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Sunday, November 30 2014
Psalm 9: The Most High
"I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will sing praise to Thy Name, O Thou Most High"
The term "Most High" should be self-explanatory. No one is greater in any way than the Most High. Nearly all of the Creation (see By Him Were All Things Created) knows and understands that absolute reality (see The Only Place That Denies God's Existence).
The Most High will deliver Salvation to those who truly obey Him (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) and obliteration to those who defiantly invite it (see What Does Wicked Mean? and Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good).
"32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: 32:3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. 32:5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. 32:6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee? 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. 32:8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel." (Deuteronomy 32:1-8 KJV)
Lucifer (a much-later Latin rendering of his actual Hebrew name; see What Is Satan's Real Name?) was created wise and free. He squandered both - he perverted his freedom into self-destructive "free-dumb" (see When Freedom Crosses The Line) and became a fool who thought that he could defeat the Most High: "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:12-15 KJV)
Satan's rebellion infected humanity with the same attitude of self-righteous arrogance (see also How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?). Nations and kingdoms were created that became direct mockeries of the Church of God (see The Worldwide Church of God) and the Kingdom of God (see The True Gospel). It's that "Babylon" that the LORD God was sent by the Most High to purify (see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven? and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).
"7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
King David was a man of the Most High: "I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High." David, like all true Christians (see David's Prayer and The Morning Blessing), knew that "the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment" and "he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness." There is no losing of the love that the Most High has for those who obey Him, and there is no escaping the wrath that is coming upon those who want to be "like the Most High" with their man-made, anti-Biblical churches (see Truly Uplifting).
"9:1 To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: What is going to happen when The Most High comes to Earth?
This Day In History, November 30
1016: King Edmund II of England died. He became known as "Ironside" for his defense of England against the invading Danes under Canute (or "Knut"). Canute's forces eventually won however, and made the Danish/Polish Viking Canute the king of England for 20 years, during which the pro-Rome Canute made England into a territory of the so-called Holy Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1215: The Fourth Lateran Council ended. Convened by Pope Innocent III, it made the first official use of the Church of Rome's man-made doctrine of "transubstantiation."
1554: Under Queen Mary (Mary Tudor - "Bloody Mary") Roman Catholicism was restored to England for a short time. Mary had Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and nearly 300 other Protestant leaders burned at the stake.
1700: A Swedish force of 8,000 under King Charles XII defeated 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. The Russian loses were 10,000, while Sweden lost 600. Charles died on this date, in 1718, while invading Norway.
1718: Sweden's King Charles XII died during the siege of the fortress Fredriksten in Norway.
1786: Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, proclaimed a criminal justice reform policy that made his country the first to abolish the death penalty.
1803: Spain officially transferred the Louisiana Territory to France. Less than 3 weeks later, France transfered the territory to the U.S. as the Louisiana Purchase.
1824: Work began on the Welland Canal. The canal, located in the Province of Ontario, connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, bypassing Niagara Falls, enabling large ocean-going ships to access ports in Ontario, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
1838: Mexico declared war on France after the French taking of Vera Cruz.
1853: During the Crimean War, the Russia's navy devastated much of the Turkish (i.e. Ottoman) fleet at the battle of Sinope (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1934: The British Railways steam locomotive Flying Scotsman became the first to officially exceed 100 miles per hour.
1939: Russia invaded Finland with 20 army divisions consisting of nearly 500,000 troops.
1950: U.S. President Harry Truman threatened to again use his atomic bombs (his first two uses of "the bomb" incinerated the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in which over 200,000 civilian men, women and children were killed or horribly burned), this time against North Korea. From that time on, North Korea (and a number of other nations) sought to get "the bomb" too, to defend themselves from those who threaten to nuke them.
1983: Radio Shack began selling its Tandy computer (80186 chip).
1988: The United Nations General Assembly censured the U.S. for not providing Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat a diplomatic visa to enter New York for the sole purpose of addressing the UN (see also Where Is Palestine?).
1996: Prince Andrew returned the Stone of Scone (pronounced "scoon") to Scotland on behalf of England after exactly 700 years during a ceremony in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle. The 440 pound block of grey sandstone was the coronation seat of Scottish kings until it was carried away as war booty by King Edward I in 1296. It was placed under the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey where it has been involved in all coronations since then.