Friday, December 23, 2011

Blotted Out

 22Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
 23Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.
 24Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
 25Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.
 26For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
 27Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.
 28Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. 

Blotted Out
OK, I have to admit, as a Christian, I have great difficulty dealing with verses such as we have in today's devotional from Psalm 69. Because we are commanded to love and pray for our enemies, how can we reconcile David's words, especially from verse 28? Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

In dealing with questions such as this, we must look at the bigger picture presented in the Bible. Though we are commanded to love and pray for our enemies, we must also understand that the heart of man is only evil continually. Though God showed great patience with the nations of Israel and Judah, the time came when the only recourse left was one of punishment due to the greatness of their sin in rejecting God.

Perhaps these verses would be easier for us if we were undergoing the suffering experienced by David. Though we live in what we deem a civilized society, persecutions against Christians have not slacked off through the years. As a matter of fact, the 20th century was known as the greatest century of persecution against Christians known to man!

In our heart of hearts, we desire that all men should come to the saving knowledge of Christ, but realistically, we know that only a small number will truly embrace Christ. What of the great majority? We are assured by God's Word that all men will receive their just reward, whether it be eternity with Christ, or eternity separated from God. Those who do not come to Christ will, indeed, be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Because we are not able to see into the depths of a person's heart or soul, it is prudent that we do pray that God would be gracious to them and save them. However, it is not evil to desire that God save us from the hand of the wicked and bring upon them the judgment they deserve. 

What an amazing God we serve! No one deserves the righteousness of Christ, yet God has purposed to save a people for Himself. What a time of rejoicing that will be when we reach the gates of heaven and enter in to an eternity of love and perfection with Christ.

Pray, today, for those you know who are unbelievers that God would bring them to Him and that their name will not be blotted out of the book of the living!

God Bless You,
Linda

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