O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.
The work of judging the people in every small matter was too much for Moses to do alone. Jethro, his father-in-law, advised him to not shoulder all this responsibility by himself but rather to delegate part of it to others. And so he did. (Exodus 18)
In the early church when the need arose for someone to administer to the needs of certain Grecian widows, the twelve said, “It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.” And so, seven men were selected to look after that matter. This freed the twelve to give their attention to the word of God and prayer. (Acts 6)
God has seen fit to organize the church in a way so that responsibilities can be divided up. God has set elders in the church as the overseers and spiritual leaders of the flock. He has also seen fit to have men appointed as deacons in order that they may have certain parts of the Lord’s work delegated to them.
Be looking out among the congregation for those men whom we should select and appoint as additional deacons.
Psalm 103 both begins and ends with the words, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” It’s a common theme running throughout the Psalms. And there are many reasons suggested as to why we should continually bless the Lord.
In this Psalm while there are several reasons named, there is one that dominates. And that one is the Lord’s mercy. Note the following:
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgression from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:8-14)
An appreciation of the riches and extent of God’s mercy toward us should make us all want to say with the Psalmist, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.”
What has been on your mind lately? Does it measure up to this: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) These are what ought to be on a Christian’s mind.
We hear it said, “You are what you eat.” In a moral and spiritual sense, “You are what you think.” The Bible says, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) And again, “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” (Matthew 15:19)
The solution to the problem of evil speech is not to tape the mouth shut but rather to guard the mind. We do not need to cuff our hands to prevent stealing nor wear blinders to keep our eyes from looking on evil; rather we must guard the heart. The Bible says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
What’s on your mind?