“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those w ho fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:8-10)
Refuge is a prominent meaning of salvation in he Old Testament. God is a sage refuge for all who turn to Him. No source of security is a sure as our good Lord. God ca
God cares for His children. He knows our material needs. Such a condition provides relief and a basis for hope in this life and the one to come. Those who fear God lack nothing good that they need, for He will provide whatever it is we might need.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You sent Your Spirit, as a helper, a counselor, that in all things we can have access to You in all situations. Let us understand that You love and care for us, Your people, and it is incumbent upon us to return that love and care for You, through our service to our neighbors, friends, and family. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“One who says it can’t be done, is likely to be interrupted by someone doing it!”
“So that they will fear you all the time they live in the land you gave our fathers. Then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you so that all the peoples of he earth may know your name and for you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.” (1st Kings8:40, 43)
Solomon wanted all peoples to fear God as Israel feared Him when she built the Temple. Those who truly fear God should want to see others fear Him. Remember, that is is “reverential fear” or awe is a proper human response to God’s salvation. God knew that Abraham feared Him when he showed his willingness to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to the God he both held reverential fear and/or awe.
“The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of he Lord is the key to this treasure.” (Isaiah33:5–6).
Isaiah saw the fear o the Lord as the key to God’s rich store of salvation. Rulers of empires set the world in confusion, robbing the treasures of conquered peoples. The supreme Ruler treats all people right and fair as He establishes a foundation for international security. The only treasures He desires are a wise people who worship Him in reverence.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” (Acts 10:34–35)
God accepts Gentiles who fear Him and do what is right. Accident of birth does not give one extra privilege with God or relieve one of responsibility before God. The cal to accept His salvation goes out to all. Beloved each person has free access to God, for God plays no favorites. He is not a respecter of persons and makes no discrimination among people on the earth.
He sees us all as persons He has created, as objects of His loving concern. The racial, class, sex, and cultural barriers we experience are our own creation out of our sinfulness. God created our differences, but He did not intend them to be barriers of walls of division separating people. Indeed, the work of God as a righteous God is to destroy all these artificial barriers in he human family.