Friday, January 28, 2011

Mere Earthly Mortals

 12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
 13Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
 14Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
 15Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
 16The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
 17LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
 18To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress. 

Mere Earthly Mortals

I love this translation of Psalm 10, verses 16 - 18, from the New International Version of the Bible.

16 The LORD is King for ever and ever;
   the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted;
   you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
   so that mere earthly mortals
   will never again strike terror
.

Do the wicked fear God? Do the wicked really believe that God will call them into account for their wicked deeds? No! According to Psalm 10:13, the wicked say, Thou wilt not require it.

As Christians, it is important that we remember that the battle is already won. The LORD is King for ever and ever. Even now, the heathen are perished out of his land. 

Do we really live as though the LORD is King? How does that knowledge affect our day to day living? Maybe I should ask, how should that knowledge affect our day to day living? God defends the fatherless and the oppressed. Do we? 

I am deeply concerned for the lack of a viable Christian testimony in our nation. Christians have often become so obsessed with the things of this world that they forget their purpose for being here. Are we here to enjoy life and amass a fortune for ourselves? Are we here to spend every waking hour seeking to earn more and more? Are we here to raise our children to become famous or powerful?

God did not save us to puff ourselves up or to work to bring recognition to ourselves. God saved us to spread the Word of God to the lost. Jesus saves - even to the uttermost. God is so filled with love that He provided a way of salvation--a way to Him--through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Do we care about our friends and loved ones who are lost? Do we pray for them? Do we encourage them and teach them that Christ is, indeed, the answer to all of our problems? 

God defends the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror

Remember we are mere earthly mortals. Only in Christ can is there love, power, and greatness.
Where are you going today? Are you going in God's direction or your own?

It is a sobering thought, is it not?

God Bless You,
Linda

2 comments:

Donna said...

Thanks for the reminder, we get wrap up in the world and forget why we are here - to preach and teach the gospel.

Linda Croft said...

Donna, you are so right. God has been really challenging me about how I view my life, and what my true purpose is while I am here.

God is so amazing, and He loves us so much!

Thanks for your comment,
Linda