September 15, 2019: SOAP #3573:   Ezekiel 38-39; Psalm 145; Revelation 20 Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving towards all he has made. –18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfils the desires of […]

September 15, 2019: SOAP #3573:   Ezekiel 38-39; Psalm 145; Revelation 20

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 145:17 The LORD is righteous inall his ways and loving towards all he has made.
–18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and savesthem. 20 The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he willdestroy.
–21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise hisholy name for ever and ever.

Observation:   Inverse 17 we have the two moral characteristics of God.  He is Holy and Loving.  Righteousness is holiness in action.  It is holiness expressed.  Righteousness, faithfulness, honest, just andtrue are outward expressions of holiness. Kindness, gentleness, benevolence, mercy and grace are outwardexpressions of love.  Holiness and loveare unchangeable characteristics of God. That is just the way He is! 

In verses 18, 20 and 21 David, the psalmist, gives ways these twocharacteristics are expressed.  God doesnot stop being holy to express His love, nor does He stop being loving toexpress His holiness. 

In verse 21, David gives the logical response of man to such a God.  Our mouths should never stop proclaiming Hiswonderful character.

Application:   God hasalways been Holy and Loving.  God willalways be Holy and Loving.  So, I canlive my life and face the difficulties coming my way knowing that my God withme now is Holy and Loving.  The more Iunderstand these moral character traits of God, the more I will know whatpleases Him and what brings Him displeasure. I understand why He punishes those He loves.  I understand why Jesus had to suffer soterribly to pay for my sins.

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, help me live a life honoring myHeavenly Father and my Lord Jesus by letting these characteristics be seen inme. Amen

Pastor Leon
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