“An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil. Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast. How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.”
Psalms 36:1-7 NKJV
I made the mistake of turning on the television this morning. I went to my usual news sources, and the all I saw was murder after murder, and all manner of mayhem. Between the pandemic, the dissolution of common bonds, and constant calls to defund the security apparatus, the fabric of humanity has been rent. There are few things holding us together as a whole, and a multitude of things that are bent on ripping us apart.
It is like all the things that have restrained us, have been taken out of the way and all hell is literally breaking loose.
There are those who think that people are generally good, but the events of these times are revealing the absolute truth: ““The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”
Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
I am thankful for the Lord.
I received relief when I read Psalm 36, this morning. In its first verses, I was reminded of all the horrible things about humanity, as I read of the habits of unholiness, all of which seem on display in these late days. We are witnessing the devolution of all societal structures, with no help or end in sight.
But God. He exists in stark contrast to the best of humanity, and holds the hope of eternity. He is everything we are not, and His love is boundless. As I turned away from the the barrage of bad news, and toward the peacefulness of worship music, and the Scriptures, I had the opportunity to consider Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Jesus endured the inhumanity of men, seeking to destroy Him. They tortured Him, humiliated Him and put Him through the worst torment imaginable. It is because of what He endured, that know that He is for those of us who believe, who are followers of Jesus. He knows the depth of suffering and temptation.
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, we are moving into a season of seemingly unending shaking, as all that we have held dear will be ripped, shredded asunder. I am praying for many families that are dealing with the emotional and spiritual loss of loved ones, as children go astray. I am praying for marriages, struggling to continue, and I am praying for so many people, who are just holding on.
Know this: God is near the broken hearted, and unlike the merciless world that we are living in, He is merciful. When all seems out of control, run to Him, seek Him, and know that He is there. When I feel fearful, and wonder if there is still hope, I remember where my help comes from.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.”
Psalms 121:1-8 NKJV
The world for many, seems to be spinning out of control. May we be faithful to go and tell of Jesus who saves. Let us tell them about the age to come, though we have no words to adequately describe it. May the Lord add glory to the feebleness of our presentations, as we try to tell of what God has done for us.
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