Tag: law of God

God speaks our language!

Scripture reading for June 8th: Psalms 19-24

God wrote two books:  nature and the Bible!  Psalm 19 tells of God speaking to all mankind through the glory of His creation!  (Psalm 19:1-4)  Creation cries out concerning the goodness of God to all people of every language and culture.  It is evident to those who will listen and learn that creation did not just ‘happen’.  It was created with order and precision that could only come from high intelligence and great wisdom and power.

In addition to nature, God also gave man His law or word.  (Psalm 19:7-11) The law of the Lord is perfect and right revealing God’s holiness and glory.  Those who will be instructed or warned by it will find revival of true life.  Light will enter their souls and wisdom for right living will bring joy to each heart.  It is able to discern hidden errors and keep man from willful sins that would cause him to be lost forever from the Lord.  God truly has spoken our language and understands what man needs most.

Psalm 20 and 21 remind those who trust in the Lord that He will protect them and that they will ultimately triumph over their enemies.  Life on earth is warfare.  Our enemies trust in ‘chariots and horses’!  God’s people  trust in the name of the Lord our God!  (Psalm 20:7-8)  God is our strength and the source of all victory and blessing!  We can only praise Him who will defeat our enemies! (Psalm 21:8-13)  We are confident and will stand firm in His unfailing love!

Psalm 23 tells of a great Shepherd who will lead and protect his people.  This Shepherd will provide safety and green pastures to His people.  They will not need to fear, even when the ‘valley of death’ is ahead of them.  God our Shepherd is with us and leads us forward to a table of eternal blessing!

Psalm 24 tells of God’s ownership and rulership over all the earth and universe.  He is the King of Glory!  This King wants all who come to Him to have clean hands and a pure heart! (Psalm 24:3-5)  When we go humbly to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, He shows us mercy.  He has provided the sacrifice for our sins in His Son, Jesus Christ!    The doors of heaven open for the King of Glory!  Will you open your heart’s door for this amazing King to come in?  (Revelation 3:20)

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Keep the Sabbath Holy!

Scripture reading for August 24th: Ezekiel 20-23

In our time, the thought of a day just set apart for God is quite a rare thing.  Sunday’s are a time for church and fellowship for a minority of people who claim to be Christians.  Sports, family time, sleeping in and other activities often take the place of worship and communion with the Lord.  It turns out, that this is not a new problem.  Ezekiel was told to address this problem in his day as well.  It was one of the contributing reasons for God’s judgment on His people!

God had taken the Israelites out of Egypt and given them His holy laws to set them apart from all the other nations.  He also established the Sabbath as a sign for them, so that they would know that the Lord had made them holy people who were set apart for Him.  (Ezekiel 20:10-12)  But the people rejected His laws and desecrated His holy Sabbath.  They clung to their idols.  God had pity on them and did not destroy them in the desert, but appealed to the younger generation to keep His laws and Sabbaths.  (Ezekiel 20:16-21)  They also rebelled against God and went back to idolatry.

When man desecrates the Sabbath and despises the law of God, all sorts of evil manifests.  Ezekiel was to call for judgment on Jerusalem because of the sins that came as a result of desecrating God’s Sabbath.  (Ezekiel 22:1-8)  The people were filled with violence and bloodshed was rampant.  The people lived in adultery and idolatry.  They failed to care for orphans and widows.  They disrespected fathers and mothers.  When God is forgotten, evil is the result!

The Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, was the day God set apart for enjoying fellowship with His people.  It was a day to be marked by no work.  Man was to rest from all his labors as God Himself had rested after the six days of creation. (Exodus 20:8-11) (Deuteronomy 5:12-15) He was to enjoy God and center on his relationship with God.  He was to realign himself with God’s laws and seek the Lord for mercy and direction.  He was to remember the God of creation as well as the God who delivered His people from slavery and bondage in Egypt.

Could it be that we need to revisit the Sabbath?  Have we lost contact with God because of failure to rest in Him?

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