Sunday, August 22, 2021, the Year of Our Lord

Pastor Carolyn Sissom  

“You have rebuked the nations.  You have destroyed the wicked. (Ps. 9:5).   


Psa. 9:15: The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.

Shanna recommended to me the movie series, The Reign.  It is about the life of Mary Queen of Scots.  She assured me the movie was “clean.”  I am interested in the rulers in world history, so I opened it up on Netflix hoping to see a well-done historical movie.   After only a few episodes, I was horrified at the poisoning, beheading, and murder of the royals in Europe, not to mention the debauchery with mistresses, etc.  No, I didn’t hear them use God’s name in vain, but the movie is not “clean.”

The movie is set during the time of the Protestant Uprising (Calvinism) against the Catholic Church (16th-17th-Centuries).  Kings were marrying and fighting to control nations.  The Catholic Church was just as corrupt as the Kings.  The royal families were all intermarried.   I don’t plan on finishing the movie series, but Mary had a son, King James VI who established what is now known as Great Britain; and transcribed the Holy Bible into English now known as the King James Bible. 


 Many years ago, the Lord spoke to me that he has preserved the monarchy of England because King James had the bible translated.  I believe Queen Elizabeth has been a Godly queen.  I do not know how long the monarchy will continue through her children. However, it is God who has preserved the monarchy and it will be preserved until God overthrows it.


This is true of all the nations in the earth.  God establishes nations and kings and he brings down nations and kings.    


Watching the movie was like watching a news channel in the 21st century as we watch the rise and fall of nations and leaders.  The evil and wickedness in the 17th century is no different than the evil and wickedness in the nations today. 


Jer. 13:18: Say to the king and to the queen-mother,
Humble yourselves; Sit down,
For your rule shall collapse, the crown of your glory.


2 Sa. 22:28: You (Lord God) will save the humble people;
But Your eyes
are on the haughty, that You may bring them down.


The Lord our God, Jesus Christ, is moving now as He has always done as the sovereign over the nations of the earth.  He is also moving in each one of us individually.  We are being tested for our next kingdom assignment.  Like the Israelites in the wilderness, the test is humility. 


In Psalm 9, King David has experienced a great victory.  He is giving thanks to God for His justice. This is the Psalm of the Conqueror (Overcomer, Victor) who is giving thanks for his victories.  It is a Song of Triumph and reveals Jesus Christ in the midst of the church as he ever gives thanks to the Father.  The singer rejoices in the exercise of Jehovah’s sovereign rule in the whole earth.  The wicked are obviously the heathen nations as well as the challengers David had to his throne from within his family as well as his court.


Psa. 9:1-4:  I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart.  I will tell of all Your marvelous works.  I will be glad and rejoice in You.  I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.  When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence.  For You have maintained my right and my cause.  You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.  You have rebuked the nations.  You have destroyed the wicked.  You have blotted out their name forever and ever. 


David’s confidence is in who Yahweh is:  He is King forever; Judge of the world; Protector of the oppressed; Avenger of blood; Protector of the needy; and Rules in justice.


Friday’s prayer with Prayer Net was focused on the justice of God.  The Lord’s justice is always accompanied by his judgment.  This is what we are watching as nations are being overturned.


I prayed this prayer on Friday 8/20/21:


Num. 10:35: Rise up O’ LORD, and let your enemies be scattered, and let them that hate you flee before you.

O’ Lord Jesus Christ, I ask you to raise up a leader among the Afghan people who will execute the justice and judgment of the LORD.  I pray your Spirit will be upon leaders in Afghanistan as it was released from Moses to the 70 elders.  I pray for your justice and judgment to be executed over the United States to Joe Biden and the administration which is called by his name.  I charge Joe Biden as an evil and corrupt leader who is under the spirit of destruction.  O’ Lord your anointed rulers are given divine empowerment to execute justice and judgment.  I pray you restore to America your chosen President.  Lord Jesus you are that King, ruler over all the nations of the earth and we come into agreement with your Word that the shaking of all nations is your work, your strange work as you overturn the evil and corruption in nations releasing your justice and judgment.  We proclaim liberty to the captives in Afghanistan.


Psa. 9: 6-8:  O’ enemy, destructions are finished forever!  You have destroyed (taken) cities; even their memory has perished.  But the LORD shall endure forever.  He has prepared His throne for judgment.  He shall judge the world in righteousness.  He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.

The The psalmist is saying, “Thine is the Kingdom O LORD.”  Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. 

Verses 9-15 reveal the Godly and the wicked one, the spirit of antichrist, which has always been amongst us.

9:9-10:  The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  Those who know Your name will put their trust in You.  For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

With COVID, the invasion of our Southern Border, and the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, we are in a time of trouble.   Who are those who will put their trust in God?

2 Ch. 7:14: If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.


What does it mean to humble ourselves?  Certainly not to lay down and let the other nations walk upon our back (Isa. 51: 22-23).   I believe humbling ourselves means to repent from our carnality and sins and listen to God, obey him and be led by Him.


The story in Numbers 13-14 of when 10 of the 12 spies gave a bad report is a picture of humility by Joshua and Caleb.   The people of Israel were afraid and complained to Moses that the Giants were too big in the promises land.  All they heard was the evil report.  They did not see Who God is and hear His promise to give them the victory and deliver them.  The people carried on crying wanting to return to Egypt.  But Joshua and Caleb said, “Do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land.  Their protection has departed from them.  The Lord is with us.  Do not fear them.”


I say that Joshua and Caleb were the humble ones because they believed God rather than the fear of the giants. God wanted to kill the whole bunch.  Moses interceded, but it cost the people 40 years in the wilderness.  That generation was not allowed to go into the promised land.  The ten spies who brought the evil report about the land died by the plague before the LORD.  The people repented and went up to the top of the mountain to go into Canaan to possess the land, but it was too late.  The Lord was not with them to give them the victory.  Moses told them the blessing was taken away.  The Lord will not be with you.  The Amalekites and the Canaanites attacked them and drove them back as far as Hormah.  The word of God says the Lord allowed them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years to humble them.


Deut. 8:2: And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

Deut. 8;16: who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end—


Our humility is obedience to the LORD rather than seek our own way regardless of the circumstances or how right we are or think we are. 


Psa. 9:11-15: Sing Praise to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!  Declare His deeds among the people.  When he avenges blood, He remembers them.  He does not forget the cry of the humble.  Have mercy on me, O LORD!  Consider my trouble from those who hate me.  You who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may tell of all Your praises in the gates of the daughter of Zion.  I will rejoice in Your salvation.  The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; in the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.


This is what happened to the Biden administration in Afghanistan.  They have fallen into their own pit which they made.  This is the judgment of the LORD on a wicked administration.


9:16-20:  The LORD is known by the judgment He executes.  The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.  The wicked shall be turned into hell, AND all the nations that forget God. The needy shall not always be forgotten.  The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise, O’ LORD, do not let man prevail.  Let the nations be judged in Your sight.  Put them in fear, O’ LORD that the nations may know themselves to be but men. (Selah).


The Psalmist’s cry is like ours for God to take drastic action on behalf of the weak and underprivileged and to bring justice against the wicked. 


Humble Thyself in the sight of the Lord
Humble Thyself in the sight of the Lord
And He shall lift you up
Higher and Higher and He shall lift you up
Up into heaven and He shall lift you up
. (Maranatha)


Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries Church

Scripture from NKJV.

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