My REFUGE in days of COVID-19
April 15, 2020: SOAP #3786: 1Samuel 17; Psalm 9; Matthew 2
Scripture: Psalm (NIV) 9:7 The LORD reigns forever; hehas established his throne for judgment. 8 He will judge the world inrighteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice. 9 The LORD is a refugefor the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 Those who know yourname will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Observation: Godis HOLY, He is the only true judge; He will judge in righteousness andjustice. All have sinned and come shortof the glory of God, so all are guilty before His court. No one has a chance of coming out of Hiscourt being declared innocent, BUT, BUT, BUT there is another side of God'scharacter. He is LOVING! He is perfect LOVE! In being perfectly HOLY, God looks at me andsays you are guilty and cannot come into my presence! In perfect LOVE, He sends His Holy Son to diein my place as payment for my sin! Uponmy confession and acknowledgement of Jesus as my Lord, God accepts the paymentJesus made on the cross as the payment for my sins!!! It is amazing! On that basis alone, I am declared innocent!
Application: There is no trouble in all the world worsethan being under the judgment of the HOLY GOD! There is ONLY ONE WAY I can escape the judgment for sin. That is to run to the REFUGE! Jesus has not given me a Refuge; HE IS MY REFUGE!!!
Prayer: Jesus, you are my REFUGE! You do not send me to a place of refuge, youreceive me to yourself. You make me tobe your dwelling place. I find refuge inyour presence! There is no refuge apartfrom you! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!