For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. ~Psalm 48:14
The sons of Korah sang Psalm 48 as a testimony of God’s lovingkindness and greatness. The psalm starts off with “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised....” It is a call to God’s people to behold, witness, and experience the delight that it is to have a personal relationship with the God Who is our Creator and most high. The psalm sums up the delight that God’s people have by saying, “For this God is our God for ever.” My decision is made, and nothing is changing about the fact that "this God is our God.”
We see the citadel.
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.” Zion is synonymous with Jerusalem and Heaven. Heaven is the city of our God. It is also the city of His people. The entry to this city is through faith in the shed blood, death, and resurrection of Christ as our Savior. There is the encirclement of this city. God is known in her palaces for a refuge. It is a refuge and a place of safety for God’s people. There is the excellence of the city: “Beautiful for situation....” It is the city of God, Who is its great King.
We see the strength.
“Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.” This verse reminds us that God is all-powerful. The ships of Tarshish were considered the most durable and strongest ships that travelled the high seas. Yet, these ships could not withstand the east winds of God. His strength is awesome. We see God’s power in acts of nature: winds, earthquakes, lightning, the sun, and the ocean. His strength is incomparable. God cannot and will not be overthrown by any other power. His strength enables. Wind is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, and it’s the Spirit’s power that enables us to have fruitful ministries.
We see the sovereignty.
“According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.” Righteousness wonderfully speaks of Who God is in His holiness and perfect nature. His lovingkindness speaks to us of His mercies and grace towards us. He is righteous, and yet, He has great mercy towards us in spite of our failures. God’s name incorporates His awesome attributes. His name is to be praised from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same. God is everlasting, infinite, all-powerful, all-knowing, and most high.
We see the supervision.
“He will be our guide even unto death.” When we consider His salvation, His strength, and His sovereignty, we can trust Him with every decision and the entirety of our life. He never leads us into a wrong path. He establishes our thoughts and our steps. There is an incredible faith and confidence that we can trust God for our life, even to our death. When we have this kind of faith, we do not need Plan Bs and back up strategies. He is our Guide forever.
We see the satisfaction.
“For this God is our God for ever and ever....” This is the pinnacle of satisfaction. This God—the God Who saves, Who is sovereign, Who gives strength, Who supervises, and Who never leaves us—gives us total satisfaction. This God—think of His name, His attributes, His miracles, His ability, and His faithfulness—is our God for ever and ever. This is a statement of satisfaction. Can you confidently make this statement? Can you abandon false hopes that are holding you back from acknowledging that “This God is our God for ever and ever”?
Have a settled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Samuel 4-7