Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Daily reading assignment: Psalm 12-14
My focus for today’s devotional is Psalm 12:8.
Psalm 12:8 – “The wicked [ungodly; evil; immoral] walk on every side [encircle; surround; unrestrained], when the vilest [worthless; weak; i.e. gluttoness] men are exalted .”
Today, more than at any time in my lifetime, the essence of Psalm 12:8 is on full display for the world to see. Permit me to put the words of Psalm 12:8 in my own words:
The wicked, immoral, and ungodly are embolden, proud, and unashamed of their sin when worthless, undisciplined, narcissistic men and women are applauded, admired, and promoted.
Wonder why lawlessness, depravity, and wickedness parade shamelessly in our cities? Wonder no longer! The pleasures of sin and the debauchery of sexual depravity is a consuming passion of the American public because we have put on political pedestals, stage, and theater screens the purveyors of immorality and rebellion. Wickedness and rebellion are cancers eroding the moral fiber of our homes, churches, schools, communities, and nation. Consider the following as supporting evidence.
When a villainous, lying woman receives the majority of the American vote for president, “the wicked walk on every side”.
When Hollywood stars and Rock musicians swear and curse the nation’s leaders, “the wicked walk on every side”.
When college campuses promote the wicked and despise the righteous, “the wicked walk on every side”.
Is the same not true of the church? When carnality is the entertainment diet of church members and immorality is tolerated in her leaders, “the wicked walk on every side”.
Christian friend, God has called us to be Salt and Light in the world. Salt is a natural preservative; however, when contaminated, salt becomes in the words of Christ, “good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Mt. 5:13). Sadly, I find that statement is true of many church members; too many Christians tolerate sin and have “lost their savor”.
It is easy to condemn the world’s sinful darkness, but I remind you, if the church were Light, there would be less darkness (Mt. 5:14-15)!
Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith