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Those Who Seek Him Will Praise the LORD

July 5, 2018

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Those Who Seek Him Will Praise the LORD

Jesus’ thoughts and prayers  as He hung  on the cross  were all prophesied  by King David  about a thousand years beforehand.    We can read all about it  in Psalm 22.     Most of this psalm describes Jesus’ agony,  but how it ends  is awesome.     In verse 26, David wrote,

Those who seek Him  will praise the LORD.

That is also a prophesy  that has been coming true  over 2,000 years now.     Just think.     Sure Jesus suffered and died  just as Psalm 22 said He would.     But,  then Jesus rose  from the dead  with His real body.     Jesus conquered death.     And ever since,  every single person  who honestly seeks  to know God  and then finds out  about Jesus’ victory  is just awestruck  and filled with praise.

Realizing what the resurrection means  causes people  to “praise the LORD”.     When we figure out  that Jesus’ suffering and death  really paid  for all our sins  and that repenting  of our sins  and believing in Jesus’ power  to forgive our sins  really does cleanse us — we realize  that God loves us  and wants us  to be His own dear children.

Me?     God wants me  as His own child?     I can see it is true,  and so, I “praise the LORD”,  too.

There’s a bit more  to the ending  of Psalm 22.     It’s more fulfilled prophecy  to help us see and understand  God’s dealings  with this world.     Verses 27-31 describe  how things will be  as people recognize Jesus’ Kingship,

All the ends  of the earth  will remember  and turn  to the LORD,
And all the families  of the nations  will worship  before Thee.
For the kingdom is the LORD’S,
And He rules  over the nations.
All the prosperous  of the earth  will eat and worship,
All those who go down  to the dust  will bow  before Him,
Even he  who cannot  keep his soul alive.
Posterity will serve Him;
It will be told  of the Lord  to the coming generation.
They will come  and will declare  His righteousness
To a people  who will be born,  that He has performed it.

Ever since Jesus’ resurrection,  people from all ends  of the earth  are remembering the Old Testament prophecies  and turning  to the LORD  in worship,  just as prophesied.     It’s happening still today.     And then it tells us why.     People will turn  to the LORD  because they will see  that “the kingdom  is the LORD’S”.     People will see  that all this fulfilled prophecy  concerning Jesus  proves that God really is God  and that He truly has everything  in His control.

There are some serious words  about all the people  who will refuse  to turn  to the LORD  in repentance  and will refuse  to worship.    They will die  like everyone else,  but after their death — when it is too late  to be saved — they will realize  that Jesus truly is LORD,  and they will bow down  to Him  as verse 29 says,

All those  who go down  to the dust  will bow  before Him,   
Even he  who cannot keep his soul alive.

That will be a heart wrenching time  for them  as they see  all God’s glory  and are unable  to be a part  of it.     Then they will be sorry  for themselves  and wish  they had paid attention  to the truths  of God,  when they still had a chance.     They will bow down  and all admit  that God is righteous.     They had plenty  of chances  to repent  while living  on the earth,  but the time  for repentance  will be gone.

All of Psalm 22 shows  the utter importance  of seeing how greatly   Jesus has loved us and how He willingly suffered  to pay  for all our sins.     We need  to see that love now  and turn  to the Lord  in repentance and praise.     If we don’t know  what God has done  for us,  it’s high time  that we seek Him  and find out — before it’s our time  to die.

We all have the Bible’s promise,  “Those who seek Him  will praise  the LORD.”     When we honestly want  to know about God,  He will work things  so that we will find out  all that is necessary  for our eternal salvation.     Then,  when we discover  that Jesus’ suffering and death paid  for our sins,  we certainly will repent  and “praise the LORD”.

Thinking  about the detailed prophecies  in Psalm 22,  that all came true  in Jesus Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  thank You  for faithfully keeping Your promise  to suffer and die  to pay  for all my sins.     Let my whole life be  in thanksgiving  and praise  to You.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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