THE LORD PRESERVES
Leslie M. John
“The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy” (Psalm 145:20 ESV)
The God of heavens is our Lord and He is Jehovah, whose name is worthy to be exalted above every name inasmuch as His judgments are just and righteous. The Word became flesh and dwelt among men. He said to Moses that His name is “I AM THAT I AM” and He is Almighty, omniscient and omnipotent.
We have reason to worship and praise our living God because He is mighty, loving, longsuffering and compassionate. He loves righteousness and the earth is full of His goodness. The LORD is not respecter of persons. He does not show partiality. His word is right and all His works are done in truth. Just as He delivered the children of Israel with His and mighty outstretched arm, He waits with His outstretched arm to receive all those who accept Him as Savior. Let every righteous one rejoice in the LORD praising Him and singing hymns.
In what seemed to be an impossible situation, when the children of Israel saw Red Sea in front of them, and Pharaoh’s army and chariots behind them, they were sore afraid; however, the LORD delivered them mightily by dividing the Red Sea into two and laying a dry land in the midst of it for them and their children and cattle to walk on safely to the other side.
The angel of the LORD moved from before the camp of Israel to be behind them and the pillar of cloud went from before their face and stood behind them. The cloud projected darkness to the Egyptians and gave light by night to the children of Israel. The LORD overthrew Pharaoh and their chariots into the midst of the Red Sea (cf. Exo. 14:19-27).
Let everyone who has breath worship and praise the LORD and fear Him in awe. By His word He brought everything into existence. “…He spoke and it was done. He commanded and it stood fast” (Ps.33:9)
The LORD’s watch is always on those who hope in His mercy and His counsel guides and prevails in all the generations forever and ever. Blessed is the nation that has Jehovah as the LORD and seek His refuge. Blessed are those who are chosen as His inheritance. He shapes the thoughts and hearts of those who love and be obedient to His covenants and statutes.
King David realized that the horses and chariots which were the best warfare during His time are of no use without God‘s help and therefore, he relied on the LORD’s strength but his son Solomon relied on horses and chariots and incurred God’s wrath.
The LORD blew into the nostrils of man His breath and man became a living soul. He made heavens and the earth by His word. He stationed Sun and Moon and the stars in their places and their movements are organized by the Laws He has set them.
“Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay” Job 33:6
King David knew that never there was a king who was saved by his strength or army nor mighty men delivered by their strength. Let everyone know that the LORD’s strength and power cannot be confronted by any human or any arsenal of man. The angel of the LORD slew the best of the armies of Sennacherib to deliver King Hezekiah, who depended on the strength of the LORD.
“Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard” (2 Kings 19:20)
“And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses”. (2 Kings 19:35)
God makes the wisdom of the wisest one in this world of none effect; but His counsel prevails forever and ever among His people. Sing to the LORD all those who love Him because He is our rock of refuge. He counsel and His strength prevails.
“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings”(Psalms 33:1-2)