Psalms 148: Walking Nearer to God
I think that we all want to be close to God. If you are a Christian, that is a large part of your daily walk. We try to follow in the path that He would want us to be on. Psalms 148 has something to say about people who were close to God.
Psa 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
Psa 148:14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.
Israel was obviously a special nation throughout the Old Testament. From the Biblical record, it is not hard to notice that. They were set apart.
In this Psalm, they were called a people near God. What really set them apart was the fact that they were the people who followed God. They had the law which was given to Moses, and they were the only people on earth who created a nation based upon that law at that time. Think about it. Babylon didn’t have that kind of system. Egypt did not have that kind of system. The people of Israel were the people near God first of all because He chose them to be special, but they were also the ones who were trying to walk in the law that He had provided them.
I think that applies as today as well. As Christians, we believe the Bible, and as a result, we do have a set of documents that can help us live our lives in a way that brings us closer to God. That can help us come near, but it does seem like there needs to be some decision on our part. It is great to be a Christian. However, we also need to think about Israel as they are presented here. They were near to God because they tried to live in a way that brought them nearer to God. I am not talking about any type of works-based salvation. I am talking about the process that comes after salvation. If we want to get nearer to God, we need to take advantage of the resources we have at our disposal.