Tag: God is judge

Godly grief and repentance.

Scripture reading for August 6th:  Psalm 72-75, 2nd Corinthians 7

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 7:9-11 “As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting.  For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment!  At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.”  

Paul was rejoicing because his difficult letter of correction had resulted in a godly grief over their sin and resulted in true repentance.  Sometimes, people can have worldly grief.  This is usually being sorry that they were found out.  This results in no change of heart or mind and eventually spiritual death and eternal separation from God.  Godly sorrow brings life and restoration.

Psalm 75:1-2  “We give thanks to You, O God; we give thanks, for Your Name is near.  We recount Your wondrous deeds.  “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.””

Prayer:  Lord, correct me and convict me when I need it.  Bring godly sorrow that leads me always to repentance and life.  May I stand in Your grace when I face You as judge.  Amen.

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God is Judge!

Scripture reading for June 14th: Psalms 50-54

“The Mighty One, God, The Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.  . . .He summons the heavens above and the earth that He may judge His people; “Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”  The heavens proclaim His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge.” (Psalm 50:1, 4-6)

God is the Judge of all mankind as well as of every creature under His vast and eternal rule.  There is no place on earth where mankind will not be summoned.  All those in the heavenly realm will proclaim God’s righteousness for there is none who can oppose the “Mighty One.”

He called before Him those who had made a covenant with Him by sacrifice.  These are those who by faith had joined with Him.  These must be judged first because judgment  must begin with the House of God!  (1st Peter 4:17-18)  To these faithful, God rebuked them for their attitude in bringing sacrifices.  He wanted them to be thankful and honest before Him.  (Psalm 50:13-15)  He desired that they call on Him in the time of trouble for this was an honor to Him!

“But to the wicked, God says: “What right have you to recite My laws or take My covenant on your lips?  You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.”” (Psalm 50:16)

The wicked were a part of the nation of Israel too.  They knew God’s law but refused to keep it.  They broke God’s law regularly in spite of knowing God’s righteous decrees.  They stole and joined with other thieves.  They committed adultery and lied.   They slandered their brothers and did evil continually.  They thought that because God was silent, He did not see or care!  (Psalm 50:21)  But God spoke a plain warning to them:  “But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face.  Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces with none to rescue.” (Psalm 5o:21-22)

Many in the church today could use this warning.  There are many doing their own thing and they know better.  Some are adulterers and say they love God.  Some lie and cheat and claim to belong to Jesus.  Some vote for those who kill babies and yet claim to love God.  What will happen when the Judge summons you to His throne?

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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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