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Hebrews 4:8-13 – OT

03.14.2011

Psalm 33:4-9

The Psalmist is listing reasons why we are called to sing praise to God.  The first reason, and the one in the verses cited above, is that God’s Word is upright.

  • God works through His Word, and the work is faithful and righteous and just.
  • God’s Word was the agent of Creation, creating the heavens and filling them, dividing the waters and the lands and populating them.
  • God’s Word is power, striking awe in the hearts of men, directing the affairs of the world.

We have so many phrases to describe the disconnect between words and deeds:

  • Actions speak louder than words.*
  • You’re mouth is writing checks your body can’t cash.
  • If you’re going to talk the talk, you’d better walk the walk.
  • Put your money where your mouth is.
  • Easier said than done.

This is not so with God.  None of these can logically be directed to God.  There is no disconnect between what He says and what He does, they are the same thing.  For God, to say is to do.  We see this very plainly in the Creation, where He spoke into being everything that is.

This should give us great comfort for His promises.  Because God is not limited in time the way we are, His speaking and doing may not appear to us to be the same.  See the promise He made to Abe about fathering a nation.  Abe lost hope between when God said this and when Abe saw it so much so that he tried to fulfill the promise on his own with Hagar.  But God came through because His Word is His deed.  This means that when God promises us to return and redeem the world, to wipe the tears from our eyes, to bring justice, it’s as good as done — it is done, we just don’t see it yet.

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* Thanks, Dad!

 

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