When He Makes Inquisition For Blood…Psalm 9 pt 3

Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.(Psalm 9:11-12)

The message of Psalm 9, is the coming of the Lord. He comes to deliver Israel from the enemies who besiege her in the last days. He comes to Judge the world in righteousness. He comes to put an end to the wanton destruction of the enemy.

Here we see another of the reasons the Lord comes again, He comes as the judge to to make inquisition for blood. We like to think that we have progressed beyond the brutality of past ages. But really we live in a bloody age, in fact even in America and the west, oceans of innocent blood have been shed.

Consider that America has recently passed a grisly landmark; our fifty millionth abortion! As a civilization, we have callously shed the blood of our most vulnerable and innocent, infants in the womb. Do we not remember the solemn warning Jesus uttered about causing “little ones to stumble”?

He has heard the “silent scream” of our little ones, He knows each one of them, and shall soon avenge each one of them. But we have ( in Obama) willingly elected to the highest office of our land, a man who as a legislator went far beyond abortion, He vigorously resisted a move to enact a law requiring medical services should an infant survive abortion! The blood of these babies cries out from the very ground!

How many teenaged girls have been coerced into abortion, quenching their very femininity in the act, killing not only the baby but the soul of the mother? God has seen this and will visit us in judgment for it. Did you know there are approximately ten times less Downs syndrome babies than there ever were before? Where did they go? God knows.

There is other bloodletting that He is coming to visit us in judgment for. What of our violent , crime ridden cities?

Virtual armies of fatherless children throng our cities, assaulting people at will in race based attacks on strangers, beating people so they can film the beatings and post them on Youtube. Who is responsible for the breakdown of the family? The racial hatred that is kept artificially stoked? The deliberate division of society for political benefit? The Lord is coming to make inquisition for blood!

Consider also the falsely called “religion of peace”, whose “prophet” was a pirate and rapist, and whose “holy book” incites hatred and violence throughout the world. For fourteen centuries this religion has inflicted violence, murder, war and slavery upon the world, rivers of blood have stained the earth in the name of this pagan religion.

The Muslims harbor a particular hatred for Israel, Ezekiel calls it the “perpetual hatred”,

Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end: Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.(Ezekiel 35:5-6)

On the October 23, 2000, cover of Time magazine, a photo featured a young Arab leaning out an upper story window waving blood soaked hands to a cheering crowd below. The story explained that two Russian Jewish reservists had taken a wrong turn and ended up in a Muslim neighborhood in Ramallah. A baying crowd hounded them down, and murdered them with their bare hands. God saw that.

Recently, members of the Fogel family, including an infant, who lived in Judea (the “west bank”) were slaughtered in their sleep by two Muslim terrorists. When the news of this cowardly slaughter surfaced, Muslims in Gaza and the West Bank, passed out candies in the streets in celebration.

The bloodletting of the Nazi’s, and of the centuries long Communist revolution has been noted by God. It isn’t only Jews who have been or are being slaughtered by Muslims, Nazi’s and Communists, but there is a particular vehemence in the hatred for the seed of Abraham in these bloody movements. This is God hatred at work.

The Lord is coming to make inquisition for blood, he is going to regard the blood that has been shed as innocent blood, as the Prophet Joel, (in the chapter that reads as though we are reading todays newspaper), states assuredly in the name of the LORD,

Judah will be inhabited forever
and Jerusalem through all generations.
Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged?
No, I will not.”(Joel 3:20-21)

pt 4 to come

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…If You Seek Me With All of Your Heart … psalm 9 pt 2

The ninth Psalm is eschatological. It is a celebration of the return of King Messiah, whose coming is an intervention, a deliverance of Israel from the amassed nations of the world who have united to destroy her.

The psalmist taunts the enemies who have sought Israel’s destruction,

O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.(Psalm 9:6)

Either this is rendered as ‘Your destructions are over forever!”, or it means “You are eternally destroyed”. Perhaps it is both, for the Coming of the Messiah shall certainly produce both effects; the end of the destruction wrought by the Kings of the earth, and the everlasting ruin which God will bring upon them in the lake of fire.

“Thou hast destroyed cities…”. By the time of the Parousia, ancient cities shall have been destroyed by the “Kings of the Earth and their Rulers”. Damascus, Syria and Amman Jordan come to mind,(Isaiah 17,Jeremiah 49:2) but unfortunately there will be many others as well .

“The inhabited cities will be laid waste and the land will be a desolation. So you will know that I am the LORD.”‘ (Ezekiel 12;20)

Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered, “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate, (Isaiah 6:12)

One of the terrors of the tribulation will be the utter detrucion of many, many noted an ancient cities.

But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.(Psalm 9:7-8)

The Lord is coming to deal with all of humanity in Judgment. But he categorizes them into two groups, “the world” and (His) “people”.

Judgment is coming upon this world for its sins, the cup of iniquity is finally coming full. It seems as though our modern world has systematically repudiated everything that God ordained in the early parts of Genesis, as the foundation for human society. Marriage, Gender assignments, the sanctity of life, sexuality, the family, the death penalty, political separation of nations, and even “be fruitful and multiply” have all been undermined and rejected by this evil generation.

But The Lord shall “minister judgment” to the people He has chosen. This is the other sense of “judgment” which is deliverance and vindication. The Lord comes again to Israel, the people He appointed as His witness. They are presently estranged from Him but he is drawing them back to Him.

He is using the current geopolitical pressures, and hatred of the nations to bring Israel to the point where they actually cry out to Him for deliverance in the last day. This is none less than the “Time of Jacob’s trouble” spoken of by Jeremiah the prophet.

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.(Jeremiah 30:7)

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.(Psalm 9:9-11)

Israel shall come to know the Lord again in those days, for He shall reveal himself to them. Moses told Israel that they would drift away from God, and be scattered to the ends of the earth, where they would in the last days, seek Him with all of their heart ;

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.(Deuteronomy 4:29-31)

I believe that Israel is a microcosm of the whole world, and that God’s dealings with Israel, teach us about His dealings with us as individuals. God is calling all of us to realize how far we have drifted from Him, and to seek Him with all of our heart. The promise is true individually,as well as to the nation, If we seek Him we will find Him. He will reveal Himself to the one who truly seeks Him.Even in the last days.

pt 3 to come….

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The Return Of The King… Psalm 9 pt 1

The Psalms of the Bible are full of prophecy. A major theme of many of the Psalms is that of the return of the King, Messiah, and his sufferings and glory. The prophecies of the Psalms are eschatological also, describing in great detail the last great conflict of Israel, and of the world conditions at the time of the second coming of Christ.

The ninth Psalm is an example of this.

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.(Psalm 9:1-2)

The voice of this Psalm is that of grateful Israel, willingly praising God in the aftermath of a severe testing. Israel had been besieged by the nations of the world, and would have been destroyed but for the intervention of God.

When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.(Psalm 9:3-4)

Notice that the Psalmist celebrates the final deliverance of Israel in the past tense… the “prophetic perfect”. It is an already accomplished fact, It is finished because God has spoken it.

The prophet Zechariah is but one of the many who saw the final conflict of Israel as an international siege of Jerusalem, leading to the brink of annihilation , until the Lord himself returns to save the remnant of His people,

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem…For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle…Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.(Zechariah 12:2,14:2-3)

It is as a result of “Thy Presence” that Israel’s final enemies “turn back, fall and perish…“. The New Testament refers to the return of the King Messiah as “the Parousia” of our Lord, the actual physical return of Jesus.

The nations of the world are angry, for they have contrived grievances with Israel. But the U.N. isn’t the final court in the worldwide conflict. The last word is not given to the USA, the U.N., or the IMF.

There is a righteous judge of all the earth, the God of the Bible. He is the one that the “kings of the earth and their princes” have taken their counsel together against in the second Psalm,

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed…(Psalm 2:2)

The ninth Psalm praises God that it is He, the judge of all of the earth that has decided the final conflict, “maintain(ing) my right and my cause”.

Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever(Psalm 9:5)

As in the day when God rebuked the sea, saying “You can come this far and no further, thus shall your proud waves be stopped.”(Job 38:11), God shall rebuke all of the nations (Heathen) who had amassed themselves against Israel, and they will find that His rebuke is withering, destructive and final.

The imagery of the Tower of Babel is invoked, for the nations of the world will once again unite, on a project to “make a name for themselves“. But once again the ambitious, humanistic project comes crashing down around them.

