“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits”
Wednesday’s Bible reading is Psalms 102–104. Have you ever thought about how the psalms teach you about God?
We see the psalmists as they call on God in all of the circumstances of their lives. We know their affliction and doubt, their deliverance and joy.
When you read Psalm 102 think about what you learn of the psalmist’s life at that moment? What is he experiencing? (verses 1–11). What does he call to mind about who God is? (verses 12–28).
In Psalm 103 why is he thankful? What are the benefits he has received from God? What does he say about who God is? Look for the answers interwoven in the psalm as he tells what God does and then describes who God is.
Is Psalm 104 what does he say about God’s works and what they reveal about God? (verses 1–32). What is his reaction to who God is? (verses 33–35).
B. B. Warfield wrote:
“…God is a person, and persons are known only as they make themselves known — reveal themselves.
“…Revealed religion comes to man from without; it is imposed upon him from a source superior to his own spirit.
“…we do not see in revelation man reaching up lame hands toward God and feeling fumblingly after Him if haply he may find Him, but God graciously reaching strong hands down to man, bringing him help in his need, we see in it a gift from God, not a creation of man’s….”1
Warfield also wrote that, “…Authority is the correlate of revelation.”2 We cannot impose our ideas of who God is upon Him; we cannot look within to know God—we must look to His Word because there He has revealed Himself to us. As John Owen commented:
“Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice, and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers. We could never know who God is, how He is to be worshiped, or wherein true happiness lies…”3
One of the great benefits of the Psalms is to see God revealed in the prayers and praise of the writers.
As you read the Bible ask the Lord to help you to know Him as He is.
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1, 2Benjamin B. Warfield, Mysticism & Christianity, “This essay originally appeared in The Biblical Review (vol. 2 ,1917, pp. 169-191) but this edition was derived from The Works of Benjamin B. Warfield (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991, vol. 9, pp. 649-666). The electronic edition of this article was scanned and edited by Shane Rosenthal for Reformation Ink. It is in the public domain and may be freely copied and distributed. Pagination from the Baker edition has been retained for purposes of reference. Scanning errors may be present in this edition.”
This essay discusses mysticism as a man-made religion.
3John Owen, Biblical Theology: The History of Theology from Adam to Christ, p. xl. Via: Kubecki.com
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