August 28, 2018

Psalm 36:1 (NLT) — 1 Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all.

They have no fear of God to restrain them. It is amazing that the human heart can be so tuned into sin that it can hear its whisper above the loud warnings of God. I guess that is what you would call selective hearing. As parents everyone of us has called a child to come and when they don’t come we go and ask why they didn’t come. The response we usually get is, “I didn’t hear you.” Ah but they heard the whisper to lie.

At a young age children must be taught to fear the Lord. Growing up I was told that one of the purposes of spanking was to “put the fear of God in me”. For me I always seemed to hear the voice of my parents better after a good spanking:) I guess that is a good definition of the ‘fear of the Lord’; to hear his voice and obey.

People today have no ‘fear of God’ to restrain them and one of the reasons why is because we  took the voice of God out of our schools(Ten Commandments) and now the majority of our children have grown up with no idea of what the voice of God sounds like. And even if they did know they would ignore it because after all if it was that important it would still be in our schools.

Our society has made it easy to sin because punishment is often delayed by long court cases, comfortable jails and light sentences. Very seldom does the punishment fit the crime anymore. A light slap on the hand does nothing to improve the hearing of the perpetrator. We as a society think that the solution to our problems is more education, more jobs, a higher minimum wage and better politicians. Nobody seems to realize that we have only one major problem and it would be fixed by a good set of spiritual hearing aids!

Psalm 36:5–6 (NLT) — 5 Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.

God never runs out of unfailing love, righteousness, justice or caring. He has more love than the wicked have wickedness!

Psalm 36:7 (NLT) — 7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.

Our God is big enough to take of everyone who would seek shelter in Him. There is no housing shortage with God. No one has to sleep out in the streets of wickedness, all can come to God and find shelter and rest for their souls.

Psalm 36:8 (NLT) — 8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights.

No soul has to starve or thirst spiritually. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. Come to Jesus and be filled.

Psalm 36:9 (NLT) — 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.

God sustains our life and His word makes everything clear. His word shows us what to do and what not to do. His word shows us what kind of heavenly Father we have and how much He really does care for us.

Psalm 36:10 (NLT) — 10 Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you; give justice to those with honest hearts.

This happened when Jesus was pinned to the cross.

Psalm 36:11 (NLT) — 11 Don’t let the proud trample me or the wicked push me around.

Remember that you are filled with the power of God and you have God’s armor. With those two you will not be pushed around.(Ephesians 6:10-18).

Psalm 36:12 (NLT) — 12 Look! Those who do evil have fallen! They are thrown down, never to rise again.

Satan and his followers were thrown down from heaven. They are fallen and they will never again gain entrance to heaven and the life they once had. Those who follow them will never gain entrance to heaven. The road they travel will lead to God but it will be to God’s judgment.

Jesus followers will rise. They will be with Jesus in heaven. The road they travel will lead to God but it will be to their heavenly Father who is full of Grace and mercy.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    The verses in 1Cor 2:13-15 really leapt off the page for me this morning. Paul is talking about spiritual truths. He says that those who are not spiritual cannot understand spiritual truths. This relates to what you are saying Pastor Dan. The most significant sentence in the verses is the last sentence. “But we understand these things because we have the mind of Christ.” I have no excuse for sinning because I have the mind of Christ. And because of that I can fall on my knees in repentance and He will receive me with open arms. The “mind of Christ “…it’s hard to fathom.