“DO YOU ACCEPT THE LORD HE IS GOD?”
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
This song of praise should be considered a prophecy and even used as a prayer for the coming of that time when all people shall know that the Lord is God and shall become his worshippers and the sheep of his pasture.
Great encouragement is given to us in worshipping God, to do it cheerfully. If, when we strayed like wandering sheep, he has brought us again to his fold, we have indeed abundant cause to bless his name. The matter of praise, and the motives to it, are very important.
Know yet what God is in himself and what he is to you. Know it; consider and apply it, then you will be closer and more constant, more inward and serious, in his worship. The covenant of grace set down in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, with so many rich promises, to strengthen the faith of every weak believer, makes the matter of God’s praise and of his people’s joys so sure that how sad soever our spirits may be when we look to ourselves. Yet, we shall have reason to praise the Lord when we look to his goodness and mercy and to what he has said in his word for our comfort.
If the slothful who do nothing are to be condemned, how much more will those who do all the ill can be condemned. Observe how such a man is described. He says and does everything artfully and with design. His ruin shall come without warning and without relief. Here is a list of things hateful to God.
Those sins are in a special manner provoking to God, which are hurtful to human life’s comfort. God hates these things; we must hate in ourselves; it is nothing to hate them in others. Let us shun all such practices, and watch and pray against them; and avoid, with marked disapproval, all who are guilty of them, whatever may be their rank.
It will be a kindness to us and ours to secure an interest in those whom God favours and make his friends ours. True friendship rests on a firm basis and can silence ambition, self-love, and undue regard for others.
But who can fully understand the love of Yeshua (Jesus), who gave himself as a sacrifice for rebellious, polluted sinners! How great then ought to be the force and effects of our love to him, to his cause, and his people!
It is well to listen to our enemies that we may form a better judgment of ourselves. If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them? The wicked are ready to part with their money, though loved that they may not suffer for their crimes.
In the law of Moses are very plain marks of sound moral feeling and of true political wisdom. Everything in it is suited to the desired and avowed object, the worship of one only God, and Israel’s separation from the pagan world.
Neither parties, friends, witnesses, or common opinions, must move us to lessen great faults, aggravate small ones, excuse offenders, accuse the innocent, or misrepresent anything.
According to the spirit of these laws, the people of God should ever be ready to show mildness and mercy. We must answer to God, not only for what we do maliciously but for what we do heedlessly.
Therefore, when we have done harm to our neighbour, we should make restitution, though not compelled by law. Let these scriptures lead our souls to remember that if the grace of God has indeed appeared to us, then it has taught us, and enabled us so to conduct ourselves by its holy power, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, Titus 2:12.
And the grace of God teaches us that as the Lord is our portion, there is enough in him to satisfy all the desires of our souls.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing His bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as His “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)