God’s Rest.

“So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.” Psalm 95:11

Psalm 95 is a Psalm of thanksgiving with the Psalmist recognising God’s kindness unto His people and so the call unto Israel to sing praises unto God their Maker: “Come, let us praise the LORD! Let us sing for joy to God, who protects us! Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise.” (Verse 1-2 GNB).

Why? You may ask. “For the LORD is a great God, the great King ruling over all the other ‘gods.’ “ (Verse 3 ERV). From this verse down to verse 7, the psalmist spent a great deal of time exalting God in remembrance of His great act of deliverance of His people from Egypt and His exercise of power over “other gods.” Then again between Verses 6 and 7, the people were again reminded to worship in recognition of His deeds.

But a twist is noticed from verse 8: “Don’t be stubborn and rebel as your ancestors did at Meribah and Msassah out in the desert. For forty years they tested God and saw the things he did.” (CEV).

The rebellion and disobedience of Israel cost most people of that generation their lives. Rather than being thankful to God, they chose to complain and murmur against God expressing their desire to return to Egypt instead of listening to God and accepting the leadership of Moses.

“And I made an oath in my wrath, that they might not come into my place of rest.” They missed God’s rest because of murmuring, complaining and unbelief

We are called to be thankful everyday to God’s love manifest in Christ, His providence, deliverance, etc. We all must develop a lifestyle showing how grateful we are to God by our daily thanksgiving through simple testimonies and songs of worship and praise if we must enter God’s rest and not like people of old.

Many left the Church murmuring and dying in that state of rebellion, anger and disbelief. You must not end up that way. God’s rest is for you! Enter it rejoicing.

What is God’s name?

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore, I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.” Psalm 91:14

What will your answer be if you were asked what God’s name is? God did say that David knew His name! How did David get to know God’s name? Does God have another name, which you don’t yet know?

David began Psalm 91 and ended it with definite statements of assurance borne out of personal life experiences that manifested God’s unparalleled deliverances in the presence of his blood thirsty adversary.

It takes someone who has experienced God’s protection, provision and preservation to be bold enough to declare same as we read in this Psalm 91. David experienced attacks in his life, but rather than run to the rocks to hide, he went under the shadow of God where he found salvation—-protection, provision and preservation.

Armed with his first hand information he became bold to let others know. As if he was saying, “Because of what I know, I can say God is my protection (refuge) and I trust in Him.”

David’s kind recommendations to trust God is very simple: God shall deliver you, cover you with His wings of protection if you trust God, you shall not fear for any reason, though evil befalls all around; you shall be delivered—no evil shall come upon you, God shall give you His angels to deliver you from harm, you shall walk over your enemies and in fact crush them with your feet.

David knew God—he experienced God—had a full knowledge of God and so he could declare the name of God and not be ashamed or timid.

In response to David’s open declaration God said: “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].AMP

It takes someone who loves and trusts the LORD to dwell in God’s secret place in prayers and fasting. David demonstrated these and to this end, God in turn promised to deliver and lift him on high, promised to satisfy him with long life.

Who and where do you go to in times of trouble? What does God’s name mean to you? Can you like David declare God’s providence to you to all without being ashamed? Does God know you? What has He promised you in response to your affection towards Him?