We are told to pray: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.” Matt.6:10 Those words are now spoken in prayer by Christians all over the world probably close to a billion times a day. Only in eternity will we comprehend all that is meant in that statement, but every now and then we contemplate, what is God’s will?
The psalms reflect all aspects of life, extolling God for His creation, praising Him for His blessings, and enlisting His help in times of distress. The authors of the psalms found reasons to praise God regardless of their circumstances.
We know there is a spiritual war between good and evil – between God and Satan. And we know that God could put an end to it right now if it was His will. God could have put an end to it all in the beginning, yet He has allowed evil to play out with the good, and suffereing along with joy. But why? God must have a reason for all of the events that have occurred, for all of the people who have lived and died and all of those who have suffered. He must have a purpose for all of this.
Some Christians say that God created us to have fellowship with us and so that we can bring glory to Him. And that begs the question, why didn’t He just create a few k’zillion people to bring Him glory and be done with it? Obviously there is more to His purpose than that.
I think the answer can be found in the Psalms. The Psalms begin with a comparison between those who delight in the law of the Lord, - from the ungodly. “For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” ~Psalm 1:6 The 2nd Psalm asks the question, “Why do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing"? We sometimes ask the same question – “WHY”
And many of us are asking that very same question today - “Why Lord?”
Psalm 2:4 says “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep pleasure: ‘Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, I have begotten You. Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”
So we see that God has given the nations to the ends of the earth to His only begotten Son, Jesus, for an inheritance. And in the end He will set Jesus on His holy hill of Zion.
The psalm then continues with the words, “You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s wheel“ ~Psalm 2:9 The potter’s wheel is used in other places of the Bible to show how God takes us as we are and then re-shapes us into the kind of person He wants us to be. He could have created us as perfect beings to begin with but He didn’t.
Psalm 2 continues, “Now therefore, be wise O kings; be instructed you judges of the earth, serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are those who put their trust in Him.” ~Psalm 2:10-12
So we learn from Scripture that we were created to serve the Lord with fear lest we perish when His wrath is kindled. And those are blessed who put their trust in Him.
Psalm 3 encourages us that the Lord will help His people. “But You, O Lord are a shield for me, my glory and the one who lifts up my head. I cried out to the Lord with my voice and He heard me from His holy hill.” ~Psalm 3:3-4 I have called out to the Lord, have you?
In the first three psalms, we have seen what is God’s will. He has given the nations to Jesus for His inheritance. In the end He will set Jesus as King of Kings on His holy hill of Mount Zion. And those who choose to serve Him with fear, to delight in His law, to put our trust in Him and cry out to him when we are in need, will be blessed. And we will live with Him in His kingdom forever./ But He doesn’t want pardoned criminals living with Him, so He will reform us into people who deserve to be called His children and are fit t to live with Him in His kingdom.
God could have kept it simple and initially created people the way He wanted them to be. But His will is for us to submit to the necessary reformation “through the regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit who is poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior." ~Titus 3:5
"Hear me when I call oh God of righteousness, have mercy on me, and hear my prayer, . . . the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly. The will hear when I call to Him. ~Psalm 4:1
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.” Blessings on your day,