Wednesday, September 29, 2021

THE RULE OF LAW

Today’s Reading: Psalms 48-50

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Israel’s flag flies proudly over Mt. Zion. In the distance you can see the Church of the Apostles and the Church of the Dormition. The first-century Christians met on Mt. Zion, where they built a Judaeo-Christian synagogue-church that became known as the Church of the Apostles. Over the centuries a succession of churches were built on the site and later destroyed. These included the great Byzantine Basilica Church of Hagia Sion (Holy Zion), known as the “Mother of all Churches,” which covered the entire area now occupied by the Church of the Dormition, the Cenacle and the Tomb of David. Also located on Mt. Zion is the traditional site of the Upper Room, where Jesus instituted the remembrance of His broken body, His shed blood, and where the Holy Spirit came upon the 120 people on the birthday of the Church (Acts 2).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

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.

In Psalm 50, Asaph teaches us that as well as being our great King and our Redeemer, God 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.

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:

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!!!

David

Psalm 72:8 is engraved into the stone of the main entrance on the centre block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Rising directly above these foundational words is the magnificent Peace Tower.

 

8 thoughts on “Wednesday, September 29, 2021

  1. Thank You, Father, for Your absolute consistency – always caring for all You have made. Bless all Your people today, Lord. May each one be fruitful and multiply, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. I love all the old choruses, ie: “Clap your hands all ye people – lift your voice with the shout of triumph”! Looking forward to being able to sing again in church. No matter what goes on around us, our God is always available. Incredible! Thank You Lord. Blessings on all today. He’s as close as the mention of His Name. Rev David Jeremiah is asking for prayer over his ministry which is growing so greatly during this chaotic time. He’s a cancer survivor (in good health now), but at his age, he is very much still an amazing vessel in God’s Hands.

  3. Judy, who’s husband was security @ Crossroads years ago, has returned home after heart surgery. She is having more symptoms that her heart is not functioning well. Adjustment to medication & some elevation of her legs, plus pressure stockings, are being tried. It seems to be a difficult time just now. Would you please join me in prayer for her. Thank you. Father, in Jesus Name, bless Judy with Your healing touch. Give clear direction to the doctors & medical staff. Strengthen her Lord. She is such a help to family & friends. Amen and amen.

  4. My girlfriend and I took a trip to Ottawa we were there for two weeks for holidays and I had the privilege or we had the privilege of going to the Parliament building and seeing the peace tower and the verse Psalms 72 verse 8 is on that peace tower we had a wonderful time to be in Canada’s capital city
    Also thank you Doreen for making the mention of Dr David Jeremiah and the prayer request that you shared about him and his church and thank you for sharing that he is a cancer survivor I have watched his program many times and I have some material from his ministry
    Blessings to all bloggers today amen 🇨🇦

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