“Smile on your servant. Teach me your statutes! Tears stream down from my eyes, because people do not keep your law.” Psalm 119:135-136.
The 119th Psalm seems to express all that I am, what I wish to do and what I think from one moment to another. Many will shy from and stand aghast at the word ‘hate’ used many times as is the word ‘disdain’ and ‘love.’ However, the commands of God remain the foundations of the righteous and His judgment upon the unrepentant wicked is not lost upon them. “The wicked have no chance for deliverance, for they do not seek your statutes.” 119:155. But, “why do you continue to remind us of the sin and sinful in our world” when the love and grace of God is so…so plentiful?” My answer is easy: there is much darkness about us and most people live in sin and are in stark denial of the Presence of the Almighty. Most do not wish to hear or appreciate the coming Judgment of God. God called me to proclaim the dangers of sin and the precarious life-styles of the wicked in our world. Most deny this.
The Lord has placed in my heart the overwhelming desire to tell the world about Jesus, His redeeming love and to forever remind everyone concerning the coming condemnation upon all who remain in denial of Him. And there are more of them who live in denial and in refusal of His invitation to trust and believe Him by faith. Have you not noticed how empty our church buildings and the building you worship in? Great shadows of darkness spill through these edifices even when worshipers are in attendance, and the reason for the darkness when there is Light that overcomes the darkness is simple; more who live in darkness are present than there are those who live in Light. Yes, the Light overcomes the darkness, but the darkness is everywhere creeping in around us. These are in denial and even some of those who are, indeed, walking in the Light refuse to believe that some of their friends are in the darkness and do not comprehend the Light. “And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.” John 1:5.
Yes, the Gospel concentrates on the Light of the World…Jesus, but reminds us continually of the oppressive darkness all around us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.” John 1:1-5. There are far, far too many who are stranded in the darkness and this darkness prevents them from seeing the Light that overcomes the darkness. Why? Because they are spiritually blinded by Satan and his minions.
The Glorious Presence of God is not to be diminished nor oppressed by Satan because he is a created being of God who is now fallen and awaiting the Lake of Fire that has been created for him and his pitiful angels of darkness. He has already lost the war eventhough he does win a few battles, far too many, along the way. However, there are many, such as myself, standing on the mountaintops crying out the Good News of the Gospel of which I am not ashamed.
Jesus remains Lord.