Sunday, 08 January 2023
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; -Psalm 92:1.
Psalm 92 is titled a song for the Sabbath day. The content of the psalm is mainly thanksgiving. As we read in Genesis chapter 1, God initiated the Sabbath, a day of physical rest for the sake of man but on the spiritual point, the promise of Sabbath is given to the children of God –Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God's people. (Hebrews 4:9).
The Psalmist differentiates between two types of people, generally called “good” and “bad” by the world system but termed “righteous” and “wicked” in the Bible. Most often we ourselves/others use the terms because of the actions of others or us. This scale of measurement of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ varies with each person’s viewpoint and is mostly biased. But in God’s Word, it generally segregates a sinner and a saint or a sinner saved by grace who we call children of God. This is also categorized as “righteous” (received through Jesus Christ) and “unrighteous” seen throughout the Word of God.
The choice of falling into any one of the categories is simple—a person continues in his sinner state irrespective of what he does or does not do; but to become a saint, one has to repent, turn towards God, receive Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior, living in obedience to Him, leading to the promise of Eternal life with Jesus. On the contrary, the sinner is headed on the paths of eternal hell, though it is not God’s desire. Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord GOD, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live? (Eze.18:23)
The Psalm addresses these two categories, what they do, their view point and their privileges:
1. Righteous person: His nature is to-
· Always give thanks to the Lord (V.1)
· Sing praises to His name, the Most High (V.1)
· Declare God’s loving-kindness every morning (V.2)
· Remember His faithfulness every night, (V.2)
· Sing praises to His name, with instruments (V.3)
· Think about His work through which He has made us glad (V.4,5)
· Triumph in the works of His hands. (V.4)
2. Unrighteous person: Everything is visible before him, yet he/she is
· Senseless to the work of God (V.6)
· Doesn’t understand the work of God although its visible before his eyes. (V.6)
· Will Grow like a grass and may flourish for a while but will be destroyed forever (V.7)
· Will perish, the works of iniquity shall be scattered. (V.9)
Al though both the righteous and wicked are living on the same earth, the understanding of both is totally different, the reason for it is clearly mentioned in Romans 1:18-32.
The blessings of a Righteous person are numerous in the word of God, some of them as mentioned in the psalm are
· God will make him strong and fill him with many blessings (V.10)
· Those who rise against the godly will be defeated (V.11)
· He will flourish like a palm tree and still bear fruit in old age (Vs.12, 14)
· Will grow like a cedar, fresh and flourishing in God’s care (V.12,14)
· The LORD will be his ROCK. (v.15).
Today as we read this psalm, let us understand the privileges of the godly and if anyone hasn’t experienced this righteousness, the call is open for all. Today is the day of salvation- Accept Jesus as your personal Savior and LORD. Then enjoy the goodness of God in your life too!
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