PRAISE YE THE LORD
Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.
Verse 6 High praises’, a two-edged sword.
This verse addresses the activity of the righteous in two areas: worship and spiritual warfare. Our desire to praise God must be accompanied by the desire to oppose aggressively, Satan’s kingdom and all evil. Gods kingdom will never be fully realized until the hostile forces of darkness are destroyed. We must take our stand against the power of evil by living a righteous life in faith, taking the sword of the spirit in (the Word of God) and praying in the Spirit Ephesian 6: 11-18. At the end of the age, we will, to the praise of God, participate in His judgment upon the unrepentant world of the antichrist. Revelation 18: 20. To give God His due.
God is deserving of our heart, body, soul, and spirit; our wisdom, understanding, judgment. Jesus tells us, Mark. 12:28-30 that the first commandment is to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Because He created us in His own image, God rightly and justly deserves all our worship and adoration. “This is the first commandment.”
To give your neighbor his due. Jesus continues Mark 12:31. His discussion of the greatest commandments with the second, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Can we sin against someone we truly love? Perhaps we might momentarily sin against a loved one, but not continually. True love desires to bless and not to injure. Note however that we are not to give that which is due to God to any man – neighbor or self.
To give to yourself what you are due.
According to Paul, we are not our own but instead, our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit 1st Corinthians. 6:19. So what we have coming must be tempered by what we must avoid.
Paul reminds us first to “flee sexual immorality.” Elsewhere Paul gives us lists of characteristics to avoid and attain Galatians. 5:19-25. Repent your sins and give your life to Christ for Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life, John 14: 6a the time is very near. I would love to hear what’s on your mind. Be blessed