Times Infinity

9 Within your temple, O God,
    we meditate on your unfailing love. Psalm 48:9

Why would we meditate on God’s unfailing love? Let’s face it; we need encouragement. What is more encouraging than knowing that God’s love never ever fails?

We may fail; our friends and family may fail. All the world around us could come crashing down, but we can count on one truth: God’s love never fails. I’m not sure we grasp the power of those words.

Pastor David Anderson was student body president at Moody when I was there. David is a very gifted speaker but he was talking about some of the trials of speaking in front of larger audiences. Here’s a gist of what he said. “I may speak to you today and fall on my face. I may flub up every word I say. I may be an utter failure in your eyes today but I know one important thing in my life. When it’s all said and done, my Mom still loves me.”

Same with God…times infinity.

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God Still in Your City?

8 As we have heard,
    so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
    in the city of our God:
God makes her secure
    forever. Psalm 48:8

What happens in a town, a city, a state, a nation where there is no God? It’s a rhetorical question but it’s something to consider. Does it prosper? Does it thrive? I think we all know the answer to that.

For any number of years, God has, as the song writer penned, “God shed His grace” on America. God has allowed it to prosper and thrive. Do we see evidence that His grace is waning? As society continues to reject God, the Light that once shone bright is fading. Now, I for one have not given up on this great and generous land. We still have a lot to be grateful for.

As you read this, how does it apply to the land you live in? Is the Light of God shining bright where you live? Do you see evidence that God is still moving and working in the lives of men, women, and children. Even in the darkest of lands, God still has a remnant of Believers willing to give their lives for the Name.

So, is God still in your city?

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As Goes Israel, So Goes the World

4 When the kings joined forces,
    when they advanced together,
5 they saw her and were astounded;
    they fled in terror.
6 Trembling seized them there,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.
7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish
    shattered by an east wind. Psalm 48:4-7

I read verses like this and smile because it can be so relevant to what we see in the news. In 1967 and in 1973, the Arab world surrounding Israel tried to come against that tiny land and they failed miserably. Why? There really is no logical reason they shouldn’t have wiped Israel off the map. Even today the Muslim world is seen as the victims of Israeli occupation. It defies human logic.

As you’ve probably noticed I a very pro-Israel supporter. I see the Israeli-Palestinian “conflict” as more spiritual than physical. Again, there’s no logical reason Israel is still a nation except they they are favored by God.

My wife recently made a curious statement: As goes Israel, so goes the rest of the world.

Is she right? Time will tell.

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Guardian of Jerusalem

2 Beautiful in its loftiness,
    the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion,
    the city of the Great King.
3 God is in her citadels;
    he has shown himself to be her fortress. Psalm 48:2-3

When these verses were written, they were clearly referencing Jerusalem, the city of God, specifically, but they have a more general application of “the place where God dwells.” The Gospel has gone out into all the world now, and many Christians look fondly on Jerusalem as being a Holy City (“the joy of the whole earth”).

Similarly, those same Christians – meaning, we – look fondly towards Heaven, or as the Revelations 21 refers to it “the new Jerusalem.” We await our reward but realize the Day is not here yet. Even as I write this, the tiny nation of Israel is in a state of heightened alert. Obviously Hamas and all of the Muslim world would love to see Israel wiped off the map, and many of their leaders have stated so publicly.

Pray pray pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray that God would continue to confuse the minds of her enemies.

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If He Isn’t There…

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
    in the city of our God, his holy mountain. Psalm 48:1

Every now and again we get glimpses of heaven and the God who reigns there. Here in this passage the writers are talking about a holy mountain. Something grandiose, something huge, something holy because the Lord God is there. We tend to glamorize heaven and what it will be like there with the streets of gold and harps and all, but if the Lord God Almighty is not there, it wouldn’t be heaven. Heaven is just one more of God’s marvelous creations. Him being there makes it heaven. It’s a simple concept but so easy to miss.

And so it is on earth. The absence of God in a place makes it truly “hell on Earth.” Ukraine, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and other nations are in the news lately for being incredibly harsh on Christians. For many, it’s their “hell on Earth,” but it tells you something about what’s happening in those lands. Don’t for a minute think the church will be stamped out in those lands.

On the contrary, the reason for the persecution is because the politicians are getting nervous about what’s happening. What they rarely understand is the dynamic nature of the Church in times of persecution: it grows in proportion to the persecution, which totally goes against all reason and logic.

So, choose one of those nations above and pray for the Believers who are wondering what’s happening in the world around them.

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