Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I Know!

 12I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
 13Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence. 
(Psalm 140:12-13, King James Version)

I Know!

What things do you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt? David concluded Psalm 140 with the words, "I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted." When one considers the society in which we live, one has to be amazed, for few, if any, will maintain the cause of the afflicted, the poor, the outcast, the disabled, etc.

Indeed, when Christ, the Son of God, came to this earth, He did not come with pomp and ceremony, neither did He reside in a King's palace. Yet, He certainly had the right to do so. Instead, Jesus was born in a lowly cattle manger, with only his parents in attendance.

When beginning His public ministry, around the age of 30, Jesus did not suddenly claim the throne as His own. One of the very reasons He was rejected by the Jewish religious leaders of His day was due to His refusal to set up His kingdom on this earth. The Jews were ready to abandon the sovereign rule of Rome over them and set up the true state of Israel, with Jerusalem as their capital.

Instead, Jesus reached out to the poor, the afflicted, the despised--the sinners! Instead of wealth and a kingdom, He offered them so much more. He offered an eternal Kingdom with God as their Father. He offered true salvation from the debt of their sins, and everlasting righteousness.

Though he lived hundreds of years before this time, David understood that his life was ordered by the Lord. It was God who maintained the cause of the poor and afflicted. In response, the righteous gave thanks unto God, and lived in His presence.

Thousands of years later, that has not changed. Many of the most "religious" are the most impious, being ruled by the love of money and the love of the things of this world. Yet God is not mocked. His eyes are upon the wicked, as well as the righteous.

As those who profess to love the Lord Jesus Christ, do we maintain the cause of the afflicted and the right of the poor? Do we maintain the cause of the righteous, seeking to be obedient to God's Word at a time when it is unpopular to do so? Are we afraid to proclaim the truth of God's Word for fear that it will offend some? Are we willing to call wicked, the actions that God calls wicked? Are we willing to call sin, the actions that God calls sin?

It is time for God's people to proudly stand upon His Word, exclaiming His righteousness. Though it may not be apparent in the lifestyles displayed around us, we must acclaim, with the Psalmist, "I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted." Let us join with God in maintaining righteousness as defined in His Word, lest we find ourselves being opposed by God, Himself!

God Bless You,

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