Thursday, April 24, 2008

Contrasts

April 24: Psalms 43-45, 49, 83-85, & 87

1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
deliver me!
Psalm 43:1

13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah
14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
death shall be their shepherd.
Psalm 49:13-14

6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness.
Psalm 45:6

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Psalm 84:1-2

1 On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
2 the Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
3 Glorious things of you are spoken,
O city of God.
Psalm 87:1-3

Contrasts

There are only two roads! One leads to death, and the other leads to life everlasting. As we do in today's reading, we often see the contrasts between the two laid out in the Psalms.

It should be simple, should it not? As a Christian, however, we are often buffeted between the two. Though we know the way of the wicked, we are often compelled to look their way with longing. At other times, though we trust in God, He seems far away. The Psalmist expressed it this way in Psalm 44:23-24,

Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?

What are we to do on days like this? What do you notice in the portions of Psalms 84 & 87 shown above? The Psalmist turned his eyes heavenward!

That is the key, is it not? Pray today that God would fill you with His presence today that your eyes may be drawn to heaven and not on the things of this earth.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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