entitled this precious Psalm of David, “The Praise Of Jehovah”.
David sure lets us see the creator and controller of all things who
is worthy of our praise. We have thus far looked at ‘The Command
Of Worship’ (Vs. 1-3), and ‘The Creator Of Worship’ (Vs.
This week we will
look at verses 10-12 which says, “The
LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the
devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD
standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he
hath chosen for his own inheritance.”
I have entitled this
section ‘The Counsel Of Worship’. The word ‘counsel’
means a deliberate, determined purpose and plan. It is a word we
sometimes use to describe God’s will. We are told in Ephesians 1:11
these words, “…being predestined according to the purpose of Him
who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” It
seems from this text that He has but one will and He is working all
In the study of our
text we see in verse 10, ‘The Counsel Of The Evil’. The word
‘bringeth’ has the idea of causing something to happen. The
Lord will cause the plan and purpose of the heathen to come to
nought. Heathen is a word used to describe the nations or the lost
of this world system. The word ‘nought’ means of no effect,
useless. I believe the good old USA is close to being described as
a heathen nation. I wonder how much of the plans and purposes of
our governmental lawmakers are being brought to a place of being of
no effect and useless.
The word ‘device’
in verse 10 means the intentions, plots, cunning work, and
inventions of the imagination. David said the LORD “…maketh…of
none effect.” The word ‘maketh’ has the idea of one who
ordains the happenings of different things. O how much of the
schemes and plans of man are but an adventure of a fools errand.
In verse 11 we are
confronted with ‘The Counsel Of The Eternal’. We are told in
verse 11 that His counsel (plans and purposes) “…standeth for
ever.” The word ‘standeth’ means to remain fixed in a
present state. The word ‘for ever’ has the idea of endless
and while the ages roll on. Let us discard our counsels and lay
hold of the eternal counsels of our Lord. They will be around when
the world is on fire. We are told the thoughts of His heart to the
generations have never changed. Can you imagine a God who has never
had a new thought or a first time thought? He did everything before
He did anything. I tell you those kinds of thoughts make me want to
lay down my pen, bow my knees, and worship Jehovah God. Maybe we
ought to take a worship break. Selah!
In verse 12 we see ‘The
Counsel Of The Elect’. In this verse the people of God are
referred to as the ‘chosen’. The word means to pick out of a
group and to prefer one above another. The counsel of God has
chosen a people whom Paul tells us happened before time began. Do
remember the counsel of God will stand forever. The text tells us
that they are a ‘blessed’ people. The word implies spiritual
success and happiness. We are also called His ‘inheritance’.
The word means ones portion or allotment. I cannot imagine being
the Lord’s portion that He will call His own in the ages to come.
How can we study these truths and not want to lift our hands in
adoration, praise, and worship to our Jehovah God.