Posted by: Larry Hoekman | March 11, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 89 – Quite a Difference!

Day 2696: My special needs niece went thru a successful thyroid tumor removal yesterday – she’s had so many challenges we’re blessed this went well!

Scripture: “If his (David’s) sons forsake My law and do not walk in My judgments, if they violate My statutes and do not keep My commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes. “But I will not break off My lovingkindness from him, nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.

But You have cast off and rejected, You have been full of wrath against Your anointed. All who pass along the way plunder him; He has become a reproach to his neighbors. You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries; You have made all his enemies rejoice. 

How long, O Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? Where are Your former lovingkindnesses, O Lord, which You swore to David in Your faithfulness? Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Your servants. Blessed be the Lord forever! Amen and Amen. Excerpts from Psalm 89:30-52

Thoughts/questions: There is quite a difference between God’s words in the first paragraph and the Psalmist’s words in the rest of today’s verses! God knows His lovingkindness will never fail even though the transgressions of sinners does result in punishment.

The Psalmist on the other hand, thinks God’s lovingkindness is lost and that God actually rejects the person. No, it’s clear that God truly does hate the sin, but loves the sinner! Is this our standard as well? Do we confuse sinners with their sin, or can we separate what they do from who they are – fellow humans whom God loves dearly?

While staying on God’s path, we must reach out in love to those who forsake His law!

Suggested prayer: Lord God, may I truly follow You and extend grace to those who need it the most . . .

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