“Celebrate God’s Love” ( Psalm 59: 16, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“But I sing of Your strength, and celebrate Your love when morning comes; for You are my strong tower and a sure retreat in days of trouble.”

 

“In [God’s] anger is disquiet, in His favour there is life. Tears may linger at nightfall, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) Therefore, when morning comes, leave behind your sorrow. Abandon it; for God’s anger toward His children lasts but a moment whereas His love for us is eternal — guaranteed by His Son’s sacrifice and sealed with His Holy Spirit. God “turns [our] laments into dancing; [He] strips off [our] sackcloth and clothes [us] with joy, that [our] spirits may sing psalms to [Him] and never cease.” (Psalm 30:11,12)

 

God is “[our] strong tower.” He is “a sure retreat in days of trouble.” He “makes [His] face shine upon [His] servants; [He] saves [us] in His unfailing love.” (Psalms 31:16) How is it that we do not celebrate God’s amazing love?

 

Rejoice! “Exult and shout for joy and do [God] homage!” (Revelation 19:7)

“A Consuming Fire” (Hebrews 10: 26, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10: 31)

God disciplines His children, not so as to destroy them but so as to sanctify them. True, vengeance does belong to the Lord; and He does indeed repay. His vengeance falls on His Son with full payment withdrawn on the Cross of Calvary. The stripes across Christ’s back are God’s vengeance against the sins of His children. There is no other sacrifice needed.

God promises, “I never again remember their sins and their lawless acts.” (Hebrews 10: 17)

“Let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12: 28 – 29)

The great King David commits adultery with Bathsheba, daughter of Elam and wife of Uriah the Hittite. She becomes pregnant. When King David is made aware, he arranges the death of Bathsheba’s husband, writing to Jacob: “Put Uriah at the front of the fiercest fighting, then withdraw from him so that he is struck down and dies.” (2 Samuel 11: 15)

Bathsheba mourns her husband, but is taken into David’s house once “the time of mourning ends.” She bears a son to David. “However, the Lord considers what David has done to be evil.” (2 Samuel 11: 27)

God uses Nathan to prick David’s conscience. Because of Nathan’s words, David repents. However, Nathan informs David of the consequence of this repentance and of this sin — “The Lord has taken away your sin; you will not die. However, because you treated the Lord with such contempt in this matter, the son born to you will die.” (2 Samuel 12: 13 – 14)

David pleads with God, “fasts, goes home, and spend the night lying on the ground.” He does not eat for seven days. But, the baby dies after a week.

David gets off the ground, washes and anoints himself, changes his clothing and goes to worship the Lord. After, he goes home and eats. David accepts the Lord’s judgment. He continues to serve his God.

“Our God is a consuming fire;” and “it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”