The Counsel of the Lord
The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. ~Psalm 33:11
Psalm 33 is a psalm that encourages us about the Word of the Lord. His Word is His absolute authority. By the Word of the Lord, the heavens, earth, and all life were made. His Word is powerful. His Word is right. His Word is also excellent counsel. Counsel is advice and purpose. This morning, let us see the blessing and importance of the counsel of the Lord.
His counsel is forthright.
God’s counsel never steers us wrong. God never gives bad advice. He tells us what we need to know in black and white. His counsel is true and righteous altogether. Being forthright in His counsel keeps us from sin and bad choices. It looks further into the future than we can see, and when we trust in it, it keeps us from unnecessary danger.
His counsel is faithful.
“The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever.” His counsel is completely reliable. His counsel is unwavering in its message. It is never obsolete or outdated. The counsel of the heathen will run contrary to God’s counsel, but, eventually, God brings their counsel to nought. When we go to the Lord for counsel, it never fails us. It is never too late or too soon. His counsel is His eye guiding us along our path. It is His hand holding our hand as we walk by faith. Faithful counsel means He is correct 100% of the time.
His counsel is Fatherly.
“The thoughts of his heart to all generations.” What a comfort to know that from generation to generation, God’s counsel is completely dependable. In His counsel, God loves us. In His counsel, He covers us as a mother bird covers her brood. It does not age discriminate. The counsel that God gave to Moses, Gideon, David, Nehemiah, Daniel, Paul, and our spiritual forefathers is the same loving and faithful counsel He gives to us. “The thoughts of his heart” speak to us about His compassion, His mercies, His tenderness, and His concern for us. “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:4-5).
His counsel is favorable.
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.” His counsel is for us and not against us. His counsel is for our preservation and sustainment. His counsel is light when we experience darkness. His counsel is water to our thirsty soul. His counsel is bread when we are spiritually hungry. It is the shield of faith that quenches the fiery darts of the wicked. It is the blessing of the Lord that “maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.“