Violence: Psalm 12.5 VOTD

“‘Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action,’ says the Lord. ‘I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.'”

Psalm 12.5

In a time of faithlessness, David appeals to the Lord and receives his promise of rescue.

The Christian’s safety is in his spiritual security. He will suffer persecution, but nothing can reach or destroy his heavenly inheritance.

#violence #safety #VOTD

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Psalm 119:113-120 Samek The Certainty of the Word

It is fitting that the greatest tribute to the Word of God is IN the Word of God, itself, and is in the longest chapter of the Word of God! This Psalm has no author’s name, historical incident, or other distraction from its theme. It is divided into 22 sections (one for every letter in the Hebrew alphabet), each consisting of 8 lines, each line beginning with the alphabet letter of that section (aleph is the first letter of each line under the aleph section, for instance). The chapter uses some 8-10 different words to describe the Word of God, each bringing something extra to the total picture of the Word of Truth. In order to savor the depth and richness of teaching in this Psalm, we will examine each portion as if it were its own chapter.

Psalm 119:113-120  Samek                  The Certainty of the Word

Verses 113-114 tell why God is our choice;

Verse 115 tells which direction we are going;

Verses 116-117 describe how God helps;

Verses 118-119 show how certain God is of the outcome;

Verse 120 describes how this certainty should affect us.

Verses 113-114: (Verse 113) “The double-minded” are people who are torn between two opinions, skeptical of truth, and can’t decide which to follow. Elijah, the prophet, called for people to make up their minds: “And Elijah came to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him.’ But the people answered him not a word” (1 Kings 18:21). Faith is to be “with no doubting,” or else we are “a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8). To love God’s “law” (words that make straight) means we have made a definite decision. (Verse 114) God’s “word” (what God actually has said) keeps our “hope” alive, so that we know God is our “hiding place” and our “shield.”

Verse 115: Once we have decided whose “commandments” (authoritative orders) we “will keep,” it is easier to reject the “evil doers.” Jesus will, on the Judgment Day, say these very words (Matthew 7:21-23).

Verses 116-117: (Verse 116) We need to be upheld (propped up) by God’s “word,” “that I may live” (the believer knows life begins with faith) without “shame” (timidity). “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). (Verse 117) We need for God to “hold [us] up” (above evil) that we may be “safe.” But this requires “observing” God’s “statutes” (words marking out proper conduct) “continually” (cannot dismiss it from thought).

Verses 118-119: (Verse 118) God has made His decision, not about individual names, but of whoever follows “deceit” and “falsehood.” They have made a definite decision to “stray” from God’s “statutes,” and God has decided He will “reject” them “all.” (Verse 119) God definitely will “put away all the wicked of the earth” (which He has before, in Noah’s day, Genesis 6:5-7), as if they were “dross” (rejected impurities of melted metal, Ezekiel 22:18-22). The obedient believer decides to “love” God’s “testimonies” (words proving God’s character to be true) because His decision is final.

Verse 120: This verse glimpses into the Judgment Day, as described by the Apostle Paul: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences” (2 Corinthians 5:10-11).

Thought: Every believer should be certain in knowing what way to go, and what way God will reject. “Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?” (Proverbs 22:20-21)

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version,  unless otherwise noted.

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David and his men looked for safety in many different places; however, David finally discovered that safety was not in a place, but in a person. David shouts this revelation in Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation”, “The Lord is the strength of my life”, “Though an army may encamp against me”, “though war should rise against me” – even if those things were to happen David realizes, “my heart shall not fear.” Safety, David found was not to be in the distance he put between himself and crazy King Saul. Safety, was to be found in the closeness he had to the Lord.

Ed Wrather, in Burning Bush Devo

#safety

Safe

Safe is such a wonderful word. Scared children call for their parents to reassure them they are safe.

“Safe in the Arms of Jesus” is such a wonderful song. A preacher during a funeral once said about the song he was reminded of a baseball umpire calling players “safe at home.”

“Safe in the arms of Jesus; safe on his gentle breast. There by his love o’er shaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.” What a great thought that through the magnificent grace of Jesus, my soul shall someday rest from the labors of this world! Resting there in heaven, we’ll be allowed to serve our Lord and hang on every word he says We’ll be able to thank him for allowing us to have the Bible to read and study. There will be no night there (Revelation 22:5). There will be nothing to harm anyone. There will be no disease, no venomous creatures, no criminals, nothing that can speak a lie. No fences, no need to call 911.

Safe.

#heaven, #safety

What About Family Safety?

We’ve lived in the same house for over 20 years here in El Paso, and haven’t had one safety issue arise, for which I’m thankful. Like everyone else in town, we have bars over our windows, double-bolted locks on the doors, smoke detectors, etc. But the best safety feature we have is our miniature dachshund dog. She’s better than any security device I can think of, she’s low maintenance, and she loves us to death.

#bars, #detector, #dog, #door, #house, #issue, #lock, #maintenance, #safety, #security, #window

Safety Measures

I’m a safety freak, so to speak. Some call me a mama lioness. A mother hen might be a better description. Our teenagers have no idea what it’s like to ride in a car without 3-point seat belts. From infancy, they’ve been in proper restraints. I refused to buy a junker for my son to drive, even though the insurance company recommended such. Instead, I found an older Volvo that was built like a tank. Cool? No, but much safer. I love my kids too much to put them in a death trap. I want to know where they will be and with whom — they are to text me when they leave and arrive if going out at night. I could go on and on, but I won’t… Beyond the normal, I seem to have an innate danger detector. E.g., for reasons I cannot explain, I sensed imminent danger several years ago while outdoors at a particular location. The very next day, the DC sniper shot someone at the gas station next door to where we were. He was sitting across the street on a hill overlooking the place where we were. We had been under enormous stress for weeks due to the sniper. But that one day, I just freaked. Creepy, huh?

#safety

Daily Nudge: safety measures

Are you a safe person? Do you takes measures to ensure your personal and family safety? What do you do to that end? How do you protect yourself and your family? In what ways are we wise to look out for ourselves and for our loved ones? This is a broad question. Security is a big issue these days.

It was brought on by a story a few days ago of a family who managed to escape their burning home because their fire alarm worked. And a story I just now read of my son and his pregnant wife witnessing an automobile accident and missing being involved in it by about 10 seconds. He takes the wearing of seat belts to heart.

On yesterday’s Nudge, I wanted to end with this verse: “For every creation of God is good and no food is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer” (1 Tim 4:4-5 NET). Except for gar eggs.

#fire-alarms, #personal-security, #safety, #seat-belts