Seek the Lord! Before It’s Too Late!

Today’s reading is Psalm 32.

David isn’t bragging about his own forgiveness in the Lord. He is using it as a basis to teach everyone about forgiveness. He basically says, “Hey you guys! Look at me. I sinned. I sinned big. I didn’t want to talk about it. I tried to cover it up. But the Lord saw. He disciplined. I finally confessed. You know what God did? He forgave me.”

Then, in vs. 6, he turns to his audience and says, “Be like me. I know you all have sinned. Let my forgiveness be an example to you. Our God forgives. Seek Him while He may be found.” Whoa! Wait a minute! “While He may be found”? Does that mean there will come a time when He won’t be found?

Yes! That is absolutely what that means.

Folks who are postponing their repentance have no idea the danger they are putting themselves in. While it is true that you will be forgiven any time you repent and for anything of which you repent, you need to understand that the longer you push off repentance, the harder it is for you to do it. It is never easier than today to repent and seek the Lord. The more you sin, the more you postpone repentance, the harder your heart becomes, the harder it is for that shell to be broken.

Further, you have no idea when the full judgment for your sins is actually going to take place. Trying to wait until just before that moment of judgment to repent is not actually repenting. The days are evil. Make the most of today by repenting and confessing right now. You may not have tomorrow.

But if you do seek the Lord while He can be found, then the great rush of waters will not reach you. Yes, that ought to call to mind the great rush of waters that came in the days of Noah. Once the rain starts to fall and the Ark is closed, its too late to seek the Lord.

Seek the Lord! Before it’s too late!

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 32.

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The Calm after the Storm

Today’s reading is Psalm 29.

Are you as shocked as I am by the final verse of Psalm 29? The entire psalm has been a storm. We’ve heard the voice of God thunder seven times. We’ve witnessed the tumultuous waters, the earthquake in a mountain, cedars of Lebanon breaking, flames of fire falling from the heavens, wildernesses shaking, deer being frightened into premature labor, the peals of thunder peeling trees, and we come to the final verse and it says, “May the Lord bless his people with peace!” Wait! What? Peace? Are you sure, David, that is what you meant to say? Not “Victory,” not “conquest,” but “peace”? “Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I did mean Peace,” David would reply. Because David is pointing to something more profound. Yes, the psalm looks back to Creation, to the flood, to the Red Sea, to Sinai, but it also looks ahead. Can we today read this psalm without thinking about the thunderstorms on the sea of Galilee and the disciples crying out, “Don’t you care that we are perishing?” Aren’t they crying out like David did, “Don’t let us get swept away! Don’t let us be like those who go down to the pit!” And how did Jesus respond? He calmed the storms. After all, isn’t that what Jesus was sent to do? Luke 1:79 says Jesus was coming “to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (ESV). At Jesus’s birth, the heavenly host sang out, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14, ESV). In John 14:27, Jesus told the apostles, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (ESV). Yes, the God of the Storm still sits enthroned and so He has sent the Prince of Peace. Praise the Lord!

Next week’s reading is Psalm 30.

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David’s Victory Song!

Today’s reading is Psalm 29.

I hope when you read the title of this post, it prompted you to think, “Wait a minute! Didn’t we already have this post? Didn’t we talk about this last week?” Yes, we had a very similar post last week. You may want to go back and read David’s song in Psalm 28:8-9. It is actually quite similar to Psalm 29:10-11. Both highlight how God is the strength of His people. In fact, it prompts me to see that Psalm 29 may well be the final psalm in the series we’ve been tracking since Psalm 23. Throughout these psalms, David wants to dwell in the Lord’s house, but he is afraid. To dwell in the Lord’s house, you have to have a pure heart and clean hands. David, however, is a sinner. It’s a good thing David’s God is merciful and gracious, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. But David seems to have a fear. Will God remember him according to God’s own steadfast love and faithfulness or according to the works of David’s hands? Will God draw David into His dwelling place or drag him off with the wicked in judgment? In Psalm 28:6-7, David declared God heard his plea. God had responded. He was making a distinction between David and the wicked. And what do we get next? Psalm 29. It is a song that exults, glorifies, and magnifies God. It’s a song that causes everyone in God’s temple, God’s house, the place where David wants to dwell, to cry out, “Glory.” But then notice this. We’ve been tracking the story of a storm. And in Psalm 29:10, David tells us which storm he’s actually talking about. The storm that shook the earth and covered the mountains in the day’s of Noah. The Lord sat enthroned over the “flood.” The only other place that word translated “flood” is used is in Genesis 6-11 (and we find it there 12 times). Do you know what the flood was? It was the classic example of God’s ability to judge the wicked, sweeping them away, while saving the people who trusted in the Lord. And that Lord still sits enthroned. And because He is still King, we know this: God knows those who are His. What an amazing God and King we serve! Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 29.

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Save, O Lord!

Today’s reading is Psalm 12.

Since Psalm 3, David has been begging God to rise up and save. There was the oasis of pure praise in Psalm 8, but otherwise, in one scenario or another David has been asking for deliverance. And why shouldn’t he? In Psalm 1, the declaration was that the one who meditated on God’s Law would be blessed. In Psalm 2, The declaration was that God’s anointed would be vindicated. Almost every psalm since then has shown the psalmist in the exact opposite situation begging for God to do what He said He would in those first two psalms. Then we get to this psalm in which it feels to David like it is as bleak as it can possibly be. There are no godly ones. No one is loyal and faithful. All around the wicked prowl. All David can see is vileness. In fact, David pictures the surroundings just like Noah’s. He alone is faithful while the thoughts of everyone else are only evil continuously. And what does the Lord do? He rises up. He judges. He vindicates. He delivers His people, His anointed from the perverse generation that surrounds them. Wait! That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Do you remember what Peter proclaimed on Pentecost in Acts 2:40? “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” How did people respond to that? “Those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). “Save us, O Lord,” we cry, “from the perverse generation that surrounds us.” And so He sent Jesus who rose up and delivers. The question is will we be buried and rise up with Him in baptism? Will we go through the separating waters like Noah? Will we hang on to Him no matter what like David? The Lord does arise and save! Praise the Lord!

Next week’s reading is Psalm 13.

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He Made from One Man Every Nation

Today’s reading is Acts 17.

Where did white people come from? Where did black people come from? What about all the shades in between? Paul proclaimed, God made all people from just one man. We all go back to Adam. In fact, we have the exact same parentage all the way from Adam through Noah. Were you aware that “Adam” actually means “Red”? In other words, it is very likely that Adam and Eve had a more reddish, ruddy colored skin and all the other colors are simply genetic variations throughout the millennia. Did you notice, however, that Paul doesn’t make this statement the way we do today. He doesn’t say God made from one man every race, but every nation. Why? Because biblically speaking, there is only one race. That is, there is only one kind of human and that is humankind. There are different nationalities, cultures, languages, even skin colors. However, there is only one race and that is the race that comes from Adam and Eve on through Noah and his wife. When we see a person with a different color skin or a different nationality, we are not looking at a different kind of person, we are looking at a cousin. It would be great if we all treated each other this way.

Tomorrow’s reading is Acts 17.

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The Faith of Jesus

Today’s reading is Hebrews 11.

Think about it from the Jewish perspective. How could the Messiah suffer and die? Surely, if He were really God’s chosen one, life would have been a little more blessed and filled with less suffering and sacrifice, right? How can you expect me to believe this guy, Jesus, who died on a cross is actually the Messiah? Because, in reality, His story fulfills the story of every “chosen one” God ever brought into Israel’s past. Like Abel, He offered an acceptable sacrifice and was killed at the hands those who were angry and full of sin. Like Enoch, He was taken and no one can find His body. So don’t be surprised that like Noah, He provided the way of salvation for all His household. Like Abraham, He left His home and “tented” among us (seeĀ John 1:14). Like Sarah, He was able to have life from death so that innumerable offspring according to the promise could be found. Yes, He died in faith, not having received the promise, but by doing so, He demonstrated that His kingdom and home were not of this world. Like Abraham offering Isaac, God offered His Son Jesus and would receive Him back from the dead. Like Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, Jesus had the faith to offer blessings, worship, and give directions regarding the future of His body even at the point of death. We could go on, but perhaps you get the picture. God’s chosen ones have always suffered. God’s faithful, God’s judges, God’s deliverers, God’s patriarchs have always suffered. Jesus walked in the footsteps of all God’s faithful, may we walk in Jesus’ footsteps of faith as well.

Tomorrow’s reading is Hebrews 12.

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Rescue

Today’s reading is 2 Peter 2.

Take comfort. God knows how to rescue. This isn’t His first rodeo. He rescued Noah from the ungodly generation that surrounded him. He rescued Lot from Sodom and Gomorrah. God knows how to rescue you. We may be surrounded by sin that longs to drag us under and sometimes beats us. But our God knows how to preserve us and bring us out. Put your faith in Him, keeping turning back to Him, keep hanging on to Him. He will carry you through. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Peter 3.

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