Morning devotion: Read Psalm 69

Psalms 69:5  O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. 6  Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. 7  Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. 8  I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. 9  For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. 10  When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. 11  I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. 12  They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

One man said the modern world is full of anarchy, the modern Christian is in apostacy and the modern church is in apathy. The zeal of the Lord has all but disappeared. Those who live in the zeal of the Lord are considered foolish and not aligned with modern thinking. David knew this, the apostle Paul knew this and most of all, Jesus knew this.

1 Corinthians 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

1 Corinthians 2:14  But the natural man (the unsaved man and the religious man)  receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Jesus had a great zeal for the house of the Lord, as did David. In that Zeal he went into the temple and threw out moneys changers and those who sold animals for sacrifice.

John 2:13  And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14  And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15  And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. 17  And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

There is nothing wrong with living in the zeal of the Lord and his house. The modern world may reject this, the modern Christian may look down on this and the modern church may shrug at this, but do not stop, do not waiver, for those who are saved as a result, will ever be grateful.

While we as Christians are frail and do make mistakes, we should never give up that zeal for the Lord, the word of God or the house of the Lord.

Dear Christian Friend, the choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook