THE RULE OF LAW
Suggested Reading: Psalms 48-50
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Key Verse: Psalm 49:15
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
For He shall receive me.
The first two verses of today’s reading (Psalm 48) are sung, probably not with the same tune as the sons of Korah, but still in worship of the one and only “LORD” Who is “GREATLY TO BE PRAISED” (click here for a recording and why not sing along).
Psalm 48 is an amazing example of God revealing Himself long before people had much knowledge of God’s plan for resurrection, Heaven, and eternal life. C. S. Lewis states that God chose this approach because He wanted His people to love and serve Him for Himself, and not for the benefits they would receive from Him. True love can never be based on future rewards. Yet God’s people did eagerly seek Him in love, and as is the case of today’s key verse, often receiving glimpses of eternal truth.
In Psalm 50, Asaph brings us to the reality that we must not forget the consequences of forgetting God. As well as being our great King and our Redeemer, we must remember at all times that He is also our Judge & Jury, and because of His holiness and His “Rule of Law,” we will suffer the consequences of breaking His laws. Yes, we have the assurance that our sins are forgiven, but we must never forget that we will continue in this life to reap the results of sinful choices. In our next reading, we have David’s prayer of repentance for adultery. God forgave David, but in this life, the penalty of his sin was terrible.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I am very aware that in this life I will reap what I have sown. Not only will I be affected by the consequences of my sin, but I bring sorrow and hardship on others, particularly my family members. I ask Your forgiveness Lord, and I have the assurance that You forgive me, but I also know that my body and the circumstances I have created by bad choices do not forgive. Therefore, Lord God, I pray fervently that You will keep me from sinning. Grant me the grace to truly repent of my sin so that I quit sinning and begin living a truly holy life 24/7. In the Name of the One who lived a sinless life, Jesus my Lord! Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
This blog is posted at 6 a.m. Later this morning I’m scheduled to bring the morning message to the annual convention of members of the Christian Legal Fellowship (click here for information on the CLF). You may know of a lawyer who should join up. Some of the lawyers will read this blog before I speak, so I’ll wait until tomorrow to share with you the core of my message. However, I announced a topic on Thursday evening at the first session of their conference, “Henry the VIII and the Lawyers.” I like to start with something either so beautiful or so ridiculous that those who hear will have a hook for their memories.
Here in the western countries, we have deliberately subjected ourselves to “the rule of law.” Our Queen and other heads of state, along with our governments, police forces, the military, businesses, and individuals must all submit to the laws put in place by our elected governments. If a government is to function as our founders intended, it must submit to the highest law…The Rule of God’s Law! This is why the founders of Canada unanimously voted to make our definitive statement for our existence, “He [God] shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth” (Psalm 72:8 – see photo below). I confess with great sadness that my Canada has sinned against this commitment of our founders. I pray fervently that God will be merciful to Canada and Canadians. I love God, my eternal Saviour, and I fear God, the eternal Judge. The last eight statements in today’s Bible reading (50:16-23) puts the fear of breaking God’s laws into me. “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” AMEN!!!
Yours for living 24/7 under the rule of law, both man’s law and God’s law!!!