Tuesday, January 31, 2012

God is God!

 10Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
 11Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
 12He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth. 

God is God!
Is there any doubt that when all is said and done, God is God? Even the wrath of man praises God, because he will restrain the remainder of man's wrath. Therefore, as we begin each day, let us begin it with God. Let us vow, and then pay unto the Lord what is His due, for it is He who we must fear. It is not man, but God who must dictate all of our actions.

How few of us actually live as though that were true! We are consumed by the distractions and worries of this life; the attitudes of the world are uppermost in most, if not all, of our decision making processes. How much better it would be if, before we even set our foot upon the ground each morning, we prayed for God's grace and help to lead and guide us through the activities of the coming day.

That really is the theme of the entire Word of God, is it not? God pictures the instability of His own people in the Old Testament, yet before we become too critical, we realize that we are so like the children of Israel. Our faith is weak; our hope burns low. 

Then, we are overcome with hope, joy, and gladness as we are astounded by the birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is our King of King and Lord of Lords. Again we are reminded that God is God, and His love surpasses all of our understanding. Christ, the Son of God, left all the glories of Heaven and took on the form of a man--a man who was despised and rejected by men. Why? So that He could, through His death and resurrection, purchase a people for Himself.

Yes, it is true that God will cut off the spirit of princes: He is terrible to the kings of the earth. Those who despise and reject Christ should tremble and fear, for their end is coming, and it is a terrible end! However, that same end is a triumphant glory for Christ and for His children.

That, dear child of God is the truth! God is God! Let us live this day in total surrender and service to our Lord and King; let us give our utmost for our Highest! Go to Christ in repentance and claim Him as your Savior and the new Lord of your life. He will save you now! (Yes, it is that easy!)

God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, January 30, 2012

Judgment

 7Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
 8Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
 9When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. 

 Judgment

The word, "judgment," seems to have a negative connotation to it, but according the the psalmist, it is the judgment of God which saves the meek of the earth. Being negative is not all that bad, especially considering a healthy dose of fear puts us in the proper perspective for viewing God.

In reality, when judgment is heard from heaven, the earth fears and is still. Man can be ever so bold when he stands before a group of people, but who can stand before the storm of God's wrath without quaking in their boots.

Unfortunately, we seem to have lost that perspective of God's character. We love to bask in His love, and indeed, His love is great and profound. However, His love must always be coupled with His righteousness and holiness which, of necessity, brings forth His judgment upon a sinful and wicked generation.

In the end, we begin to understand verse 9 much better. It is the meek of the earth--those who understand and fear before a righteous and holy God--who are saved when God rises forth to judge the living and the dead.

The right and proper fear of God, then, brings us to Him. When we come before Him, knowing that all that we ever are or can be is from God and not from ourselves, we are ready to cast off all self love and cling to Christ, who loved us with a love we cannot comprehend.
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21, KJV
Knowing all of this causes us to look forward, with great anticipation, to the final judgment of God when all wrongs will be made right, and the righteous will live with Him forevermore!

God Bless You,
Linda


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Glorious and Excellent

 4Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
 5The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.
 6At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep. 

 Glorious and Excellent

Has there ever been a time in our lifetime when the world has not been embroiled in wars and rumors of wars? Has there ever been a time in known history when the world has not been embroiled in wars and rumors of wars?

How have the strong been appointed into leadership? How have nations appeared as leaders on our globe? Has the victor's crown been given to the most knowledgeable or intellectual or has it been given to those with the most military might or strength?

We speak of and yearn for peace, but without its military might, a nation's words are just as the sound of tinkling silver. With that in mind, Asaph, the psalmist looked to God and says, "Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey."

To what is Asaph referring? When we remember that Asaph lived from the time of David's kingship, through the leadership of Solomon, and into the leadership of Rehoboam and Jereboam, we realize that he was a living testimony of God's power among the nations. The might of men meant nothing apart from the help and power of God. With God, the nation rose supreme among the nations of the world, but when the nation forsook God, so, too, did the nation suffer defeat from its enemies.

These words, and this lesson has been forgotten in our day. It would seem that the nations that have the most advanced nuclear abilities would be considered among the great nations of our day. Is that really true? Has God's arm been shortened in our day of technology and military advancements? Has man become more powerful than God?

As Christians, we are quick to acknowledge that nothing man can do will usurp the power of God, but do we really live and act as though that were true?
The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
As the nations at the time of Asaph could not find their hands, but were cast into a dead sleep, so are the nations today in the same peril. This is the God we serve. He is undone by no man or nation, but reigns supreme among all the nations of the world. That may not be obvious at this time, but the day will come when it will be made abundantly clear to all of mankind.

Go, today, and serve your most glorious and excellent Creator God!

God Bless You,
Linda


Saturday, January 28, 2012

God is Known

 1In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
 2In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
 3There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah. 

God is Known

Three little words, and yet what a difference they make in one's life! God is known. What, really, does that mean? Does not everyone know that God is God? No!

This does not mean that everyone knows that there is a God; instead, it means that Judah and Israel knew the true God, and put their trust in Him. They understood that it was God who fought and won their battles; if they went to battle armed with their own strength they would fail.

How many people today truly know God? How many people understand that they cannot put one foot before the other and succeed if they are doing so on their own power? How many people understand that all of their knowledge, strength, and efforts are futile apart from the one and only true God of all Gods, King of all Kings, and Lord of all Lords?

