If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Numbers 10, Psalms 46–47, Song of Songs 8, Hebrews 8. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Psalms 46-47.
The first of these two Psalms open with a confidence that surges like the ocean at high tide: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” I cannot read those words without feeling a deep sense of awe and a strong feeling of agreement. No matter what happens on earth, God is with us to provide us with protection and strength, so fear is unnecessary. As the Psalms develop, we see why the Psalmist has such confidence in God; it is because God is replacing the kingdoms of this world with his own: “Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’” (vv. 8-10). Christ began the fulfillment of this promise when he came the first time to teach us his gospel, to atone for our sins, and to rise again for our justification. He will complete the promise when he has subdued all his enemies and established his own city (v. 4). Unlike dictators and military conquerors, God’s rule and reign in Christ will be welcomed by his people. That is why Psalm 47 begins, “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet” (vv. 1-3) and again in verses 6-7: “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.” No celebration we’ve ever seen or even imagine will compare to the jubilant, joyous outcry of praise and worship to our Lord Jesus Christ in his kingdom. So, don’t fear the problems of this life; they’ll be over soon enough, never to be remembered again in Christ’s kingdom. Be encouraged that the Lord we love will faithfully keep his promise and bring us into his kingdom where we will worship him, joyously, forever. Let these thoughts sustain you today, keeping you from loving this world too much or encouraging you to keep serving the Lord despite the adversity you face.
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