Issue #601 ~ March 2, 2020

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The Earth is the Lord's
"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;"
Psalm 24:1

"for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters."
Psalm 24:2
Psalm 24 is the Psalm of the King. The key to availing ourselves of all the Father's resources is to surrender to His kingship.

C. H. Spurgeon said: "There should be some preparation of the heart in coming to the worship of God. Consider who he is in whose name we gather, and surely we cannot rush together without thought. Consider who we profess to worship, and we shall not hurry into his presence as men run to a fire."

Verse 1: "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;"

We could say He is the Owner by creation in these first 2 verses. We could also say it is all His.

The Psalmist mentions "The earth is the Lord's" and "everything in it."

He then says "the world" is the Lord's and "all who live in it." We have "the earth...and everything in it" in the first part and "the world" and its inhabitants in the later part.

Romans 1:20: "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse" (NASB).

Don Wyrtzen says: "The creative power of God inspires awe. I'm filled with reverent wonder as I contemplate it. To think that He spoke and worlds came into being! In contrast to God, I work with raw materials that He created. My creativity is derived from His. I put the wrapping paper and ribbon on His packages."

Carolyn Custis James says: "Like the psalmist, we are frustrated by our lack of control over our lives and reluctant to trust a God who does not comply with our desires. In every case, for the psalmist and for us, anger is a symptom not of how wrong God has gotten things but of our need to know him better." ( When Life and Beliefs Collide , 65)

Charles Stanley says: "Precious heavenly Father, You are an unchanging God who never leaves me helpless. You are sovereign and at work in every detail of my life. Use each setback and victory to accomplish Your purpose of conforming me to Christ's image." ( On Holy Ground, 152)

Verse 2: "for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters."

The Psalmist now gives the reason for his opening statements. It is 2-fold: (1) "he founded it" - that is, the earth, the world - "upon the seas" and (2) "[he] established it upon the waters."

C. H. Spurgeon said: "Providence and Creation are the two legal seals upon the title-deeds of the great Owner of all things."

Ron Allen holds to the position that the Davidic authorship took place as a result of David's experiences with the Ark. He says: "[God] will not be manipulated. He will not be compromised. He will not be trivialized. These things are true whether the offering party is misinformed, ignorant, well-meaning, or whatever. All suffered when they abused the Ark: errant Israel, pagan Philistines, godly Hebrews."

Deuteronomy 3:24: "O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?"

Kay Arthur prays: "Thank You, God, that my attitude is not determined by my circumstances but is based on who and what You are. Hallelujah! Praise to Jehovah! As I rest in Your sovereignty and rejoice in Your promises, I find encouragement, hope, and strength to continue." ( Search My Heart, O God, 287)

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:  But now, this is what the Lord says - he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

2.   Praise:  O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Psalm 8:1 (NIV)

3.   Pray:  By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundation, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. Proverbs 3:19, 20 (NIV)

4.   Praise:   And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, "O Lord, it is Thou who didst make the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them, Acts 4:24 (NASB)

5.  Pray: And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of Thy hands; Hebrews 1:10 (NASB)

6.   Pray:  Thank you for the many gifts to provide Bibles and study materials to complete inmates requests. The need is so great.
I think it would be appropriate for us to conclude our meditation this morning by singing that hymn of acknowledgement, "This I My Father's World":
This is my Father's world, And to my list'ning ears,
All nature sings, and round me rings The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world, I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world, The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, Declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world, He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me ev'rywhere.

This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's word, The battle is not done,
Jesus who died shall be satisfied, And earth and heav'n be one.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  

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