We live in a time where God is known by only a few; even those who once gave glory and honor to God for their success, have abandoned such archaic ideas in favor of giving honor to man. Is it not man who picks himself up by his bootstraps and, against all odds, gains the glory and prestige for himself?

What has replaced God in our day? Technology, money, power, prestige, etc. Has God changed? With all of man's new discoveries and ideas, does God now expect man to make his way alone?

Even Judah and Israel had to learn that lesson the hard way; time and time again God showed Himself to be powerful on their behalf, and yet when they turned away from Him, it was to their utter downfall and defeat.
We live in a time of many great advancements and discoveries, but the basic truth still remains the same. When God is known in the lives of His people; when they love, honor, and trust in Him, alone, He will honor and uphold them, even in times with extraordinary odds against them. 

Go to God today. Know Him, learn of Him, trust Him, obey Him. As He has promised in times past, so does He promise forever that He will never leave nor forsake His trusting children. 

We may live in the 21st century, but God is still in control. He still brakes the arrows of the bow, the shield, the sword, and the battle. The time will come when all will bow down and honor Him as Lord and King! May God hasten the day!

God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, January 27, 2012

Horns of the Righteous

 9But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
 10All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Horns of the Righteous

Horns, in the Bible, often signify power or strength. In keeping with that, Psalms 75 contrasts the horns of the wicked with the horns of the righteous.
All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
It is fitting that Psalm 75 should end with two things. First, the psalmist declares forever his praises to the God of Jacob, and secondly the psalmist reminds us that the horns of man (his power or strength) are completely in the hands of God.

That certainly is not a politically correct statement for the 21st century, is it? After all, in a time of the great world super-powers, no nation wants to admit that it has no power in and of itself. It may have been fitting in the 1700 and 1800's for the United States to stamp, "In God We Trust" on their coins, but that has become completely antiquated in the hearts of our leaders today. Even its mere symbolism is a sore spot in the minds of many.

Even as individuals, in this time of the glorification of humanity, who wants to believe that they have no power of their own, but are totally dependent upon God? We go to great expense to fill our arenas with the super hero, applauding the greatest athlete, the greatest musician, the greatest movie, the greatest men on our planet, and so on. Who among these greats is really ready to admit that their greatness does not rest upon themselves, but upon a God who lives somewhere in the heavens?

Most would take great affront at the very idea that anyone other than themselves, much less some mystical being, would even dare to take the honor and glory that they, alone, deserve. That is understandable in the world, but sadly, many professing Christians feel exactly the same way. They may not vocalize it exactly like that, but their very lives are living examples of their lack of faith.

Does that describe us? How often do we pray and seek God's will in our daily decisions? How much time do we spend pouring over God's Word, seeking His will for our lives? Are we truly children of God, or do we give lip service to God while dashing through our days seeking our own honor and glory? Are we driven to succeed so that we will look great in the eyes of the world, or so that God will be glorified in the eyes of the world?

It is good for us to examine our own lives and ponder such things. Let us remember that the horns of the righteous are exalted by God, but He cuts off the horns of the wicked. All that is done for self-glory will vanish as wood, hay, and stubble. Only what is done for Christ will advance forth in His mighty kingdom.

Go, today, and live for the glory of the Lord, for He, alone, is our power and strength. He, alone, is the horn of the righteous, so let us sing our praises to Him.

God Bless You,
Linda



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cup of the Lord

 8For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. 

Cup of the Lord

What is this cup of the Lord, and why is it filled with red wine? This is not a popular subject; we love the great stories of the love of God, and indeed, His love is great, it is unsurpassed by any other. However, God's love does not stop at His blessings upon His children. Truly, there is no love if there is no justice.

The cup of the Lord is filled with wine, the color of blood--blood that has been shed through the centuries by those who have opposed the God of heaven. From the time of Adam and Eve, Satan has been on a rampage against the children of God. No amount of the shed blood of the people of God will ever satisfy the bloodthirsty longings of Satan and his minions.

Surely, we cannot be speaking of the 21st century, can we? In this day of peace and prosperity, religious freedom is practiced throughout the world, is it not? I No! As many Christians in the west live in apathy and indifference, their brothers and sisters in Christ from other lands are giving their lives for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. Does God turn His back on these martyrs for Christ? Would justice be served if, in the name of love, God simply ignored His suffering saints?

Sadly, America is rushing as quickly as it can away from God, as His Word is trampled under the feet of polished liberals who despise the Word of God. Christians who have lived lives permeated with love for this life and the things of the world, will soon be shaken when persecution against true believers becomes the norm. How will they respond when their Bible is taken away, and their pastors and teachers are no longer allowed to preach and teach Biblical truths?

How will they respond when God removes His protection from this land that once stood proudly declaring its trust in Him? Do we honestly believe that God, who allowed His own people to suffer total defeat due to their own turning away from Him, would not do the same thing to America? Is this country so great and so strong that it can continue to dominate the world in its own power apart from the help of God?

It is time that we, as Christians, take seriously our charge from God. We are not here to heap treasures for ourselves, but are here as servants of God, placed exactly where we are to be a light and a beacon for the truth of the Gospel. We should not be surprised when the day comes that God shatters the peace and prosperity of this nation--when the cup of the Lord is poured out upon the sin of this land.

There is only one hope for American--indeed there is only one hope for all countries of the world--and that is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
 14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, King James Version)
Amen, so let it be!

