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Remember His Precepts to Do Them

May 13, 2019

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Remember His Precepts to Do Them

The Old Testament is filled  with stories of people and kings,  who knew God’s word,  but refused  to live according to it.     They knew the Ten Commandments,  the protocol  for worship celebrations, the commanded days set aside  for celebration, the preaching  of the prophets,  and all that sort of stuff.     Sometimes they followed some of it — sometimes none of it.     They decided they preferred the idol worship they had learned  from their heathen neighbors  and even practiced that right in the temple  of the LORD God Almighty.

That was an abomination  that resulted  in severe discipline  from the LORD.     They were once again captured  and taken into exile,  until they learned  to turn back to the Lord,  ask for forgiveness,  and trust  in His word.

We might think  about how awful it was for them  to commit such an abomination right  in the temple,  of all places.     But,  we need  to listen to Paul,  in 1 Corinthians 3:16,  where he points out  to us,

Do you not know  that you are a temple  of God,  and that the Spirit of God dwells  in you?

We are the temple  of the living God.     The Lord is not a figment  of someone’s imagination  or an idol  of wood or stone.     He is the living God,  who dwells  within us.     As Jesus tells us  in Matthew 28:20“Lo,  I am with you always,  even to the end  of the age.”     God is able to do that  because He is LORD of lords  and God of gods.    Each Christian is literally  “a temple of God”.    

That is why it is only decent and right  to keep our temple pure  and dedicated  to God’s service only.     We are not to pollute our temple of God  with an adherence  to superstitions,  philosophies,  false religions,  heathen practices and traditions,  immoralities,  or anything of those sorts.     King David had all these sorts of things  in mind  as he praised the LORD  in Psalm 103 and described all  of God’s goodness and mercy  towards us.     David was thankful  that the LORD is “mindful that we are but dust”,  and is tenderly willing  to forgive us,  when we turn back to Him.

In his thankfulness,  David had to remember all  of God’s ways — not just the parts  that would benefit him.     So,  in Psalm 103:17-18,  David sings,

But the lovingkindness  of the LORD  is from everlasting     
       to everlasting  on those who fear Him,    
And His righteousness  to children’s children,    
To those who keep His covenant,    
And who remember His precepts  to do them.

God certainly does love us all  with great compassion and mercy.     But,  God’s special “lovingkindness” is  for those who have respect  for the LORD — “those who fear Him”.     The ones who have respect  for the LORD are the ones  “who keep His covenant,  and who remember His precepts  to do them.”

They are the ones  who will be blessed forever  with eternal life  in heaven.     There is no blessedness  in purposeful rebellion and disobedience.     As we remember  who God is  and who we are  in relation to Him,  let us give honor where honor is due.     We will be eternally glad we did.

It is faith  in the salvation  of Jesus Christ that saves — and,  how we  “remember His precepts to do them”  validates our faith.

Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD, it is an absolute honor  to be Your temple.     Let Your light so shine through me  that others will come to know You  as LORD and Savior over all.”

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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