Monday, January 7, 2019

"Righteousness and Cleanness"

“Righteousness and Cleanness”


The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has rewarded me.

I have been blameless before Him and have kept myself from sin.   The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.

Psalms 18:20, 23, 24


This Psalm is a song that David sang to the Lord, because He DELIVERED David from the hands of ALL his enemies, to include the hand of Saul.  David was WORSHIPPING and PRAISING God for ALL that God had done to DELIVER him and PROTECT him.  God had RESCUED David from the hands of his enemies, and He can RESCUE US from the hand of our ENEMY, the Devil.


In verses one through nineteen, David describes his deliverance by the Lord.  In the following verses, twenty through twenty-four, David speaks of his FAITH.  He KEPT the ways of the Lord, he did NOT TURN AWAY from God nor His laws and decrees.  David kept his integrity and kept himself from his sin.  And because of his FAITHFULNESS, God DELIGHTED in DAVID, and He RESCUED him from ALL His enemies. 


God DEALT with David according to his RIGHTEOUSNESS or RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him.  He RESCUED David from ALL of his enemies.  And when we are RIGHTEOUS or have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, He will DELIVER us from our MOST DANGEROUS of all enemies, the Devil, the one who can DESTROY our soul and send it to an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of EVERLASTING HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPING, once you are there. 


David stated that God REWARDED him because of the “CLEANNESS of his hands.  David wasn’t talking about having dirt or mud on his hands, but he was alluding to LIVING a CLEAN LIFE.  David kept the ways of the Lord, he did NOT TURN AWAY FROM God, but he turned to God and God HEARD David’s CRY and RESCUED him, all because of David’s RIGHTEOUSNESS or RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.  Do YOU have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God?  Has He RESCUED you from the Devil?  Or are you CAPTURED by the ENEMY, and destined for an ETERNITY in HELL?


God wants to RESCUE and REWARD you too.  This is what you MUST DO to be RESCUED and REWARDED.  You MUST TURN AWAY FROM your SINFUL LIFESTYLE, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and be RESCUED and REWARDED, because of your RIGHTEOUSNESS and CLEANNESS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

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