God Bless You,
Linda


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

God is the Judge

 4I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
 5Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
 6For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
 7But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. 

God is the Judge

I cannot think of a more appropriate psalm for establishing our life's goal. When all is said and done, on what do you base the actions of your life? In other words, what makes you the way you are? Thinking of this, look at the advise given by the psalmist.
I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn: Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
Why does the psalmist give such advice?
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge.
It is time that Christians live their lives as though these verses are true! Like the world, we are often so busy worrying about what our neighbors think, that we plunge right in with the world building better and greater barns for ourselves, working to lift our names higher and higher in the sight of the world.

But what of the Lord? Where does the Lord stand in all of this? Do we, as Christians, actually believe that God is our Judge? Do we actually believe that it is He who puts down one and sets up another? Do we actually care about the spiritual estate of our neighbor?

I live in a country that, like Israel, was founded upon the Word of God, but that same nation now forbids prayer in school, has discontinued the national day of prayer, and refuses to protect the life of the unborn. Where is God in all of this?

As Christians, let us not live as the fools who lift up their own horns on high and speak with a stiff neck. Let us remember that God is the judge; He still puts down one and sets up another. This is the God we serve, and whether our nation is a Christian nation or not, God still rules on high!

Go, today, and live your life for the glory of God. Live as though God is the Judge!

God Bless You,
Linda



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bear Up the Pillars

 1Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
 2When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
 3The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah. 

Bear Up the Pillars

We live in an amazing world, and to that we owe thankfulness and praise to God, alone, for it is He who displays His wondrous works, not only through the beauty of this world, but through His work among the men who inhabit it. As we take the time to learn of the history of this world, we must be amazed again and again at God's hands of protection upon it. Particularly, we see God's hand of protection upon His people, who though persecuted throughout all of history, amazingly persevere and continue on even to our present day.

As Asaph ponders these things, he admits that though the earth has almost been destroyed by divisions and wars, he supports and maintains it.
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it.
What does he mean when he states, "I bear up the pillars of it."? I found an interesting commentary from John Wesley, who explains that statement in this way.
I support it by maintaining religion and justice, setting up good magistrates, encouraging good ministers who are indeed, pillars of a nation.
As we think about verse 3, what are we doing to bear up the pillars of our world? As Christians we need to respond in two ways. In whatever way we are able, we need to encourage and support Christians who are actively involved in the governments of our own countries, and even if we are in countries where that is not possible, we need to pray for our leaders. Even ungodly leaders have been known to be used of God on behalf of God's children.

It is time--yes, it is past time, that Christians shake off the dust of apathy and spend their lives for the Lord Jesus Christ. We are here for a purpose, and that purpose is not to sit idly by while the forces of evil seem to take over the world. God is still the Victor, and we are on His side!

Go today, and bear up the pillars of this world for the Lord Jesus Christ!

God Bless You,
Linda




Sunday, January 22, 2012

Remember This!


 18Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
 19O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.
 20Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
 21O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.
 22Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.
 23Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually. 

Remember This!

Does God need to be reminded? Asaph, the writer of Psalm 74, begins this psalm with the words, "Remember This." There is nothing that God forgets for which He needs reminders, however the writers of the Bible, especially the Psalms often used phrases such as this. Even though God does not have the negative traits that we possess, such as forgetfulness, it helps us to understand the relationship we have--or at least the relationship we can have--with God.

In our feeble minds, we tend to look with despair upon our circumstances and cry out to God, "Have you forgotten me?" Yet, by the very nature of questions such as this, we are encouraged as we realize that, no, God does not forget.

Asaph brings up a very interesting point in these verses.
O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever. Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
The Israelites, due to their continuing sin and rejection of God, found themselves in a terrible place. God turned His back on them, allowing their enemies to cruelly overtake and persecute them. Asaph is now asking God to have mercy upon His people and deliver them from the hands of their enemies, those filled with the habitations of cruelty.

As we ponder this, we must realize that we cannot presume upon God. Though we are Christians, we do not have a license to carelessly forget God and fill our minds with the things of this world. As Christians, we have a covenant with God. He saves us and keeps us, and we turn our hearts and lives over to God. Because we are people of this world, we cannot keep that covenant perfectly, but that does not give us a license to forget God and live as the people of the world live.

Typically, when we slip into lives of sin, God uses people and events to nudge us back to Him. However, if we continually ignore God's signals and fall farther and farther from God we will become more and more miserable. What a blessing that God does not reject us forever, but rather continues to prod us until we turn back to Him.

What of those who never return to God? There is a great danger of people assuming they are Christians. One must question if those who leave God and never return have ever truly been believers in the first place. Believing in Christ is more than just believing there is a God and wanting to go to heaven. Believing in or accepting Christ as our Savior involves the changing of our hearts. Hearts that were once filled with the pleasures of the world, now find their greatest joy in the presence of God. 

God has not given us the ability to see into the hearts of others, so it is not for us to judge their true state, whether they are true Christians or not. However, God has given us the ability to see into our own hearts. It is good for us to ponder these things and to examine our own hearts to see if we are truly believers. 

We will never see perfection; our lives will always be filled with numerous examples of times we have made foolish choices and have imitated the people of this world. However, when we become aware of our sin, we should be filled with remorse and a desire to renew our fellowship with Christ. That is the sign of a true believer.

