Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 18, 2015

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 23.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“16 Then Jehoiada (the priest) made a covenant between himself and all the people and the king (Joash), that they would be the Lord’s people.  17 And all the people went to the house of Baal and tore it down, and they broke in pieces his altars and his images, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.  18 Moreover, Jehoiada placed the offices of the house of the Lord under the authority of the Levitical priests, whom David had assigned over the house of the Lord, to offer the burnt offerings of the Lord, as it is written in the law of Moses—with rejoicing and singing according to the order of David.  19 He stationed the gatekeepers of the house of the Lord, so that no one would enter who was in any way unclean. 20 He took the captains of hundreds, the nobles, the rulers of the people and all the people of the land, and brought the king down from the house of the Lord, and came through the upper gate to the king’s house.  And they placed the king upon the royal throne.  21 So all of the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet.  For they had put Athaliah to death with the sword.”  2 Chronicles 23:16-21.


Jehoida the priest carried out righteous reforms including making Joash king.  Jehoida said:  “Behold, the king’s son shall reign, as the Lord has spoken concerning the sons of David.”  Verse 3.

“So all of the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet.  For they had put Athaliah to death with the sword.”  Verse 21.

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
But when a wicked man rules, people groan.”  Proverbs 29:2.

When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.”  Proverbs 11:10.

“The light of the righteous rejoices,
But the lamp of the wicked goes out.”  Proverbs 13:9.

“By transgression an evil man is ensnared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.”  Proverbs 29:6.

“10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 And men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely there is a God who judges on earth!”  Psalm 58:10-11.

There are those who wish that people would simply rejoice in diversity.

But, the real cause of rejoicing is when the righteous increase and things go well with the righteous.

There are not many diverse saviors.  There is only one Savior Who is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.”  Isaiah 49:6-7.

There are those who do not want this Savior, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to reign.  But, they will be like Athaliah.  “But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.”  Luke 19:17.

“2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,

3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”  Psalm 2:2-9.

But, there are those who rejoice greatly in the LORD and the righteousness that He gives us.  

“In Your name they rejoice all the day,
And by Your righteousness they are exalted.”  Psalm 89:16.

“But let the righteous be glad;  let them exult before God;
Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.”  Psalm 68:3.

“10 I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations.”  Isaiah 61:10-11.

There are those who rejoice greatly in the reign of God and the salvation that He brings to His people.

“7 How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
8 Listen!  Your watchmen lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When the Lord restores Zion.
9 Break forth, shout joyfully together,
You waste places of Jerusalem;
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.”  Isaiah 52:7-10.

“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”  Psalm 32:11.


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