2 O ye
sons [ben] of men, ['iysh] how long [`ad] will ye turn my glory [kabowd] into shame [kalimmah]? how
long will ye love ['ahab] vanity, [riyq] and seek [baqash] after
leasing [kazab]? Selah. [celah] KJV-Interlinear
2 O sons of
men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is
worthless and aim at deception? Selah. NASB
The first psalm taught
us that God has a plan. His plan calls for happiness's (plural) for each of our
lives. Happiness’s requires a completeness of ones soul, of ones self. The
completeness of ones self is accomplished by means of doctrine, by means of
learning doctrine, by means of understanding doctrine and growing up and making
truth the central foundation of your life.
Bible doctrine is the
key to your life.
Psalm two taught us that
man has a plan and that God has a plan. Mans plans (they are numerous) will all
fail. Gods plan will succeed. Gods plan began in eternity past when one member
of the trinity was assigned the title, Son of God. The plan centers around that
person, the Son, who was to accomplish an eternal destiny for all who believe
in Him. Rejection or indifference toward Gods plan is arrogance.
The soul is eternal,
therefore the reasonable person will plan for the long term of his life (eternity),
and not just the short term (this present life).
The third psalm taught
us that the world is an enemy. The world does not care for your best interest.
The world inundates each person with enticements and unfairness’s, to distract
you from God and Gods plan. It is easy to get caught up in the activities of
ones life and forget or ignore God, but then the world surrounds you with an
almost infinite variety of enemies, most of which you would never recognize as
enemies, friendly such as they are. Your own attitude can be your worst enemy.
The fourth psalm teaches
us to stand in awe of God, doctrine, and the spiritual life that He alone
offers. Conform to His teaching and plan, and your life will be beyond better,
and beyond anything that the world can offer.
Too often if a person
cannot see or touch or smell something then they cannot believe in it. They
want to be impressed, or convinced, or entertained. Faith is beyond the senses,
but faith is not intended to be blind nor undetectable. Bible doctrine provides
us with the tools and information to adapt our senses to faith and through an
unexplainable thing, understand Gods plan and life.
If you don't conform to
prayer, then you cannot understand God.
And for those who do not
conform to Gods will, then the question here is, ‘How long will you defy God,
His plan, His doctrine, and so forth?’
In life you have only
two choices, God or everything else.
Most people choose the
world, their career, their social activities, their retirement, their
education, their hobbies, their goals of success or wealth or happiness as the
world defines them. And all of these things are emptiness, temporary, destined
for loss. When you die, they will all vanish from your life.
Few people look to God.
Few people apply themselves to a daily study of the word of God. Doctrine is
the food of the spirit. Food is what you eat daily for nourishment. Spiritual
food nourishes the soul.
When you do not eat
properly, then you starve, become ill, and eventually die a wretch.
Although your temporal
life may be or seem fulfilled, your soul is the real you and your destiny is in
the next life, not now.
Orient only to the temporal
life now and you will lose for all of eternity.
Orient to the spiritual
side of life, which is the larger side of your total existence, and you will
succeed far beyond your wildest dreams.
So, how long will you
hold out and ignore or reject your spiritual life as God (not you) has defined
Selah is a pause, a
rest, but the music plays on. You can pursue your life as you see fit, but Gods
plan rolls right on. You can travel along with it or against it. How long will
it take you to decide?