O Lord My God, I Will Give Thanks To You Forever”

The Father selected Jeremiah 50, Psalm 30 and Proverbs 24:17.

Psalm 30 (NKJV)

The Blessedness of Answered Prayer

A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the house of David.

30 I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, [a]that I should not go down to the pit.

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of [b]His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But [c]joy comes in the morning.

Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be [d]moved.” Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? 10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off [e]my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 To the end that my [f]glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

 

Jeremiah 50 (NKJV)

Judgment on Babylon and Babylonia

50 The word that the Lord spoke against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.

“Declare among the nations, Proclaim, and [a]set up a standard; Proclaim—do not conceal it— Say, ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. [b]Merodach is broken in pieces; Her idols are humiliated, Her images are broken in pieces.’ For out of the north a nation comes up against her, Which shall make her land desolate, And no one shall dwell therein. They shall [c]move, they shall depart, Both man and beast.

“In those days and in that time,” says the Lord, “The children of Israel shall come, They and the children of Judah together; With continual weeping they shall come, And seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, With their faces toward it, saying, ‘Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord In a perpetual covenant That will not be forgotten.’

“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place. All who found them have devoured them; And their adversaries said, ‘We have not offended, Because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice, The Lord, the hope of their fathers.’

The Father of us all went to great lengths to reach His people several decades before they finally forced Him to act, for like children they took (as we do to this day) His inaction as a go-ahead. If there are no consequences, the “What is to stop us ethic” supersedes all others.

This moral code speaks of our inhumanity, which is one of the reasons we leave Him. His ethics, the way He would have us live is humane. He tells us to put others needs above our own, to rid us of our selfishness, which if fed, overcomes whatever concern for others once dictated our behavior.

It began, as all of our failures do, they left their Father, their Holy God to pursue their own ways and in doing so abandoned His. That was the first mis s-step that led to their downfall. All of their progressively abhorrent transgressions resulted from this one fatal act. For evil is uncorrected, spreads, it grows, it consumes and destroys, but our God is the God of us all and He unlike us can turn it to good.

He used the avarice of the Babylonian’s to be the impetus to bring His people back. They strayed far from Him. Their land was consumed by evil. It started with small steps and gradually they became capable of burning their unwanted infants alive in their pagan worship rituals as a sacrifice to their “gods.” These unwanted infants also resulted from their inhumanity, they were the result of rampant promiscuity, using one another without a thought as to what would result in their lives if they did.  Neighbors were committing adultery with their neighbors wives and their daughter-in-law’s and these same woman, married or not, were obligated to act as “temple prostitutes” in their pagan rituals.

Their rulers used the armies to confiscate the homes and personal property of the citizens they were supposed to protect. Typically they would pick on the easy targets: widows with children, the poor, basically those who didn’t have any recourse.

Priests were equally corrupt, they preached for money. T Instead of preaching the word of god, they would tell the people what the rulers wanted them to hear, that supported the status quo. They reassured them that Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah etc., were not preaching the truth as they were. They didn’t warn them that judgment would result if they continued with their evil ways. Corruption had reached the core of the majority so that it was rare to find a household that was following the way the Lord would have us live with one another.

He finally acted and brought an army against their land, the Babylonian army, and all of the citizens in it. He encouraged them to voluntarily go to Babylon with their captors. He did not want them to have to leave the land that He created for them, a beautiful land that provided in abundance all they needed, but they had filled it with these pagan alters and the corpses of their dead infants, those they robbed, and all of the equally dead/deadened people who were capable of such things.

And not only that, because His true servants were warning their neighbors that there would be consequences if they did not abandon such evil behavior, they persecuted them, they didn’t just ignore them-they persecuted them. They were already capable of murdering, burning infants alive, sleeping with relatives, so if someone points out that what they are doing is wrong, they will do all they can to shut them up. They have openly declared their behavior as acceptable, even admirable for all is to pay homage to these “gods”-of their own making. It is the gods that are essentially making them do these things if they are to be true to what their gods espouse. This is delusion on a mass scale, but it isn’t any different than what we do to this day. We lie to ourselves in order to justify unjustifiable acts, for if the guilt that comes from this without the rationalization results, it diminishes the pleasure.   Afterward, it might ruin the entire experience if we are plagued by guilt. And that is why His word and those who relay it must be silenced, as it is now. It is the new social faux pas to speak His name, we can say just about any foul word and that is perfectly acceptable, it is considered being “real,” which assumes everyone’s everyday experience is the same. It is unfortunate that it is increasingly becoming the same. The irony is it, our God’s word and all that He would have us do, is the solution to all. All. Amazingly, in this money obsessed world, it comes without price, to us. It cost our Father and His only begotten son all they had that was important to them, but the absolutely glorious fact is, we were more important than they were to one another. This is why His ways are truly said to be “higher than ours.” They are.

He pronounces judgment on the Babylonians in this chapter and He points out several reasons. Given the other two selections, He has a few that He has singled out this evening.

Jeremiah 50 (NKJV)

11 “Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, You destroyers of My heritage…."

Psalm 30 (NKJV)The Blessedness of Answered Prayer

A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the house of David.

30 I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, [a]that I should not go down to the pit.

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of [b]His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But [c]joy comes in the morning.

I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? 10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing… O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

They robbed His people, pillaged their land, which is what the Father intended, for their land was as polluted, as corrupt as they had become. It was a crime scene, filled with criminals-a corrupt people who would continue to descend further and further into sin, so He had to remove them from it. He wanted them to come back to Him in this unfamiliar land. He encouraged them to go willingly and pray for the peace of the land for it would also be their peace. Most fled instead, some were captured but did not go willingly, so their captors did not grant them favor while they were there, but forced them into cruel lives of slavery. That is not what He intended. So He would use another army to rescue them from their imposed servitude and come against their land and their enslavers just as they had done to Israel.

33 Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“The children of Israel were oppressed, Along with the children of Judah; All who took them captive have held them fast; They have refused to let them go. 34 Their Redeemer is strong; The Lord of hosts is His name. He will thoroughly plead their case, That He may give rest to the land, And disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.

This is the Father’s way of turning evil into good. He used the Babylonian army to transport His people out of their land. His people refused to co-operate with His plan as usual, to their harm. But they cried out to Him, much as David did and He rescued both.

Jeremiah 50

“Move from the midst of Babylon, Go out of the land of the Chaldeans; And be like the [d]rams before the flocks. For behold, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon An assembly of great nations from the north country, And they shall array themselves against her; From there she shall be captured. Their arrows shall be like those of [e]an expert warrior; None shall return in vain. 10 And Chaldea shall become plunder; All who plunder her shall be satisfied,” says the Lord.

11 “Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, You destroyers of My heritage, Because you have grown fat like a heifer threshing grain, And you [f]bellow like bulls, 12 Your mother shall be deeply ashamed; She who bore you shall be ashamed. Behold, the least of the nations shall be a wilderness, A dry land and a desert. 13 Because of the wrath of the Lord She shall not be inhabited, But she shall be wholly desolate. Everyone who goes by Babylon shall be horrified And hiss at all her plagues.

14 “Put yourselves in array against Babylon all around All you who bend the bow; Shoot at her, spare no arrows, For she has sinned against the Lord. 15 Shout against her all around; She has given her hand, Her foundations have fallen, Her walls are thrown down; For it is the vengeance of the Lord. Take vengeance on her. As she has done, so do to her. 16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, And him who handles the sickle at harvest time. For fear of the oppressing sword Everyone shall turn to his own people, And everyone shall flee to his own land.

The Lord will use evil against evil. Our Father will not be tainted by it as we would be if we exacted vengeance. He uses those who are already engaged in evil to enforce His will, then He will bring someone against them once all that He intended occurs.

19 But I will bring back Israel to his home, And he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan; His soul shall be satisfied on Mount Ephraim and Gilead. 20 In those days and in that time,” says the Lord, “The iniquity of Israel shall be sought, but there shall be none; And the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found; For I will pardon those whom I preserve.

And true to His nature, and to ours, He has to warn us of an all-too-human tendency:

11 “Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, You destroyers of My heritage….

This is the last selection:

Proverbs 24:17

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18 Lest the Lord see it, and [a]it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.

The last sentence is human but it is not what our Father wants us to do. We are to genuinely pray for them, that they come to know their merciful, eager to save, slow to judge Father. To do anything more or less would not be of Him, it would be of him. He takes pleasure when He witnesses us fighting one another. We are saving Him the trouble, the effort and the time when He could be elsewhere inciting strife. He can use our self-righteous indignation to accelerate the strife.  

We are all sinners, though our sin takes different forms, we all sin and sin is an offense against God. We are not justified when we repay, we are just feeding our natural self and once fed, it will seek more, pretty soon we are drawn into the battle when He wants us to use our time to tell those who do not know, or do not know His true nature, who our loving Father is, for He is much maligned, and guess who’s behind that.

Our only weapon is His word, it saves those He tries to destroy, it heals, He heals, His ways heal, restore us to what He intended all along. We are made in His image, but we do not resemble Him at all, but we can be-with Him.

Psalm 30 (NKJV)

The Blessedness of Answered Prayer

A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the house of David.

30 I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, [a]that I should not go down to the pit.

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of [b]His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But [c]joy comes in the morning.

Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be [d]moved.” Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? 10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off [e]my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 To the end that my [f]glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

 

Jeremiah 50 (NKJV)

Judgment on Babylon and Babylonia

50 The word that the Lord spoke against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.

“Declare among the nations, Proclaim, and [a]set up a standard; Proclaim—do not conceal it— Say, ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. [b]Merodach is broken in pieces; Her idols are humiliated, Her images are broken in pieces.’ For out of the north a nation comes up against her, Which shall make her land desolate, And no one shall dwell therein. They shall [c]move, they shall depart, Both man and beast.

“In those days and in that time,” says the Lord, “The children of Israel shall come, They and the children of Judah together; With continual weeping they shall come, And seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, With their faces toward it, saying, ‘Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord In a perpetual covenant That will not be forgotten.’

“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place. All who found them have devoured them; And their adversaries said, ‘We have not offended, Because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice, The Lord, the hope of their fathers.’

