Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Judgment (Part 13)
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Psalm 91:4-7 (NKJV)*
Behold, they have rejected the Word of the Lord,
And what kind of wisdom do they have?...
Because from the least even to the greatest,
Everyone is greedy for gain;
From the prophet even to the priest,
Everyone practices deceit...
Saying, 'Peace, peace,'
But there is no peace...
We waited for peace, but no good came;
For a time of healing, but behold, terror!
Jeremiah 8:9-11, 15 (NASB)**
Since its miraculous restoration,*** Israel endures non-stop terrorism. Now with the rise of radical Islam and copycat killers following suit, other nations feel similar anguish. Therein, we're faced with a hard conclusion: no person on this earth is truly safe.
Media coverage fuels terror cells. While eager eyes glue to devastation and reporters fight for higher ratings, mean men feed their lust for publicity: their moment of fame, however it comes, sparks greater lust for devilish glory.
But consider Psalm 91's promise. Possibly penned by Moses or David, the Lord's shield of heavenly protection glows like a beacon on earth's storming seas. Amidst waves of wars and rumors of wars, the comfort It provides can't be measured.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Today's two key Scriptures emphasize opposing aspects of terrorism, although each is the Word of the Lord. Therefore, contemplation is advised.
1) One of God's most encouraging Psalms speaks directly to tough times we face. No matter what happens, we will live. If we should not mourn as others mourn, neither should we fear as others fear.****
2) Are God's people due a comeuppance? Have we ingested the world's values and therein invited terrorism? The way I see it, we've done just that. But our King still honors repentance. If not the whole church, let it be us.
To Be Continued...
* Psalm 91 in Its beautiful entirety: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+91&version=NKJV
** Jeremiah 8 in Its entirety: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+8&version=NASB
*** Restoration of Israel as a nation as a sign of end times: http://www.jewishvoice.org/media/publications/articles/true-indicators-of-last-days.html
**** 'But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope' (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
**** 'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go' (Joshua 1:9).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.