Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 12, 2016

“The LORD reigns … Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 97.

“The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
Let the many islands be glad.
2 Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
3 Fire goes before Him
And burns up His adversaries round about.
4 His lightnings lit up the world;
The earth saw and trembled.
5 The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord,
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples have seen His glory.

7 Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images,
Who boast themselves of idols;
Worship Him, all you gods.
8 Zion heard this and was glad,
And the daughters of Judah have rejoiced
Because of Your judgments, O Lord.
9 For You are the Lord Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.

10 Hate evil, you who love the Lord,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown like seed for the righteous
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.”   Psalm chapter 97.

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Other doctrine presents their desired image of the LORD as some kind of “Santa Claus”, manipulated by their alleged free-will desires.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the LORD of Scripture Who reigns.

Other doctrine does not want the LORD of Scripture Who reigns …

“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

But, Reformed Doctrine knows …

“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.”  Psalm 2:4-6.

“…  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.”  Verse 2.

“The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord,
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.”  Verse 5.

There is the sharpest contrast between what the LORD does with his adversaries compared with what the LORD does with the righteous.

“Fire goes before Him
And burns up His adversaries round about.”  Verse 3.

But, for the righteous, the LORD “… preserves the souls of His godly ones;  He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”  Verse 10.

“11 Light is sown like seed for the righteous
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.”  Verses 11-12.

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