November 5 – No Frustrations Only Happiness

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. – Psalm 33:10–11 (ESV)

Think about it for a moment: If God is sovereign and can do anything he pleases, then none of his purposes can be frustrated. He must be the happiest of all beings. We’re not sure if God’s happiness is like what we call happiness because we’ve sort of mangled the meaning. God’s infinite, divine happiness is a fountain from which Christians drink and we long to drink more deeply. We experience frustrations when we plan outside of God’s guidelines. We have misconceptions of how we can be happy people. Imagine what it would be like if the God who ruled the world were not happy. What if God were displeased and despairing, downhearted and dreary, disgruntled and dejected? We might all relate to God like little children around a grumpy dad. But that is not the way God is. He is never out of sorts with frustration or discouragement. So our aim is not to avoid God, not to shy away from Him. No, our aim is to hope in his steadfast love. To run to him. To be happy in God, to delight in God, to cherish and enjoy his fellowship and favor.

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June 2 – We Have No Other

“You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. ” – Psalm 73:24-25 (ESV)

Let’s take a moment and consider the first promise. We are guided by God and He does so according to His counsel which is without fault and prefect in wisdom. Understanding these verses really requires reading them in context with the whole psalm. He faces temptation and nearly slips into the evils of envious arrogance (v. 2-3). The author is in conflict inwardly (vs. 14-15) Embarrassed as to how to act, he finds deliverance from his dilemma (v.16). He ends up with this declaration. The Psalmist acknowledges that it is God who guides us and it is also God who sees to us being received in glory. He thus declares his allegiance to God. We truly have no one besides God who will guarantee, and assure our eternal future in heaven. Another promise is here in the next verse (v. 26) that God is the strength of our heart and His portion is our best possession. Hence, there is nothing on earth that should capture our desire besides God.  Let’s not buck against this but instead, with Asaph, the Psalms author, let’s make the Lord God our refuge and testify of all His works (v. 28).

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