Sunday, July 24, 2011
Psalm 96:11-13 NASB
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all it contains; let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD, for He is coming; For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.
The Bible ought to be a real delight to anyone who likes to read the last chapter of a book in order to know the end before reading the beginning. God gives it all away before He even starts. This is simply a no-brainer; He wins! From beginning to end, the end is known, and we can live in it with the expectation, excitement and joy of being a part of it with the knowledge that, finally, all will be well. It's the greatest truth about life: He is coming...He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness. No wonder that even the heavens will be glad, the earth will rejoice, the sea will roar, the fields, and all that is in it, will exult and the trees of the forest will sing for joy. This is His world and every part of it will feel the amazing release, rest and change that will happen with the One who comes to set everything right.
This is my Father's world. Oh, let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world; The battle is not done;
Jesus, who died, shall be satisfied, and earth and heav'n be one
Maltbie D. Babcock, 1858-1901