“Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
and I will not lie to David—
that his line will continue forever
and his throne endure before me like the sun;
it will be established forever like the moon,
the faithful witness in the sky.”
Throughout history in different places, regions and nations of the world various systems of government have been developed. We know of absolute monarchies, constitutional monarchies, dictatorships, republics, democracies, autocracies, theocracies, etc., depending on where power resides and how the state is managed. All have their advocates and some, such as dictatorships are widely abhorred and condemned by people who appreciate and defend their freedoms. In any case, all these different forms of government have their pros and cons and none of them is the solution for humanity. God has promised us through His word that there will come a day when all people will be ruled by one king, on whose shoulders will be the government. A victorious warrior who will be called Sar Shalom, Prince of Peace, who will rule on the throne of David and over his kingdom for all generations.
We, the sons of God, look forward to the return of the great King, he who shall rule with justice, love and truth. He shall heal all sickness, soothe every cry and fill his people with joy and rejoicing. He will make a new heaven and a new earth. He will dwell with his people in the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven. Everything will be done anew and there will be no more death and curse. The King of kings and Lord of lords will rule for ever and ever to the delight of mankind. Let us wait, then, with patience and fortitude the triumphant arrival of that glorious and wonderful day in which our God shall wipe away every tear and we will see no more death or mourning or crying or pain. We shall see our Saviour face to face and worship him and his name will be on our forehead. It is impossible for us to imagine how glorious that day will be; but you can bet your boots that we shall see it and be glad in it. Only to God be the glory!
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The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
The Lord’s people have many enemies. These enemies are always lurking, threatening, scheming, plotting and preparing to do as much damage as possible to the chosen people of God. But just as the people of God have so many enemies, so they too have strength and protection from the Creator. He who formed the universe by his word and to whom all the forces of nature obey promptly and without question takes care that nothing wrong happens to his people and that they can always stand on their feet despite the many obstacles of all kinds that come up on the road.
Do you know the strength of the hurricane and its capacity to destroy everything that comes its way? Have you seen the river waters cover vast plains of what once looked like solid and safe ground? Have you noticed how solid concrete and steel structures come crumbling down when the earth’s crust trembles? Have you seen the glowing lava flow from the mouth of the volcano at high speed to burn and raze everything that gets in its path? The same destructive power is used by God to prevent evil forces reach beyond where they have been allowed to go. Nothing can resist the power of God. Let us trust, then, in the immense power of God that enables us to live in peace and security according to his perfect will. To God alone be the glory!
Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
you will make them princes throughout the land.
Part of the reason why we find ourselves in this earthly pilgrimage is that we are preparing for eternal life. Many of the situations we face every day are mere training exercises needed to help us develop the capabilities and skills that will enable us to successfully assume the responsibilities that we will carry in this new phase of our existence. Some passages from the Word of God suggest that part of our work will have to do with the performance of governmental functions. The apostle Peter tells us that we are a royal priesthood. The new song of the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders says, “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” The apostle Paul tells us that we will judge the world and even judge angels. To Timothy he said that if we endure we shall also reign with him [Christ].
We can see how we are getting ready to exercise justice, dominion and priesthood in that kingdom which God has prepared for all his children, in which dwell in that total joy because we will have a spiritual body free from corruption and we will always be in the presence of God and there will be no more death, neither sorrow, nor pain. May our hope be that we will soon be enjoying all the promises the Lord Jesus prepared for those who have decided to follow in his footsteps and are guided by His loving hand. To God alone be the glory!
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
Here are four things that good people desire but the world rarely offers : justice, righteousness, love and faithfulness. The world can not deliver what it does not have and we understand that it is foolish to expect the world to give us something we can only find in God. These four things are personified in Jesus Christ and yet the world rejected him because it failed to recognize him as its Creator and Lord. Now, these four virtues must be present in our lives if we are to become true witnesses of the wonders of God. In every decision we must make sure that justice will prevail. If someone gets hurt because of our actions then we are not acting with the justice and equity that God expects of us. On the other hand we must ensure that in every activity we perform we are complying with the laws and regulations established, provided they do not lead us to do something that displeases God. As for love, what could we add to the exhortations of the apostle John, who urged us to live in love, thus living in God, and God in us because God is love. As for faithfulness, there is no easier way to keep the enemy away from our path than to walk in truth. Our enemy, being the father of lies, hates the truth and just the same way where there is light there can be no darkness, where there is truth, deceit has no place.
Most people generally do not practice these things because a nucleotide sequence is missing in the spiritual DNA of every human being and the sequence only can be completed by the presence of God and therefore all are under condemnation unless they ask God to save them through the redeeming work of Christ on the cross of Mount Calvary. Let the whole world know that the only way to fill the void in their lives is through repentance of their sins, the forgiveness of God and the presence of Christ in their lives. To God alone be the glory!
I will maintain my love to him forever,
and my covenant with him will never fail.
I will establish his line forever,
his throne as long as the heavens endure.
In reality, only God can give us strong and immovable guarantees when he establishes a covenant with us, his children, his ultimate creation. Given our weak sinful nature, we can make great efforts to comply with the terms of the pact but it is most likely that we will end up breaking one or more of the clauses of the agreement. This is because our carnal nature makes us put our trust in our own strength, which is not much of a warranty by itself, rather than on God’s strength who is the only one who can transform our minds to enable us to be better adhered to the covenant.
Moreover, the fact remains that God can not deny himself. His promises are firm because he would cease to be God if he were to break them. And to put the stamp of quality and absolute guarantee on top of the deal, we have that God’s love is constant. God’s love never fails, the love of God does not change. The love of God, amply demonstrated by the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Mount Calvary, will always be present to make all things work for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose . Given these strong assurance that God will fulfill his part of the deal, let’s support ourselves on his strength to meet our part of the deal: to do justice, to show mercy and to be humble. In other words, to love our neighbor as ourselves.To God alone be the glory!
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.
One of the hardest things to accomplish in the lives of the children of God is to adapt to God’s time. Our modern life is structured and controlled by the clock. We have a certain time to sleep, a specific time to get up, a quiet time, a time for personal care, a time for breakfast, a time to leave home, a time to conmute, a time to work, a time for lunch, a time to work some more, a deadline to meet , a time to return home, a time for dinner, a time for some relaxation, a time to go to bed and a time by which we must be asleep or we will have problems the next morning to get out of bed to repeat the routine described above. The clock is there at all times to let us know what time it is and what activity we need to be doing. This time structure leaves us very little room to vary the routine so that it does not become too tedious. When dealing with God we apply a similar scheme. We pray, we cry and we ask God what we think we need and then we expect him to respond according to our time schedule. It is as if we were setting conditions to God. Something like “Father, if you not answer me now, I will lose my joy and it will be more difficult to keep my trust in you.”
Remember that God is the author of time. For him, time is just another tool in his wonderful plan for the world. Let us accept that we have no control whatsoever over what must happen and when. To try to control these things will only bring us a life full of frustrations and failures. The best time is God’s time. Remember that God works all things for the good of those who love him. To God alone be the glory!
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