The Missing Theology of Ecclesiastes (4)

Introduction

Bible Reading

Psa 23:1-3 (A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. (3) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psa 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

Psa 139:1-6 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. (2) Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. (3) Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. (4) For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. (5) Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. (6) Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Psa 9:1-2 (To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. (2) I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

Psa 18:2-3 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (3) I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Psa 103:1-4 (A Psalm of David.) Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: (3) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (4) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Personally Involved

To David, God was not just the Creator, or the Judge, he was a Friend who took a personal interest in him. The Lord was his Shepherd, so David would not want. The Lord ordered his steps. The Lord knew when he sat down and when he got up, where he was going and what he would say next. The language he uses to express these ideas also indicates that the Lord’s watch care over David was a matter of tenderness and personal involvement in his life.

Worthy of Praise

David also considered God worthy of praise for his many acts of kindness. He praises the God who was his Rock, his Fortress, his Deliverer, and his High Tower. He blesses the Lord for all His benefits. When mentioned earlier that the word “pray” never appears in the book of Ecclesiastes, The only time the word “praise” appears is when Solomon praises the dead.

What About You?

  • Do you experience and appreciate God’s personal involvement in your life?
  • Do you give God the praise and thanks He deserves for His many acts of kindness to you?

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