Monday, August 08, 2011

Before the Face of God

 10But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
 11By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
 12And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.
 13Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen. 

 Before the Face of God

One of the great blessings of having the entire Word of God at our disposal is that we have the privileged view of the bigger picture of life. As we read through the plights of God's people in Old Testament times, we find ourselves getting frustrated with their continual disobedience. Can they not see how easy their life would be if they were just obedient to God? How could they be so foolish as to serve the idols of the neighboring nations?

Then, we stop and look at our own life and realize how easy it is to forsake God and serve the idols of this world. We have the entire Word of God which reveals God's faithfulness to His children. Though they would wander away from Him, He was always there to forgive them and come to their aid when they humbled themselves before Him. David stated it this way in Psalm 41, verse 12,
And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.
Just think of what David is saying; we are sitting before the face of God, and will remain there forever! How differently might we live if we could imprint that picture in our minds in such a way that it would remain there 24/7? 
However, what do we see every single day of our lives? We see the world, with all of its tantalizing temptations, running at a break-neck pace in the opposite direction. Yet, they seem to be happy and successful without God. How can that be? 

Do you think, perhaps, we have a distorted view of reality? Are the people of the world happy and successful? What do they do to fill that empty void meant for Christ alone? More importantly, even if they were totally happy and successful by our standards, what of eternity?

Let us take some time today and ponder the truth. God is God. He sits on the throne of heaven with the earth as His footstool continually monitoring and aiding His children, wooing them back from times of disobedience, and filling their hearts with joy, peace, and love. What is more important than that? Nothing! 

As you go through the events of this day, may you ever be mindful that everything that happens to you happens before the face of God. He sees, He cares, He understands, and He loves with a love beyond our comprehension. 

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,

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