July 04 2023
Today, Monday July 04
“Righteousness Exalts a Nation”
“Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, And Your poor with justice. The mountains will bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear You As long as the sun and moon endure, Throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, Like showers that water the earth. In His days the righteous shall flourish, And abundance of peace, Until the moon is no more.
Whether this Psalm was written by David or by his son Solomon we can’t be entirely sure. But we can be quite sure that this Psalm is about the greater Son of David, Jesus Christ, Who will rule in righteousness over Israel and all the earth one day! Over the next few days, we will see this truth from many of the verses in this beautiful Psalm! One of the great lessons that we learn from the Scriptures is that the LORD blesses a righteous people, a nation that does right according to the truths and principles of God’s Word!
Today, on July 4th, we celebrate the birth of our great nation. The history of America is a testimony to the promises that God makes to a nation that will acknowledge God and live in accordance with His principles. But America has also now become a nation that today testifies what happens when we forget God!
Remember these verses today!
“Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).
In these selected verses from Psalm 9:10-20, we find these great truths that very much apply to America or any nation for that matter: “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You… The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught. The LORD is known by the judgment He executes; The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.
Arise, O LORD, Do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, O LORD, That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah”
Whenever we acknowledge Who the LORD is, and seek and trust Him, we will enjoy His blessings. But if we turn our back on God, He will turn His back on us! When we “forget God” we will “be turned into hell”. It appears that is what has happened to America in the last number of years. “The LORD is known by the judgment He executes”.
When we quite seeking God it like digging a pit or hiding a net to catch a dream or something that really doesn’t exist. We end up falling into that pit and we become a nation of addicts snared by the works of our own hands. We are “turned into hell” and today we are living in a nation plagued with crime, violence, greed, corruption, division, chaos and confusion! We are living in a hell on earth!
Our prayer today is that as we turn back and seek the LORD, “He will not forget the cry of the needy or the expectation of the poor…”. Our prayer is that we will “know ourselves to be but men” who desperately need God!
Our prayer is, “Even so come, LORD Jesus”, our great King of Righteousness!
Happy July 4th!