TOPIC: Danger In Departing From God (DCLM Daily Manna 20 June 2021)
TEXT: Psalm 119:113-120
113 SAMECH. I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
KEY VERSE: “Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.” – (Psalm 119:118)
One of the most exceptional thing about God is that He will not compel anyone to obey Him. He leaves all men to act as they deem fit. Equally remarkable is the fact that He does not impose His just punishment on people as soon as they offend Him. He leaves them with a long lease of freedom, in the hope that they would retrace their steps and get back to the right track. Sadly, many do not pay attention but continue on the downward slope to destruction.
The Psalmist was not like them. He was gripped by fear of the consequences of sin. As a result, he filled his heart with love for the word of God. He made God his refuge and shield, broke off all association with evildoers, and publicly declared his preference for living according to God’s holy standard.
Apart from having hope in time and eternity, those who stand on God’s word would never experience shame. True security is found in the Lord, but those that disobey His word and live in wickedness, would be judged by Him. They can deceive themselves, but cannot successfully mock God. The realization that judgment awaits all who trifle with God should make everyone to submit totally to Him.
We should know that there is no room for double mindedness or wavering between two opinions when it comes to obedience to God. He does not accept any neutral position; one is either on His side or against Him. To reject God and disobey His words is fatal and has frightening consequences, because “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Those who walk away from God get lost in the maze of the world.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Kings 1-2
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.