When we are tempted to say to God, "Remember this," it is a good time to examine our own lives and see if God is sifting us and using the troubles and difficulties we face to bring us closer and closer to Him. That is a good thing, is it not?

What an amazing God we serve. Oh how He loves you and me!

God Bless You,
Linda


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Summer and Winter

 9We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
 10O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
 11Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.
 12For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
 13Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
 14Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
 15Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.
 16The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
 17Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. 

Summer and Winter
What do summer and winter have to do with the Lord? In our day of having scientific explanations for every phenomenon that occurs, we have lost the perspective that Asaph had when he penned this psalm. 

Asaph was weary! There seemed to be no end to the wickedness that surrounded him, at a time when the Godly had all but vanished from the earth. How long would this continue? There was not even a Godly prophet who could inquire of the Lord. Truly God had withheld His hand of blessing from the few righteous who remained.

Yet Asaph drew encouragement from summer and winter! When he began to think through the amazing attributes of God, He began to see how little were his own problems and difficulties. 

After all, he served a God who divided the sea by His strength, broke the heads of dragons in the waters, broke the head of the leviathan, gave food to the Israelites in the wilderness, broke open the fountain and the flood, and dried up the mighty rivers. Every day and night belonged to God who created the light and the sun, defined the borders of the lands of the earth, and made summer and winter.

It is good for us to learn from Asaph's example. Often our world becomes very small as we seem to be overcome by our own difficulties and problems. Yet the world is a much bigger place! God, who created this world, and keeps the planets in their courses, has a vested interest in the lives of each one of His children. He cares about even the little details of our lives; no problem exists that He cannot solve.

So, when live seems to overwhelm us, let us remember summer and winter. The God who created and maintains the seasons is there to keep us from all evil and guide us along His paths of light.

God Bless You,
Linda


Friday, January 20, 2012

Why, O God?

 1O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
 2Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
 3Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.
 4Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.
 5A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.
 6But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.
 7They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.
 8They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. 

Why, O God?

Few of us have had to experience the grief and frustrations that Asaph, the writer of Psalm 74 faced, crying out, "Why, O God?" After having lived through the glorious reigns of David and Solomon, and having participated in the building of the temple, imagine his despair as he helplessly stood by while men systematically destroyed the temple of God. As a priest of God, seeing the sanctuary of God set on fire was simply unthinkable.

However, these men did more than just destroy the temple, they burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. In other words, this was not just a matter of destroying a building, but rather it was the destruction of the faith in God which had so marked the Israelites as a distinct people of God. Spiritually, they were no better than the nations they had displaced, for they made a mockery of all that God had done for them.

Though we cannot imagine Asaph's grief, we do see the same manifestations of the true heart of man in our world today. Where once we saw churches standing boldly in the name of the Lord, we see churches that barely remain churches at all, making a mockery of the Bible they once professed to believe. Many pulpits are filled with pastors who no longer believe the Word they are called to profess. Rather than holding forth the power of God, these congregations have become mere social organizations useful for networking only.

How can that be? It is important for us to realize that, as Christians, we are called to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). But, what does that mean? While it is true that we cannot save ourselves, it is Christ alone who has done that, God does call us to continually renew our hearts and minds by spending time in His Word. The Christian life that is not growing stronger in faith, is growing weaker!

We must dust off the covers of our Bibles and become people of the Word, while we still have the freedom to do so. Daily quiet times with the Lord are not just luxuries, they are necessities! Then, we must pray for our pastors and teachers that they would boldly proclaim the truths of the Word rather than bowing to the whims of this generation.

Rather than just crying out, "Why, O God?", let us take an active part in maintaining a strong faith in our own lives and in the lives of our families. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. He will answer the effectual prayers of His righteous children.

God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Draw Near to God

 27For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
 28But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. 

Draw Near to God

I have so enjoyed traveling through Psalm 73 that I am sorry to have come to the end. Asaph closes this psalm with a summary: It is good to draw near to God, for those far from Him will perish.

As with all Biblical truths, we are amazed at both in their simplicity and their difficulty. We know that what Asaph tells us is true.
It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.
We know what a precious Savior we have, and all have had those glorious times when we bask in His wondrous presence, and yet we find ourselves, all too often, running after the things of this world. The daily chores of life consume our hearts and we become immersed in the necessities of earning a living, dealing with controversies, and then doing it all again the next day. But then, we read Psalm 73:28, and are reminded of the foolishness of our daily pursuits.

In the middle of all of our fretting, we are reminded that we have put our trust in the Lord our God. Just as He has faithfully brought us this far, so will He faithfully take us to the end of our days. How much easier life becomes when we begin our day with a quiet time with the Lord, remembering His great love and mercy. 

Sadly, if we do not take the time to draw near to God, we will find that we do not just remain stationary, but rather we will find ourselves slipping away from Him. However, God understands that we are but flesh; when we again draw near to Him, we find that He has always been right beside us, guiding our steps so that we did not fall.

What an amazing God we serve. Go to Him today, and thank Him for His wondrous love and mercy. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you!

God Bless You,
Linda


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Portion



 25Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
 26My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 

 My Portion

Asaph, the writer of Psalm 73, takes a minute to ponder his relationship with God, and realizes that God is everything! It is right and proper for us, as Christians, to ask the same question as did Asaph.
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
In the day in which we live, much ado is made about love. Millions of songs, novels, and movies have been written about the power of love which seems to conquer all. What or who do we love? What or who is worth more to us than even life itself? As humans, we know nothing about true love!

