Psalm 24:1-10 (ESV)
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah
I remember singing a song when I was young based upon this psalm. It was a very upbeat, lively song, that was fun to sing. Come to think of it, it may have been primarily a Christmas song. But whatever the case, I always enjoyed it.
The Scriptures predicted Jesus’ coming long, long before He actually came. This psalm was written probably 1000 years before Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew was written specifically to show the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. There were over 600 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. So if you are not familiar with all of the prophecies, read Matthew and see how many times it says something like, “This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet...”
I don’t know about you, but these things amaze me. It is a good way to start the week, thinking about God and how He fulfilled the promises He made to redeem us. Cover to cover, the Bible was written by God through His servants the prophets and scribes, and later the Apostles. Jesus was clear that the Word of God would stand, and that all would be fulfilled.
We may rest assured that God is working in our lives today as well, even though sometimes it seems like He is silent, or missing. He has a plan, and He will use even me, as He wishes, or needs to in order to accomplish His plan. Sometimes He remains quiet for a time in our lives, and we do not always understand why. He promised that He would never leave us or forsake us, and after those quiet times, if we look, we can actually see how He was still there, directing our paths, and protecting us.
God does not protect us from all evils in this world. We live in a fallen world, and He has given us (human beings) freedom to choose right from wrong. Unfortunately, there are evil people who choose the evil, and some who actually use that evil to make life difficult for others.
We cannot lose hope. God will win. He will avenge the evil done to those who trust in Him. Those who do such evil, will receive their ‘reward’ and will not enjoy it. For us who trust in Him, and do our best to serve Him, we will receive a reward as well, and we will enjoy it, beyond anything this life can offer. Eternity with Him. May God bless you today and everyday.
by Virgil Stripes