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Two worlds…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 17

Hear a just cause, O LORD,

​​Attend to my cry;

​​Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.

Let my vindication come from Your presence;

​​Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.

You have tested my heart;

​​You have visited me in the night;

​​You have tried me and have found nothing;

​​I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Concerning the works of men,

​​By the word of Your lips,

​​I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.

 ​​Uphold my steps in Your paths,

​​That my footsteps may not slip.

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;

​​Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.

Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,

​​O You who save those who trust in You

​​From those who rise up against them.

​​Keep me as the apple of Your eye;

​​Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

From the wicked who oppress me,

​​From my deadly enemies who surround me.

 ​​They have closed up their fat hearts;

​​With their mouths they speak proudly.

​​They have now surrounded us in our steps;

​​They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,

 ​​As a lion is eager to tear his prey,

​​And like a young lion lurking in secret places.

Arise, O LORD,

​​Confront him, cast him down;

​​Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,

 ​​With Your hand from men, O LORD,

​​From men of the world who have their portion in this life,

​​And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure.

​​They are satisfied with children,

​​And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.

 ​​As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;

​​I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

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Two worlds; one, earthly, destructive, greedy, arrogant and temporal and the other labeled righteous with a reward that grants the privilege to see the likeness of God, are pictured here.  We live in and are at the effect of those who follow only their own desires and ways.  They give no credit to God Almighty and oppress the righteous.

“…​​They have closed up their fat hearts;

​​With their mouths they speak proudly.

​​They have now surrounded us in our steps;

​​They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,

 ​​As a lion is eager to tear his prey,

​​And like a young lion lurking in secret places….”

The psalmist states their reward is here and now,

“…​​From men of the world who have their portion in this life,…”

But, in contrast, those who choose to follow the life path set out by God for mankind have His protection here and now and the eternal reward of being with him after the temporal, earthly life has passed.  This is the hope believers in Christ have.  This is the promise life with Him grants.  And we can say with the psalmist

​​”…As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;

​​I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness….”

Eternity begins with acceptance of His salvation, turning from the ways of humanity to live in His way.

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January 23, 2013 - Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , , ,

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