Morning devotion: Read Psalm 85

Psalms 85:8  ¶I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. 9  Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. 10  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11  Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12  Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. 13  Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

In remembering the first part of this Psalm, we understand how a Christian can lose the joy of his salvation when sin separates him from God. For the unsaved, lost man there is no relationship with God at all. That person is separated from God forever.

The wonderful news is in the fact that both scenarios can be changed. The Christian can experience a renewed relationship with the Lord by truth. God tell us that he desires truth in the inward parts. He wants you to be truthful with yourself. We all know that we are sinners, some are saved sinners, born-again, while others are unsaved, godless sinners. When both come to that understanding, when we are truthful with ourselves and before God, then God can, only God, can effectually work on our behalf.

When truth is employed mercy is given. Mercy and truth have met together. If you are not truthful about your sinful condition; if your pride refuses to yield to God, truth is forsaken and mercy is naught. Do not expect God anything from God.

James 1:7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

However, when truth is revealed and mercy is given, then righteousness and peace are the reward. The Lord himself is truth and he is merciful and righteous and peace are his to give.

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Romans 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Know Jesus know peace, no Jesus, no peace. Isaiah 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Only in and through Jesus Christ can your sins be forgiven and righteousness and peace can be given.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook