Psalm 146 (NIV)

Isaiah 59:9-19 (NIV)

Acts 9:1-20 (NIV)

In Isaiah we read what happens when a people ignores God or decides that faith in the Lord is no longer relevant to their life and nation.  14 So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter.  15 Truth is nowhere to be found,
and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.

The social fabric of Israel is broken and the nation is in disarray.  “They are like the blind who cannot find their way. The cause of the blindness is stated in vv. 12-13: their rebellion against God, which results in the lack of justice and righteousness and trust and honesty (v. 14) (Asbury Bible Commentary).

In Acts 9 we read of Paul’s conversion experience.  However, before Paul met Jesus, we discover the terrible things he was doing. He was a destroyer of the church.  Paul thought he was doing God’s will and serving the Lord.  He was “breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.”

Paul was sincere in his beliefs but he was sincerely wrong. He misunderstood the plan and purpose of God and was destroying the early church.  Thankfully, Jesus appeared to him and transformed Paul’s life.

In Psalm 146 we are given the expression of deep faith in the Lord. Here we find the guidance, goodness, and grace of God. Only God is worthy of our deepest trust and hope.  Each day may we put our trust and hope in the Lord God.  For “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”

 

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