“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.”
Psalms 100:1-5 NKJV
Let Your Kingdom come
Sunday is here! It was a dark week for me, as I battled the heaviness of my heart. All that is happening in the world has given me an overwhelming desire for the coming of the Kingdom of God to reign on the earth. There is so much evil in the streets, so many people being victimized and so many whose hearts have been hardened to the degree that they do not care.
But each morning, I am reminded that God is sovereign and in control, even though the world seems out of control. I needed Psalm one hundred this morning. I needed to remember that I serve a great God and that in Him, I can find joy.
The goodness of God shines brightly against the backdrop of these times, offering light in darkness and hope where there seems to be none.
In it I am transported to the time when Jesus will reign, and death and sin will be no more. Instead of heaviness, I am filled with joy, and I have hope to continue working and serving.
Let your Kingdom come.
In these times, there is great joy in following the Lord. For those who do not, they got about looking for pain relief, imbibing drink, feeding addictions, and never finding anything sufficient to take away the suffering. We in Christ have the eternal comfort of the Holy Spirit, giving is peace that surpasses all understanding in these perilous days.
By focusing on the Lord and being guided by His word, we can be alert to the snares of the devil, who is on the prowl like never before.
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
Ephesians 5:15-21 NKJV
As the time passes, we can know that the days will become more evil, and that walking by faith will become ever more dangerous. It is in this season that we must abide in the Lord.
Brothers and sisters, let us endeavor to seek God daily and early, opening His word to sleepy eyes before we take in the troubles of the world. I am myself considering leaving the news off until I have filled my mind and heart with worship. I am noticing that regardless of how heavy my heart, all is cast away the moment I turn toward the Lord.
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!”
Psalms 119:1-8 NKJV
The word of God is path for us through the narrow paths the times have given us. Let us not wander to the right or to the left, but let us follow the Lord, rejoicing always and seeking after Him in all our ways.
Let us be sensitive to the whispers of God, taking heed of the subtle urgings, acting in obedience. May we be so close that we are guided by the eyes of our Lord.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
Psalms 32:8 NKJV
May we look forward to that glorious day when there will be no more heavy mornings, not more tears, no more blaring headlines and only the glory of God.
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
Revelation 21:1-4 NKJV