However, we do have the perfect example of a love which knows no bounds. God, our Creator, who could have left us to our own sin and punishment, made a way of escape for us so that we do not have to suffer the consequences of our sin. We deserve to die! The Bible tells us in Romans, 

 6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6, King James Version)

Now that is a love we cannot comprehend. Christ did not die for the righteous, because no man is righteous in and of himself. By the grace of God, the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us, so that in the eyes of God, He does not see our sin and wickedness, but sees, rather, the righteousness of Christ.

How can that be? I do not understand, but I know it is true. That is exactly what Asaph was pondering when he wrote Psalm 73. He saw his own sin and misery, but he understood that even though his own flesh and heart would fail, God was the strength of his heart.

There is no greater love that exists, and this love is available to all who see their sin and misery, and cry out to Christ to save them. That is my prayer to all of my readers this day. The answer to all of life's problems does not lie in our own abilities; the answer to all of life's problems lies in Christ alone. And, as Asaph proclaimed in Psalm 73, He is my portion for ever!

Go to Christ; He will save you now!

God Bless You,
Linda


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Guided by God

 18Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
 19How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
 20As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
 21Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
 22So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
 23Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
 24Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 

Guided by God
Psalm 73 is one of several Psalms written by Asaph, the chief musician during the time of David, Solomon, and Rehoboam, who was guided by God all of the days of his life. Knowing that helps us to understand the great burden Asaph felt in seeing the wicked prosper while the Godly were persecuted. After the golden days of King David and Solomon, Asaph saw the tide turn as Solomon turned away from the Lord, and the country then split into two kingdoms, neither of which remained faithful to God. In spite of this, Asaph, himself, loved and served God faithfully all of the days of his life.

Being grieved by the changes in his land, Asaph took comfort in knowing that God saw everything and would not be mocked. Though the wicked prospered, yet he now understood their end. Indeed, the time would come when they would be brought into desolation and would be utterly consumed with terrors. For those who despise the Lord will come to a time when He will despise them.

As he contemplated all of these things, Asaph was grieved in his heart over his own foolishness. For though he was persecuted in his later years, he was in a much better place than that of his persecutors. Even in the most difficult of times, God was continually with him, holding him by his right hand, and guiding him with His counsel. Though life was filled with terror, the day would come when God would receive him into glory.

The beauty of contemplating these things comes when we realize the truth that this same Asaph has now been with the Lord for over 2000 years! Our years here on this earth are but a vapor, especially in light of the eternity we will spend with the Lord.

Let us pray that, like Asaph, we will be guided by God and that we will faithfully serve Him all of the days of our lives. When we become burdened by the difficulties of this life, may we stop and ponder our amazing God who never leaves or forsakes us. 

What a heritage has been left to us by Asaph. As we continue to read the psalms he wrote, may we be reminded that even in the worst of times, God preserves a remnant of those who remain faithful to Him. May we be part of that remnant all of the days of our lives.

Go, then, and be guided by God!

God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, January 16, 2012

Understood Their End!

 15If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
 16When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
 17Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 
(Psalm 73:15-17, King James Version

Understood Their End
!

As we walk through Psalm 73, we find the psalmist bemoaning his lot in life, especially in view of the untroubled life of the wicked. While he seemed to have difficulties on all sides, the wicked seemed to live apparent lives of ease. Verse 17 of Psalm 73 totally changes the viewpoint of the psalmist.
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
What happened to change the psalmist's mind? It is so easy for us to do exactly the same thing; we are consumed with our own troubles and then take a cursory look at our enemies. Suddenly life seems to be too much to handle; it just seems so unfair! Why is our life so filled with troubles while the wicked seem to skate through life with nothing but pleasures?

However, when the psalmist took his eyes off himself and looked into the Word of God (came into the sanctuary of God), he understood their end. First, he realized that the apparent easy life of the wicked was just a mirage. Even if the wicked lived all of his days in great ease and suffered no evil, what kind of a future did he have? Where would he spend eternity?

It is important that, as Christians, we do not take ourselves too seriously. We are not to be consumed by the moment, but rather must always keep our eyes focused upon Christ. This world is the best that the wicked will have, but for the Christian, this life is but a fleeting moment. No matter what the discomforts may be, we will spend eternity in the glorious presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ does not call us to a life of comfort and ease, but He calls us to a life of service for Him. In that life of service we are often tried as gold is tried in a fire, and refined until we come forth shining. Even Christ, Himself, did not live a life of ease. What He asks of us is a small thing in comparison to what He suffered to bring us eternal life!

By the grace of God, let us take our eyes off the comforts and ease of this world, and look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. It is He who saves us and who keeps us until the day we walk into His presence forever! Just as the psalmist understood their end, so too should we look at this life through the eyes of faith granted to us by Christ, and pray for the wicked, that they might come to know Christ.

God Bless You,
Linda



Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hidden!

 10Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
 11And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
 12Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
 13Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
 14For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. 

Hidden!

We have all heard the saying, "What you don't know won't hurt you," but is that really true? We must remember that the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is hidden from the ungodly. How else could they live their lives with no fear?

There is no fear of God in their eyes, for they say, "It does not matter what we do, for even if there is a God, how does He know what we do and say? God does not care what man does; He has no knowledge of our secret plans."

