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Psalm 103:19-22 (KJV) – Bless the Lord, All His Works
Psalm 103:19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
Sometimes in my sojourn here on earth, it does not feel like God rules everything. Do you ever feel that way? I recently went through a time when I couldn’t see why it was still worth fighting for life and purpose and godliness here in my earth-suit. Why did you feel that way? There were many reasons. I had been ordained for five years but had no way of fulfilling my calling to its fullest extent. My legs had been slowly rotting away for seven years. We did not know what to do, and even doctors and specialists could not pinpoint what microorganism was doing this – they could not identify the root cause in order to treat it effectively. It seemed hopeless until I took the drastic measure to do what the Bible said and cut off the member that offended me (Matthew 18:8a). This would have been a harder decision to make if I had been walking. Since I was not, it was a no-brainer to give up my legs in order to preserve my life. Did it seem for a while that God had ceased to rule the world? I knew God had a plan even though I could not see it at the time.
We see many things in this world and ask why God allows them. However, that does not mean He has lost His grip on His kingdom. His kingdom is heavenly, and at this point rules in our hearts; but ultimately, He does control the universe even though we may not always understand His ways.
Psalm 103:20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Angels are created beings designed to serve the Lord and those who belong to Him. There are angels, now called demons who no longer serve God (1/3 fell as they rejected God and followed Lucifer). The un-fallen angels praise Him continually and use their mighty strength to instantly do His will.
Revelation 5:11-13 (KJV)
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Psalm 103:21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
God has an army of mighty angels. When Jesus returns in power and glory, they will accompany Him. These will not be a host of effeminate, pretty angels like most artwork portrays them. They are warriors, an army.
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 (KJV)
Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
Psalm 103:22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.
What are some of God’s works that should bless Him? All of creation including ME! He sees me as I shall be, not as my temporal self. Praise the Lord! God created each of us with specific purposes, but the main purpose for all believers is to glorify God in all that we do and say.
Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Challenge: When a person comes to Christ and trusts in Him, others should begin to see a change in him or her. We are to bless the Lord by walking in good works. Stephen Curtis Chapman has a great song called “What About the Change”. I love the chorus:
“What about the change
What about the difference
What about the grace
What about forgiveness
What about a life that's showing
I'm undergoing the change.”
You can listen to it here: