Issue #637 ~ November 9, 2020

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The Wages of Sin is Death
"The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at him, saying,"
Psalm 52:6
"'Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!'"
Psalm 52:7

Verse 6: "The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at him, saying,"

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says: "David then anticipated the joy that this would bring to the righteous. They would see what happens to a person who trusts not in the Lord but in his own ill-gotten riches for strength." (833)

1 Corinthians 2:14: "But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised" (NASB).

"The righteous will see" and they are going to "fear" because they fully understand what is happening in the judgment of the wicked.

Matthew 23:37 - 38: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!" (NASB)

As we now turn our attention toward verse 7 we get the message from the "righteous" as they see God's judgment take place.

Verse 7: "'Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!'"

There are 3 things Doeg did that caused him to be the recipient of divine judgment. He" (1) "did not make God his stronghold"; (2) "trusted in his great wealth"; and (3) "grew strong by destroying others."

Luke 12:19 - 20: "And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'" (NASB)

Warren Wiersbe says: "God is your strength and confidence. Don't be like the self-sufficient person, who trusts in the world's substitutes for strength and confidence. Let the Word of God permeate your mind and hide its truth in your heart. Place yourself in God's care and let Him establish you."

Oswald Chambers said: "Money and marriage...are the two things that make men and women devils or saints."

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him. Nahum 1:7 (NASB)
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2.  Pray: The way of the Lord is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. Proverbs 20:29 (NIV)

3.  Pray: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (NASB)
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4.  Pray: Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)
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5.  Praise: The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 (NASB)
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The Florida Boys sing a great song called "Saved by Grace." Maybe you have never heard it or don't know the tune, but the words are so great and appropriate for this particular study:
He was a good man, he loved his wife.
All in all, he lived a quiet and decent life;
He helped his neighbor, he raised his kids,
But trusting Jesus is one thing he never did.

Yes, we should follow, where Jesus trod,
And make ourselves a living sacrifice to God;
But still we stumble as mortal men,
Praise Jesus' name, He paid the debt for every sin.

We stand condemned under the law.
When we break one, we're guilty of them all;
Deserving death, we need no alibi,
Pardoned by the law of Christ.
Chorus
It's true, the road to hell is paved with good intentions,
For not by our good works are sin and death erased;
It's by Jesus' blood alone, we're forgiven and atoned;
Through our faith, we're saved by grace;
Through our faith, we're saved by grace.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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