Thursday, October 20, 2011

God Rules

 11Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
 12For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
 13Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah. 

God Rules

As we traverse through the Psalms, sometimes it seems that many of the Psalms, such as Psalm 59, could be taken right out of today's newspapers. The enemies of God seem to multiply on the earth daily. As Christians, our prayers could easily echo those of David. It is interesting to note that in His pleas to God, he asks God not to slay the wicked, lest his own people forget. Forget what?

David does not want his own people to forget that God rules, not only in Jacob, but to the ends of the earth. Is that true in our day as well? Does God rule over the earth? Many people, world wide confess to be Christians, but not all of them would agree that God rules over the earth?

We must be careful that we do not come to the Word of God with preconceived ideas as did the Pharisees in Jesus' day. In their expectations of the coming Messiah, they were not prepared for a man such as Jesus. They were expecting a triumphant king, and thus missed the obvious when the true Messiah stood before them.

What does it mean when we say, "God rules?" What preconceived conceptions do we have of a world ruled by God? What burdens do we place on God in order to accept the idea that He does, indeed, rule this world?

Truly, we are arrogant beings! We foolishly hold God to account for a world that is steeped in sin, expecting God to suddenly remake this world into a utopia. Because we do not see that happening, we are more comfortable saying that Satan has been given temporary charge of this world. Is that really true?

David did not believe that, and neither should we! The great comfort for Christians is the knowledge that God, from before time began, already had a master plan in place that would rescue mankind from his sin, and would ultimately place those who came to Him in a new heaven and a new earth. The very kingdom which we envision will certainly exist, but not until the day God has ordained it to come to pass.

Sadly, those who reject Christ will not be part of that glorious kingdom! In his understanding of these very things, David said, 
"Slay them not," and just a few verses later, "Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth."
As we go about the duties of this day, may we be reminded by the words of David, God rules! As believers, we are part of the greatest kingdom in the heavens above and the earth beneath! How amazing is that?

God Bless You,

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