Sunday, January 3, 2010

Wrath or Refuge

Each day I will be posting from the daily Bible Reading plan we will be doing at West Side. On weekdays we will be going through the New Testament. On the weekends we will read passages from the Old Testament books of Psalms and Proverbs. We invite you to join along.

Today begins our adventure through the book of Psalms. The word Psalm means song or a hymn. Many believe that the book of Psalms is an ancient song book of God's people. The book is authored by many different people; King David, David’s chief musician Asaph, Moses, Solomon, Korah … possible temple singers, and a multitude of unnamed people. Just like we cherish the great hymns composed by John Wesley, Fanny J. Crosby, & John Newton, the Israelites cherished these Psalms.

Today’s reading (Psalms 1 & 2) details two different worlds. One is rule by evil hearts and the other ... ruled by the love and compassion of God. We are given great insight into the comfort or distress we may have depending on which camp we reside. “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” When we are in God, we will be taken care of, but there will be a bitter end to those who are not in God. God's protection however, doesn't come without trial, but does provide the hope of eternal life.

“For his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” Where do you reside? Will you be on the side of the wrath or on the side of refuge?
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