Psalm 95:6-7 ESV
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.”
We are to have no other gods before God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is to be our only sovereign, our only Lord (master), the only one to whom we give our hearts, minds, and souls, and the only one deserving of our worship and our praise.
No politician is worthy of our worship, and yet the way many Christians talk about their candidate for president you would think that person is a god to them – that he is their savior. They venerate their candidate way too high for any human being to ever deserve.
We are not to put our trust in princes or in the wisdom of man. We are not to be followers of man, but of God. We are not to be slaves of men. We are not to seek to be men pleasers, either. And, we are not to be taken captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men.
Oh, if Christians were only as passionate about Jesus Christ and his gospel of salvation as they are about pushing their political candidate for president. Oh, if they were only as passionate about defending the truth of the gospel as they are about defending their candidate and political platform.
If we are truly concerned about our nation and the people in our nation, then we need to be sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, not pushing some man or woman as the hope of our nation to save us from what ails us. What if that man or woman turns out to be the (or of the) antichrist?
So, let’s give our worship only to God. Let’s look to him only as our Savior, to heal us, to deliver us from evil, and to give us hope and change. Let’s not put our trust in man to save us, for that is a vain hope. God is to be our only God – the only one we look to as our hope.
Psalm 95:7-9 ESV
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
when your fathers put me to the test
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.”
The people of Israel in Old Testament times had been in slavery in Egypt. So, God sent Moses as his servant to bring his people out of slavery in Egypt, which he accomplished in the power, strength, and wisdom of God.
A couple of months had now passed, and the people were grumbling against Moses and Aaron. They were lamenting their deliverance from slavery, and they wanted to return, for there they had their bellies filled. Then, God provided the people with bread (manna) from heaven.
But then the people complained about no water to drink, and they quarreled with Moses and demanded he give them water. Then God provided water for the people, but Moses called the place Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people and because they tested the Lord.
So, what were the people doing? They were not trusting God to supply their needs. They were making demands of God’s servant Moses. They were arguing and complaining and wishing they could go back to being enslaved again. And, that is what many Christians are doing today.
They are fighting and arguing among themselves over which candidate is the best to “save” this nation and to give us “hope” and the “change” that we need (or they think we need). They are looking to man to save them, even if it means that they go back to being enslaved again.
Remember the prophesies of Scripture here regarding these last days before the return of Christ. An antichrist (or beast) is going to rise and he (it) is going to conquer the whole world and to bring us all into submission (slavery) to him/it. If we are looking to man to save us, we may be opening a door wide to bring in the rule of this beast. So, trust God only!
Psalm 95:10-11 ESV
“For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, ‘They are a people who go astray in their heart,
and they have not known my ways.’
Therefore I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest.’”
But this isn’t just about putting our trust in man over God on a political level, though that is a serious issue, especially if it brings in the rule of the beast. This is about putting our trust in a man-made gospel, too, which sends us back into slavery to sin. And, this is also a precursor to the one world religion, because of all the compromises the church has made regarding the gospel of our salvation from sin.
Those who are following a cheap grace gospel are in danger of hell, because they are believing a lie which says we can profess faith in Jesus Christ or merely acknowledge Jesus or accept his affection for us, and that we are saved and heaven is guaranteed us no matter how we live on this earth.
They are the immature, the irresponsible, and the self-indulgent who would rather return to enslavement to sin in order to have their fleshly appetites satisfied than to follow Jesus with their lives and to suffer for the sake of the name of Jesus and for his gospel of salvation.
They are men followers instead of God followers, who listen to the lies because the lies tickle their itching ears and they tell them what their flesh wants to hear. But because they have listened to the lies, they have fallen into sin, but not just into sin, but they have fallen for a lie.
For, the gospel they are accepting is false, for it requires no repentance, no obedience to Christ, and no submission to Christ and his cross. For, there is no dying to sin and no living to righteousness required. Under this gospel you can sin as much as you want and still go to heaven when you die.
But Jesus said if we want to come after him, we must deny self, take up our cross daily (die daily to sin) and follow (obey) him. For, if we hold on to our old life of living for sin and self, we will lose it for eternity. But if we lose our old life (die with Christ to sin) for the sake of Jesus, we have eternal life (Lu 9:23-26; cf. Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Jn 1:5-9).
Oh, to Be Like Thee, Blessed Redeemer
Lyrics by Thomas O. Chisholm, 1897
Music by W. J. Kirkpatrick, 1897
Oh, to be like Thee! blessèd Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
Oh, to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.
O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer others to save.
O to be like Thee! while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love;
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.
Oh, to be like Thee! Oh, to be like Thee,
Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
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