Monday, June 30, 2008

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly...

"The Lord upholds all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him. To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him. But all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever." Psalm 145:14-21

These verses are such an encouragement. We look expectantly to God, bringing before Him all our wants, needs, and desires. He loves each and every one of us. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The bad? Yes, even the bad. He loves us, but He does not love some of the things we do. Yet, no matter who we are, when we cry out to Him, He hears our cry and will fill our mouths as He sees fit. Not necessarily when we want it...we tend to want everything NOW...at least I do. The second part of these verses is also an encouragement to me. "...But all the wicked He will destroy...". Anyone with half a heart is grieved when watching the news on television. The two girls shot and used as target practice...the wife apparently murdered by her husband on their honeymoon...child abductions...random killings...the Zodiac killer....how much more can this world take? Our comfort lies in knowing that God sees all, and all will answer for their actions. The wicked He will destroy. It may not be on our time schedule. It may not even be in our lifetime, but we can rest assured in knowing that each one will answer to God in the end.

I praise You, God, for seeing all things as they are. People can fool others, but no one can fool You. Each person will have to answer to You in the end. I ask You, Lord, to have mercy on the victims of crime, and their families. Give them comfort in Your Word. Surround them with people who love them...people who will share Your Word with them. Help us Christians to be an encouragement to those in need. I love You. Amen and amen.

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