(Part 1 of 3)
John 12:26… “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (KJV). The word “honor” means “to fix a valuation upon of the highest degree.” I want to address the kind of people whom God brings into honor. Honor is in the will of God. He wants to bring many sons into glory. The Bible teaches the importance of being just and devout, and the importance of esteem. 1 Chronicles 11:9 tells of David, “So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him.” How can I, as a Christian in Christ Jesus, grow to the place where God brings me into honor? Paul teaches in 2 Timothy 2:20 that in a great house there are vessels of gold and silver and there are vessels of wood and clay. Some of these are honored and some are not. There is a starting point that leads to honor…
Psalm 112:1-10… This chapter teaches about being the kind of man God wants to bless and bring into honor. Notice the foundation that this man built into his life. 1 Corinthians 3:11 tells us the foundation is Christ. Here in Psalm 112, the man feared the Lord and delighted in the Word of God. This resulted in a good family life and financial freedom. The best thing that he gave to his family was his own spiritual life, guidance, discretion, compassion,experience, righteousness, testimony, and witness. The wicked saw it and they were not able to penetrate into his life. God exalted this man. Psalm 112:9… God had fixed a valuation upon this man of the highest order.
Psalm 84:5-7… “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God” (KJV). Here we see a man who longs for the presence of God. The presence of God is not a feeling, it is a visible event. In this chapter, we see another man who God brings into honor. Verse 2 says, “My heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.” Emotions are very important. This man found strength in the ways of God. Verse 5… what are some of the ways of God? Faith, love, joy, faithfulness, and righteousness. This man was able to feast in the valley of Baca. Baca means weeping (because of dry places). This man found inspiration even in tough times. Note verses 11-12… “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.” God will not withhold good things from you. What a great promise for the man or woman whose heart longs for the living God. Are you one who longs for the living God?
Psalm 32:1-2… “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” (KJV). Here is another kind of man who God blesses and brings into honor. The man’s sins and transgressions were forgiven. The word “transgression” means “a revolt or a rebellion.” It is a willful turning away from God, a man who has no reverence for God, a man who loves to argue, a man who loves perversion (iniquity is woven into his spirit). These things are an offense to God. Romans 1:21-31 teaches that when a man refuses to know God, all kinds of evil enters into his life. Note in verse 2 in this psalm the word “guile.” There was no insincerity in the kind of man who God blessed. There was no deceit. The man who God blesses is clean. The guilt has been removed through repentance and through acceptance of Christ. Verse 3 in The Living Bible reads, “There was a time when I wouldn’t admit what a sinner I was. But my dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustration.” The more you groan and moan, the more your body wastes away. The man in Psalm 32 acknowledged his sin (v. 5) and God forgave him.
Verse 6 tells us that every man needs to pray for the forgiveness of sin. How does God bless this kind of man? Note verse 6… floods of great waters do not come nigh you (i.e., demonic activity, or alternately judgment by water as in the days of Noah). These things cannot touch you. Why? Because you have been forgiven. God’s righteousness has been woven into you. Note verse 7… God is this man’s hiding place. You are preserved in troubles; you are singing. Note verse 8… You are given instruction and guidance. Note verse 9… you are brought into discipline. Discipline means liberty. You move by the voice of God and not by an earthly bridle. God closes with, “Be glad and shout. Rejoice. You have been blessed and honored. Demonstrate the joy of the Lord. Get rid of sin. Seek His forgiveness. Be clean.”
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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