Jeremiah 33 & Psalm 3-4

Jeremiah 33

    The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard: “Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it—the LORD is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah that were torn down to make a defense against the siege mounds and against the sword: They are coming in to fight against the Chaldeans and to fill them with the dead bodies of men whom I shall strike down in my anger and my wrath, for I have hidden my face from this city because of all their evil. Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.

    “Thus says the LORD: In this place of which you say, ‘It is a waste without man or beast,’ in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man or inhabitant or beast, there shall be heard again the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD:

    “‘Give thanks to the LORD of hosts,
        for the LORD is good,
        for his steadfast love endures forever!’
        For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the LORD.

    “Thus says the LORD of hosts: In this place that is waste, without man or beast, and in all of its cities, there shall again be habitations of shepherds resting their flocks. In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the Shephelah, and in the cities of the Negeb, in the land of Benjamin, the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, flocks shall again pass under the hands of the one who counts them, says the LORD.

    “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

    “For thus says the LORD: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever.”

    The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: “Thus says the LORD: If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night will not come at their appointed time, then also my covenant with David my servant may be broken, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and my covenant with the Levitical priests my ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant, and the Levitical priests who minister to me.”

    The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: “Have you not observed that these people are saying, ‘The LORD has rejected the two clans that he chose’? Thus they have despised my people so that they are no longer a nation in their sight. Thus says the LORD: If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth, then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.”

(Jeremiah 33 ESV)

Psalm 3

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

    O LORD, how many are my foes!
        Many are rising against me;
    many are saying of my soul,
        there is no salvation for him in God. Selah
    But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
        my glory, and the lifter of my head.
    I cried aloud to the LORD,
        and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
    I lay down and slept;
        I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
    I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
        who have set themselves against me all around.
    Arise, O LORD!
        Save me, O my God!
    For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
        you break the teeth of the wicked.
    Salvation belongs to the LORD;
        your blessing be on your people! Selah

(Psalm 3 ESV)

Psalm 4

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

    Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
        You have given me relief when I was in distress.
        Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
    O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
        How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
    But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself;
        the LORD hears when I call to him.
    Be angry, and do not sin;
        ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
    Offer right sacrifices,
        and put your trust in the LORD.
    There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
        Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
    You have put more joy in my heart
        than they have when their grain and wine abound.
    In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
        for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

(Psalm 4 ESV)

Peace of Mind

It is such a tremendous truth that we can hardly hold it firmly in the forefront of our minds; God is the Lord of the Universe who has pronounced His people as righteous and who powerfully works within us that we may live righteously. Sin no longer defines us nor determines how we will live. We ought to be thankful for the promised hope that God hears our prayers on account of the righteousness He has given to us and the access granted to us through the accomplishment of Jesus Christ — God’s Son and our Salvation.

We need to repent of ever pursuing things that are not in line with His counsel and instruction. We need His help to sincerely pursue a holy life walking in line with the prompting of His Holy Spirit and the truth of His Word. We need rest of our mind and thoughts in order to consider the way we are living and to properly repent where repentance is needed. We ought to be thankful for God’s patience and pure forgiveness.

May we offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice and entrust our lives to Him, His will and the indwelling of His Spirit. The world around us seeks for satisfaction in the fleeting pleasures of what this world declares we must have. However, God alone is what we need and ultimate satisfaction can only be found in an intimate relationship with Him as our Father. What an amazing love our Creator has offered us - His creation! May we be thankful that we now can live with peace of mind and the assurance of His love because of the restoration of our relationship made possible through Christ alone.