Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 June 2011 Psalm 146:3‏

Psalm 146:3.    Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Oh Friends, the ole fella had a hard time getting up again this morning, thus the tardiness of the Bit. (smile) But today, at least I got up feeling refreshed, vibrant and alive, not mashed up like yesterday. Believe me, I’m trying to bring my life back to a pre-surgery time, though right now I’m obviously not doing such a brilliant job. But with God’s help, I know we’ll get there eventually, hopefully sooner than later. Anyway, here’s an encouraging story I’ve been meaning to share, but kept forgetting. A few afternoons ago I was listening to WACK 90.1 F.M, the Culture Crazy Radio Station out of T & T. Now at the beginning of the afternoon drive time, somewhere between two and three o’clock, the new announcer began playing some beautiful West Indian Gospel music, and listeners were calling in to tell him thanks and to keep up the good job. This one man though, called in and had a low level dispute with the announcer, re his godly selections. At that moment in time, it appeared that he wasn’t too thrilled with God because his place, I don’t know if it was his personal home, or the general area where he lived, was flooded. But right then he didn’t want to hear any God centred music. What really amazed, pleased and encouraged me though is that several people, internationally and locally, called up afterwards, taking him to task. Bravo fellow believers! Poor man. He didn’t realize that in his time of catastrophe, it was then he needed God the most. We can’t get too annoyed with him though, for that’s exactly how too many of us believers still behave. When things are going great, we’re all hyped up and God filled, but as soon as things turn sour, we get sour too and begin doubting, wondering if God is really all He claims that He is. Well Friends, I’m here to tell us this summer Saturday morning, that doesn’t feel nor look like summer, that out great and wonderful God is truly what he declares…and even more. What we have to realize is that life isn’t always going to come up smelling like roses, and when it doesn’t, that’s the time we most need our faith in Jesus, so that we can stand steadfast and strong and fight through the adversity with His ever-present help. As Job so rightly said, we can’t expect good all the time and no bad. Life just doesn’t work that way. (Job 2:10) And it’s quite easy to be faith filled when things are going right, but it’s in the times of adversity that we find out exactly how strong and sincere our faith really is, and discover, sometimes much to our chagrin, the true mettle of our inner man. Oh Friends, the ole fella’s enjoying writing this Bit because it’s one of those where the Spirit ‘s guiding me on a loose rein, allowing me to pour out my heart on the matter, whatever that might be. (smile) We obviously don’t have a Bit as yet, but we will be guided to a suitable one when the time is right…which I think is now. So here goes. Hallelujah my brethren! Two minutes later we’ve found our scriptural direction! Isn’t the Lord good to those who trust in Him? Most definitely! And that’s the title of Psalm 146: ‘The Blessedness of trusting God.’ Yes Friends, that’s the gospel truth! As our Bit so rightly declares: ‘Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man (a human being), in whom there is no help (salvation).’ Why? Because ‘His breath goeth forth (his spirit departs), he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.’  (Ps.146:4) Isaiah says it this way: ‘Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of (why should he be esteemed)?’ (Is.22:2) It’s a fact people, that man’s help is fickle and faithless, therefore not to be trusted. His comprehension of spiritual things is low, he has no real control over his life and he’s guided mostly by selfish and worldly motives, so you never know which side of the fence he’ll end up on. He can promise you help this very minute, then next minute his body dies and his thoughts disappear into thin air. So how can you trust such a one eh? But on the other hand, the Good Book tells us, and we know for sure that it doesn’t lie: ‘Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:’ (Ps.146:5-6) So when we opt for Almighty God instead of man, that’s where we show our wisdom! And once we do that, we automatically come to the conclusion that our thoughts, behaviour and attitudes should fall into line with the psalmist’s, and like him, we sincerely proclaim: ‘Praise ye the Lord (Hallelujah). Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.’ (Ps.146:1-2) That says it all Friends! So please, let’s consider and ruminate on these scriptures today, for they will bring great peace and calm to our mundane, troubled lives, if we do. Much LOVE!…in praising Almighty God…there ought to be no lack of enthusiasm…

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