MANS VAIN AND FOOLISH THOUGHTS
"Jehovah knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity" Psa. 94:11
This Psalm also is one of praise, but its note is entirely different to the previous two. In Psa. 93 the singer is looking above and beyond the conditions of the hour, and offers praise because Jehovah reigns. In this he is looking at these conditions and they are such as to seem to contradict the declaration that Jehovah reigns. The people are oppressed by tyrants who declare that God is not concerned with the affairs of man. He does not see, nor consider. The singer knows the falseness of these declarations, and his song is the argument for his conviction that GOD DOES HEAR, AND SEE, AND CORRECT. He summarizes all in this statement, that "Jehovah knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity." In this song we see how the very things which assault faith, and threaten to produce despair, may be made the opportunity for praise, in the place and act of worship. In the long history of the travail and conflict of faith, how constantly have faithful souls been strengthened to bear and endure, by this very exercise of praise! In catacombs, in dungeons, in places of the uttermost desolation—when it has seemed to sense that the way of God was blocked, that His rule was overcome, that all evil things had gained the victory—these songs have arisen, proclaiming Him King, mocking all the VAIN AND FOOLISH THOUGHTS OF MEN, and declaring His ultimate victory. Thus God has been to such souls a high tower, their rock of refuge, and they have found the strength and courage which have enabled them to endure, in this activity of worship by faith. Read the last of His book and believe those words of grace He has shared through John.