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Sun, Oct 14, 2018

Blessed is The Nation Whose God is the Lord

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The Psalmist has a great revelation to share with us from this passage. There are 3 Revelations which the Psalmist tries to press home in this singular verse. 1/ A nation who recognizes God as its owner 2/ A nation who recognizes the Lordship of God. 3/ A nation being the Choice of God, the Elects of God. The Israelites are fortunate to enjoy these 3 privileges. No other nations of the world does. All the Earth belongs to God, (Ex. 19:5) He created it all but not all nations of the world give him this recognition. Many nations recognize Him as the Creator but do not agree to His Lordship. His interest is not considered in the affairs of the nations; even though many mention God in their national anthems they don’t mean it, However, the grace is open to all to be His choice of His inheritance.

“Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12)
The Psalmist has a great revelation to share with us from this passage. There are 3 Revelations which the Psalmist tries to press home in this singular verse. 1/ A nation who recognizes God as its owner 2/ A nation who recognizes the Lordship of God. 3/ A nation being the Choice of God, the Elects of God. The Israelites are fortunate to enjoy these 3 privileges. No other nations of the world does. All the Earth belongs to God, (Ex. 19:5) He created it all but not all nations of the world give him this recognition.

Many nations recognize Him as the Creator but do not agree to His Lordship. His interest is not considered in the affairs of the nations; even though many mention God in their national anthems they don’t mean it, However, the grace is open to all to be His choice of His inheritance. Some nations make bold of God as their Trust in their national motto; “in God we trust”; “God’s own Nation,” etc. Nigeria motto is “Unity Faith, and Strength” could it be the unity of “gods “and culture
Nigeria for instance has not the God as its owner; we do not make Him our Lord as a nation.

We claim the promises of Israelites that do not belong to us as a nation We exist as a nation under General covenant (Gen :8-16) Our constitution says we have no God; we do not belong to the Almighty God but of gods; we are a secular nation. When we gather as a nation, and we call for prayers, it is cosmetic. it has no meaning because the whole content of the affairs on which we pray have no reference to God, the Almighty in the long run. 

How did Israel become the choicest of God? Not because they were more righteous, not because they are greater or mightier in size. But because of God’s Covenant with Abraham’s faithfulness (Gene.15:18; Acts 5-8,) It is a special grace to the Israelites, and they still hold on to the God of Abraham till date. Albeit, God did not choose Abraham for himself or the nation Israel for her sake (Gen 12:3) Israel was to serve as God’s method of bringing the whole nations under His control and under the worship of His Holy name.

This is where Israelites missed it, (Genesis 13:14–17), the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there, but they did not make the expected God-kind of influence upon their neighbours. (Joshua 21:43) (Genesis 13:8, 18; 14:22, 23; 21:22;; 49:3–28). The. Important element of the Abrahamic Covenant with Messiah’s kingdom view was not fulfilled hence a new Covenant in Jesus Christ. (Heb. 8:8).

The New Covenant in Jesus Christ, a better Covenant. (Heb. 1:8; 8:8ff) is the Church The Covenant of land conquest ended with the OT. Moses, Caleb, Joshua and others including the Prophets mediated the Old Covenant. Unfortunately, they could not fulfil the total mandate of Gen. 12: 2-3. The new Covenant of God’s Kingdom has the mandate of targeting the soul of man. (Heb. 8:10) The Church is the New Israel. It was established with the blood of Jesus and was inaugurated before his ascension with a mandate in Matthew 1:17; 24:14; 28:15ff. Acts 1&2:8) The New Covenant was mediated by Jesus himself; declaring his objectives (Isaiah 61: 1ff; Lk. 4:18) and handed over to the Apostles and the rest of us as Christians. He gave us authority as the Father gave him, He sent us as the Father sent him, he gave us the Keys of the Kingdom, he empowered us (John 20:21; Matt. 16:18; 18:18, John 15:16) The New Covenant has the similitude of the Old) The Disciples started out well focussing on taking the whole world.

The pursuit of faith in the early 1970s and 90s in Nigeria was fulfilling, the young and old Christians were God’s chaser. Christians were sought after for anything of honest purpose. The unbelievers were afraid of Christians and their prayers. What are we up to today? Our witness about God is weak. We are stronger about selves. We wink at evil and compromise our faith. It is time for the Church to return to basis.

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