Wednesday, December 14, 2011

God Lives among Us!

 15The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.
 16Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.
 17The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
 18Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. 

God Lives among Us!

Psalms such as Psalm 68 can seem somewhat obscure to us because we do not have the understanding that the contemporaries of David's day had. For example, what is the significance of Mount Bashan? Commentators seem to have varying opinions, but it seems that in this case, God is comparing Mount Bashan to Mount Sanai. 

For God's own purposes He chose to give the law on Mount Sinai and not Mount Bashan; in a sense, God has blessed Mount Sinai rather than any other mountain, using it to dwell among the children of Israel when Moses was leading the Israelites through the wilderness. The thing to note here is not what specific mountain God chose, but rather the fact that God made the choice of which mountain He would use to live among His people, and even to this day God lives among us!

We may not have the opportunity, as did the children of Israel, to see God's presence on Mount Sinai, but we can be assured that God lives among us today just as assuredly as He lived among the children of Israel. Our God is actively involved and aware of every facet of our lives. How amazing is that?

From the moment of Adam's sin (actually even before Adam's sin) God had a plan to redeem a people for Himself! The Old Testament tells of God choosing a people to serve and worship Him. Unfortunately, they often seemed to rebel against Him, continually trying to serve the gods of the nations, incorporating their worship into the worship of God Almighty. Still, this did not stay God's hand.

As promised, He sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus to literally live among men and accomplish, in the only way possible, His plan of salvation for man, even opening the way of salvation for those not descended from Abraham. Do men respond by falling before this Almighty God in worship? Only a few! Why is that? Just as the children of Israel were tantalized by the world around them, so are we, too, tantalized today. 

The way to God is so simple, yet so profound. Even to this very day God lives among us. What does He desire of His people? God desires that we worship Him, and Him alone! The world is filled with tantalizing compromises, but partially serving God is to not serve Him at all. God knows us even to the depths of our hearts; He knows whether He is truly our God or just one of many gods that rule our lives.

As teens, we must go to Him today, for He is the only answer to all of our needs!

God Bless You,
Linda



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