My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast!I will sing and make melody!Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre!I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to thee, O LORD, among the peoples,I will sing praises to thee among the nations. For thy steadfast love is great above the heavens,thy faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!Let thy glory be over all the earth! That thy beloved may be delivered,give help by thy right hand, and answer me! Psalms 108:1-7 With God we shall do valiantly;it is he who will tread down our foes. Psalms 108:13 How wonderful that we can trust in God's sovereignty, that He is ruler of the earth and man can do nothing apart from His plan. As we read in Psalms 110:1-2 The LORD says to my lord:"Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool." The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter.Rule in the midst of your foes! And in Psalms110:5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will execute judgment among the nations. He is in control and He will execute judgment. We can take comfort and have peace knowing who our God is, whom we serve. Let us give Him praise! Let our adversaries know that we will not fear them, we will fear our God alone. They may destroy our flesh if He allows it, but they cannot destroy our soul! We are here for such a short time on the earth, compared to thousands of years of history (His-Story). Listen to what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:6 In this we rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. It goes on to say in 1 Peter 1:14-19 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." And if you invoke as Father him who judges each one impartially according to his deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. So, Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere love of the brethren, love one another earnestly from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for
"All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord abides for ever." That word is the good news which was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:22-25 How amazing that Christ would die for us. What were we ransomed for? What is it that remains? The Word of the Lord. It says in 1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Are you preparing your minds? Are you reading God's Word and being filled with hope and faith? Are you living a life in full gratitude and joy for what God has done? Let us not lay up treasure in that which will be moth-eaten or corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. James 5:3 May it not be said of us, You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. James 5:5 Oh, it makes me sick, how we have forgotten God. How we stay amused so that we don't have to think about what is really going on in the world, with our neighbor, in our homes, or even in our own hearts. We need to return to our first love- to the God of our fathers. Join with me in repentance for seeking after "personal peace and affluence" as Francis Schaeffer points out. Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul. Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:11-12 For, you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 Let's use our time and resources today proclaiming what God has done, calling ourselves and others to repentance and obedience, for faith without works is dead. Then let us pray diligently that our Heavenly Father would forgive us, lift the rod of judgment off our land and establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.