From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Psalm 31:1

. . . Deliver me in Your righteousness.      NKJV

Where trials exist because of conflict with our fellow human beings, we must desire for God to judge righteously—to do what is right.  Too often we do not really want righteous judgment because we do not see our own faults in the matter.  We just pray, wanting God to take our side in the conflict.

In Joshua 5:13-14, as Joshua prepared to lead Israel into battle against Jerico, he sought the Lord’s aid.  As the pre-incarnate Christ appeared before him with a drawn sword, Joshua asked Him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?’  Christ answered, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”

Joshua was asking the Lord, “Whose side are you on in the conflict.”  The Lord, in effect, was replying, “The question in not whose side am I on.  But rather, whose side are you on?”  When conflict comes, let us examine ourselves and make certain that we are on the Lord’s side.

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