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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

He will Choose our Inheritance for Us

The short portion of scripture, “He will choose our inheritance for us . . .” comes from Psalm 47:4. It should be a great comfort to us. Why? Because it tells us two great things about God. First it tells us God is in control. Second, it tells us God takes particular interest in us. In fact, that verse should move us to, “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!” (47:1). That God takes a personal interest in us is a blessed and incredible truth of scripture (cf. Ps. 139). That God is in control should move us to exclaim, “For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth” (47:2). What does this mean? It means God is powerful enough to enforce His plans and we are the beneficiaries of that. You see the psalmist has been inspired to recount how God took a personal interest in His people and picked out the Promised Land for them. And not only did God pick out this Land but He cleared it out of challengers and enemies. The victory was won through the LORD. Read the rest of Psalm 47.

But Biblical history points out a problem. God’s blessed best for people was limited by the weakness of the people’s faith and failure to completely follow God’s warnings and instruction. God allowed this. This didn’t take God by surprise. God actually used this. He taught great lessons through what His people missed out on by not completely trusting in Him in obedience (see 1 Cor. 10). An example of this was Joshua being deceived by the Gibeonites and brought into an entangling alliance (see Joshua 9-10). Those Gibeonites proved to be a thorn in God’s people’s flesh for years to come.

God wants to do great things in and through us. Will we trust Him to do them? Will we obey Him; obey Him completely? We have no reason not to. God loves us incredibly and persistently (cf. Psalm 118 and 136). He has chosen our inheritance, a place where we will find rich blessing and our life purpose. But we don’t always enjoy the fullness of God’s best for us. Why? Sometimes we’ll miss it though dissatisfaction based on short sightedness. Sometimes we’ll miss it because of holding back from God or fear to trust Him entirely. And sometimes we’ll miss God’s best due to disobedience. I pray we trust Him entirely and come into His best for us; the inheritance He’s chosen for us.

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