It is not hard to understand why they think such things. After all, their life is a life of ease and prosperity. Dwelling on such things can certainly cause great discouragement for the Godly. However, just a little careful thought helps us to realize that the wicked are in a very dangerous position. They do not understand their state before God, but we do!

With that knowledge comes responsibility. It is the responsibility of every Christian to take the knowledge of God to the wicked, remembering that before we came to Christ, we, too, were one of the wicked! Who shared Christ with us? Who prayed that God would open our eyes to understand our need of Christ?

The psalmist continued by stating,
Verily I have cleaned my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
Indeed, we may seem to be plagued every morning, but praise God that He uses such things to keep us close to Him! Without the constant reminders of our daily need of Christ, we would soon forget the Lord and bask in the pleasures of the world. 

By the grace of God, the Gospel was not hidden from us. Therefore, let us, also by the grace of God, seek to pray for the wicked and look for ways to spend ourselves for Christ that His Gospel will be made known to them. 

In closing, I pray that the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is not hidden to you! Go to Christ; He, alone, holds the key to everlasting life; He will save you now!

God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Purpose of Troubles

 4For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
 5They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
 6Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
 7Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
 8They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
 9They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 

Purpose of Troubles

What is the purpose of troubles? Why does God allow Christians to go through so many difficulties? As His children, why are our lives not filled with comfort and ease?

In Psalm 73, the writer answers these questions. As he gazes upon the lives of comfort and ease, he notices something else about the wicked. Do they appreciate the comforts of life they possess? Do these comforts make them nicer people?

Actually, the reverse is true. What does the psalmist notice about the wicked? Though their strength is firm, and they do not seem to have troubles and plagues like other men, their lives are filled with violence. Pride rears its ugly head in their lives, and in their corruption they shake their fists in the face of God and rail against Him.

Just a short tour of history reminds us that possessions and ease bring corruption and oppression. Does it have to be this way? No! The fault does not lie in the possessions we own or the ease of life that comes our way. However, our natures are such that our own pride brings corruption. Rather than looking to God as the source of our hope and joy, we take pride in our own greatness and abilities.

As we look through the annals of history, we realize that God's people seem to have been the strongest when their lives were filled with persecution and difficulties. Just because we are children of God, we are not immune to the sin and pride of man. It was pride which caused Adam and Eve to sin (they could be like God), and pride will tear our hearts away from the Lord.

Could it be, then, that the purpose of troubles is to drive us to the Lord? We serve an amazing God, who understands the innermost secrets of our hearts. His goal for us in life is not to provide us with comfort and prosperity, but rather to draw us to Him.
 8Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
 9And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. (Matthew 18:8-9, King James Version)

It is better to live a life of trouble and difficulties that we may live an eternity with our Lord!

God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, January 13, 2012

As For Me!

 1Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
 2But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
 3For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 

As For Me!

As Christians, we are so like the psalmist. We readily admit that God is good to His children, but it is often difficult to understand how He is good to us. In fact, we find ourselves doing exactly what the psalmist did; we find ourselves envying the wicked.
But as for me, . . . I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Though we know better, we find ourselves looking on the outward appearance. Of course, that is not unique to Christians; it is in our nature to judge others by what we see, and to assume that prosperity, alone, is enough to bring us happiness.

Often burdened by the struggles of life, we can understand the woes of the psalmist. Our feet slip and slide over the continuous deluge of troubles that seems to come our way, and yet, when we look at unbelievers, they seem to be gliding along with no apparent discomfort. Surely, with such comforts of life, they must be the happiest people alive!

We will discover, later in this psalm, that when the writer takes his eyes off his own troubles and the apparent ease of the wicked, he wisely remembers that true happiness is a gift of God, and does not come from one's possessions. A clean heart is priceless; it is worth more than all of the gold or silver of this world.

Yes, truly God is good to Israel, and to all of His children. Though our lives may seem to be filled with difficulties, the source of all joy and happiness is the Lord Jesus Christ. Like the psalmist, let us focus on Christ who has removed all of the burdens of this life and replaced them with His righteousness. 

Rather than envying the wicked, let us say, "As for me, my steps are ordered by the Lord, so that even though the way may be treacherous, He will keep my feet firmly rooted in the truth of His Word."

That, dear friends, is the true secret of joy, happiness, and peace, that will last through all eternity!

God Bless You,
Linda




Thursday, January 12, 2012

Legacy

 18Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.
 19And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.
 20The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

Legacy

As I read through this psalm it perplexed me as it was obvious that this psalm spoke of King Solomon, but ended with,
The prayer of David, the son of Jesse are ended.
Then I realized that this psalm, written shortly before David's death, was a prayer for King Solomon, for Solomon was placed upon the throne by David while he was still living. What a glorious legacy to leave his son!

Verses 18 and 19 are a benediction; of all the things David could tell his son, he saved the most important for the end.
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.
We would do well to pray these words every morning before we get out of bed, and every night before we go to sleep. Only God truly does wondrous things! By His grace let us pray that the whole earth would be filled with his glory. That prayer will come to pass; the time will come when all of the earth will acknowledge God for who He is and will honor and glorify His name.

The question to ask, then, is, what are we, as God's children, doing to bring that to pass? God has placed us here, not just to bask in abundance and seek our own pleasure, but to bring the knowledge of God to the uttermost parts of the earth. Each of us reaches our own, unique, group of people. Do we pray for our families, friends, and acquaintances? Do we seek ways to tell them of Christ? Do we show them by the example of our lives what it means to follow Christ?

