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Escape from Death!

Scripture reading for June 17th: Psalms 67-72

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.  Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” (Psalm 68:19-20)

God, our Savior, is a burden bearer.  We can come to Him each and every day with all of our burdens and troubles and cast them upon Him.  He is honored when His people depend on Him. (Psalm 50:15)  Throughout history, God’s people have come to know and trust God as their only hope of protection and escape from death.  God is the only one with power to save us from death and from eternal separation from Himself.  This separation is the second death, which all men who do not put their trust in God as their Savior and burden bearer will experience.

This “Sovereign Lord” is the King who resides in the sanctuary.  He is moving in a majestic procession lead by singers, musicians and maidens playing tambourines.  The great congregation follows, led by the smallest tribe of Benjamin and the princes of Judah, Zebulun, and Naphtali.  The sanctuary is the temple in Jerusalem; nations are in subjection to the King and they bring Him gifts.  Nations that love war are scattered and humbled. It is plain that the psalmist is talking about God as the ultimate King of Kings who will rule the earth!

“Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice.  Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies.  You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people.” Psalm 68:32-35

Worship and singing are the response of God’s people to the power and majesty of their God and King!  He is again pictured as riding the clouds and speaking with His mighty voice that rumbles like thunder!  When God speaks, we are strengthened and empowered by faith to do His will.  Faith praises God for His awesome Person, the daily burden bearer as well as the escape from death.  Christ Jesus is the King who will soon appear on the clouds of heaven!  His mighty voice will thunder, calling His people to life eternal and worship in the heavenly sanctuary!  What a joyous day!

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Let God Arise!

Scripture reading for June 5th: Psalms 7-12

God’s people have always been under attack by the enemy of their soul, Satan.  Satan hates godly people because they won’t bow to him and do evil.  Those Satan has under his sway are used to steal, kill, and destroy and they speak one language: lie!  (John 8:44)  God’s people are not violent and slanderous.  They don’t do back to others the evil that is done to them.  However, they must protect themselves and their families from the attacks of those under Satan’s command.  The psalms give us great insight into how godly people have cast these cares on God and asked for His help!

“O Lord my God, I take refuge in You; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.” (Psalm 7:1-2)  Running to God in prayer, God’s people would pray or sing of their faith in God as their protector.  They depended on Him and His power to save and deliver them.  They viewed their enemies as ferocious beasts attacking them and themselves as powerless without God’s help!

“Arise, O Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies.  Awake, my God; decree justice.” (Psalm 7:6)  God was understood to be angry at the  wicked every day. (Psalm 7:11)  As a just judge, He would punish those who broke His law and would protect and vindicate those under His Law.  Sometimes, it seemed like God was not aware of the wicked and the Psalmist calls for God to “arise” or “awake” to their defense.

“Arise, Lord!  Lift up your hand, O God.  Do not forget the helpless.”  . . .”But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand.  The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.” (Psalm 7:12,14-15)  God alone can help the helpless!  He is their hope and protector.  He sees what is done in darkness and brings justice to those oppressed!  Vengeance belongs to the Lord alone!

“The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.” (Psalm 7:16)  This hymn of petition and praise concludes with victorious faith!  Thanks be to God for the victory!

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