Saturday, November 26, 2011

All the Earth!

 1Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
 2Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
 3Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
 4All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah. 

All the Earth!
All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name.
When we truly stop to think of this wondrous God we serve, we are certainly left speechless! Who, in all the annals of time has ever heard of a God, who rather than punish men for their sins, sent His own Son to die for the sins of man, and then offers to man eternal life and glory with Him forever! Of course, the only catch is that man has to make a choice as to whether he will continue to immerse himself in sin or choose the path of life and righteousness with Christ forever.

It seems to be a "no brainer," and yet we know that, in reality, very few choose life with Christ. Yet for those, chosen of God, who make that step of life and light, the glories are never-ending! Unfortunately, while still on this earth, our own struggle with our natural, sin nature causes us unending grief. We truly do love our sin, and find it impossible to give up.

In my current Bible reading, I am in the books of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. What a sad commentary for the nation of Israel. First, split apart by dissension, the kingdoms are led by one king after another. None of the kings of the norther tribes, Israel, served God, and many of the kings of the southern tribes, Judah, did not serve God. In spite of momentous times in their history, seeing God miraculously come to their aid again and again, most of the people chose the gods of the nations surrounding them.

Rare was the king who served God all of his days. Even Solomon, the wisest and wealthiest man alive, left the God He loved in his latter days and served the gods of his many wives and concubines. Of course, we have only to look into our heart of hearts to understand the difficulties they faced. Left to ourselves, we would make the same choices.

Though our works do not save us, it is so important that every child of God works out his own salvation in fear and trembling. In other words, we must actively pursue Christ by spending time in His Word and in prayer and fellowship with Him. Though we do not have the power in ourselves to remain faithful to Him, God grants us the help of His Holy Spirit to guide us and keep us faithful to Him.

The psalmist in Psalm 66 reminds us that man will not always be so ignorant. Though most may reject Christ all of their lives, the time will come at the end of the age, when all the earth will bow down and worship the Lord.

How much better to seek the Lord now while He may be found than to live all eternity without Him.
Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
God Bless You,
Linda













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