“Move from the midst of Babylon, Go out of the land of the Chaldeans; And be like the [d]rams before the flocks. For behold, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon An assembly of great nations from the north country, And they shall array themselves against her; From there she shall be captured. Their arrows shall be like those of [e]an expert warrior; None shall return in vain. 10 And Chaldea shall become plunder; All who plunder her shall be satisfied,” says the Lord.

11 “Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, You destroyers of My heritage, Because you have grown fat like a heifer threshing grain, And you [f]bellow like bulls, 12 Your mother shall be deeply ashamed; She who bore you shall be ashamed. Behold, the least of the nations shall be a wilderness, A dry land and a desert. 13 Because of the wrath of the Lord She shall not be inhabited, But she shall be wholly desolate. Everyone who goes by Babylon shall be horrified And hiss at all her plagues.

14 “Put yourselves in array against Babylon all around, All you who bend the bow; Shoot at her, spare no arrows, For she has sinned against the Lord. 15 Shout against her all around; She has given her hand, Her foundations have fallen, Her walls are thrown down; For it is the vengeance of the Lord. Take vengeance on her. As she has done, so do to her. 16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, And him who handles the sickle at harvest time. For fear of the oppressing sword Everyone shall turn to his own people, And everyone shall flee to his own land.

17 “Israel is like scattered sheep; The lions have driven him away. First the king of Assyria devoured him; Now at last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones.”

18 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:

“Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, As I have punished the king of Assyria. 19 But I will bring back Israel to his home, And he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan; His soul shall be satisfied on Mount Ephraim and Gilead. 20 In those days and in that time,” says the Lord, “The iniquity of Israel shall be sought, but there shall be none; And the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found; For I will pardon those whom I preserve.

21 “Go up against the land of Merathaim, against it, And against the inhabitants of Pekod. [g]Waste and utterly destroy them,” says the Lord, “And do according to all that I have commanded you. 22 A sound of battle is in the land, And of great destruction. 23 How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broken! How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations! 24 I have laid a snare for you; You have indeed been trapped, O Babylon, And you were not aware; You have been found and also caught, Because you have contended against the Lord. 25 The Lord has opened His armory, And has brought out the weapons of His indignation; For this is the work of the Lord God of hosts In the land of the Chaldeans. 26 Come against her from the farthest border; Open her storehouses; Cast her up as heaps of ruins, And destroy her utterly; Let nothing of her be left. 27 Slay all her bulls, Let them go down to the slaughter. Woe to them! For their day has come, the time of their punishment. 28 The voice of those who flee and escape from the land of Babylon Declares in Zion the vengeance of the Lord our God, The vengeance of His temple.

29 “Call together the archers against Babylon. All you who bend the bow, encamp against it all around; Let none of them [h]escape. Repay her according to her work; According to all she has done, do to her; For she has been proud against the Lord, Against the Holy One of Israel. 30 Therefore her young men shall fall in the streets, And all her men of war shall be cut off in that day,” says the Lord. 31 “Behold, I am against you, O most haughty one!” says the Lord God of hosts; “For your day has come, [i]The time that I will punish you. 32 The most proud shall stumble and fall, And no one will raise him up; I will kindle a fire in his cities, And it will devour all around him.”

33 Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“The children of Israel were oppressed, Along with the children of Judah; All who took them captive have held them fast; They have refused to let them go. 34 Their Redeemer is strong; The Lord of hosts is His name. He will thoroughly plead their case, That He may give rest to the land, And disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.

35 “A sword is against the Chaldeans,” says the Lord, “Against the inhabitants of Babylon, And against her princes and her wise men. 36 A sword is against the soothsayers, and they will be fools. A sword is against her mighty men, and they will be dismayed. 37 A sword is against their horses, Against their chariots, And against all the mixed peoples who are in her midst; And they will become like women. A sword is against her treasures, and they will be robbed. 38 A [j]drought is against her waters, and they will be dried up. For it is the land of carved images, And they are insane with their idols.

39 “Therefore the wild desert beasts shall dwell there with the jackals, And the ostriches shall dwell in it. It shall be inhabited no more forever, Nor shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation. 40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah And their neighbors,” says the Lord, “So no one shall reside there, Nor son of man dwell in it.

41 “Behold, a people shall come from the north, And a great nation and many kings Shall be raised up from the ends of the earth. 42 They shall hold the bow and the lance; They are cruel and shall not show mercy. Their voice shall roar like the sea; They shall ride on horses, Set in array, like a man for the battle, Against you, O daughter of Babylon.

43 “The king of Babylon has heard the report about them, And his hands grow feeble; Anguish has taken hold of him, Pangs as of a woman in childbirth.

44 “Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the [k]floodplain of the Jordan Against the dwelling place of the strong; But I will make them suddenly run away from her. And who is a chosen man that I may appoint over her? For who is like Me? Who will arraign Me? And who is that shepherd Who will withstand Me?”

45 Therefore hear the counsel of the Lord that He has taken against Babylon, And His purposes that He has proposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out; Surely He will make their dwelling place desolate with them. 46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon The earth trembles, And the cry is heard among the nations.

 

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