Friday, July 03, 2009
Light is Sown
10 O you who love the LORD, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!
Psalm 97:10-12, English Standard Version
Light is Sown
I had a note on my home page of Facebook today from my nephew, Landon, reporting that his crops are in and he can actually enjoy the 4th of July. As a farmer, his holidays depend upon sowing the seed and harvesting the crops. I thought of that when I read the verses shown above.
The Psalmist commands us to hate evil, and then goes on to tell us that light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. What a wonderful reminder of God's love for his people.
However, when Landon sows his crops his work is not done. All summer and into the fall he must fight the weeds that seek to take over and destroy his crops. So, too, do the weeds of sin seek to overtake us. Why would we be encouraged to hate evil, unless evil continues to seek to destroy our testimonies of God's grace in our lives?
What do you think is involved in hating evil? I can think of a few things; perhaps you can think of others. We think of turning away from sin, but more must be done to insulate us, even from our own selves! Spending time in the Bible and in prayer are the most obvious forms of insulating us against the prongs of the devil.
Why is it that taking a few minutes from each day to read and meditate upon the Word of God, and in fellowship with God in prayer seems to be too much to ask? In our busy lives, we view a quiet time with the Lord as optional.
I would encourage you today and in the days ahead to rekindle that precious time with the Lord each day. Light is sown, but what do you do to protect the light of God from being overpowered by sin?
God Bless You,