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To Keep Them Alive in Famine

Psalm 33:18-19 jumped off the page from my Bible as I was reading this text.  It reads in the NKJV:

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
19 To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.

Let us briefly work through the text.

1.  The Eye of the LORD Is On Those Who Fear Him.

Our text says that God’s eye is upon those who fear Him.  Proverbs 1:7 reminds us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  We fear God for who He is.  He is a holy God.  He is a transcendent God.  He is a God who does not delight in sin but rejoices in the truth.  He is a loving and good God but He is a God who is to be feared (Hebrews 12:29).  As we fear God, we grow in wisdom because we hunger to obey His Word and follow His ways.

2.  Those Who Hope In His Mercy.

It was mercy that saved us (Titus 3:5-7).  God has shown Himself merciful to us all.  Consider Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. God could have wiped them out and either started over or He could have just ended it and been content with Himself.  Yet God was rich in mercy toward Adam and Eve despite their sins and He not only provided a covering for them from the animal’s skins (Genesis 3:21) but He also promised a Messiah to come Who would crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 2:14-15).

In Exodus 34:6 the Lord passes before Moses and we read in the NKJV:

And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.

Notice that the first thing God says about Himself as He passed before Moses was that He is merciful.  And praise God that He is!  I live because of His mercy and I was saved because of His mercy.

3.  To Deliver Their Soul From Death.

Praise God that Jesus has delivered us from death.  I just went to pray with a man who is dying from cancer.  Three weeks ago this man was fine.  Now he is dying in his bed.  I asked him, “Sir, are you born again?”  He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said yes.  I rejoiced with that brother who has this rotten cancer because I know that Jesus has already overcome.  We don’t have to fear death.  Jesus has already fought that battle for us and He has won (1 Corinthians 15:50-57).  We have the assurance of Psalm 23:4 that even though we may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will not fear for He is with us.  Charles Spurgeon said that it is ironic that David viewed death as but a shadow.  For the child of God, death is simply leading us to glory (Romans 8:18).

4.  To Keep Them Alive in Famine.

This last verse from Psalm 33:18-19 is what captured my attention the most.  We live in dark times (2 Timothy 3:1-5).  But praise God that God has promised that He will keep us even through famine.  I am not worried about a food famine.  Nor am I worried about a money famine.  I am worried more about a spiritual famine I see in our day.  Preachers are not preaching the truth of God to the lost nor to the saved.  This famine is wreaking havoc on the spiritual condition of our world.  But God has promised that He will always have His people (Matthew 16:18).  Romans 11:5 promises us that there will always be a remnant of grace.  God will preserve His saints who fear Him and obey His gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8). As we abide in Christ by faith (2 Corinthians 1:24; 1 Peter 1:5), we have the blessing of knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).  Our God is greater (1 John 4:4) and He is more than able (Ephesians 3:20-21) to keep His remnant of grace.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/16/2013 at 12:04 PM

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