10Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
11Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
12Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
In His Hands
Darkness and light--righteous and evil. Where is the middle ground? There is none! Yet we live in a culture that continually pictures life that is gray--in the middle of darkness and light. It exists in movies and novels, but it does not exist in real life. Today's hero is basically good, but there also has to be that "saucy" element to make him or her more realistic. Without a good measure of darkness the hero would be boring, and who wants a boring hero!
Psalm 97 reminds us that there is no middle ground when it simply states, "Ye that love the LORD, hate evil." One cannot do both, either one loves evil and hates the Lord, or one loves the Lord and hates evil.
If that is true and we have made a commitment to love the Lord our God, why do we wrestle with sin? Why does sin keep poking its ugly head in our lives? Since sin entered the world, through Adam and Eve, it has become our constant companion. When we seem to be the closest to the Lord, we seem to struggle the most with our sin. Having conquered those great sins which seem to trouble us the most, we are surprised when they again force their way into our lives.
But there is hope! For the believer has an Advocate who will never leave nor forsake them.
He preserveth the souls of his saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
In truth, one cannot truly know joy and gladness apart from the Lord. In Christ we have that pure love and peace that continually evades those who do not know Christ. In Christ we have the Light of life, and oh how pure and lovely it is!
Even more comforting is the the knowledge that our salvation does not depend upon us, for if it did, we would all be lost! None of us has the ability to continue forward on our walk with the Lord in our own power.
He preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
It is true, by power of Christ we are nestled safely in His hands. It is He who saves us, it is He who keeps us, and it is He who will safely bring us into heaven to live with Him forever!
Amen! So come quickly Lord Jesus!
God Bless You,