Sunday, April 15, 2012

God is Greater!





Scripture

Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.
(Psalms 9:20 NASB)

 

Observation


The Psalmist David had experienced the power of God in his life. He had slain the giant, Goliath when all odds were against him. Young David, small in comparison to Goliath, went out with no armor and took on the giant. David had faith in God and in the abilities that God had given him. The Philistine fell. When he fell, the entire army fell.

Arrogance and pride in our human abilities will lead to our downfall. Nations, such as the Philistines, believed in themselves, or in the power of one individual. They were but men -- and men fall. Nations today are simply made up of men -- and God is greater than all of these.

 

Application


The problem with humanity is that too often we get "too big for our britches!" We think that we have some kind of power on our own. Lord Acton famously said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." It's a sad statement, isn't it? Lord Acton said this just a little over a hundred years ago, but the Psalmist was saying it several thousand years ago. The problem is that human nature and the bent toward sinning hasn't changed. The only solution for this problem is a life that is wholeheartedly committed to God. This is not a simple, going to church on Sundays relationship with God, but rather, a wholly sanctified life -- where every portion of our being is brought into alignment and service to God on high. This is a daily walk in which we recognize that we are nothing without the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us. It is a walk where we submit daily to the will of the Father in all dealings in our lives. It is a life in which we give God the praise and the glory for the things that are accomplished, for without him -- we are nothing.

"Let the nations know they are but men!" -- God is greater than anything that man can do or accomplish. Our job in life is to get to know God intimately on a daily level and to allow him to use us for his glory. It's not about us, it's all about him!

Prayer


Lord, please help me to walk humbly before you today and may you be glorified in and through my life. Amen.

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