APRIL 17 – NOT READY FOR HEAVEN?

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.

Psalm 104:34

 

I can safely say on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven!

Now, I can almost hear someone saying, “Is Tozer getting away from justification by faith?”

I assure you that Martin Luther never believed in justification by faith more strongly than I do. But nowadays there is a deadly, automatic quality about getting saved.

This bothers me greatly: “Sinner, just put a nickel’s worth of faith in the slot, pull down the lever and take out the little card of salvation.” Tuck it in your wallet and off you go—a justified believer!

But really, my brother or sister, we are brought to God and to faith and to salvation that we might worship. We do not come to God that we might be automatic Christians stamped out with a die!

God has provided His salvation that we might be, individually and personally, vibrant children of God, loving God with all our heart and worshiping Him in the beauty of holiness!

 

Lord, I bow before You this morning as my Lord and King. You are deserving of all my love and praise and worship.[1]


104:33–35 As for himself, the sacred writer is determined to sing forth the excellencies of his God as long as he lives. He prays that his meditation might be sweet to Jehovah in whom he finds his true joy.

As for sinners who spoil God’s creation, he sees a moral fitness in their being banished from the earth. God has already decreed that it shall be so, and thus his prayer is in accord with the divine will.

As for ourselves, we can surely join him in his final doxology:

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord![2]


33–34 The response to the Lord’s presence should be like that of the psalmist: praise (v. 33), devotion (“as long as I live”; cf. 146:2), and concern with pleasing the Lord (v. 34; cf. 19:14). The psalmist prays that the Lord may be pleased with him as God looks at his creation.[3]


104:34 my meditation Meditation in the psalms involves considering Yahweh, and then expressing the results of that process. The psalms portray meditation as a sort of worship (see Psa 1).[4]


104:34 I rejoice in the Lord. The psalmist rejoices in the Lord by rejoicing in the Lord’s creation, in which the Lord Himself also rejoices (v. 31).[5]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 708–709). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 771). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 104:34). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2015). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (2015 Edition) (p. 953). Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust.

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