Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mid-Day Devotion 7/21/09

I’d like to ask you to your attention, to draw your thought and minds to the book of Psalms. The world of the LORD found in the book of Psalms chapter 119 verse 30. “I have chosen the way of truth. Thy judgments have I laid before me.”

It seems so hopeless at times, seems so much so…beyond our grasp. We can’t seem to understand a lot of the things that go on in this world. We want to, we look around and our spirits, they yearn for answers. Our souls long for truth to shine in so that we can make some sort of sense about the chaos and the pain, and the suffering, and the affliction that goes on all around us. And yet cast admidst a sinful world of such bitter iniquity and such brutal transgressions, we can’t always seem to do it; As hard as we may try, we can’t justify it in our minds. We can’t find the answers. We can’t find the truths that we look for. We see the suffering of the captives, we see the pain of the slaves that are taken, who are used to build for the glory of men. We see the hostages that are ransomed off for the monetary gain of brutal men. We see sex slaves, they’re bodies trafficked, used, used until there’s nothing more left of it, until their innocence is completely gone, and then serving no more useful purpose they are put to death. We see it in the prisoners of the dark, dank cells. Those prisoners, who have done nothing, but chose to live their lives. Prisoners who did nothing but who were born, they find themselves now at the discretion of brutal tyrants and oppressive regimes. You see it everywhere. We see it all around us, and for all of our enlightenment and all of our wisdom, for all of our earthly knowledge, we can’t make any sense of it, and how can we? How can we, when it doesn’t make any sense. When it defies; when it defies reason, and it just appeals to the basic or vile, sinful nature of men.

Yet, hope is not lost. As much as we see the world around us for all that it offers, for all that it has in it; for as much as we see the world for all of the pain that dwells admits it, for all the iniquities, for all the sorrow, anguish, suffering, for all the agony that rips at our souls, we know that hope is not lost. In the words of the Psalmist today we here that cry to the LORD, “ I have chosen the way of truth, thy judgments have I laid before me. “ The way of truth, the judgment of the LORD, it is not far off; it is not far distant, and there we find the answers to those questions that, that pry at our very being.

We find the answers to the questions that otherwise we would be left in the dark of hope. In there we come to know that we live in a world that is held captive—a world that is held captive to the nature of men, to the sinful nature of men, to the iniquity that they can bare in their hearts and in their souls, and yet in faith we come before the LORD. We come before him and we kneel in humble submission to his will and we say, “LORD. LORD, your truth is encompassing. Your truth is transcending; and it surpasses all of the earthly wisdom that we see around us. Your judgments are great and they are not far off. They will look upon the iniquity of men; they will look upon the vile transgressions that they commit, and there, there your truth and your righteousness shall reign supreme in all places”.

We set the judgments of the LORD before us because in a world that doesn’t make sense, that is the only thing that does. We choose the way of truth because in a world that seems to defy so much logic and reason, here is the only place where we find truth—truth and righteousness. A truth and righteousness from a loving Father, from a Heavenly Father who cares for His children, and who does not want to see them held in captivity, who does not want to see them held in bitter estate. A loving and Heavenly Father that so contends the cause of His children, who so contends with their plight and their struggle, that He is willing to offer His only begotten Son—that perfect and blameless Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world to set us free. And there we know we that we have been ransomed by the blood, and that captivity has been set aflight.

It is the way of truth, and the judgment of the LORD that saves us, and we place our trust there because in a world where so little actually makes sense, we know that the LORD provides, that the LORD does not abandon His children, that He does not fail them or forsake them regardless of the trials that may be before them, regardless of the challenges that may now way so heavily on their souls. In compassion and in mercy, in kindness and in love, the LORD does provide. By His hand, all things are made possible. Choose the way of truth. Lay the judgment of the LORD before you, and find the answers to this world. Find the answers to those long and deep, yearning questions that fall before you, feel the power of the Holy Spirit then come upon you; so that even admits all of this, you may find comfort and peace in the ways of the LORD.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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