“My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.”
The Psalmist was not afraid of his future, but rather the eternity of those that did not know the Lord. He trembled at the thought of the wrath of God being poured out on those around him. Can we say the same?
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
In Romans, the Apostle Paul pours out his heart for the same reason. He loved the people of Israel and wanted to see them saved, because he discerned that their profession was in vain.
“Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
Paul spoke of the difference between knowing of Christ and knowing Him personally. The people had the knowledge, but lacked faith to confess and believe.
“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
We must have a burden to reach those around us that may know of Jesus and what He did for us, but lack a personal relationship with Him by simply confessing their sin and believing in Him by faith. The wrath of God awaits those that only have religion.
“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must fear the wrath of God being poured out on those who do not know Him.
Ruth 3 | Romans 3 | Psalm 89
“Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.”
Dross is something that is regarded as worthless. The wicked of the earth are unprofitable to the Lord, and therefore He rejects those who reject Him.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Much like the dross in precious metals, in order for us to become profitable, our sin is must be removed.
“The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.”
When we choose to reject the sin in our lives, we then can become a vessel that can be used for His glory.
“Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.”
2 Timothy 2:20-21
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must reject the sin in our lives.
Ruth 2 | Romans 2 | Psalm 88
“Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.”
In the context of this verse, the phrase “trodden down” refers to weighing the value of something. Light things are of small importance or value, heavy things of much.
“A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.”
The value of our relationship and our rewards will be weighed one day. God, as the Righteous Judge, weighs our hearts on His judicial scales in two specific areas of our lives.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
1 Corinthians 3:12-15
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
May we all weigh the value of both our relationship and our rewards based upon the Truth of the Word of God, for one day it will be too late to do so.
“for their deceit is falsehood”
The profession of those who live contrary to the Word of God is a lie. We cannot profess Christ with our lips and deny Him with our actions.
2 Timothy 3:5
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must weigh the value of our lives based upon the Word of God.
Ruth 1 | Romans 1 | Psalm 87
“Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.”
The more we realize we are safe within the hand of God, the more we will respect His Word.
“Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”
At the right hand of the Father, our Saviour sits on His throne. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Word in which God speaks to us today. He upholds us by His power. The same power He displayed when He mad our sins as white as snow is the same power with which He provides and protects every day.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
Seek Him through His Word today, and every day.
1 Chronicles 16:10-12
“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must realize we are safe within the Hand of God.
Judges 21 | Acts 28 | Psalm 86
“Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.”
It is by God’s grace that we are able to stand at all. We are nothing and can do nothing without Him; yet, He chooses to hold us up through His Word.
As we hope in His Word, we can be sure that His Word will not fail us.
1 Peter 1:23-25
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
His Word holds us up when we fall.
“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”
His Word holds us up when we are fearful.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Whatever our circumstance, we can rest in God’s Word while standing by His grace.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must live as though we are upheld by the Word of God.
Judges 19-20 | Acts 27 | Psalm 85
“Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.”
Just like we must evaluate our thoughts based upon the Word of God, we must also consider the people with whom we allow ourselves to associate.
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
May we desire to be surrounded by those that make serving the Lord a priority in their lives, and seek to live according to the Word of God.
“I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.”
While choosing to surround ourselves with those that are seeking the Lord, we must sometimes separate ourselves from those who have other priorities. Separation is rarely easy, but we must remember that God will bless our efforts as we separate ourselves from worldly influences and unto Him.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must be willing to separate ourselves according to the Word of God.
Judges 17-18 | Acts 26 | Psalm 84
“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.”
We often find ourselves in need of protection and direction. We cannot truly protect or direct our lives. We must seek and submit to what God tells us within His Word.
The Word of God hides us and guides us.
“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
The Word of God strengthens and shields us.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”
Only when we are protected and directed by the Word, can we have hope and faith as we walk daily with Him.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must seek protection and direction from the Word of God.
Judges 15-16 | Acts 25 | Psalm 83
“I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.”
The Lord knows our thoughts even if we never put them into words or actions.
“The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.”
Our thoughts may be divided between the world and the Word. When we try to live half in the world and half in the Word, we are unstable and unusable for God’s glory.
“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
God knows even the thoughts and intents of our hearts, and His Word divides them.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The more we love the Word of God, the more we will hate anything contrary to It. The Scriptures provide us with a defense against our thoughts before they consume us and cause us to do something we will regret.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must keep our thoughts in check through the Word of God.
Judges 13-14 | Acts 24 | Psalm 82
“I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.”
We must desire to finish well, “even unto the end.”
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
Finishing well will not come of our own strength or ability; but rather, through our yielding to God and His Word.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
When we depend on our Saviour we can press on ahead, because He will always be with us.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
What a comfort to know that He is always there for us! In Christ’s last Words before He ascended to Heaven, He commissions us to spread the Gospel through His power and not our own.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must press on for Him, even unto the end.
Judges 11-12 | Acts 23 | Psalm 81
“Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.”
We all have a heritage. Although we cannot decide what is left for us, we can contribute to what we leave to those who follow us. What does our heritage consist of? We get to choose what we leave behind.
Will we leave a heritage of the world or of the Word?
1 John 2:15-16
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
If we carry the heritage of the world on to the next generation, they will be consumed with lust and pride. Though it already sounds like the world in which we live today, we have the opportunity to stand for the truth of the Word of God and carry His Word on to our children.
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Our heritage of the Word of God shows the importance of the Word to us. Whether we make His Word a priority or only consult the Scripture after we have tried everything else, our walk for the Lord will display our heritage.
The Heritage of Portion
“The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
The Heritage of Protection
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
Just as we have a heritage, God has preserved His Word throughout the ages by people who gave their lives so that we could have the Scriptures today. Too often we take for granted the heritage of the Word that we hold within our hands. What if it were left to just us to carry the Word to someone else? If we will not do it, someone else will.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must take part in the heritage of the Word of God.
Judges 9-10 | Acts 22 | Psalm 80
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