Tuesday, May 21, 2013
5Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
(Psalm 149:5-9, King James Version)
As we near the end of our series of devotions, First Love, we come upon a rather interesting section in Psalm 149. We are reminded by the psalmist that the Christian life is a two-fold life, or as the psalmist put it, a two-edged sword.
On the one side we saints of the Lord are encouraged to be joyful--singing aloud upon our beds. And why not? Look at the abundant ways God has blessed us. Beginning with salvation itself, God has bought us, through the blood of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and God keeps us by His continual watch care over us all of the days of our lives upon this earth. But our Christian life does not end there, for there is another side to the sword.
Just as God has provided a wondrous salvation to His people, so, too, He executes justice and vengeance upon those who do not love and follow Him. When one considers the great price that Christ paid to purchase salvation for us, though none of us deserve such love, one has to shudder to think of what is coming for those who reject such an amazing offer.
None of us deserves salvation, and left to ourselves, all of us would find a terrible end. No matter how glorious this earth might be, is it worth the pleasures of this world to face an eternity without God? This is not a subject we like to think about, but God has certainly made it very clear in His Word. The end for those who reject Christ is a terrible end, indeed!
Yet, even the judgment of God brings glory to Him. Salvation is a gift--a gift that no one is able to earn, but the rejection of that gift brings eternal consequences. Even in our court systems of this world, we understand the concept that punishing criminals is a way of providing justice for the victims. God would not be righteous if wickedness remained unpunished.
As believers, let us remember that two-edged sword as we seek to bring glory to God by living faithfully for Him. Let us remember that what He commands is not optional, but by His grace, should become our rule for life. It is true that we will never be apart from sin while still in this world, and that is a great grief to us. However, when we come before Christ with a repentant heart, He is always ready to forgive.
It is truly more than we can comprehend, and certainly more than we deserve. Let us praise, honor, and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ who is never without His two-edged sword!
God Bless You,