Tuesday, June 26, 2012

God was Forgotten!

 13They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
 14But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
 15And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

God was Forgotten!

It was a sad day for the nation of Israel; God was forgotten--at least the miraculous deeds He had done were forgotten. Remember, this happened while God still lived among the nation in a cloud by day and a fire by night. How could they forget?

Are we so very much different? The whole intent of this series of Psalms Devotions is to remember God, our First Love. Do you remember how precious God was the hour you first believed? Do you remember how dearly you felt the very presence of God surrounding you with peace an comfort when someone close passed away?

We may not see the presence of God in a cloud by day or a fire by night, but we have the entire Word of God pointing us to God and proclaiming the great salvation purchased for us by Christ, the Lord, the Son of God and Son of Man.

Yet, we forget! We forget this God we love when our hearts are drawn away by the pleasures and cares of this world. We forget God when we immerse ourselves in books and movies where a world without God is the norm. We often forget that fiction is fiction. In the book and movie, The Exorcist, proclaiming the blood of Christ, was powerless against the demon, but is that true?

No! There is no demon that cannot be stopped when we proclaim the blood of Christ shed for our sins. Yet, the world portrays a life that either has not God, or one in which the "religious" people are wimpy, slightly crazy, or cruel and evil.

Remember, Satan is the angel of light who can appear lovely, beautiful, and desirous as He draws people away from the truth of God's Word. In all his beauty, he is still a liar, who desires to bring as many people with him to his ultimate destruction, which he knows is coming.

Let us, this day, remember this God we love and serve. Let us live this day with complete awareness of God, our Help and Fortress walking beside us, removing the wicked forces which surround us and would cause us to stumble on our way.

That reminds me of a song we sang in church when I was a girl, still at home, written by Vernon Charlesworth in 1880, and set to music by Ira Sankey. The words to "A Shelter in the Time of Storm" are taken from Isaiah 25:4, For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. 

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

Go, this day, and live in the love and power of God who is your own personal shelter in the time of storm!

God Bless You,

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