Wednesday, July 04, 2012

It's All About God!

 1O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 2Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
 3And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. 

It's All About God!

Our series of Psalms Devotions, titled "First Love" moves to Psalm 107. As I read through the entire Psalm today, and then reread the verses shown above, I thought, "It's all about God!" What is this life that God has given to us? Why are we here? What is our purpose? What is the bigger picture?

The writer of Psalm 107 implores us to give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. It is easy to skip through that sentence, for we tend to hear those words so often we stop to think about what is being said.

Do we take the LORD for granted? When you think about all you know about life, what is really good? Nothing! Oh, there are many things we label good, but when one really stops to think about it, everything on this earth has been tainted by sin, so that nothing is really good--except God. God is good. He is sinless, pure, holy, and filled with light and truth. In Him is no darkness at all, neither shadow of turning. We can cast all of our care upon the Lord our God, for He, alone, has our best interests in mind.

What of the mercy of God? What does that mean to me and to you? God's mercy does not only last for a moment, but it endures forever. God did not have to be merciful to mankind; when sin entered this beautiful world He created, He could have discarded the world and all of the inhabitants in it. Yet, before Adam and Eve sinned, God already had a plan in place. He already determined to reach down through the centuries and choose a people for Himself.

Though He saw no good in His chosen, He applied His mercy to them, bringing salvation from the destiny of eternal damnation to which they were headed. Sending His own Son to take on the lowly form of a man and endure rejection from His own people, He immersed them in the perfect blood of Christ, shed in payment for all of the sins of His chosen people.

Are you one of God's redeemed? The psalmist urges, Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Who is this enemy? Satan, the enemy of God, has his hand of all men, desiring to bring them along to share in his eternal curse in the Lake of Fire. Is that really true? Yes! Christ has literally snatched His people right out of the hand of Satan. Why, then, would we not want to tell the world about what great things God has done for us!

Who are the people of God? They are the ones that have been gathered from the east, the west, the north, and the south. Beginning with Abraham, then his descendants who became the nation of Israel, then including Gentile believers who responded to the call of Christ, the Gospel has now spread throughout the entire earth. Were all of the children of Israel believers? No! Looking forward to the coming of Christ, all men from before Christ's birth came to God through faith, just as we do today.

What is the meaning of life? What is our purpose? Why are we here? It's all about God! It is not about the world and all of the pleasures we can experience. Worldly pleasures will only endure for a moment, but the peace, joy, and love of God will endure for forever! No pleasure on earth can come close in comparison to the grace, mercy, and love of Christ bestowed upon His people.

It's all about God!

God Bless You,
Linda


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