God has blessed us with the good news of the Gospel, and has granted to us the riches of His kingdom. He has not given these riches to us so that we may hide them under a bushel, but so that we may shine the Light of the Gospel upon others.

Even greater than the legacy David gave to Solomon is the legacy which Christ gave to us! Let us spend our lives sharing the Gospel with those around us who live in darkness, praying that our testimonies will move them to desire Christ, their only hope!

What an amazing God we serve; oh how He loves you and me!

God Bless You,
Linda


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Forever!

 15And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.
 16There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
 17His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. 

Forever!
As we continue our devotionals from Psalm 72, we recognize the "handwriting" of King Solomon, who was given the gold of Sheba when the Queen of Sheba visited him. Even though these verses speak of King Solomon, they are also speaking of the One of whom King Solomon is a type, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Though the name of Solomon has endured even to the present day, it is truly the name of Christ that shall endure forever, for truly His name shall continue as long as the sun. Only in Him can we say, men shall be blessed in him; all nations shall call him blessed.

How amazing is it that these words, penned thousands of years ago, are so poignant in our day? As we see the world running as quickly as it can away from the rule of God, may we, as Christians, keep our faces steadfastly turned to God, our Rock and our Hope. Let us remember that our prayers should be made to Him continually; daily we must praise His name.

As we look upon the blessings that have been heaped upon us, let us remember that these are the blessings of God. We live in a time of great abundance, but it may not always be so. For while many of us sit in the lap of luxury, we must remember those who, because of their faith and trust in God, are being persecuted, living in poverty, and being torn from their families. Has God left them? Is not His arm of protection strong enough to keep them from evil?

No, God has not left them; He is still their Rock and Fortress. In Him they find hope, peace, joy, and comfort, for the things of this earth are just temporary, but the Word of the Lord will stand forever!  Let us continue to pray for these dear brothers and sisters in Christ that they will stand firm in the day of adversity.

Let us also be reminded that the abundance of blessings that are being heaped upon us will not last forever. Even in the supposedly Christian nation of the United States, the tide is continuing to turn against true believers. Let us fill our hearts and lives with God's Word while we can so that, when the day of adversity comes, we, too, will be able to stand against the rulers of darkness.

Only of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ can it be said, His name shall endure forever! Go to Him today, put your faith and trust in Him, and pray that He will guide you and teach you in the way you should go. In Christ is no darkness, neither shadow of turning. In Him, alone, is the Light of Life!

God Bless You,
Linda



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

He Shall Redeem

 12For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
 13He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.
 14He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. 

 He Shall Redeem

The writer of Psalm 72 summed up the entire Word of God in just three words: He shall redeem. To what is the psalmist referring? First it seems as though he is just referring to the physical needs of the people:
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy . . .
However, the psalmist does not stop there, but continues:
. . . and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.
Does this mean that all Christians will be rich? Does becoming a Christian guarantee no more troubles in life? No! While it is true that God will, indeed, deliver our souls from deceit and violence, that deliverance is an eternal deliverance from the deceit and violence of Satan. 

Thankfully, though, God does promise to walk by our side all of the days we live upon this earth. With the troubles and difficulties, He promises grace and strength to walk through the valleys of trouble and despair that often come our way.

You see, while we remain on this earth, we are surrounded by great forces of evil. The children of God are buffeted on every side by the minions of Satan. Our God, however, also surrounds us with His angels who fight the forces of evil on our behalf, and He grants us His Spirit to give us wisdom, comfort, and understanding.

Therefore David, the psalmist, could say, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, KJV)

I fear that far too many Christians do not take seriously the commission they have been given by God as well as the power of the evil one. Largely through apathy and indifference the modern day Christian walks a life that is consumed by the cares of this world, with little or no thought of the powers of evil that fight against them. Instead, they complacently walk right into the trap that has been set before them, and live ineffective lives for Christ, their Savior.

Jesus came to this earth with one purpose, and He diligently spent His life for that purpose. Even when a child, while submitting to His earthly parents and learning the family trade, He was ever about His father's business as evidenced by His appearance before the scribes in Jerusalem when he was only twelve years old.

As Christians let us wake up and take on the battle cry, "He Shall Redeem!" No matter what our vocation, that is why God has left us here on this earth. What part will you play in the redemption of souls this day?

Let us pray, today, for the redemption of God's people, and ask that He would show us the work that He would have each one of us do for His honor and glory!

God Bless You,
Linda



Monday, January 09, 2012

Dominion

 8He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
 9They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
 10The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
 11Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. 

Dominion

Dominion is not a word that we see very often, so just what does it mean? One dictionary defines it this way: the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority. Psalm 72 rightly proclaims,
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
This verse was rather significant, as the common thought during the time of David was that each nation had its own god. Therefore, when one nation conquered another nation, it was believed that their god was establishing his superiority over the gods of the defeated nation. Considering that, the psalmist is making quite an assertion. There is only one God, and He has dominion over all the earth, not only from sea to sea, but even unto the ends of the earth.

Then, as if there was any doubt as to the psalmist's meaning, he again asserts in verse 11:
Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.
We have seen a partial fulfillment of this prophecy in our day, for the worship of God is not confined to the nation of Israel, but rather God is, indeed, worshiped from sea to sea and even unto the ends of the earth. However, it is also true that, in our day, not every nation, as a nation, worships God. Will that ever happen?

