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Every Sunday A Psalms: Warning Of God Through A Song

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Psalms 101:1-8 KJV
(1) A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
(2) I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
(3) I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
(4) A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
(5) Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
(6) Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
(7) He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
(8) I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

As Johnny Cash sang the Long Black Train the warning of death coming loomed from the story of the song. Songs can tell of life and future of death or judgment. Most of our church songs speak of the cross, mercy, grace, blessings, life or eternity. Seldom do you hear anything about death and destruction because of the believers hope. Death in the form of the cross is not destruction but the hope of eternity of salvation bought and paid for. Sometimes I wonder about the Psalms being sung the type of story they told of destruction to the wicked, for the liars, and enemies of God. Though the destruction of the wicked is victory to Godís people it does not bring hope for the wicked without repentance. Little is said about repentance for the wicked.

If I compare Old and New Testament God of the New seems more merciful to the sinner man. The Old Testament is written for the believer. It written of warning of the consequences of sin or not doing things Godís way. The reality of prevailing of the enemy bring destruction because of sin of Godís people, with only the hope of Godís salvation to come. That is where the New Testament picks up bring the hope of salvation to Godís people and to the gentile world that will believe. Causing ushering in to both Jew and Gentile into Godís family through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is the Gospel message in a nutshell. Paul tell of Godís wrath and being and overcomer. Epistles/letters of the disciples and Revelations the message of overcoming sin and following Christ. The Psalms are typical of the Old Testament and our songs of our churches are much of the expression of the New Testament and in some church speak of the Old Testament too. Depending the church group, the type of songs generally sung.

As David talks about the consequences of sin that it will meet it doom or destruction, that is Godís way of dealing with sin and sin that is continual a problem of people chasing sin. Godís mercy and grace reigns through out scripture for the repentant man, but in some cases the victory of God is more demonstrated then his mercy when it comes to the destruction of the wicked. Without the knowledge of repentance the mercy toward God is not understood by humanity. With knowing the mercy of God it is easier to love God back. Through out scripture it only seems like God is seeking revenge on countries that do nto worship him or obey him, but it has to do with evilness of the land and the consequence of not turning to God and His ways. Godís ways are best for all of mankind not just to a select group. Godís way protect people from harmful ways that causes destruction to groups of people both physically, mentally and emotionally.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your word and your songs that teach us about you and your mercy and love for us, along with victory over evil. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Revelation 15:2-5 KJV
(2) And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
(3) And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
(4) Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
(5) And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

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