The prophet speaks in the past tense, “Thou hast destroyed the wicked…”. The Kings of the earth and their rulers thought that by their unity they could prevail over Him, but the Proverbs warned them long before,

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished, but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. (Proverbs 11:21)

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If You Marked Iniquity, Who Could Stand?…Psalm 130

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. ( Psalm 130)

Psalm 130 is one of the Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134). That means it was part of the Worship in the temple, as the Priests would climb the steps, or it was sung as a Pilgrim Song, as worshippers would flow “up to Zion” to partake of the Divine Services.

These psalms also have an eschatological edge to them. They anticipate Israel’s trials through the Tribulation, ( “I am for peace, but they are for War”) and end in the Sanctuary with those servants of God who had made it through the night (Tribulation), lifting up their hands in worshipful triumph.

Who has’t been in the depths from season to season? What makes the depths , the depths? The lack of the sense of God’s presence, He seems distant or even non existent. The ceaseless taunting of the enemy, the voices of condemnation and despair which can occur at full strength out in the depths.

The Depths make me think of the sea, the restless waves washing over, or battering and threatening to throw one into the sharp rocks, the frightful but unseen creatures which lurk below the surface, the sense of disorientation, fear, loss of control, which sweeps over us from time to time. These are the depths, the emotional, spiritual depths are where we find ourselves from time to time.

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107)

Sometimes it takes going to the depths to draw out of our soul’s the deep heart cries unto God, out of pain, desperation, and even fear. We always need God, but don’t often know it.

We cry out to God, we lift our voice above the sound of the waves, “Please hear us, Please pay attention to us Oh lord!!! We beseech thee, we need you!} ” True faith is only really drawn out , out of a sense of need, a desperation. “God is the rewarder of those who dilligently seek Him! …The Fervant and effectal prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effectual”.

Jesus comes to us in the storm, just as he came to the disciples and to Peter when he almost drowned in the depths…those stories are for us also.

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? ( Matthew 14;30-31)

But in the depths we are also confronted with our iniquities and sins. It always works that way with me… when there is trouble which pains me or scares me, I always seem to utter Prayers for forgiveness of my sins…. . Somehow I usually connect my trouble, pain and fear, with my own sins.

It is so true, what the Psalmist prays. If God held our sins against us…. none of us would stand a chance. We would just have to die, in despair. God is Holy and hates sin, but has made a Righteous way to remove the barrier of our sins which blocked the way to God’s loving help. Jesus came and died for those sins.

With you….there is forgiveness…that you may be feared (Worshipped).

With the LORD is plenteous mercy, with Him is Redemption and forgiveness! All of Israel’s troubles are currently stacking up, it is time for “Jacob’s trouble”. Night is soon to intensify, “the twilight becomes the evening, and the evening, the black and dark night”.

But Jesus died for those sins of Israel , as well as “the sins of the whole world”. Jesus is coming, the Redeemer is coming to Zion to take away sin… all Israel shall be saved”. She will soon “…look upon Me (Jesus) whom they have pierced and they shall mourn for him as for an only son…” (Zechariah 12:10)

When that day dawns, morning shall come for the whole world. The Apostles Paul reveals by the Holy Spirit,

For if the casting away of them (Israel) be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? (Romans 11:15)

So we wait for the morning, We keep our vigil through the night, praying and clinging to Jesus till the morning…

My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

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Mercy And Truth Have Met Together … Another meditation from Psalm 85

I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. ( Psalm 85:8-10)

Psalm 85 is a prayer for revival. The psalmist is speaking for all of the godly, pleading in view of previous mercies from God, that wrath would be turned away, and that God’s people would be brought back to life again.

In response, We are told that God will speak peace to his people, but then cautioned, “let them not turn again to folly”.

The New Testament version of this would be something like, “Be healed, now go and sin no more”.

What we are hearing in this Psalm is the combination of two of the attributes of God; Mercy and Truth.

God is Love. He is merciful and slow to anger, abounding in forgiveness, and compassion. He loves man, and hates to see us suffer. “As a Father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him, as far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our Transgressions from us… If you should mark iniquities, Oh Lord , who could stand? But with you there is forgivenes hat you may be feared …” (Psalm 103 and Psalm 130).

But at the same time, God is Holy. He hates all that is false, evil, sinful and perverted. He ceaselessly opposes everything that is wrong. He hates unrighteousness, sin, iniquity, rebellion and transgression. He must exercise Divine vengeance upon all of it, and can never make peace with anything sinful.

