“I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”
Psalms 30:1-5 NKJV
I have always been a morning person. I like rising early, taking care of the morning routine and getting that first sip of coffee, all before the sun comes up. I think I like the morning because, I have a sense of the newness of the day. All the sins, stumbles, struggles, grievances and turmoil of the day before, are tossed aside and faded into my past. After a good nights sleep, I awaken to a new day, full of new opportunities. A new day full of hope.
America is in need of a good morning, and one huge sip of coffee.
Yesterday, we began to see the decades of division come to fruition as a group of ragtag citizens decided to invade the nations capitol. There is a tendancy to want to point fingers, and condemn “those people”, but after a summer of similar events across the nation, no one has the high ground. Bad actors abound. The names have changed, but the motivation is very much the same. Sin.
It would have been easy for me to rise this morning and feel very depressed. Fortunately, I learned long ago to cast my cares upon the Lord. This morning, Psalm 30 appeared in my reading.
As I read, I remembered a lot of bad days where I have found myself at the end of my own resources, and needing a touch from God to survive. I also remember many more joyous mornings, where the Lord restored me.
Time and time again I have cried out and God has heard me. He has delivered me and restored me. I know that He is always near and will never leave me or forsake me.
Even in those times when I have experienced His chastisement, I know that when it is done, that God would renew me. I can truly say that the sadness and mourning in evening will be replaced by joy in the morning.
That joy comes in the repentance of my sins, of my turning my attention back to God, and seeking Him anew. We have become a nation full of people who have forgotten the God who created us, and for those that are believers, the God that saved us from our sins.
There have been times in my life when God has yanked the things that I have placed between myself and the worship of Him away. I sense that God has chosen to do this for those of us who have chosen a king for ourselves. Sovereign God defeated Donald Trump.
As humans, we are easily swayed into following other humans. I think of the children of Israel who wanted a king to rule over them. Samuel warned them of all the bad things that would transpire, yet they still wanted a king. Samuel felt rejected.
“And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”
I Samuel 8:7 NKJV
By our raising up of a man, and elevating him above, we rejected God. I don’t think we did it intentionally, but rather, we embraced the fleshly, that which is in front of us, over the invisible. Yesterday, we saw the failure of an earth born leader, and the peril the followers of such a one endured.
Through this past year, I have been reminded of where my help really comes from.
“It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes.”
Psalms 118:8-9 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, it is a new morning. We had sorrow yesterday, let us have joy today. Let us resolve to know that our God is sovereign, and let us give Him the glory He deserves. May we not bow down to other gods, or other leaders, but seek the Lord for our guidance. He is our standard, the measure by which we should compare all others.
Let us go forth and spread the Good News, that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again. How He broke the power of sin and death, that we have eternal life and the hope of Heaven.
Rather than storming the nation’s capitol, let us storm the gates of hell, bringing the message of hope and healing to all those who are lost and bound to go there for eternity.
Time is short. I think we have a better sense of that this morning, as we are in unprecedented times witnessing unprecedented events. These are all signs that Jesus is coming again soon, to storm into the atmosphere and take over the world.
““Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
Matthew 24:29-30 NKJV
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