A Devotion for August 10

Lo, thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. ~ Psalm 128:5

The lessons this morning are difficult. They feel harsh to our civilized western ears. As we read on, we’ll learn that because Saul didn’t utterly destroy the Amalekites, he earned the ire of the Lord. At the same time, the rich men don’t seem all that bet, yet they’re doomed to hell.

Certainly, there should be a little grace for Saul, the Amalekites, and the rich men. Yet, we find none of it.

In all these cases, Saul, the Amalekites, and the rich men were obstinately rebellious against the Lord their creator and God. They wanted to live their life their way.

How then do we avoid this pit fall? We trust and obey. The Psalm this morning reminds us: thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. That is to say, the person who sees the greatness of the Lord and bows down before him. Those that follow His commandments and delights in him shall be blessed.

This view can buck directly against our culture, and it can be hard, but it is the very good road to take. Let us then learn of the fear and joy of the Lord.

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