Tuesday, January 3, 2017

PSALM 145:20-21

"The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh will bless His holy name
forever and ever."

The Lord is our Keeper.  He is the Keeper of all who love Him.  He is the Keeper of my soul.
He preserveth all who love Him.  How wonderful to be kept by God.  But as for the wicked, "They call not upon Him; they fight against Him; and He will confound and destroy them.  There is something curious in the word "Shamar," the Keeper or Guardian of the pious: "Shomer," The first word implies He is continually keeping them; the second 'Shamid,' the Destroyer of the wicked, that He causes the others to be destroyed.

There is something wrong with a Christian, with a church if wickedness is tolerated."Wickedness is an offense to all holy beings, therefore those who are determined to continue in it must be weeded out.  As good sanitary laws remove all pest and plague, so does the moral government of God mark every evil thing for destruction; it cannot be tolerated in the presence of a holy God." (Spurgeon) 

Who would give their child something contaminated, like a blanket with small pox germs?  Of course we would destroy it before we would ever injure or hurt them.  So, are we a better caregiver than God?  No.  Just as God desired to protect Adam and Eve from evil, even though He warned them, they still disobeyed and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Ever since then, we have a choice of which fruit we will eat, good or evil and which we will offer to our children.

Oh, how wickedness has sprung up all around and is being called good.  Paul addresses this in Romans 1:28-32..."And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them."

Isaiah 5:20 says, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness."

You see, this is not about an attitude, "Well, if I ever see evil, I will walk around it."  We live in a society that is immersed in it.  Evil is nothing new. The problem is, we have closed our spiritual eyes.  Be assured, God hasn't.  He cannot keep us, if we are not willing to walk away from evil.  If we look at this list in Romans 1, who would want to dwell there?  We cannot expect God to be our Keeper if we call evil good and good evil.  There is a moral code inherent in the things of a holy God that disperses darkness with light.  Evil cannot come before His presence.

"'All the wicked He will destroy,' or the Prayer Book version, "scattereth abroad.  Like the ruins of a demolished building; or rather, like an earmy, which...has been completely routed." William Keatinge Clay.

"Notice this recurrent guardianship of the good implies the destruction of the wicked."

Adam Clarke said, "Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity, but towards thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness if thou continue in His goodness; otherwise, thou also shall be cut off."

Don't you wish we could watch or listen to entertainers who could just entertain us with good instead of standing on their platform to bloviate their political and immoral views?  Don't you wish sports figures would just do what sports figures are paid to do instead of espousing their political views that are disrespectful to our country?  Don't you wish businesses would just be stores or serve coffee without being embroiled in intolerant views of Christianity.  It is the world trying to squeeze us into its mold.  We don't fit.  If you do, if you are comfortable in this world, something is wrong.

You see, sometimes it is black and white with no shades of grey.  There will be a time when God will separate the sheep from the goats, the tares from the wheat.  We need to live each day as if in the next breath we will stand before the judgment seat of God.  In the meanwhile...

"My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever." (verse 21)

"He is good to all; wants to save all; actually feeds and preserves all.  And as near as Shamar is to Shamad, so near is He as Saviour to those who who stand on the brink of destruction, if they will look to Him." (Adam Clarke)

"Praise is no monopoly for one, even if he be a David; others are debtors, let them also be songsters." (Treasury of David)

I read a devotional today by Anne Graham where she spoke of that forever and ever: it was before Creation, and covers everything since Creation, and goes beyond this world into eternity.  This ol' world is just the choir practice.  The real sing'ng is going to be out of this world in the next part of forever and ever, a time and place we can't even fathom.

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