Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;
his name is the Lord;
exult before him!
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
God settles the solitary in a home;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
This Psalm was penned by King David’s own hand and by the Lord’s directing Spirit he documented this song of praise to God. It is quite clear that the psalm is one of celebrating the power and might of God and His goodness to those who humble themselves before Him in need. And this is something to remind ourselves of as we go throughout our week.
God is all-powerful. It is only by His strength that we can truly overcome sin and death, and not only that but by Him, we can overcome any enemy. For even the evil that they intend to use against is being purposed for our good by the All-Mighty God of Heaven and Earth.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
God has promised each of those who humble themselves and trust in Him that He will do what is stated above. Evil will have no victory over you in this world because God is bringing everything together for His good purposes. And we know that this promise is secure and true
because the God who made the promise is pure and noble.
It is through the power of God that even if we lose in temporal battles, we are winning
the ultimate battle on the spiritual realm where the bounty is far more plentiful than that of the terrestrial world. And not only are the bounties far larger, but they will never pass away. This world and possessions will eventually all be ground into dust, but what is spiritual is everlasting and what God gifts us shall never be taken away for He is everlasting Himself. David, while he was blessed by God numerous times on earth, knew that the real treasure was stored up in Heaven. And our own eyes would be wise to do the same, to fix them upon our heavenly treasure which is in the joy, love, peace, gentleness, kindness, power, justice, mercy, and grace of our God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Because it is thanks to our Father in Heaven that we are given everlasting life, it is thanks to the Son that we have been made righteous and clean of all our sins, and it is through the Holy Spirit that we are sealed to God and come to know Him more and more.
Our treasures in heaven are not earned by our own merits and good-doings, rather they are gifted to us in simply knowing our Creator and enjoying Him forever. The very reason we were created in the first place as image-bearers of God was to glorify God and find our ultimate joy in Him. If we look anywhere other than the God of our Salvation for purpose we will not only lose true joy, but we will lose our eternal purpose in heaven which will result in the loss of our everlasting treasure, God Himself.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
So, now I feel the need to ask… Where do you find yourself laying up treasures? If they are in God, then what advice can you give to those struggling in this area? If they are in this world, then what will you do with those treasures when they get old and fall apart?