9 Save [yasha`] thy people [`am], and bless [barak] thine
inheritance [nachalah]: feed [ra`ah] them also, and lift them up [nasa'] for ever [`owlam]. KJV-Interlinear
9 Save Thy
people, and bless Thine inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them
This psalm is both as prayer for what God does, and a recognition of what God does, for those who belong to Him. Beginning with the rock foundation from verse one, God is not silent with regard to those who are His.
All who have believed in Christ, in effect, belong to God. We are His possession, and there is nothing and no one who can remove us from Gods possession. You cannot even remove yourself from His possession.
And as God owns the entire universe and beyond, then we as His creation, and who have believed in Him, become His inheritance, domain, estate, forever and ever, Num. 18:21, Josh. 13:23, Deut. 4:20, 9:26, 29.
As a possession of His, then He watches over us as a shepherd watches over his flock, guiding them to green pastures, to clear water, protecting them from predators, helping them when they are injured, carrying them when they cannot walk or do for themselves.
In contrast, throughout this psalm, God is silent to those who do not belong to Him, turns His back on those who do not belong to Him, leaving them who do not belong to Him in a pit of doom and despair.
And as such this psalm asks that we as believers and Gods possession, not be treated like those who are not His possession, that we not be numbered among those who do not belong to Him, that we not be dealt with as those who do not belong to Him.
And so it is. There is a very real and infinite difference between those who are Gods and those who are not. And the difference between belonging to God or not, rests entirely with each individual person. By your choice, you either believe in Christ or you refuse to believe in Christ.
God does not force this choice upon you. God does not decide for you, but leaves that decision entirely up to you.
God certainly warns of the repercussions of disbelief, and makes clear the rewards of belief, but ultimately it is the individual person who decides where their life and future will be.
It would seem that eternal reward and blessing are far more desirable than eternal loss and torment, but then you have to reach that conclusion for yourself. And not only reach the right conclusion, but then you have to commit your life to that right decision of voluntarily belonging to God, so that your life will have phenomenal meaning and purpose and completeness, and not just coasting along like an empty ship coming from nowhere and going nowhere.
Better to have a purpose, and a direction that is positive and fulfilling as God intends for you.
And then, perhaps maybe you will begin to understand and experience what we studied the other day, the inner music that expresses far more appreciation than any words can.
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