GOD IS AWESOME

SATURDAY FOCUS (Psalm 97)

MARCH 5
SATURDAY FOCUS

Looking at the week’s news, we could easily be discouraged. We need to remind ourselves that God is in control and that evil will not continue indefinitely. God is righteous and will judge evil.

Psalm 97:1 – 12

The LORD reigns;
Let the earth rejoice;
Let the multitude of isles be glad!

Clouds and darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

A fire goes before Him,
And burns up His enemies round about.

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His lightnings light the world;
The earth sees and trembles.

The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD,
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples see His glory.

Let all be put to shame who serve carved images,
Who boast of idols.
Worship Him, all you gods.

Zion hears and is glad,
And the daughters of Judah rejoice
Because of Your judgments, O LORD.

For You, LORD, are most high above all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.

You who love the LORD, hate evil!

He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.

Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

 

As we close the week, align your perspective with the words of the Psalmist. We can be thankful that God preserves the righteous; but, He admonishes the righteous to abhor evil (v.10).

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture taken from the NKJV.