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Today’s Bible reading is – The prophet exhorts men to praise God for the love He has shown to the church
1 Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. 2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. 4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. 5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; 7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; 8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.
Psalms 149:1-9 (KJV)
In our society today we try to back away from the thoughts that God does execute vengeance and judgment on people by His Word: but saying God doesn’t do that when His Very Word says He does is a dangerous position to take. God is the very essence of Love, but there is reason for the fear of the Lord: understanding that God will end all things in Perfect Justice should guide our every action and the words that proceed out of our mouths because we are accountable to God for them. The “Two-Edged Sword” the Psalmist speaks of is God’s Word – 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. Hebrews 4:12-13 (NLT)
When we think of God we think of His Forgiveness, but understand that His Justice is so complete that the sin in us had to be paid for by a death: in His love he chose to pay that debt Himself in the form of Jesus the Christ, His only begotten Son. There is a photo circulating social media of a mother deer standing still and letting her flesh be torn to shreds so her two fawns can escape from the cheetahs that are chasing them: Jesus stood still and let Satan kill His body so we could go free, “So that I could still go free!” Praise God that His Justice and His forgiveness is perfect and complete because Jesus lived a perfect life and died the perfect death in our place: God would accept nothing less than perfection and He accepted Jesus’ sacrifice to reconcile us to Himself. The failure of all other religions is they do not satisfy God’s Justice: a lifetime of good works with eternal condemnation still mixed in is still condemned. God will reconcile every account to where everything comes out even: are you forgiven? The reason we are to use the Two-Edged Sword of God’s Word to expose error is because no other way but God’s Way will work – 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NLT)
Praise God if you know Jesus because you know the way: and lead as many as you can to Him so they can know the way too!
Walk in the Spirit today!