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Clean and Enduring Forever

May 4, 2018

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Clean and Enduring Forever

Psalm 19:9   “The fear  of the LORD  is clean,  enduring forever.”

The fear  of the LORD”  refers to having a moral reverence  for the LORD of lords  and God of gods.     And,  to have reverence means  to have a deep respect,  love  and awe  because of the absolute greatness  and sacredness  of the LORD.

In this Psalm,  God is telling us  that the right kind  of moral reverence  for the fact  that He is the Creator,  Sustainer,  and Redeemer  of all  is something  that is “clean”.     Really “clean”.     In other words,  this right kind  of moral reverence  is pure  and morally right  for us.

What makes it morally right?     The fact  that God is all holiness,  righteousness,  and goodness.     It is only right  to revere what is right  and good.

Therefore,  it is morally wrong  for us  to have any sort of respect  for what is evil.     It does not matter  what the evil is.     If we are afraid  of not being  “politically correct”  —  of fighting what is evil  —  of rejecting temptations  to do evil  —  then we are not fearing the LORD  in a way that is “clean”.     It is the LORD  we need to fear,  not this world’s evil.

All this evil,  every kind of temptation,  every sort of mockery  of God’s holiness  is going to be destroyed  forever.     So,  why should we ever feel  “obliged”  to do what is evil,  just because we’re afraid  of rejection  or mockery  from people  who will meet eternal destruction?

That doesn’t make sense.

We need  to fear and respect  what is eternal,  what will affect us eternally  —  namely,  the LORD God Almighty.

It is morally right  for us  to have love,  respect,  and reverence  for God.     We show that love,  respect,  and reverence  by obeying God.     That whole thing  of fearing  (respecting)  the LORD  is eternal.     That is what we will see forever  in heaven.     Everyone in heaven  will be honoring  and serving the LORD  with their whole being.     We will all  be serving God  with joy  and love,  and high praises  for all the good He does.

Heaven is our home.     Let us act like it  while traveling  through this wilderness.

As we go on our way rejoicing,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD God,  You give us everything good  in this life  —  testings to help us grow  in the true faith  and grace to strengthen us  to live  according to Your word.     Keep us close  to You  in faith,  hope  and love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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The word of the LORD is tried;
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Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
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Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
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Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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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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