Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Rock

 12The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
 13Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
 14They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
 15To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. 

My Rock

Who do you exalt? Whether we like it or not, everyone of us exalt someone or something. We may exalt our own name, the name of another person, or we may exalt the name of our favorite team. We may do this intentionally or even unintentionally. It just seems to be part of our very nature, to stand for something or for someone.

Psalm 92 speaks of the righteous who exalt the Lord. Not only do they flourish, but those planted in the house of the Lord flourish in the courts of God, bringing forth fruit in their old age, showing that the Lord is upright. Their very lives cry out, He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

That is pretty amazing when you think about it. There is not one person in our world of whom we can boast, he is upright. No one is upright! No one is without sin! Yet, we can boast in the Lord, for He knew no sin. Indeed, He, who knew no sin, became sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

If we truly understood that, as Christians, we would spend our entire lives for the Lord Jesus Christ. Only in Him is perfection, and through Him we appear before God as righteous. It is truly more than we can comprehend. Why did God, when looking upon the foolishness of man, determine to send His own Son to save a people for Himself? There was not one thing in us that would make us worthy of the death of His Son.

There is not one thing in this world in which we live that is more important than our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He came to this earth with one intent, to show us the Father, and to personally provide a way to Him. All of the pleasures of this world, and all of the riches we could attain mean nothing apart from Christ. In Him we have righteousness; without Him we are forever banished from the courts of the Lord.

Everything we love and hold dear about this world is nothing before Christ. Everything we love and hold dear is only temporary--it will all pass away. However, the courts of the Lord are eternal; in Christ we will enjoy the beauty and richness of eternity. Nothing on this earth can come close to the peace, joy, and contentment we will experience forever!

Let us then turn away from all this world has to offer and look to Christ and say, "He is my Rock and my Fortress. In Him alone I live and move and have my being." (Acts 17:28)

God Bless You,

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