He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap, 8 That He may seat him with princes—With the princes of His people.
What a beautiful picture of what Jesus did for us. We were poor and needy and dead in our sin. Then we met Jesus, and He lifted us up out of the dust, out of the ash heap and sat us among all of the other brothers and sisters in the Lord who were once lost in their sin. He made us to be princes among all others. Praise His name!
Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of waters.
Psalms like this remind us of how big and great our God is. Everything is under his command. Every time there is an earthquake, a thunderstorm, or any other natural event that takes place on the earth, we should remember how big and great our God is.
Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.
It isn’t until you have been made alive that you realize how dead you were. Verse 17 says, “The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor any who go down into silence.” The idols and gods of this world are dead. They have no life in them. Jesus is the only One who gives life. Just as God breathed life into a pile of dirt, in the beginning, so He is still breathing life into dead things today.
1 Corinthians 6:4
If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
We live in an excessively litigious society today. What does ‘litigious’ mean? Basically it means ready to take someone to court at the drop of a hat. The Bible warns us of relying on the judicial system to settle our matters. A believer is not to take another believer to court. In fact, I would suggest, if comes to that, we most likely should have nevere been involved with that person in the first place.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
There is a lot of talk today about who will and who will not go to heaven. Some won’t even speak about it. For some reason it has been a subject people choose to ignore. Paul wasn’t one of those individuals. He tells us who won’t go to heaven so that people will know. You won’t know what you don’t have until someone tells you what you need to do to have it. Here is a long list of those who will not go to heaven. Galatians 5:16-21 has a similar list. At the end of that list Paul says, “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God”. These are ‘no brainer’ very clear Scriptures that can only be interpreted for what they say. It is quite dangerous to read them any other way.
1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
I love that this verse follows. We must always bear in mind in sharing our faith with others and trying to help them see that they are lost, ‘and such were some of you’. With this in mind, we are going to be more gracious in sharing our faith.
1 Corinthians 6:12
12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
This is a great verse. It reminds us that while there are many things we can do as Christiqns, not all of them are good for us. As I have meditated on this verse, I realize that there are many things that I have the freedom in Christ to do which can bring me under their power. I am learning to stay away from such things as they hinder my relationship with the Lord. If I want to be the Christian the Lord wants me to be, I must be willing to stay away from those things that may be lawful but not helpful.