Issue #608 ~ April 20, 2020

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I Do Not Touch Unclean Things
"I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites;
Psalm 26:4

"I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked."
Psalm 26:5

Verse 4: "I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites;"

One of the commentators titled these verses "Behavior Separation."

The words "I do not sit" remind me of David's words in Psalm 1:1: " Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers " (NIV).

2 Corinthians 7:1: " Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God " (NASB).

Mark Twain said: "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."

William Shakespeare said: "No legacy is so rich as honesty."

Verse 5: "I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked."

Our minds still continue to think of the first Psalm and that first verse about the blessed man's relationship with the ungodly.

In taking his stance of separation, you can see it graphically described in the words: "sit," "consort," "abhor," and "refuse."

Paul's words in Romans 13 are so similar: " And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts " (13:11 - 14 NASB).

Phillip Keller says: "Our culture has become crude and very corrupt. It is blatantly reflected in the sordid songs and beastly ballads our people compose. It is expressed in the atrocious art that gives expression to our perversion. It is clearly seen in the grossness of our television programs, the raw lewdness of our literature, the subversion of our social mores." (Strength of Soul, 39)

Isaiah's prophecy opens with the Lord speaking to the nation Israel: " Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: 'I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manager, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand. Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness - only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil' " (1:2 - 6 NIV).

I feel like this message this morning causes us to recognize it is now time to take a stand, to make a choice and to give ourselves totally and completely to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:  Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like new born babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 1 Peter 2:1, 2 9 (NASB)

2.   Pray:  He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.
Psalm 101:7 (NASB)

3.   Pray:  But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:13 (NASB)

4.   Pray:  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)

5.  Praise: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, Ephesians 1:7 (NASB)

6.   Pray:   That as followers of Christ, we will encourage one another each day. Through this difficult time God will draw us closer to Him.

I trust you feel the same way and will join me in singing George Beverly Shea's great song "I'd Rather Have Jesus" :
I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I'd rather be His than have riches untold;
I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I'd rather be led by His nail-pierced hand.

I'd rather have Jesus than men's applause;
I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I'd rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.
I'd rather be true to His holy name.

He's fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He's sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He's all that my hungering spirit needs.
I'd rather have Jesus and let Him lead.
Than to be the king of a vast domain
And be hold in sin's dread sway.
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
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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