Yes! Every prophecy of God will happen just as He has ordained it to be written in the Bible. There is a lot of disagreement as to how and when that will occur, but make no mistake, a day will come when all nations will bow before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The question we must each ask ourselves, as children of God, is, "What am I doing for the Lord to help spread His Word from sea to sea and even unto the ends of the earth?" We are living in a time when the fields are ripe and ready to harvest. 

As Christians, God grants us many avenues to aid in the spread of the Gospel of Christ. We can serve as full time missionaries and pastors, and we can pray for those who serve Christ in full time capacities, but are those the only avenues of serving Christ and spreading His Gospel. If we believe that, we are really missing the point.

Praise God for those who have been called to spend their lives in a full time capacity, but they are not the only ones being called! Every single Christian has been called of God to spread the Gospel. To aid in that mission, God has placed Christians in many diverse occupations throughout the whole world. Most of us will find ourselves surrounded by those whose only Bible reading done is that which they see in our lives as we faithfully serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sadly, many Christians have become so like the world in their words and actions that Christ's Light shines very dimly, if at all, to the unsaved in their lives. Let us, by the grace of God, reclaim God's dominion in our own lives and boldly live for His honor and glory, praying that the world will no longer shape us in its image, but rather that the image of Christ may be seen in our lives.

I close with the words of this great hymn.

Christ shall have dominion
Over land and sea,
Earth's remotest regions
Shall his empire be;
They that wilds inhabit
Shall their worship bring,
Kings shall render tribute,
Nations serve our King.

Christ shall have domionion
Over land and sea,
Earth's remotest regions
Shall his empire be.

God Bless You,
Linda





Sunday, January 08, 2012

Moon is No More!

 5They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
 6He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.
 7In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

Moon is No More!

The New King James translation of the above verses is quite good.
 5 They shall fear You
         As long as the sun and moon endure, 
         Throughout all generations.
 6 He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing,
         Like showers that water the earth.
 7 In His days the righteous shall flourish,
         And abundance of peace, 
         Until the moon is no more
          (Psalm 72:5-7, New King James Version)
What a faithful God we serve; the psalmist reminds us that there will remain those faithful to God until the moon is no more! God's faithfulness will continue, as steadily as the rain upon the grass--as showers that water the earth. For the child of God, His faithfulness and peace will remain forever!

What happens when the moon if no more? Will that time ever really come? There are some things that we so take for granted that we rarely consider any alternative. Yet, do not even the scientists warn us of changes in the earthly weather pattern? 

For the child of God, our peace, hope, and assurance rests in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are already familiar with the truth that our hope does not rest in this world. God is bigger than this world! We do not fear when the Bible tells us that a time will come when God will destroy this earth and will create a new heavens and a new earth.

However, it is important that we, as children of God, take the charge God has given to us seriously. He has not sent us here just to have a good life! He has sent us here to be a voice for Him. We know that Christ will return, perhaps very soon; we know that the world will not continue on indefinitely. What, then, are we doing to bring the knowledge of Christ to others?

As Christians we must first prepare ourselves by faithfully reading and studying the Word He has given to us, and we must continually nurture our personal relationship with Christ. We do that through our own quiet times with the Lord, but also by developing good relationships with other believers, and by finding a solid Bible church that God will use to minister to us.

As we prepare ourselves to learn and know that Bible, and to live it in our daily lives, God will use our lives as a testimony to others. Often, Christians are the only "Bible" that the world reads. As we face the struggles and difficulties of this life, we draw upon God's strength and help to aid us, and the world sees how we respond!

Tonight, as you look up into the sky and gaze upon the moon, remember that God is faithful, but the days of unbelievers coming to Christ will only continue until the moon is no more--and that day is coming!

God Bless You,
Linda





Saturday, January 07, 2012

Judgments of God

 1Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
 2He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
 3The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.
 4He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. 

Judgments of God

The psalmist brings up an interesting point as he begins this psalm.
Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
The nation that governs and lives by the judgments of God is indeed a blessed nation, and so it is right that we pray this for our nations. Sadly, nations that were founded upon the judgments of God are quickly leaving those roots and embracing the wisdom of man. Does this go unnoticed by God?

I live in a nation which has been abundantly blessed by God largely due to the number of true believers within its land, however even professing believers today seem to be more concerned about their status, their bank accounts, and the latest styles rather than by being zealous for the Lord. They are frightened by being criticized about their tacky dress, but seem oblivious to offending the Lord Jesus Christ.

As Christians today, we need to wake up and look around us. Where is God in this world today? Does He notice when the world seems to swing farther and farther away from Him? Of course He does. First of all, He is not the least bit surprised, as nothing is occurring that has not been prophesied in His Word. As we see the world quickly slipping away from the foundations of God's Word, we must pray that we are not following in the steps of the world.

Our hope does not rest upon the devices of this world, our hope rests in Christ alone! No matter how things may appear, God is faithful to those who are faithful to Him, but His favor will not abide forever toward the nation(s) or the people who follow Him with their lips but not their hearts.

That is what made David such a great king. David was not sinless, indeed he committed some grievous sins, but he always went back to God, repented of his sin, and followed God. In his heart of hearts, God always remained his first love.

To the righteous, the judgments of God bring peace, but to the wicked they will bring the sword of affliction. Indeed verse 4 is true.
He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
Let us then walk today in the righteousness of God and leave the foolishness of this world behind!

God Bless You,
Linda