Boletim dos Obreiros

Spring, The Garden of The House of God

"… The righteous shall flourish … he shall grow … planted in the house of the LORD he shall flourish in the courts of our God."

Psalms 92:13 (NKJV)

September, spring is coming! It is one of the most beautiful times of year. The sky is bluer, the sun shines more and the moon is more wonderful. The fields renovate themselves with their varied and harmonious green tints, exhibiting a panel of incomparable beauty.

The gardens planted by the Dextrous and Powerful Fingers of God emerge! Before our enraptured eyes the panorama opens of the most variegated, coloured and perfumed flowers, among which butterflies pass and dance beautifully dressed in rare beauty. The shrubs spring up, with raiment which no lady, for more elegant she might be, can dress. Leafy and tufted trees appear, in the midst of which multicoloured and singing birds produce a rare heavenly musical quality under the able direction of the supreme Conductor, which moves and motivates us to praise and jubilant song.

It is the spontaneous manifestation of the soul, touched and thrilled, of those who love God, emotionally moved by nature! It is the GARDEN OF GOD! These reflections lead me to Psalm 92 where the psalmist with mastership and inspiration talks about this garden. The "Living Bible" uses the expression "garden", where other versions say "house" or "courts" of God.

In this beautiful Psalm, the "righteous" or "godly" (LB) are compared to the plants, to the trees and to the flowers which make up this lovely scenery of spiritual enchantment and beauty. We are called THE GARDEN OF GOD!

In Isaiah 58:11, the Lord says about His people: "You shall be like a watered garden"; and in Jer. 31:12: "Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all.". What a privilege! Because of this we cannot be absent in the sincere and authentic praise and in spiritual song. They must issue from our jubilant and thankful soul to God in melodious and resonant notes, for what He is to us and for what He does in us and through us!

It is good to remember that "The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed." (Gen. 2:8). How beautiful was this garden of the Lord! There "the LORD God walked in the cool of the day"! (Gen. 3:8). How much pleasure the garden gave Him!

Like the psalmist we must proclaim: "It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High" (v.1); and: "For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands" (v.4). In the Psalm we have some special motives to exercise this devotion, as GARDEN OF GOD:

1. The loving kindness of God (v.2a) - The loving kindness of God is one of His most outstanding attributes. The LB uses the expression: "Your kindness" and the NIV "Your love" . The benefits which come to us from the exercise of His loving kindness are without measure. The mercies of the Lord: a) have kept us from complete destruction; b) never end; c) begin afresh each day. (Lam. 3:22-23). Paul says (Eph. 2:4), that God is "rich in mercy" and, because of this, He has saved us by His grace. See I Peter 1:3.

2. The faithfulness of God  (v.2b) - The faithfulness of God is one of the great motivations of our praise. David says in Psalm 23: "Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need… even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me" Psalm 23:2-4 (L.B.) See: Matt. 20:28; 1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; Heb. 10:23.

3. His works (v.5a) - The psalmist exclaims "how great are Your works!" Nothing is comparable to the greatness of the works of God, whether in the world of micro nature or in that of macro nature. All God made all with a view to the benefit of His creature. In Psalm 104:24 we read: "O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions" Psalm 104:24 (NKJV). See Rom. 11:33-36.

4. The thoughts (purposes) of God (v.5b) - There we read that the thoughts of God are very deep! "A senseless man does not know, nor does a fool understand this"! (v.6). Rom. 11:34 says: "who has known the mind of the LORD?" and I Cor. 2:16: "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we, His children, "have the mind of Christ". How good it is to know that we are within the sovereign and deep purposes of God and that we have them to guide and enrich our life! See Isa. 55:7-9 and Eph. 4:1.

5. The eternity of God (v.8) - Here we read: "But You, LORD, are on high forevermore." Only the Eternal can guarantee our eternity. The victory over death is guaranteed. See John 10:28; 1 Thess. 4:17; 1 Cor. 15:52-57.