Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: April 6, Plumbing messages…
- Psalm 8
- Psalm 19
- Psalm 32
- Psalm 65
- Psalm 68
- Psalm 103
- Psalm 108
- Psalm 138
Messages abound second after second. Twitter feeds, Facebook news feed, emails on our cell phones rarely out of reach overwhelm us with note upon note. And yet, God is in the whisper. His presence in the silence screams louder than any SuperBowl advertisement ever could. Yet His persuasion draws us. So how do we know? How can we tell if a message is from God? Psalm 19 gives a sneak peek into the character of the One we follow:
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” –Psalm 19:7-9, NKJV
David’s descriptors provide us a plumb line by which to measure the trueness, the straightness of what we believe may be from God. In construction, a plumb line is comprised of a chalked string with a weight on the end. When held at a height, the weight draws the string straight and taut in a truly perpendicular line to the ground. Snapping the line releases the chalk unto a wall so that you can know for certain that something is perpendicular.
This same chalk line gives us a true measure of the messages we receive. Comparing a message to the plumb-line of God gives us a strategy by which we can see Him more clearly.