Now we come to a part of the Psalm where David’s focus is on God’s Righteous judgement on those who do not live God’s way. This is an area that is seldom mentioned but its truth is just as real as the way God blesses His Children and the joy we experience from His Salvation. There is a danger because we are exposed every day to the evil that is happening throughout the world and we may think that people are escaping punishment for the way that they live. We must never forget that one day everyone will stand before God and give an account of their actions. Verse 15 says: “The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made, in the net which they hid, their own foot is caught “. The Bible is very clear that God used nations to punish Israel because they had become idol worshippers, but because the nations did not acknowledge it was God’s strength that made them powerful, God destroyed them. Verse 16 says: “The Lord is known by the judgement He executes, the wicked are snared in the work of his hands “. (Selah – pause and reflect on it). It is good to pause and reflect on the influence that God has had on our lives. Something that I have observed in my life at times how easy it is to backslide – all we have to do is nothing and the desire to be close to the Lord disappears.  It takes a regular decision to discipline ourselves to set apart a time daily to spend time renewing our relationship with the Lord. While we may not see the ungodly punished it does not mean that they will not be punished. Reflecting on the goodness of God is something that we never get tired of doing. It is so good to remind ourselves that God is known by the judgement He executes, God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. As I approach the age of 85 years old I am overwhelmed by His goodness in my life, I look forward to the year 2024 to see the greatness of God manifested in a significant way this year. I have heard people debate how far can they be from God and still be a Christian, that is a very dangerous way to live and I wonder if they were born again. Because when I am born again  I am a new person and desire to live a life that pleases God. Just a reminder we cannot be too serious about our love for Jesus. Verse 17 says: “The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God!”  Hell or eternal punishment is something that is rarely mentioned in the modern-day Church. When Satan and a third of the angels rebelled against God and were cast out of Heaven God prepared a place of punishment for them which is named Hell. The Bible is very graphic of the bad details of what Hell is like, and those people who reject God’s Salvation and live a life that pleases the Devil will end there. Here we see the righteous judgement of God, those people who have lived their lives pleasing the Devil could not stand being in God’s presence, so in His mercy, He sends those people to Hell where it is the correct place for them to be. When we consider the reality of Eternal Punishment it is so good to be reminded of the outcome of people who do not live God’s way. I am so thankful that God is a Righteous Judge!

 

 

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