Google+ 08/01/13 I'm Going To Be Like Joshua!

Psalm 119:113-115

 

I hate those with divided loyalties, but I love your instructions.
You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.
Get out of my life, you evil-minded people, for I intend to obey the commands of my God.

 

Psalm 119 has always had the factual distinction of being the longest chapter in the Bible.  It is one of the acrostic psalms, but differs from all the other acrostics in one major way.  The typical acrostic psalm has one verse for each of the twenty-two Hebrew letters.  Psalm 119 has eight verses for each of the twenty-two Hebrew letters.  Today we are exploring three verses from the section entitled "Samech," which means "happy" in Hebrew.  David writes in this psalm about his distaste for evil-minded people.  Yes, it is okay to say that out loud!  David was one of the first to write about people who try to "fence-sit" when it comes to God.  David refers to it as divided loyalties.  Jesus refers to it as not being able to serve two masters.  Notice that David calls God his refuge and shield.  David claims that God's Word is his source for all hope.  Can we make the same claim?  I certainly hope so, because David's statements are the truth.  You can't serve God and the world.  They are in direct conflict.  You either choose to follow God and put up with what Caesar requires of you, or you follow Caesar and work God in, when and if you can.  There simply is no middle ground.  When we put God first and make Him the center of our lives, He becomes our refuge, shield, and source of all hope, exactly as He intended.  So, all is right with life, right?  Before we get too comfortable, read the last verse of today's Scripture and see what we must do if we are going to obey God.  We must look at all those evil-minded people and influences in our life and tell them to get out of our lives!  Did you hear King David clearly?  We must tell them to get out.  Until we do, we will always be subject to their satanic influences.  Because we live in this world, sometimes our timeframe for doing this is longer than we desire.  Time is the one thing we cannot control and God has made that clear.  All we can do with time is make the most of every minute for God.  It may take extended periods of time to remove all the evil-minded people from our lives.  That is not a reason to not get started making our declarations, if we haven't already.  We must tell everyone in our lives that we belong to Jesus.  Don't leave anyone out.  Another way to say this is to say what Joshua said, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!"  Joshua looked at all the Jewish people and said, "Choose this day whom you will serve!"  Tell everyone around you the very same thing.  I have chosen!  Today and tomorrow,  I'm going to be like Joshua!