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Never think that you might not be good enough, smart enough, educated enough, rich enough, or important enough for God to talk to you personally. And if you think that God does talk to you, that does not mean that you are crazy (as in, why would God talk to you?).
Who in the Bible does God share himself and his thoughts with? Who are the ones to whom he opens his heart? The Psalms answer this question in a multitude of places: God loves those with a humble heart; a proud heart he despises.
Psalm 18:27 For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.
Psalm 69:33 For the LORD hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.
Psalm 138:6 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.
See also Psalm 22:6; 22:24; 146:8; 147:6; 149:4.
Again, who did Jesus reveal his true identity to? Who did he share himself with? He chose twelve disciples, some of whom were fishermen, one was a tax collector, none were religiously educated or well placed in the synagogue or society. He himself was born in a stable, and his legal father was a laborer, a craftsman who worked with his hands. His forerunner John the Baptist was something of a wild man who lived in the desert, wore camel hair clothing, and ate insects. Jesus ministered to the blind, the sick, the lame, the lepers, those possessed by demons, to sinners and women who committed adultery and other sexual indiscretions. These were his life, and these were his chosen environment.
Consider this. No one has ever risen from the dead, except Jesus. He had been crucified on a cross, and a soldier stuck a sword through his side. Water and blood, separate from each other, came out of the wound. Jesus was genuinely attested as dead. Then he was placed for three days in a cold, dark cave with a stone sealing the exit. Rising from the dead is a major event—it just doesn’t happen! So, to whom did Jesus show himself first? In a society in which a woman’s voice counted as nothing and women themselves were not greatly valued, Jesus, just having done what no human being had ever done before or since, first showed himself to Mary Magdalene, a woman who had once been possessed by seven demons (Luke 8:2; Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 1:9; John 1:1, 11-17). He showed himself to two disciples who were not among the inner circle, while they were walking to their dwelling in a town called Emmaus (Luke 24:1-33). He also showed himself to Peter and the other disciples (Luke 24:34, 36), who were all hiding behind locked doors.
The point is that Jesus did not appear before the Pope (there was none then), nor to the high priests, nor to the secular ruler Herod, nor Nicodemus, a well-respected teacher of the Jews, nor to any of the religious authorities of the time—not the scribes, nor the rabbis, nor lawyers, Pharisees, or Sadducees, all of whom were religiously educated and regarded as authorities. No, but he chose to show himself to those few whom the world might call “nobodies.”
Question: if you happened to be one of those “nobodies” who first saw Jesus, would you draw your religious beliefs from your own experience of just having encountered the risen Jesus, or would you base how you thought about fulfilled Scripture on the teachings of those experts who never encountered Christ after he rose from the dead?
It is true that later in New Testament history, Jesus did reveal himself to a very highly educated man, Saul, who after this encounter received the new name Paul. He is the one who wrote thirteen of the books of the New Testament and possibly Hebrews. Yet here are Paul’s own words:
NET Philippians 3:8 More than that, I now regard all things [the things in his prior list of accomplishments] as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things– indeed, I regard them as dung!– that I may gain Christ.
ESV 1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 1:26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
In other words, it wasn’t Paul’s great education that the Lord chose, but he chose Paul’s heart of passion, learned humility, and willingness to serve.
All these Scriptures and multitudes of others show that God wants to have an open doorway of direct communication with every single least one of those who believe in Jesus Christ. God definitely talks to “nobodies” always and forever, because there are no “nobodies” in his sight. God judges very differently than we humans do. He can and does look inside a person’s heart, and the important people to God are the ones who sincerely desire to know him.
Christ in the Psalms: Contents
- Introducing Psalms 2 – A Second Go Round … Link
- Pursue Your Hunger … Link
- God Is Willing to Talk to You … Link
- Jesus Evangelizes a Sinful Woman … Link
- Jesus Evangelizes a Rabbi … Link
- The Holy Spirit in the Reader … Link
- Which Bible Should I Use? … Link
- Psalms as Prayers of Christ … Link
- Presuppositions–Where I’m Coming From … Link
III. Specific Psalms
- Psalm 132 Intercession and Divine Speech … Link
- Psalm 132 Concrete-Literal and Spiritual-Literal … Link
- Psalm 116:1-9 (114 LXX) … Link
- Psalm 116 Christ Loves the Father … Link
- Psalm 116:11 All Mankind Are Liars … Link
- Psalm 88 A Tenebrae Psalm … Link
- Psalm 89 History to the Foot of the Cross … Link
- Psalm 89 A Short Devotional … Link
- Psalms 18 and 118 Up from the Grave He Arose! Link
- Psalm 18 Papa Roars and Rescues … Link
- Psalm 116:11 All Mankind Are Liars … Link
- Psalm 1: Headwater to the Psalter … Link
- Psalm 1: God’s Instruction Freely Given … Link
- Psalm 2: God’s Son the King … Link
- Psalm 3: Is God Schizophrenic? … Link
- Psalm 4: Jesus’ Prayer Closet … Link
- Psalm 4: A Peek Inside the Prayer Closet … Link
- Psalm 5: Characteristics of Unrighteousness … Link
- Psalm 6: Enter God’s Wrath … Link
- Psalm 7 and Psalm 37: Dynamic Duo … Link
- Psalm 8: Humanity in General or Christ in Particular? … Link
- Psalm 9 and Psalm 10: Justice … Link
- Psalm 9 and Psalm 10: A Readers Theater … Link
Frankly, I wish I were a better writer. I wish I had the skill to write short and succinct. Get to the point, illustrate it, apply it–bim, bam, boom, an awesome post that hundreds of people would eagerly read in about one or two minutes max.
I’m not and I don’t.
All I am is a tiny person with an even smaller voice.
But I’m someone who loves the Lord with her whole heart, soul, mind, and spirit, and I love his Word. I believe that the Lord has given me the key to unlocking the Psalms (I’m certainly not claiming to be unique in that), and I want to share its treasures with you, for the one purpose that you, too, will find that key and enter into the most marvelous fellowship with the amazing Son of God/Son of Man whom they present.
I’m positive many of you already love the Psalms. If so, you might want to skip what I have to say. I’m mostly writing for those who are puzzled by Psalms or haven’t yet found a door for enjoying them more completely.
As always when approaching Scripture, pray, pray, pray, because what is the Psalter, if not a conversation, as in dialogue, between God and man? As you read the Psalms, share your heart with God through prayer, and see if he doesn’t share his heart with you.