Friday, October 28, 2011
"JOY, LOVE, AND THE DAY OF JUDGMENT"
A Joyful Return to Zion
Those who trust in the LORD
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.(Psalm 125:1-2)
According to the Reference in the NKJV, these verses refer to it as in the other songs of Zion
(Ps. 48), there is a deep belief in the invincibility of the city of Jerusalem because of the LORD's choice of Mount Zion (1 Kings 11:36). Likewise, the psalmist proclaims that those who trust in the LORD will endure. "the mountains surround Jerusalem": Jerusalem is built on one of seven mountain peaks in the region. The mountains provide some protection for the city, since any invading army would have to march through arduous and dangerous mountain paths. Yet the city's true protection comes from the LORD.
This passage gives me assurance of how safe I am with the LORD surrounding me with His protection against all evil. It helps me to know that all I have to do is call on the name of the Lord and He will save me.
The Outworking of Love
By this we know love, because He (Jesus Christ) laid down his life for us. . Here is a correlation I have never noticed before. John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The Day of the LORD
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that , whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
Paul states that God did not appoint us (believers) to wrath (see 1:10.) There will be wrath at the day of the LORD, but it will be God's wrath on the unbelieving world that has spurned and mocked Christ (Rev. 6:12-17). When we think about divine judgment, we should offer thanks to Christ for saving us from that horrible fate by dying for us (and send back the Holy Ghost) to guide us on our journey of living for God and receiving our salvation). Whether we are still living at the second coming, or whether we have died and our bodies are asleep in the grave as long as we are serious about our relationship with Christ, as long as we live for God, read and study His Word, it will be assured that we will live together with Him forever.
*Statements in Parenthesis within the reference are mine, not from the reference.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!