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September 4 – Impending Judgments Of God

“O my God, make them like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, so may You pursue them with Your tempest and terrify them with Your hurricane! Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your Name, O LORD.  Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace, that they may know that You alone, Whose Name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.” Psalm 83:13-18

Devotional Thought For The Day

Again it is striking to us, the misfortune which the psalmist prays down upon the enemies of God and His people.  However, we must keep the context in mind, that these are people who are incorrigibly committed to all manner of evil and violence, including the utter destruction of the church, the people of God.  And we should not fail to note that the most important wish of the psalmist in all of this is that “they may seek Your Name.”  God’s Name, of course, is revelation and knowledge of His gracious mercy, forgiveness, salvation, and love in Christ Jesus. This is preferable, and the very will of God, that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth [1 Tim. 2:4]; however, those who refuse to “know” God on the basis of His gracious forgiveness and mercy are destined to “know” Him as the Judge who consigns them to hell.

Three natural “mechanisms” of justice and punishment are referenced: whirlwind, forest fire, and hurricane. It is thought provoking, how much we have suffered here lately from tornadoes, wildfires, and hurricanes.  Add our suffering from floods and now drought, and you can see how utterly vulnerable we are.  Surely this should give us all pause for deep thought, and compel deeper repentance in all of us.  Likewise, we should be all the more motivated to reach out to others with God’s Name – that they might reconsider their impenitence, unbelief, and wicked rejection of God and His ways. And even as we lament and bemoan the destruction, the reality is that things could have been and could get astronomically worse for us and our neighbors.

As rebellion against God and His church drifts more toward restriction of our freedom to serve God and into various types of persecution, God’s hand of judgment will become more severe.  Those who reject God’s clemency and mercy and remain devoted to wickedness and to the ruin of God’s church will “perish in disgrace.”  It is inevitable that all will ultimately have to acknowledge that “You alone, Whose Name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.” For those of us who already know and rejoice in His gracious love, mercy, and forgiveness, week by week and even day by day, we give Him this honor, praise, and glory, with our lips and with our lifestyle.  Those who reject His love will grudgingly give Him this glory on their “last day,” as they experience His power and judgment. Lord, have mercy!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, Almighty Son of the Father, Who created and Who sustains all of creation, have mercy upon us and spare us as You discipline and punish Your enemies.  Grant godly repentance to our fellow citizens, and knowledge of Your glorious and gracious mercy, that they may turn from their ways and live. Regardless, all glory, honor, praise, and thanksgiving be to You forever.  Amen.