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Rejoicing in God our Hope!

Scripture reading for June 6th:  Psalm 29-33

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 33:18-22  “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in famine.  We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy Name.  May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.”

God’s eyes are always watching everything done on earth.  He particularly watches those who fear and honor Him and have put their hope in His love and His promise to deliver them from death.  This fact brings great joy to the psalmist as he sings of God’s faithful love.  Waiting is with joy and expectation!

Rejoicing in the Blessed Hope:  “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”  (Titus 2:11-14)

 

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Out of the Depths, I Cry!

Scripture reading for June 30th: Psalms 128-134

When journeying to the House of the Lord, one begins to think about the need to have mercy for our sins.  We are all sinners and are aware that we have broken God’s laws.  Those laws are initially written on our conscience.  For Israel, they were written on tablets of stone and then written into the Law of God as received by Moses.  Breaking of those commandments brought the need for God’s mercy and forgiveness.  A sacrifice of blood must be presented by one of the priests.  God must accept the sacrifice and forgive the one who offended Him and broke His law.

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.  If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.” (Psalms 130:1-4)  As the psalmist travels onward toward the temple,  he begins to call out to God for mercy.  He knows his need of forgiveness and mercy and asks unashamedly in faith.  He also acknowledges that none could stand if God kept a record.  We know that He does keep good records!  (Revelation 20:11-12)

The psalmist waited in anticipation for the Lord.  The waiting was one of eager expectation of God’s mercy and comforting presence.  “O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.  He Himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” (Psalm 130:7-8)

Like the psalmist in this psalm,  we anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ and know that our sins are forgiven and that we have a glorious future in His presence.  This blessed hope causes us to cleanse our lives from all sins and live in the same holy expectation.  (Titus 2:11-14)  Like the watchman waiting for the morning, we wait for the trumpet to sound and Jesus Christ to return.  His unfailing love is better than life and full redemption includes a glorified body and unspeakable joy with Him forever!   He will redeem Israel from all her sins as well as they trust in Him!   Praise the Lord!

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Kissing cousins!

Scripture reading for June 20th: Psalms 84-89

“Love and faithfulness meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other.  Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.  The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.  Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.” Psalms 85:10-13

Psalm 85 is a prayer by the sons of Korah for revival after a time of judgment.  God’s people had gotten into trouble because of sins and God had shown his displeasure towards them in some obvious manner.  The psalmist began by reminding God of His past restoration of His people. (Psalm85:1-3)  God had restored Israel before and one thing known about God was that He was not a respecter of persons.  If God’s people met the requirements of repentance and faith, God would act again to bring the desired revival!

The psalmist asked God boldly to restore and revive the people of God again!  We must ask the Lord for what we want and need.  The psalmist asks God if He plans on staying angry forever, through all generations.  What a bold question from an elder who desires restoration for his children and grandchildren!  He asked that God show His unfailing love and salvation to them, reminding God of His covenant love that was never to fail.

The psalmist then states his patience to wait and listen for God’s answer.  He again remembers God’s promises of peace to His people. (Psalm 85:8)  He prays that God’s people would not return to their folly that brought the judgment and wrath of their God.  True repentance is a turning away from sin and facing  God and His ways.  When we truly repent, we draw near to God and He promises to draw near to us!  A broken and contrite heart He will not despise! (Psalm 51:17)

This psalm concludes with a beautiful picture of God’s character traits kissing each other!  Love and faithfulness go together.  True lovers never abandon one another!  Righteousness and peace kiss each other!  True peace can only come through righteousness.  There is no peace for the wicked!  On a different level, these traits did spring forth from the earth in the person of the Son of God, Jesus Christ!  God’s love and covenant faithfulness caused Him to send forth His only son to demonstrate that love to a lost world!  Righteousness and peace kissed each other in the Son of God!  He was and is the prince of peace because of His truly righteous life!  We can find peace like the world cannot give and righteousness with God through Him alone!

God did give us what was good for us in Jesus Christ!  He is our “kissing” brother!  May you enjoy the full harvest from your land as you walk in faithfulness and love, enjoying righteousness and peace!

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