Thursday, August 12, 2010

Giving Up is not an option!

Psalm 9

   I will praise Thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all Thy marvelous works.
 2I will be glad and rejoice in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou Most High.   
 3When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at Thy presence.   
 4For Thou hast maintained my right and my cause; Thou sittest on the throne judging right.
 5Thou hast rebuked the heathen, Thou hast destroyed the wicked; Thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever.   
 6O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and Thou hast destroyed their cities; their memorial is perished with them.
 7But the LORD shall endure for ever; He hath prepared His throne for judgment.
 8And He shall judge the world with righteousness; He shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
 9The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.   
 10And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee; for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.   
 11Sing praises to the LORD who dwelleth in Zion! Declare among the people His doings.
 12When He maketh inquisition for blood, He remembereth them; He forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
 13Have mercy upon me, O LORD! Consider my trouble which I suffer from them that hate me, Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death,   
 14that I may show forth all Thy praise at the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Thy salvation.
 15The heathen have sunk down into the pit that they made; in the net which they hid, their own foot is taken.
 16The LORD is known by the judgment which He executeth; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah   
 17The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
 18For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
 19Arise, O LORD, let not man prevail; let the heathen be judged in Thy sight.
 20Put them in fear, O LORD; that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah

This chapter is about judgement.  He prepares for the judgement and so should we.  Are you prepared?  The enemies are going to get his wrath.  Those that cry out for mercy will be remembered.    Verse 16 says, that God is known by the judgement he executes.  He makes a decision and brings it to fruition.  Everyone that forgets God will be turned into hell.  That's some heavy stuff. 

I want to be on the other side, to praise God, to do what it takes to receive his full salvation.  I put my full trust in him and fear him.  Thank you Jesus for saving me from hell.

Are you ready to be judged?  It scares me. I imagine that when it is my turn to be judged by God that the embarassment I feel on earth will be doubly shameful.  But I pray that it will turn to joy when I hear the words from Christ that he is not ashamed of me because I am not ashamed of him now. Being judged is scary.  No one wants all their sins out there in the open.  Being an open book is what being a Christian is about.  We have to show the world that yes, we are sinners but we know we can go on because we have a Savior that leads by example.  We have to pick ourselves up, make things as right as we can, and try again.  Giving up as a Christian is not an option.


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