Accountability; September 11, 2022

Psalm 94:9 Does he who implanted the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?

This supremely logical verse is precisely why many people try to deny the existence of a Creator. They jump through all sorts of hoops of illogic to try to avoid accountability. This Psalm as a whole certainly brings to mind the political situation in the US at this point. The righteous (or relatively so) bear some responsibility, because they have been lax in standing in God’s standards and His truth, but there is still hope. As it says in verse 15, “Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.” (Psalm 94:15) That is certainly a day to look forward to! In the mean­time, those who know God’s standards and seek to follow them need to make their voice be heard. In America they have the great privilege of participating in government, and they need to make full use of that privilege. However, they need to do so with the heart of Christ, who both drove the merchants out of the temple and said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go, and sin no more.”

This is a challenge for me as well. In this Information Age I am far more aware of what is going on all around the world than I ever could have been years ago, and in many cases it’s not a pretty picture at all. I feel anger rising in me all too frequently as I read of politicians and murderers (sometimes the same people) and all sorts of deeds that spit in the face of God. I am to pray for God’s will to be done in each situation, and I am to seek God for what He wants me to do each moment. I have started the process for Cathy and me to be able to vote in the November election, and I am to follow through promptly with that. I contribute regularly to those who support the persecuted Church, and to those who disseminate truth to counter all the lies. However, on the most basic level I am to strive to keep my communication with my Lord open, to walk in fellowship with Him, doing what He says to do and speaking what He tells me, regardless of the consequences to me, so that He alone may be acknowledged as holy and His rule and reign be established as His will is done, for His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder, and for this Psalm that points out that the hearts of men are essentially unchanged going back to Eden. Help me walk in Your grace at all times, receiving it for myself and extending it to those around me, not weakly but with Your power, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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