Friday, November 4, 2011

The Light Of GOD

10 of 22 from Psalm 119

Psalms 119:73-80  JOD. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.  (74)  They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.  (75)  I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.  (76)  Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.  (77)  Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.  (78)  Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.  (79)  Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.  (80)  Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

            As we come to know our Psalmist, we get a better insight into his heart.  He knew he was an example of imperfection, (as all Christians are,) and he knew he had failed God.  (Most likely on an hourly basis.)

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Our Psalmist begged God for the necessary understanding and wisdom he needed “to be a light” for God in this dark and dreary world.

Psalms 119:105   Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Our Psalmist understood that God had known him forever.  (Jeremiah, years later also learned this from God.)

Jeremiah 1:5  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

            We as Christians need to comprehend “the heart” of our Psalmist.  He knew he wasn’t perfect.  He knew he had “come short” and was repentant of his situation.  His greatest fear was not being “sound in thy statutes.”  He didn’t want to be “found out” and ashamed in the Sight of God, nor in the sight of the world.
            (I can relate to the Psalmist’s “fear.”)  However, my “greater fear” is that today’s Christians no longer know “shame” or that “to be ashamed” exists.  Today, if a person shows “shame,” it is because he was finally “found out.”  (He was caught.) 
            Today’s Christians no longer respect God with their best attire at Church.  It is just a “come as you are” mentality.  There is no “fear” (respect) of God.  (We want the prettiest buildings, the plushest interiors; yet, “jeans and a tee shirt” are the best we can do.)
            “The divorce rate” among Christians is nearly as high as the “world’s divorce rate.”  (A large number of these divorces involve adultery.) Whatever happened to “till death do we part?”  Where is our pride in God?  (We should be Glorifying Him.)

2 Corinthians 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Let us as Christians get back to allowing God’s Light to shine through us.  Let us remember “shame” and “embarrassment.”  Let us ask (beg) God to remind us of “His Way.”  Let us repent, get ourselves back to God, and refresh ourselves in The Holy Spirit and our Lord and Saviour Jesus The Christ.
            Jesus came to seek and save the lost.

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

He came to destroy “the works of the devil. ”

1 John 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

            We must decide following our own desires is futile.  We must search our hearts, and beg for God’s forgiveness.  In that forgiveness, (humbling ourselves before Him,) we must decide, with conviction, to repent of our ways and begin walking (as seriously and as fervently as possible) toward God’s Will.
            His Will for you and I is that we be under The Word of God, and not forsake “the assembling of the brethren.”  So, Christian, “Have I described you?  What are you going to do about it?”  Repent.  Change Today.  Walk in His Light.

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts

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