Dr. David Ralston spoke at Westside Baptist church this a.m. He preached an inspiring, thought-provoking message from Isaiah chapter 6.
Thank you for your message Dr. Ralston!
During the message he mentioned this quote from George Orwell:
“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those that speak it.”~ George Orwell
Because this is true, those who value the truth need to be aware that there is one place of safety. Safety is found in the Lord our God. There is only one way to enter that safe place and that is through Christ Jesus the Messiah.
Even in the Old Testament, we learn of God’s protection of His own. Many verses found in the book of Psalms describe this safe place.
We need to know, that God, whose name is Yahweh, raised up King David and entered into a covenant with David. God said:
The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish His kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he will be my Son. 2 Samuel 7:10-13
In the psalms that David wrote, many are prophetic and while David is speaking of how God has worked in his own life and protected him he also speaks of how Messiah will come. Some Psalms are Messianic Psalms. Read more about this at Jesus Walk.
As I read Psalm 34, I realize that those who are ‘in Christ’ are the people to whom God is promising protection. When David wrote Psalm 34:19-22, he is telling us that in these times we can find safety in the Righteous One, Jesus Christ.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Who is righteous and whose bones were not broken? The answer is Jesus Christ and the New Testament teaches that we who have sought refuge in Him are cleansed by His blood.
In this life, we may suffer persecution, but we are not of this world. We are sojourners, passing through to a home not built with hands. We will not be condemned if we have sought refuge in Christ the Lord.