Morning devotion: Read Psalm 89
Psalms 89:30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; 31 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; 32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. 33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. 34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. 36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. 37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
God is a loving God; in his love he guides, directs and corrects his own. Just as every parent should with their own children. When he speaks of “his children” in verse thirty, he is speaking about the children of the covenant, the children of seed of David; he is talking about the Christian. You are only a part of the “seed” by birth. You must be born into this family. Jesus calls it, being born again.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
A person who is not “born again” can’t even see the kingdom of God, let alone be a part of it. There are plenty of people who think they IN when in reality, they are OUT. Religion, does not bring about a new birth, only Jesus does. Then you are a child of the King, a son of God; you are a part of the family of God.
Being born again, brings its special privileges. A born again person has the blessings of God; forgiveness of sins, a home in heaven, the Holy Spirit whereby we are sealed unto the day of redemption. We have a relationship with God via Jesus. In that relationship, we have eternal life and we shall never perish.
All that to say this: as Psalm 89:30-37 tells us; God may visit with the rod and with stripes. He may punish his own to turn them and guide them back to him. But he will never break his covenant nor relinquish his faithfulness. “Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.”
Yes, my friend, Jesus lives and we live in Christ Jesus. “His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.”
As the hymn says: Because he lives, I can face tomorrow, because he lives, all fear is gone.
The choice is still yours,