Tag: Psalm 96:11-13

Let the heavens rejoice!

Scripture reading for December 27th:  Revelation 8-12

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 12:10-12  “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:  “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ.  For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.  They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink back from death.  Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!  But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!  He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short.” 

As a result of a war in heaven, Satan and his rebellious angels will be cast out during the final great tribulation.  They are cast down to earth and Satan can no longer accuse the believers before God’s throne.  He is filled with wrath and fury because his time is short before being cast into the place of punishment God has prepared for him and his fallen angels.  The heavens rejoice but there is woe on the earth for the lost!

Rejoicing in Christ’s victory:  “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant and every thing in them.  Then all the trees of the forest will sin for joy; they will sing before the Lord for He comes, He comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.”   (Psalm 96:11-13)

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Let the earth rejoice!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  Psalms 93-96

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 96:11-13  “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.  Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.”

The psalmist brings forth a new song for the earth to sing.  He commands the heavens to rejoice and the earth to be glad. He asks that the seas resound and those living in the ocean depths.  He can see fields jubilant and  and trees singing as the Lord God returns to the earth to judge the world and people in righteousness and truth!  The people are to ascribe glory, strength and honor to the Supreme Ruler and Judge of all!

Let heaven, earth, and mankind rejoice:  “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever.””  (Revelation 5:13)

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Embracing Godly change in the early church!

Scripture reading for May 19th:  Acts 11

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 11:1-3  “The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”  

The early church, as today, struggled with embracing change.  Tradition and culture lead to many false assumptions that had to be worked out through the mediation of the Holy Spirit.  The Jews held tightly guarded ideas about Gentiles and purity.  They believed that good Jews would not associate with a Gentile or eat with them.  The Jewish believers in Jerusalem were quick to judge Peter for going into Cornelius’ home and eating!  Peter had to carefully explain how he came to understand that God was also saving Gentiles who would believe on Jesus Christ.  The Church must be open to truth.  God always loved all mankind and desires all men to be saved.  But the Church must not to change God’s standards for the sake of the culture!  It is only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ that salvation is possible.

Observations for over-comers:  Don’t be quick to judge God’s servants!  Always seek truth and God’s word.  “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.  Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.”  (Psalm 96:11-13)

 

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