April 23rd, 2020

Good morning dear people. We are in Psalm 89 today. The Psalmist sings of God’s love forever. Yet he is in despair because he sees the destruction of Jerusalem and feels as though God has abandoned the house of David and “renounced the covenant with your servant and have defiled his crown in the dust.” But God had not abandoned the house of David. The “son of David” Jesus would come in about 600 years. How blessed are we to know what the psalmist did not. Yet he will still praise the Lord forever! Vs. 52. Then we come to the vision of Ezekiel 9, where he is in Jerusalem. God calls for six guards to come to the north gate with a weapon and a scribe with a writing kit on his side. The man in white linen puts a mark on all who mourn over the detestable things done in the city. All the rest are killed by the armed men which distressed Ezekiel greatly. But God said because of the bloodshed and injustice and the claim that God had forsaken the land He would destroy them. In Matthew 11 we see John the Baptist in prison and wondering if Jesus is really the Messiah. Jesus tells his messengers to recount His miracles ending with “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of Me.” Even John the Baptist like the psalmist had doubts in the midst of trials. The chapter ends with one of my favorite invitations from Christ, “Come unto Me all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will give rest to your souls…” Let us all take on the shared yoke of Jesus and let him lighten your load today. God bless all of you dear people.