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He Has Told You, O Man, What Is Good

June 21, 2016

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He Has  Told You,  O Man,  What Is Good

Sooner,  or later,  we will all die.     Are we truly ready  to meet  our Maker  and Redeemer?     What will He  say to us?     What will we say  to Him?     Micah 6:6-8 presents this scenario  to us,

With what  shall I come  to the LORD
And bow myself  before the God  on high?
Shall I come  to Him  with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves?
Does the LORD  take delight  in thousands  of rams,
In ten thousand rivers  of oil?
Shall I present  my firstborn  for my rebellious acts,
The fruit  of my body  for the sin  of my soul?      

He has told you,  O man,  what is good;
And what does the LORD  require  of you
But to do justice,  to love kindness,
And  to walk humbly  with your God?

God does not need  nor care  about any sort  of earthly offering  we might present  —  as we hope  to appease His judgment  and authority  over us.     Our best efforts  to win  God’s approval  are pitifully worthless.

But, there is something  that pleases  the LORD God Almighty.     God wants us  “to do justice,  to love kindness,  and to walk humbly  with your God”.     As born sinners,  that can be mighty hard.     We don’t always want  “to do justice”  because we want  to satisfy  our selfish desires.

Then,  God wants us  “to love kindness”.     Again,  our selfish hearts  often prefer satisfying ourselves,  instead of others.     The needs  of others  to experience  our “kindness”  can be so inconvenient  and bothersome.

Finally,  God wants us  “to walk humbly  with your God”.     Many bristle at this  as they imagine  they can be righteous  all by themselves.     When they get earthly blessings,  all they can think of is  how hard they worked  to earn  various honors  and riches.     They forget  to thank God  or even to acknowledge  that all we have  is a gift  from God  —  even our breath.     The honest faith,  hope,  and love  that are needed had flown  out the window  a long time ago,  as people feel  they don’t really need God.

Realizing our sins,  we confess them  and repent  of them,  asking God  for a clean heart  and right spirit.     Humbly accepting God’s forgiveness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You.”

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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