I started this morning on my normal trek through the Psalms. Today, I just wanted to chew on Psalm 5. I'm not going to lie, on first look I felt a bit like "What does this have to do with me?" But, then it struck me, the clear picture of the gospel is HERE!
who takes pleasure in evil;
with you the wicked cannot dwell.
5 The arrogant
cannot stand in your presence;
you hate all who do wrong. 6 You destroy those who tell
bloodthirsty and deceitful men
abhors. 7 But I,
by your great mercy,
will come into your house;
reverence will I bow down
toward your holy temple. 8 Lead me, O LORD, in your
because of my enemies—
your way before me.
David was a master at the creative song. This beautiful dichotomous look at God's judgment for evil and wickedness coupled with His ability to allow David, the adulterer, to come in reverence and see His path straight before him, is fascinating to me. You see, it's not that David was any different from the evil surrounding Him. No, it was God's grace that allows him to enter in the presence of the Lord.
It's the paradox we have to learn to reconcile as we take a long hard look at the gospel.
The anger God has toward wickedness is real, but His grace can allow for even those who break His law to come in the throne room and bow down toward his Holy Temple.
If you've been reading my blog for the last few weeks, you know I've been pretty obsessed with the sermon on the mount. Specifically, I've found a new love for Jesus' declaration "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 5:3) As Jesus announces His Kingdom during the discourse on the sermon on the mount, He's actually inviting those poor in spirit to the Kingdom. He's inviting the wicked, those with nothing, people who have no richness in their spirit AT ALL to come to the table. He is extending God's endless mercy to the wicked, and announces with great pleasure, you now can be a part of this kingdom.
He constantly refers to Himself as the Kingdom of Heaven throughout the gospel, and His consistent reaching out to the 'wicked' of the day show God's intent to invite even those who anger Him, to believe and be a part of His family.
"For God so loved the world, He sent His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
The Samaritan woman at the well.
The Leper who asked for healing.
The Demoniac at Geresene.
The Killer called Saul.
Even in the muck of evil in the world, God's grace extends to those who will believe (Romans 10:9) and confess. He invites us into fellowship when we confess our sin (1 John 1:9) and are faithful to repent from our unrighteousness.
For through His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, we now can bow in His throne room, and look toward a life 'more abundant.' (John 10:10)
Isn't the Gospel Beautiful.
For once I was a sinner bound to my wickedness, destined for God's wrath, but now; I've been set free to live. Not as one created for this world, but created for His Kingdom. My heart is full this morning for the ability to worship a God who cares enough to know the hairs on my head (Matthew 10:30), and the number of days I will live (Psalm 139:16), and still He offers me a life full of His presence.
He gives me meaning to wake up every morning.
He helps me understand the way life is 'supposed' to be.
He takes me from a world of death, and gives me life.
He doesn't even call me servant, He calls me friend.
God, my cry to you this morning is to make your paths straight before me. Help me hear your voice, and respond. Don't let the evil win today; but rather, set our hearts on a path toward communion with you.
May we be people who are thankful everyday for His grace to us here.
May we not take for granted the beautiful gospel of Christ.
May we seek to follow His will today, not our own.
This is my cry.