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You Thought That I Was Just Like You

January 14, 2015

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You Thought  That I Was  Just Like You

Rightly  —  or wrongly  —  we take cues  from what is happening  in our lives.     If everything  is going well  for us,  we think  that God Almighty  approves  of us.     Criminals  are greatly emboldened  in their evils,  when they get away  with it.     Little children  will repeat  the bad behavior  they are allowed  to exhibit.     Even our dogs  will act out badly  when they are habitually allowed  to have bad behavior.

Sin  is a part  of our nature.     We naturally want things  that are not good  or right  for us  in God’s eyes.     We like pleasures,  an easy life,  riches,  and honors  —  even when  they have not  been obtained honestly  or with God’s approval.

Most sadly,  this even  takes place  within the church.     There are false church leaders  of all sorts,  who make themselves  into religious leaders,  blatantly sinning  against God’s word,  imagining  that God doesn’t know the difference,  and not fearing God’s coming judgment.     Things haven’t changed over thousands  of years.     Psalm 50,  by Asaph,  tells about it  in verses 16-23,

But  to the wicked  God says,
“What right  have you  to tell  of My statutes,
And to take  My covenant  in your mouth? 

For you hate discipline,
And you cast  My words  behind you.
When you see  a thief,  you are pleased  with him,
And you associate  with adulterers.
You let  your mouth loose  in evil,
And your tongue  frames deceit.
You sit  and speak   against your brother;
You slander  your own mother’s son.  

These things  you have done,  and I kept silence;
You thought  that I was just like you.
I will reprove you,  and state the case  in order  before your eyes.  

Now  consider this,  you who forget God,
Lest I tear you  in pieces,  and there be none  to deliver,
He who offers  a sacrifice  of thanksgiving  honors Me;
And  to him  who orders his way aright
I shall show  the salvation  of God.”

Asaph identifies  these people  as those who  “tell”  of God’s  “statutes”  and  “covenant”.     They are the religious people  of the day,  who hate  “discipline”  and  “cast”  God’s words  behind them.     They despise  God’s word.     Not fearing  or believing  in God’s judgment,  they boldly slander,  deceive,  and commit  whatever sins  please them.

So,  God points out  their foolishness  —  “You thought  that I was just  like you.”     Our sins  are not okay  with God.     Judgment is coming  when God will  “reprove”  all  who reject  His word  to us.     We need  to take all  of God’s word seriously  and reverently.     When we do,  we will honestly  offer  “a sacrifice  of thanksgiving”  —  real,  heartfelt  thanksgiving  —  that will honor God  —  i.e.,  we will be mighty thankful  for God’s patient love.

And,  we will gladly  order our  “way aright”.     We’ll gratefully  knock off  our foolish sins  and start honoring  and loving  God’s righteous ways.     When we turn  to God  and trust His word,  He will  “show  the salvation  of God”  to us.     Then  we’ll understand  the awesome gift  of “salvation”.

Then  we will know  the joy  of God’s ways  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your loving forgiveness  that transcends  all human understanding.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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