Saturday, April 07, 2012

Beauty of the Lord

 13Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
 14O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
 15Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
 16Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
 17And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. 

Beauty of the Lord

Couched in these beautiful verses from Psalm 90 is one of the most powerful messages presented to us in the Psalms. The essence of our entire lives, considering the days of pain and anguish as well as the sunny and joy-filled days, is given in these few short verses.

Rightly so, the psalmist cries out to the Lord, O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Though salvation can come at any time, even at the point of death, happy is the person who comes to Christ early in their life, so that they spend most of their days in the gladness and joy of the Lord.

Does that mean that a person who comes to Christ early in their lives will not suffer afflictions? Absolutely not! Often, the Christian suffers more trials and burdens than their unbelieving family and friends, but as the psalmist expresses, these afflictions come from the hand of our dear Sovereign Lord. As such they are measured or tempered, and are specific to us, pointing out sins that rob us of that sweet fellowship with our God.

Understanding this, helps us to grow and mature in our relationship with the Lord. Instead of being overcome and perplexed by the afflictions that bear down upon us, we learn to trust in the loving hand of our Lord and King. As we draw upon the comfort and hope that we have in Christ, our Savior, our lives are filled with a sweet peace that carries us through the days of adversity. Instead of anguish and sadness, others see the beauty of the Lord reflected in our innermost heart and soul.

Even our children benefit from parents who, converted early in their lives, can lead them into that same understanding of the realities of this short, troubled life, trusting in Christ, alone, for all of their hope and joy. Though their parents cannot save them, they show Christ to them through example, and faithfully pray that God would reveal Himself to them.

As parents, we must not neglect our prayers for our children. Growing up in the 21st century is a difficult process, where Satan, hungry for their souls, places temptations at every twist and turn of their life. Blessed is the child who has come to faith in Christ, and is undergirded by the prayers of their Mom and Dad.

The psalmist ends with that glorious verse,
And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
May the beauty of the Lord rest upon you this day, and may the Lord Jesus Christ be praised!

God Bless You,
Linda




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