -for His heart’s purposes to be fulfilled. Hence generations have proved to us that the purposes of God’s heart stand forever!
There is only one way for every individual to make sure his life is most fulfilled and in perfect alignment of how his Creator meant it to be. Acknowledge the Living God as the One in whom “we live, and move, and have our being;” (Acts 17:28) and allow Him to have reign in our lives so that His purposes for us can be worked out. "What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, 'Stop, you're doing it wrong!' Does the pot exclaim, 'How clumsy can you be?' (Isaiah 45:9 NLT). As clay in the potter’s hands, our lives can be shaped and formed into a beautiful vessel where the purposes of our Creator’s heart can be worked out!
To them who are willing to do so, can confidently say, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Eph.1:11). How were we chosen?---In Christ! In putting our faith in Christ Jesus, so that in Christ our sins are forgiven to be made righteous and acceptable to God. Then we become His chosen, ready for the purposes of His heart to be fulfilled in us.
Today as you read this, if you are still arguing with your Creator and living in the wilderness of wandering trying to figure out how to make sense of your life, the invitation is open for you to try Jesus! Come to Him in simple faith asking Him to live in you so that you will find fulfilment in what your Creator intended you to be, as He shaped you in your mother’s womb. Can we acknowledge Him its written in Psalm 139:16 [NLT]: “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” May the plans of the Lord and the purposes of His heart for you be done!
Think on it: Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21