Today From Psalms

Rejoice

If a person is often angry and has no control over their anger, they are called an angry man or woman. If a person lies continually, they are considered a liar and unworthy of trust. If a person drinks alcoholic drinks and is often drunk, they are a drunkard. I could continue in this line of thought, but you have the idea.

Now if a person who is often angry (or lying etc.) does some good deed, it does not change what is generally known of them. The overall character of a person is determined by what people see most in their life.   If a person lies most of the time but then tells the truth once, it does not change the fact that are a liar. Character is what we are generally not what we are occasionally.

Psalm 97:1-2 reveals to us what is true of God at all times. “The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.”

“Clouds and darkness are round about him…” Since God is a spirit He cannot be observed by the eye of man, as at Sinai, the presence of God is obscured by clouds and darkness. But what is known is the character of God. “Righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.” The word “habitation” speaks of a foundation. The foundation of God’s character is His righteousness and judgment. All that God does is according to the high standard of righteousness. All that God pronounces in judgment is equally right. God’s righteous works and God’s righteous judgments are known of Him.   This is His nature and His character.

The Psalm ends with “Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” Psalms 97:12

As we think and meditate on God we can rejoice at remembering He is always holy and therefore always works righteously and judges in truth.

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