Psalm 63:1-8; Numbers 12:1-9; Revelation 18:21-24

In all three passages we find God supporting and preserving his people. David (Psalm 63:1-8) is in the wilderness on the run from Absalom’s rebellion and attempt to take over and usurp David. David longs for God’s security and presence in a time of exceedingly, awful trouble; his life is on the line. The words of the Psalm remind us that God listens to our prayers and that we can share anything with the Lord. Indeed, God’s “love is better than life.” In Jesus we see and experience the fullness of God’s extraordinary love as Christ-Followers. David knew God’s gracious love in his life and was spared from the onslaught of rebellion and returned home to rule his people once more.

Moses (see Numbers 11) has all of the people complaining and angry with their situation in the wilderness and they actually begin to long for Egypt. Here in Numbers 12 his closest companions question and challenge his leadership at a pivotal time in the wilderness journey of Israel. The good news is that we see God being very clear to Aaron and Miriam about the quality and importance of Moses leadership. Moses is wholeheartedly supported by the Lord.

In Revelation 18 we read of God’s vindicating justice for his people. Babylon, is the pseudonym for Rome, in the book of Revelation. Rome (vs. 24) has remained a special and powerful antagonist of God’s people. In Rome, a number of Caesars murdered Church leaders and slaughtered Christians. There were Caesars who proclaimed themselves as the saviors of all the world. Here we find that God will punish such insolence, self-worship, and brutality of those who seek to be worshipped and who destroy his people. In the end, all of Babylons, all of the Romes, all of the nations, who defy God will be judged and destroyed. In vs. 22-23 we find a list of all of the pleasant and prosperous activities of Rome that will be found no more. One day God will say, No More to all that is evil and it will be no more.

But God’s people, the followers of Jesus will enter the eternal Kingdom of love, light, and live, which the Lord has prepared for all who love him. With Christians of every time we too pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, come!”

Prayer– Lord God, eternal ruler and Lord of All, help us to know your strong and loving presence today. Shine your light upon us, send your special grace to strengthen and preserve this day through your Holy Spirit. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Redeemer and Savior, Amen.