How can the two be reconciled? How can God be merciful, and yet consistent with his absolute holiness and righteousness? Will the most High compromise the one for the other? Will he put aside for even a second, His holiness, in the name of mercy and forgiveness? Will he suppress his great compassion and tendency to forgive, so that he can express his Righteous wrath?

God cannot contradict himself. His attributes are all absolute, and cannot be divided or partitioned. He is not ‘half righteous and half mercy’, He is all Righteous and all Merciful at one and the same time.

God can never at anytime be less than Love, nor can he ever come short of pure holiness. Love calls for mercy for sinners, Holiness calls for the punishment of sinners.

Moses heard the LORD put it this way, in God’s stunning self description in Exodus 34:

And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:6-8)

Do you see the two highlighted phrases? “Keeping mercy for thousands …” ? That would be Mercy. “By no means clearing the guilty?” That would be His Truth. How can the two attributes be reconciled? How can God be both Love and Mercy, yet at the same time Righteous and Holy?

The answer, which is anticipated in Psalm 85, is the cross of Jesus. On the cross God’s attributes of mercy and Truth met together, because there… Sin was answered for, and judged. The wrath of God was fully expressed upon the God appointed substitute.

But also on the cross of Jesus, the mercy of God was fully expressed. It was there that “God loved the world….”, in sending his Son to take our place in judgment. By his death, Jesus satisfied the wrath of God against sin

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; (Colossians 2:13-14)

Finally, Righteousness (Right standing with God), and Peace, (Reconciliation with God have embraced).God has made a righteous way for sinners to come to Him.

No wonder we worship and adore him with trembling lips singing, “Holy God we Praise thy name, Lord of all we bow before thee…”.

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He Will Speak Peace To His People ..Psalm 85 pt 1

I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.(Psalm 85)

The Psalmist speaks for all of the godly, those devoted to the LORD, those who know the God who is there, and that our God speaks. They know that God has “spoken through his Son” in these last days… .

He proclaims “I will hear…” , or ‘let me hear’, what God would say to his people.

What will God, the Creator Redeemer say to his people?

He will speak Peace. When God speaks, His Word results in peace to those who are his people. Even if it is a hard word or a correction, the result is always peace when it is truly God who is speaking.

By Peace , we mean much more than ‘absence of conflict or turmoil’. The biblical idea of Peace, Shalom, is fulness, completeness, satisfaction, rest, and reconciliation. He (the LORD) speaks ‘peace’ .

Sin has robbed the World of God’s peace, but because of the Son, the last word to God’s people is ‘Peace’. Sin bears twisted and deformed fruits such as anxiety, insecurity, fear, paranoia, remorse, regret and guilt. All of these and more perverse fruit set ups a constant inner dissonance to varying degrees in the hearts of men.

At the core is fear of death, in all of its thousands of forms. Men know deep inside that death is a penalty from God for sin.

Thus the ultimate ‘peace’ is “peace with God’, but how can it be regained?

The Word proclaims that by the cross of Jesus the long war is over and that which separates us from God, has been vanquished by the Savior.

We are told in the Word,

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. ( Collossians 1:20)

Also that when the Word came in the flesh,

“He came and preached Peace, to those who were near and those who are afar off…” ( Ephesians 2:17)

The sin and rebellion, of which we have all partaken of, brought us into conflict with our Creator, who hates and cannot accept sin or darkness in any form. A song we once sang in the Assembly of God , proclaimed,

“My heart was distressed neath Jehovah’s dread frown, and Lo in the pit where my sin brought me down…”

God hates sIn and evil and is at constant war with it in all of its forms. Men know this instinctively, and hate God for resisting their autonomy and pleasures. Men hate God.

But “He sent his Word and healed them(us) and delivered them from their destructions…” (Psalm 107:20)

The Word came, preaching peace,

“The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)” (Acts 10:37)

Jesus is the Word of God incarnate and the very peace of God. He is the Sar Shalom of Isaiah 9, the “Prince of Peace”, peace with God and man, “God and sinners reconciled” as the Christmas carol proclaims.

isaiah predicted the Peace that He would purchase and bring his people into in the beautiful fortieth chapter;

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. ( Isiah 40:1-2)

The message is that there has been a propitiation, that is a ‘satisfaction offering made’ that enables a holy God to righteously receive sinners.God himself shall come to Zion (the people of God) to make the propitiation, and to end the warfare.

God has come into the wilderness of this fallen world, to bring and accomplish a peace offering of himself. Those who allow him to be their sacrifice for sin, are cleansed from their sins and brought into sonship with God. God is speaking , and what He says, is the person of Jesus!

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:  And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. ( Isaiah 40;3-5)

In Christ the war is over; God is speaking peace, peace with himself, through forgiveness of sins, reconciliation to God, “in Him we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins”( Ephesians 1:7) Reconciliation with God is the core of peace, for if God be for us, who can be against us?

Thus the Savior , who “By himself purged our sins… ” assures us, his people,

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

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The LORD Loves His Own Righteousness…A meditation on Psalm 11

 In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. (Psalm 11)

This is one of those Psalms written in the midst of trouble and conflict. So many of the Psalms are reflective of the stress, danger and sorrow of living in a world hostile to the LORD, goodness, truth and to anyone who would live for the LORD.

The Psalmist has been scorned and reproached by someone. who then challenges him to just check out, to seek an escape, or perhaps to run away. But why should we? We trust in the LORD! Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we cling to the LORD himself, he is our escape.

The twisted and perverse always hav a bow and arrow bent, loaded and pointed ready to hurt, malign, diminish or even to slay the righteous. They hate us, because they sense that our hearts are different than theirs and then the majority. Our hearts are oriented towards something higher and purer than what this world seeks after, and they instinctively hate that about us.

How is it that the wicked have such power and influence in our world?

It is their worldview that is touted as the ‘prevailing wisdom’, and their perverted tastes are not just tolerated, they demand hat they be celebrated by all, even the Righteous.

It is almost as though they demand more from the Righteous than that we just to shut up and go along with their program.

They want everybody to be forced to participate in their perversity. Thus the products of abortion are now seeping into cosmetics, and even food products, in our benighted societies. Sexual anarchists get to instruct our pre-teen children in schools, Islamists are allowed to influence how the military and law enforcement groups instruct their charges.

What happened? Obviously the foundations of our once Judeo Christian civilizaion have been destroyed, in a steady disintegration that I can trace back in our history, even long before the open revolt known as the “Sexual Revolution” and the Marxist inspired counter cultural rebellion of the sixties.

God gave us what we once had, freedom, liberty in the truest sense, prosperity, an open and civil society, reasonable and humane laws and a semblance of justice. But we are squandering it all like the prodigal son.

The LORD is in his Holy temple. He transcends it all. Another Psalm tells us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”God cannot change. He sees all of this, and when his eyes “Try” the children of men, this means he is evaluating and judging what He sees.

Always apostasy is accompanied by violence. Pace and tranquility are gifts from God and cannot be taken for granted, for long. The Righteous are going through many trials, because God loves us and will deal with us to purify and purge out of us that which offends Him.

But the wicked and violent man, God hates. A true mark of utter perversity is when a man loves violence. God hates such a man*. There are many people resorting to violence in our city streets, in support of the ultimate and most obscene violence, abortion.

The LORD will not try the hateful and violence loving man, in the same way he tries the Righteous. The dealings of God with such people, and such a culture will be different.

To the reprobate and wicked civilization , comes death in many horrifying forms.Firestorms, brimstone, snares and various storms. The greatest terror comes upon those who die in their sins, unrepentant and estranged from the LORD. Of them we read, “The smoke of their torment rises forever and ever…”.

Why is this so?

The answer given in this Psalm is very instructive… “The Righteous LORD Loves Righteousness…”. Does the LORD love man? Of course He does, Jesus came from heaven to die for us, of course the LORD loves all mankind.

But The LORD doesn’t love anyone more than He loves his own Righteousness. God loves his righteousness, He can do no less. He must of necessity Love that which is right, true, beautiful, good and upright.

This explains why God had to find a Righteous way to save sinners. The Righteousness of God had to be upheld, The Righteous Requirements and demands of the LAW had to be satisfied. Sin could not be overlooked in the name of love.

There is an old German theological saying which goes like this, “The Righteousness that God always requires of us is the Righteousness His Righteousness requires him to require.”

The reason Jesus had to com and die as a criminal and a blasphemer on a cross, is because that was the only Righteous way a Righteous God could save us sinners. Substitution, “He made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”.

This is how much He loved us…and it is how much he loves His own Righteousness.

  • There is a sense in which God loves all men, even hateful and perverse men whom He hates. As they are currently, God hates who and what they are. But Jesus came and died for them, this is the Love of God.

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