I WILL EXTOL THEE
Leslie M. John
“I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever” (Psalms 145:1)
Saul was king over Israel, but he failed to obey the commandment of the LORD fully. David fulfilled the desires of the LORD, and had great zeal for Him. David sings song to the Lord God, who forgave his sins, even that of his adultery with Bathsheba, and conspiring against her husband Uriah, because the LORD is forgiving, gracious and full of compassion. David fulfilled the desires of the LORD. The Lord “…slow to anger and of great mercy”.
David was a man of wars and he was triumphant in all his battles, where he sought the LORD’s permission before he went for war, but on one occasion he was defeated because he numbered his army, which displeased the LORD.
David eulogized the LORD for his mercy towards him and sang high praises to the LORD. He was all praise to God singing blessings to His name promising that he would sing for ever and ever; everyday.
Truly, God is great, and deserves all our praises and his greatness is unsearchable. His creation displays His glory, and yet there are some who demand proof of his existence. The beauty of butterfly, the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the starfish, the tiny birds, the whale, the beautiful flowers, display His beauty, might, and glory. He is the LORD of all.
One generation shall praise and declare His works to another and men speak of awesome acts. As David declares His greatness, we do too. We all sing and His great goodness in memory of the sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ andHis crucifixion in order that we may not perish but have everlasting life.
“The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works”. Psalm 145:9
The LORD, Jehovah is His name, and every work of Him shall praise Him and His saints bless Him, and exalt His name above all other names. Every generation will speak of the glory of His kingdom and talk of His power. They will make known, to the subsequent generations, His mighty works. The LORD sent tokens and wonders into the midst of Egyptians and upon Pharaoh; He slew mighty kings such as Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan. (cf. Psalm 135:9-11)
The LORD’s kingdom is everlasting kingdom and His dominion endures throughout all generations. He upholds all that fall and praise Him. He raises them if they bow down to Him. Salvation belongs to Him and to Him alone. He is the King of kings; He is the LORD of lords.
The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth in search of those whose eyes wait upon Him and He gives food, clothing and shelter to them in due season. He shows that He is strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. David was surely an example to look at as to how his heart was perfect toward the LORD, but here is a case of Asa, who was Rehoboam’s grandson. Rehoboam was grandson of David. When Asa did right in the sight of the LORDthe land was quite for ten years.
Obed, the prophet spoke to Asa and said to him, to entire tribe of Judah, and of Benjamin that the Lord was with them, and if they seek they will find Him, but if they forsake Him, He will forsake them. It was time when for a long time they did not have a true God, and a teaching prophet, and Law. However, when they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and sought Him, they found Him. Even in the prevailing times of turmoil, great vexations, when nations destroyed nations, and cities destroyed cities, Asa and His people had rest in the LORD. The LORD said to them:
“Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7)
Asa heard words of courage from the LORD, conveyed through the prophet Obed, he became courageous and put away all the abominable idols out of the land of Judah and Benjamin, and also from the cities which he conquered from mount Ephraim.
Asa honored the LORD by renewing the altar of the LORD, which was before the porch of the LORD. When the people saw that the LORD was with Asa, they fell in obeisance to him. The people were from the “House of Judah”, and strangers from Ephraim, and Manasseh, and out of Simeon. In the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign they offered to the LORD the spoil which they brought from those cities. They entered into a covenant with God that they will seek the true God Jehovah, the God of Israel with all their heart and with all their soul. They made a strong covenant and swore to the LORD that those who do not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, will be put to death. Therefore, the LORD gave them perfect rest.
Asa did not hesitate to remove his own mother, Maachah, from being queen, because she made an idol in a grove. “Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.” However, he did not remove high places away out of Israel; nevertheless, he was perfect all his days. Therefore, there was no war until the thirty fifth year of his reign. (Cf. 2 Chronicles 15:1-19)
As Asa entered into thirty sixth year of his reign, he wandered away from God, and stole silver and gold from the house of the LORD, and sent them to Benhadad, king of Syria, who was living in Damascus, seeking a league between them. Asa told a lie that their fathers had a league that Benhadad should break his league Basha, the King of Israel. Benhadad agreed and took silver and gold, which was stolen by Asa, from the house of the LORD. Thereafter, Benhadad attacked Baasha, king of Israel and smote him and ljon, Dan, Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.
Baasha, King of Israel, who was building a fortified city, called Ramah, in order to see that the trade between the “House of Israel” and the “House of Judah” might stop. It may be recalled here that because King Solomon’s disobedience, his kingdom (of whole of Israel ) was divided into two. The northern kingdom was known as the “House of Israel” and the southern kingdom was known as the “House of Judah”. As Benhadad made very intelligent move of attacking Baasha from northern side, while his men were building Ramah at the borders of Judah, he successfully humiliated Baasha.
The peace that Asa had for twenty five years after he and his men made a forceful covenant with the LORD was utterly lost, when he chose to steal from the house of the LORD, silver and gold, to connive with alien king, Benhadad, the king of Syria. Benhadad, king of Syria destroyed the cities of, Baasha, the king of Israel.
The LORD God was very angry and He sent His word through Prophet Hanani to him that Asa will have henceforth wars in his kingdom and will not have rest. The result of the “House of Judah” fighting with the “House of Israel” resulted in alien king to benefit and escape with his host.
Asa did not rely on the LORD, but relied upon the king of Syria, and eventually the host of the king of Syria escaped out of his hand. If God could give Ethiopians and Lubims, a huge host, who had many chariots and horsemen, (which was erstwhile strength of the army), into the hands of Asa when he relied on the LORD, then He could have delivered king of Syria, as well, into his hands, but the LORD did not give victory to Asa, because the latter did not rely upon the LORD God of Israel.
“And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars”. (2 Chronicles 16:7-9)
The LORD is near to all those who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of them that fear Him and hears their cry and saves them. The LORD preserves all those who love Him; but He will destroy all the wicked.
We sing to the Lord Jesus Christ just as David sang to the LORD God.
“My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever” Psalm 145:21