Text: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting Amen and Amen.” Psalm 41:13.
Good morning, God-blessed and God-blessing Christian! Having been utterly and thoroughly blessed by the Living Lord God Jehovah with His Eternal forgiveness of sin and His Eternal Salvation in Christ Jesus His Son, our dear Lord – you and I can hardly contain ourselves from offering up to Him our most profound, sincere, and heart-felt blessings of worship and praise and reverence.
Let me hear it, redeemed Christian: ‘Hallelujah! Praise be unto the Lord God Who has saved my never-dying soul from my sin! Hallelujah! Glory to the Father! Glory to the Son! Glory to the Holy Ghost! All three Persons, One Living Lord God Almighty! All praise and thanks to His Holy Name! Amen. And forever Amen!’
“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me: and to him/her that ordereth his/her conversation (entire lifestyle) aright will I show the Salvation of the Lord.” (Psalm 50:23)
I wonder? As you read these words, did your soul enter into a spirit of everlasting gratitude to God for what He has done for you, or did the words fail to touch you or affect you in any manner? Sobering thoughts, dear reader, because, if you did not feel any need to give praise and thanks to the Lord – it might well be that you have nothing of Salvation in Christ to thank Him for! Make the vital adjustment while it is still the day of God’s Sovereign grace.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove (test) your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (rejected by God)? But I trust that ye shall know that ye are not reprobates.” (2 Corinthians 13:5-6)
If Christ’s true Salvation is not in our hearts – praise cannot come out of our mouths! The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are – or we are NOT - the children of God!
“The Spirit itself (Himself) beareth (bears and continues to bear) witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16)
If our hearts (our entire essence of our being, not the blood pump in our bodies) cannot raise up and bless God with our mouths – then it is a sure sign that we are NOT ‘…the children of God.’ If our hearts can, without reservation or sense of human embarrassment, give praise and worship and honour unto the Lord God, we KNOW we are secure in Christ Jesus, and are in fact ‘…the children of the most high God.’ We can test ourselves right this moment whether or not we are truly saved! Hallelujah! All praise and glory and honour and worship unto the Lord God, Jehovah!
Just as the great model prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray – The Pater Noster, or The Lord’s Prayer – ends with a doxology, so Book One of the Psalms ends with a doxology.
Dictionary Definition: Doxology – (Christian religion) (noun) a hymn or liturgical formula ascribing glory to God.
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.” (Psalm 41:13)
If our hearts, minds and spirits, inform us that we have indeed been blessed Eternally by the Living Lord God Almighty – through Salvation in His dear Son, Jesus Christ – then it is in the realm of the Supernatural for us to lift up a eulogy, a sincere song of praise and thanksgiving, unto the One Who has blessed us so thoroughly in His Sovereign grace and mercy. Not to do so, or worse, not able to do so – shows a lack of gratitude that can only come from a heart that is still firmly set in sin and Spiritual darkness. Praise and thanksgiving comes Supernaturally, when it comes from a heart that has been Supernaturally regenerated, ‘born again’, by God the Spirit. (John 3:3-8)
Verse 13. ““Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. The Psalm ends with a doxology, Blessed be the Lord, i.e. let Him be glorified. The blessing at the beginning from the mouth of God is returned from the mouth of His servant. We cannot add to the Lord’s blessedness, but we can pour out our grateful wishes, and these He accepts, as we receive little presents of flowers from children who love us.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 201)
Verse 13. “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.” God the Holy Spirit is the Divine Inspirational Author of all 66 Books of canonical written Scripture. The Scriptures in our King James Bibles are ‘…given by inspiration of God.’ (2 Timothy 3:15-17) They are ‘inspired’, God-breathed, truth.
The Double-Mention in Scripture: Note the use of what some of us Bible-believing theologians call, ‘the use of the double-mention’ contained in this last verse of Psalm 41. – ‘everlasting, everlasting; and Amen, and Amen’
It seems that God the Spirit sets this ‘double-mention’ in His Word to make particular emphasis on what He is teaching us as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to pay double-attention to such verses in Holy Scripture, and glean a harvest of truth.
Note that the Lord God of Israel is to be blessed by ‘His people’ FROM everlasting TO everlasting; our God is an Eternal Being and has always been blessed, always is blessed, and always shall be blessed by those who know Him and are recipients of His great and Eternal Salvation in Christ Jesus. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Amen.
Thought: To this truth we can only say a double ‘Amen’, so be it, Lord God, we love Thee, praise Thee, and Worship Thee always.
Thus endeth the First Book of the Psalms.Important Note: (Next week I shall, in the will of God, be sending out weekly expositions on this vital subject of The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) for the next three months or so! Please ask all your Christian friends/fellowships to sign up for this free weekly Bible Lesson on www.ulsterchristians.org; or send me their email addresses to receive the teachings?)