Monday, December 31, 2012

Blessed Be the Lord

 6Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
 7Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
 8Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. 
(Psalm 124:6-8, King James Version)

Blessed Be the Lord

As a believer we understand the sentiment expressed by the Psalmist for, truly, blessed be the Lord, who has not given us what we truly deserve! Does anyone deserve salvation? Does anyone deserve Christ? No! Yet, by the wondrous grace of God, He has chosen to save a people for Himself, and to that end, sent His only Son to come to this earth as our Sacrificial Lamb!

Understanding our true estate, apart from Christ, none of us would be granted entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Through no merit of our own, we have been set aside by God Himself, and through Christ's shed blood are able to stand before Him, because of the righteousness of Christ. Not only that, we are totally unable to even live this life without the intercession of the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf.

It is good, on this last day of the year, to ponder where we have been and where we are going. Every good thing we have done this past year is due to the help we receive from the Lord. We must agree with the Psalmist, "Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth." As we look to the new year, we can do so without apprehension, for this same Jesus, who has been our help and aid in the past will guide us through the steps we will take this next year, and the next, and so on, until the day we enter Heaven's gates to live with Him forever!

It is easy for us to get so entangled with the day to day events of life that we lose sight of the bigger picture. As we pour over the pages of our Bibles, we understand that God is the same today as He was thousands of years ago when the writers of the Psalms walked this earth. They, too, faced the daily challenges of life, sometimes with great faith, and sometimes in great fear and trepidation. Yet, their race has been won, for today these same Psalmists have walked in the very presence of God for thousands of years.

So, as we look forward to 2013, with all of its uncertainties and forebodings, let us take our encouragement from the writer of Psalm 124. Our God, who has not given us as a prey to our enemies, will walk these days by our side, leading, guiding, and comforting us. Though it seems that certain, evil days are upon us, we are surrounded by God's legions of angels who will help and guide us along the way.

Let us, then, be busy about our Father's business, sharing Christ with all we meet. May 2013 be a triumphant year of praise and glory for our Lord Jesus Christ and to God our Heavenly Father!

God Bless You,

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