Advent Devotional- December 13

December 13

Psalm 97

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
   let the many coastlands be glad! 
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
   righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 
Fire goes before him,
   and consumes his adversaries on every side. 
His lightnings light up the world;
   the earth sees and trembles. 
The mountains melt like wax before the 
Lord,
   before the Lord of all the earth. 

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
   and all the peoples behold his glory. 
All worshippers of images are put to shame,
   those who make their boast in worthless idols;
   all gods bow down before him. 
Zion hears and is glad,
   and the towns
 of Judah rejoice,
   because of your judgements, O God. 
For you, O 
Lord, are most high over all the earth;
   you are exalted far above all gods. 

The Lord loves those who hate evil;
   he guards the lives of his faithful;
   he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 
Light dawns
 for the righteous,
   and joy for the upright in heart. 
Rejoice in the 
Lord, O you righteous,
   and give thanks to his holy name!

Have you ever been delivered from evil? How did you recognize that it was evil? It’s both thought-provoking, and, yet, it is a normal part of our Christian walk to face evil. In fact, at Calvary, we are so aware of the need to maintain this fight against evil that we pray against on a regular basis—it’s the “…deliver us from evil…” part of the Lord’s Prayer.

 There have been times in my life where I have experienced evil. Unjust war, theft, hatred, an abusive marriage, each name we give it automatically draws a picture, an emotion in our minds and hearts. I would guess that our minds are literally Google search engines with the amount of examples we could probably compile of evil in and around our lives.

 Yet, there is so much for which to hope! Psalm 97 proclaims for us a magnificent picture of God. His power is beyond our ability to comprehend. I mean, sure, Hollywood might be able to “melt a mountain” on the movie screen, but would it not blow your mind to actually witness such an event first hand? Certainly, it would.

 So, rejoice! The God who loves you—who loves us all not only hates the evil we experience; He, also, has the means to deliver us. All we have to do is hate the evil and attempt the upright life. In this season of Advent, I encourage you to examine the evil in your life. It may be of your own design. We have all been there, but now is the time to start hating the evil and strive towards being upright.

 

Ben Mann

 

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