He Sets Us Apart

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah

But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him. Psalm 4:1-3

He Is Still God

O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;

many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah. Psalm 3:1-4.

Our God is here for us even when all is not sunshine and roses. He delivers us from trouble, so we must sometimes experience it. But until he does, we live in glorious expectation of eternal deliverance.

Rebellious Specks of Dust

Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord a
nd against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.” Psalm 2:1-3.

The people who were created by the God of the Universe want to cast off their maker. They don’t like His rules. This is the madness of sin.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32.

As someone who has been aware of the “War on God’s Word” for a long time, I can tell you that our current state of moral decay is just a new version of the same program. It is just another chapter in the war tht began in Heaven when a third of the angels were cast out. Mankind is the battlefield for the proxy war.

If we see the eternal realm, we know this is a temporary condition until God declares the end of this time and begins the judgment. Even though we feel tested and tried by what we see in the natural realm, we can set it aside and experience the peace that surpasses understanding because we know we have eternal life with Christ, and that it has already begun. And we have the power to be peacemakers by telling the lost they are fighting for nothing because peace has been declared by the only remaining superpower.

 

To Pursue Blessing

Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1:1-6.

There are ways that are good and there are ways that are bad. Not all ways are equal. They do not yield the same results. Yes, like Jesus, we should be the friends of sinners. But Jesus was not like the crowds that followed Him. They came to Him in need. He had what they needed. Likewise, if you are that blessed person who meditates on God’s law day and night, you are different than they ungodly.You have something they need.

If we walk in the way of sinners and take counsel from the ungodly, we will become like them. We should never spend time with sinners where we are empty. We must be full of the counsel of God, for your sake and theirs.

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
 1 Timothy 4:16

I’ll Be Brief

Then Job answered the Lord and said:

“I know that you can do all things,
    and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
    I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
    but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
    and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6.

Previously, Job has had much to say. But now the Lord has arrived, spoken, and there is little left to say. Job does not need to launch into a three chapter demonstration of how sorry he is.He just needs to repent.

Jesus shows us this in Luke 18:10-14:

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”