September 2, 2014 Finding Comfort when Dishonesty Reigns

September 2, 2014 Finding Comfort when Dishonesty Reigns
As Christians, we should be uncomfortable when we see dishonesty and sin surrounding us; but, unlike non-Christians, we know how to find comfort in our Lord and His Word. I find comfort in the Psalms and have for over thirty years now. For most of those years, I read two chapters of the Old Testament, four Psalms, one chapter of Proverbs and two chapters of the New Testament each day. Reading the Bible at that level really brings the scripture together and the mysteriousness of some sections will go away as you start seeing how the Bible comes together.
Today’s reading of the Psalms, in Psalms 93-96; show how clearly the Bible can give peace at anytime or any place in the universe. Not only that, but I have marveled for years how while on a set reading plan, the Lord seems to know what you will need on the very day you need it so far ahead of time! It is one of His miracles for you. In this day of increasing oppression of Christians, we have the following scripture:
Psalm 94
The LORD Implored to Avenge His People.
94 O LORD, God of vengeance,
God of vengeance, shine forth!
2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth,
Render recompense to the proud.
3 How long shall the wicked, O LORD,
How long shall the wicked exult?
4 They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly;
All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.
5 They crush Your people, O LORD,
And afflict Your heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger
And murder the orphans.
7 They have said, “The LORD does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed.”
See how clearly the enemies of Christians are warned:
8 Pay heed, you senseless among the people;
And when will you understand, stupid ones?
9 He who planted the ear, does He not hear?
He who formed the eye, does He not see?
10 He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke,
Even He who teaches man knowledge?
11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man,
That they are a mere breath
The rest of Psalm 94 makes promises of protection to His people:
1. the LORD will not abandon His people (V14)
2. judgment will again be righteous (15)
3. Your loving kindness, O LORD, will hold me up (V18)
We not only have promises that we will be sustained, we have promises our Lord will destroy our adversaries in verses 21-23:
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.
20 Can a throne of destruction be allied with You,
One which devises mischief by decree?
21 They band themselves together against the life of the righteous
And condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the LORD has been my stronghold,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He has brought back their wickedness upon them
And will destroy them in their evil;
The LORD our God will destroy them
If you take these four Psalms, 93-96, you have a good days devotion. Psalm 93 calls us to worship the Lord because of His majesty and strength and assures us he reigns from His throne. Psalm 95 explains who we are and why we worship the Lord. In Psalm 96 we worship the Lord because He is a righteous judge. When you add these psalms to a couple chapters from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament and then throw in a chapter of Proverbs, you have an even better devotion.
America desperately needs more people in the Bible and needs them speaking out when they see wrongs being approved.
Ron Madison at

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