Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jehovah is Worthy to Be Praised

Jehovah himself has become king! Let the earth be joyful. Let the many islands rejoice.

Clouds and thick gloom are all around him; Righteousness and judgment are the established place of his throne.  

Before him a very fire goes, And it consumes his adversaries all around.  

His lightnings lighted up the productive land; The earth saw and came to be in severe pains.  

The mountains themselves proceeded to melt just like wax on account of Jehovah, On account of the Lord of the whole earth.  

The heavens have told forth his righteousness, And all the peoples have seen his glory.

(Psalm 97:1-6)

Praise Jah, you people! Praise God in his holy place. Praise him in the expanse of his strength.  

Praise him for his works of mightiness. Praise him according to the abundance of his greatness.  

Praise him with the blowing of the horn. Praise him with the stringed instrument and the harp.  

Praise him with the tambourine and the circle dance. Praise him with strings and the pipe.  

Praise him with the cymbals of melodious sound. Praise him with the clashing cymbals.  

Every breathing thing—let it praise Jah. Praise Jah, you people!

(Psalm 150:1-6)

Say to those who are anxious at heart: "Be strong. Do not be afraid. Look! Your own God will come with vengeance itself, God even with a repayment. He himself will come and save you people."

At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened, and the very ears of the deaf ones will be unstopped.

At that time the lame one will climb up just as a stag does, and the tongue of the speechless one will cry out in gladness. For in the wilderness waters will have burst out, and torrents in the desert plain.

And the heat-parched ground will have become as a reedy pool, and the thirsty ground as springs of water. In the abiding place of jackals, a resting-place for them, there will be green grass with reeds and papyrus plants.

And there will certainly come to be a highway there, even a way; and the Way of Holiness it will be called. The unclean one will not pass over it. And it will be for the one walking on the way, and no foolish ones will wander about on it.

No lion will prove to be there, and the rapacious sort of wild beasts will not come up on it. None will be found there; and the repurchased ones must walk there.

And the very ones redeemed by Jehovah will return and certainly come to Zion with a joyful cry; and rejoicing to time indefinite will be upon their head. To exultation and rejoicing they will attain, and grief and sighing must flee away.

(Isaiah 35:4-10)

Jehovah is a God exacting exclusive devotion and taking vengeance; Jehovah is taking vengeance and is disposed to rage. Jehovah is taking vengeance against his adversaries, and he is resentful toward his enemies.

Jehovah is slow to anger and great in power, and by no means will Jehovah hold back from punishing. In destructive wind and in storm is his way, and the cloud mass is the powder of his feet.

He is rebuking the sea, and he dries it up; and all the rivers he actually makes run dry. Bashan and Carmel have withered, and the very blossom of Leb′a‧non has withered.

Mountains themselves have rocked because of him, and the very hills found themselves melting. And the earth will be upheaved because of his face; the productive land also, and all those dwelling in it.

In the face of his denunciation who can stand? And who can rise up against the heat of his anger? His own rage will certainly be poured out like fire, and the very rocks will actually be pulled down because of him.

Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. And he is cognizant of those seeking refuge in him.

And by the flood that is passing along he will make an outright extermination of her place, and darkness will pursue his very enemies.

(Nahum 1:2-8)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Be Silent--Wait for Jehovah

Be silent.

Can you hear our great God Jehovah? He calls for you. That is why we are told, "Indeed toward God wait silently, O my soul." Why? "Because from him is my hope. Indeed he is my rock and my salvation, my secure height; I shall not be made to totter. Upon God are my salvation and my glory. My strong rock, my refuge is in God."-Psalm 62:5-7

One part of our worship is sitting silently and listening to Jehovah speak through nature and His Word, the Bible. "Good it is that one should wait, even silently, for the salvation of Jehovah." (Lamentations 3:26) The Word itself says, "All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17) "The heavens are declaring the glory of God."-Psalm 19:1

The hustle and bustle of life today drown out the voice of Jehovah, who is trying to draw us to Him. (John 6:44) People today cannot hear it. Even some of Jehovah's own worshipers cannot hear His voice. Many of Jehovah's Christian Witnesses look at the Bible and try to intellectually learn about Jehovah. These same people never try to "draw close to God" and really get to know Him.-James 4:8

In his letter to the Romans, Paul said, "Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved. However, how will they call on him in whom they have not put faith?" (Romans 10:13-14) We can go further and ask how we can put faith in God if we do not get to know Him. It is very important that we get to know Jehovah God.

"The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection." (Proverbs 18:10) When we get to know Jehovah God, truly get to know Him on a personal level, we are assured of His divine support and protection. What can be more important then that. We never want to be like the Israelites in Jesus day who "honors [God] with their lips, yet their heart is far removed from [Him]." (Matthew 15:8) These people never really "taste and see that Jehovah is good" nor do they know "the power of God."-Psalm 34:8; Matthew 22:29

When we get to know Jehovah we are more likely to "subject [our]selves to God." (James 4:7) So, it is imperative that we get to know Jehovah, one of which is silently waiting on Him and pondering and meditating on His Word. Do more then try to learn about Jehovah, not forgetting that this is important, but get to know Jehovah. That is far more rewarding.-Isaiah 41:13; John 17:3