If we as believers and followers of Christ cannot defend the weak, who will? In Psalm 82:3 Asaph says, Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. The powerful people of this world have the ability to do what they will, sometimes with little or no regard for others. If we do not stand for those who cannot stand for themselves, then no one will. We are to be a reflection of Christ who would have stood for the weak if He were here today.
May we always remember to be a reflection of Christ that helps lead others to Him. In Psalm 69:6 David says, May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the Lord Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel. We are not here to judge those around us, but to lead them to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ His Son. If our actions disgrace others and attempts to put them to shame, then we have failed in our role as followers of Christ.
We are all aware of our sinful nature. Some people choose to ignore it or blame their environment or circumstances, and some look for grace, mercy, and a changed heart. In Psalm 51:10 David says, Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Let David be our example of looking to God for a changed heart and a desire for righteousness through a relationship with Him.
On this day when we normally reflect on the week we left behind and focus on the one ahead, let us remember the true meaning of Christmas; the birth or our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. May we remember we are part of a bigger plan and will of God.
Merry Christmas to you and those you love!
God does not need us or anyone in this world to declare Him king. His authority is eternal with no beginning and no end. Psalm 50:6 says, And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge. God’s righteousness is declared from above. We can accept it and be a part of His grace and mercy, or we can reject it and miss out.
There are times when we all sin and there are consequences to sin. But there is also nothing wrong with asking for mercy from those consequences. David recognized this in Psalm 38:1, O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. While David knew punishment for his sin would come, he asked God to not punish him in His wrath. While we all know God doesn’t work that way, it is comforting to know God loves us and is not in the business of looking for ways to hurt us. In the end, God loves us and ultimately wants what is best for us.
In today’s reading, it is interesting to see David’s request of God in Psalm 19:13, Keep your servant also from willful sin; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. We all sin, it is part of our nature, but willful sin require premeditation and a decision to sin. David asks God to keep him from willfully choosing sin. We must do the same. We will never be perfect in this lifetime, but we have the ability to control what we choose to do in order to glorify God. By God’s grace we are holy in His eyes because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ regardless of the sin in our lives.
God loves His creation, but He hates sin. In Psalm 11:5 David says, The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. While God has grace for us all, He will never accept sin. Praise God for forgiving us of our sin and allowing us to have a true relationship with Him.
Psalm 6:1 begins with O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. David was not perfect and at times he knew he deserved God’s punishment. But he still requested God’s mercy. While God requires justice and judgement for sin, He is also loving and merciful in His correction of us in our sin. Through Christ God expressed His loving kindness in His forgiveness of our sin instead of giving us what we really deserve.
We can all rest assured when we call God, He hears us. In Psalm 4:3 David says, Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call him. As believers we should all be confident in God’s willingness to hear our call for help because of His love for us.