Bible Reference: Psalm 11:4-7
Translation: Good News Translation (GNT)
Bible Text: 4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
he has his throne in heaven.
He watches people everywhere
and knows what they are doing.
5 He examines the good and the wicked alike;
the lawless he hates with all his heart.
6 He sends down flaming coals[c and burning sulfur on the wicked;
he punishes them with scorching winds.
7 The Lord is righteous and loves good deeds;
those who do them will live in his presence.
OBSERVATION: It seems like David saw in his day, like we might be seeing today, that some of the folk that God sent His Son to die for, have accepted that gift of love and forgiveness, and they are striving to live a life of holiness that emulates the life Jesus lived while here on earth. However there are others who have no regard for God and therefore live in total opposition to His laws. Praise God, He allowed David to share His warnings with those that may disregard and disobedience. Let us meditate on this today.
APPLICATION: Many of us will remember the warnings given to us
by parents when we were growing up. We will also remember that some parents were quick to whip us into obedience, while some were weaker – and somehow we figured out what we could get away with, when they discovered our misgivings! David is reminding us in our Scripture today that God is still on His throne, and that He still watches us and cares enough about us, to create in those who are committed to obeying Him, a mind of obedience. Friends, I believe that it is easy to see that there are times that people become so filled with the ways of the world, that Satan is free to roam in and out of their lives, and to work in them, his plan for their total destruction and downfall. Fortunately, we are reminded in verse 6 that God, like any loving Father, has some pretty serious discipline in store for the disobedient and unconcerned. I am reminded that this is one of the reasons why the unsaved have such a deep concern in the hearts of God’s children, for no loving child of God would want to see their friends punished, or destroyed by the command of our Holy and Righteous God, who receives anything but holiness and righteousness from them. However, while we have every good reason to continue loving, caring and praying for our unsaved loved ones and friends, we also have every good reason to thank our merciful Father for His goodness to us, and His wonderful promises that we are reminded of in verse 7. For we are a holy people, loved by a holy God, who has prepared a home for us in glory where we will spend eternity with our Father and His precious Son. Oh that today may be another day of praise, adoration and worship to our God! For He is awesome in all of His ways, and He will do all that He has promised for those who have accepted His Son as Savior and Lord. We are a blessed people friends!
PRAYER: Lord, please help us not to get caught up in the ways of this world, where it would be easy to question Your Word and question why You are so hard on our fellow human beings – the unsaved. Help us Lord to always remember that You are true to Your Word in every way, so if we obediently follow You, there are great rewards, and if we don’t, there is awful condemnation. Right up front You told us how life will work, so there is no need to now plead with You to change Your mind. Help us Lord to share Your warnings with those who refuse to follow Your plan, so that they will have a clear picture of what to expect in their final judgment. There is a plan for eternal salvation, filled with the love and peace of the Creator of every human, and of this whole universe. Individually we make the decision of whether we want that, or not. Oh that today will be a turning point for many in our circle of influence. AMEN!
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