Still a Mystery

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
    but harbor malice in their hearts.
Repay them for their deeds
    and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
    and bring back on them what they deserve. Psalm 28:3-4

Here is David once again speaking from the heart. It’s raw emotion and something he seems to be quite passionate about. I think it’s one of the reasons people like what David wrote. It’s honest.

Fortunately for our sake, God doesn’t punish us according to what we deserve. If He did, we’d all be in trouble.

Truth be told, we all deserve hell, but that’s what grace and mercy are all about. Jesus paid the penalty for sins so we didn’t have to. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. I don’t begin to understand how or why He did it except to say that He did it, and I accept it.

Greater love hath no man than this, that He lay down His life for a friend. John 15:13

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Mercy Sakes Alive

Hear my cry for mercy
    as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
    toward your Most Holy Place. Psalm 28:2

When someone is hurt and wounded, one of the cries we hear is justice, justice, justice. That’s all and good until someone points out something we’ve done, and they demand justice!

Yes, justice will come, but not in the ways we think. Instead, like David, we should consider crying out for mercy more often.

Recall in the Old Testament when God threatened to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham pleaded with God that if there were 50, 40, 30, 20, then 10 righteous people, to have mercy on them. God was willing to grant mercy for the sake of 10 righteous people, but they didn’t exist.

So, which camp do you generally fall into: “I wish they’d get their punishment for their sins” or “I hope He doesn’t punish them just yet”?

I think this can be summed up by James M. Barrie: Always be a little kinder than necessary.

Until we are perfected in the way we handle mercy and justice, it’s a pretty good principle to follow. It’s not saying that justice has no part of society, but that we should err on the side of mercy

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Able and Stable

To you, Lord, I call;
    you are my Rock,
    do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent,
    I will be like those who go down to the pit. Psalm 28:1

A rock.
Firm footing.
Steady.
Unmovable.
Solid.
Unshakeable.

Dottie Rambo wrote this classic song that illustrates this verse nicely.

Where do I go when there’s nobody else to turn to?
Who do I talk to when nobody wants to listen?
Who do I lean on when there’s no foundation stable?

I go to the rock
I know He’s able
I go to the rock

The Lord is the rock I go to the rock for my salvation
I go to the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and the mountain, he stands by me

When the Earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the solid rock I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend
I go to the rock

Where do I go,
When the storms of life are threatening?
Who do I turn to when those winds of sorrows blow?
And is there a refuge in the time of tribulation?

I go to the rock
I know He’s able
I go to the rock

The Lord is a rock for my salvation
The Lord is the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and the mountain, he stands by me

When the Earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the solid rock I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend
I go to the rock

The Lord is a rock for my salvation
The Lord is the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and the mountain, he stands by me

When the Earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the solid rock I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend
I go to the rock

And if’s a nice song you’ll be singing throughout the day today!

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Waiting for Him

Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

This verse is fairly applicable most of the days we’re on earth, isn’t it? We are very impatient people.

To those seeking a spouse, wait for the Lord.
For those seeking wisdom, wait for the Lord.
For those help in the midst of chaos, wait for the Lord.
For those contemplating a life change, wait for the Lord.

The Lord is not calling us to hurry through life and miss important truths. On the contrary, He waits for us to wait for Him.

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Rose Colored Glasses

I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

Have you ever met someone who wore rose-colored glasses wherever that person went? They see everything in a positive light.

I recall meeting someone like that overseas. I asked her about her outlook. I still recall her response. “I can easily see the negative in most situations but I choose to see everything in a positive light.” Some say she wasn’t at all realistic but it’s how she lived her life. She was very consistent and she worked hard to maintain that outlook.

The Lord’s goodness is all around us if we choose to see it: a sunset, a flower, a loving couple, a newborn, an act of kindness. Of course we don’t have far to look to see man’s evil propensities. Choosing to see the Lord’s goodness is a rare quality. It goes beyond my friend’s positive outlook. It’s opening our eyes to see goodness where it exists.

For some of us who are accustomed to seeing the negative in everything, it may take a lot of reprogramming.

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