“Thy testimonies are wondrous; therefore doth my soul keep them.”
The wonder of the countless testimonies which God has set forth in His creation bare witness to His majesty and power and therefore is man without excuse. The invisible things of God are clearly seen being manifest in His creation, The heavens declare His glory, the hills His majesty and the trees do show forth His praise yet they are not seen of man. The natural man excuses these things as part of ‘mother nature’ and has concocted many theories to explain them away as being without divine origin. In order for the witnesses of God to be admired, there must be someone who has been given the ability to admire them.
”The entrance of thy words giveth light and understanding to the simple”. There can only be an appreciation of the testimony of God if one has a common point of reference, being born from above and having the Spirit within, and has been, “filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”. Not that these are separate events or that they can be distinguished one from the other. They are the result of the indwelling of the Spirit which resides in the chosen vessels. The proof (or fruit) of the presence of the Spirit is faith, which is not of man but is a gift from God. This faith is the ability to admire the testimony of things unseen and the substance of things hoped for therefore the admiration of the wondrous testimonies of God is from faith to faith, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things, and appreciated by that soul that has been quickened in Christ Jesus.
This is not given to the wise of this world or to the rich in substance but to the simple, the weak, the tired and the poor. These are the ones who hunger and thirst after righteousness and “I opened my mouth and panted for I longed for they commandments”. Man thinks these commandments can be sported around and hung on courthouse doors to show forth some kind of piety or to curry the favor of God, but to those on whom the never failing love of the Father resides, these commandments are the light and life for they are the Word of God. The child seeks them constantly and yearns for them as for the living waters and the bread of life and when one has this revelation of this grace within they also seek the presence of God.
“Look upon me and be merciful to me as is thy manner to those that love thee”. This is the child crying ‘Abba Father’ as the Spirit gives the understanding of the need for the mercy and grace from the hand of the Father. This is the acknowledgement of the warfare within and the captivity which His children are subject to while in this earthen vessel. If He should regard iniquity none should stand therefore the cry is not for justice but for mercy in the finished work. This is accounted only unto those whom He has loved with that everlasting love, those who are made partakers in the new covenant, and this is evidenced by faith. Therefore my soul admires the testimonies of God who cannot lie and never changes.
“Order my steps in thy word and let not iniquity have dominion over me”. We may rest assured that God has ordered the steps of man and that it is not in him that walks to direct his steps and because of this the prayer is made that He would continue to order my steps in His word. We may rest assured that our days have been numbered by Him who has set the time of our inhabitation and the prayer is made “Lord teach me to number my days”, and in this ordering and numbering we are again reminded who is sovereign. All things were created by Him, for Him and through Him and for His glory and honour and all things work together according to the good pleasure of His will therefore if He does not order my steps they shall not be ordered and I shall not step. If He does not order my steps in His word then I shall not walk according to His word; but If He orders my steps in His word and by His Spirit causes me to walk therein, can I walk any other way?
This prayer testifies again to the sovereign command of God over sin. He created it, He commands it to fulfill its course and He has dominance over it. “I am God there is no other. I created light I created darkness. I created good and I created evil. I the Lord do all these things”
Paul wrote to the church at Rome that if they had been crucified with Christ then were they buried with Him and raised with Him unto newness of life. Therefore they were dead to sin and sin was not the ruler over their mortal bodies. He did not say that they, after the natural man, had obtained perfection, but that sin had no dominion over them. So the Psalmist prayed that the ordering of his steps by the Sovereign God would not be to let wickedness have the rule over him. This is the manner in which God looks upon those whom He has mercy for and who love Him. He has removed the sin as far as the east is from the west and remembers it no more and, even though in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing, yet because of the victory by Christ over death and sin, sin has no dominion over His children.
If Christ did not always have His seed in Him; if He was not raised from the dead, victorious over death and the grave; if He has more to do in order to satisfy the justice of the Father and if He did not finish the work and complete it in righteousness, then we have no hope for all is not settled fast and sure and something might change. But since He has accomplished all He came forth to do and has lost none that was given to Him, then are the testimonies of God faithful and true and His Spirit bears witness with our Spirit that we are the Sons of God.
“Deliver me from the oppression of man so I will keep thy precept. Make thy face shine upon thy servant and teach me thy statutes”. If God be for us who can withstand us? If God has fought the fight for us who shall defeat us? If God makes His face to shine upon us, shall we not be at peace? If God teaches His children His ways, shall we not learn His ways? “Fear not little children it is your Father’s will to give you the kingdom”
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 14, 2010