Psalms 21:9 says, Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. Nothing symbolizes Holiness and judgment like fire. For everything there is a time and a season. There is a time for mercy and there is a time for judgment. Both the mercy and the judgment of God are because God is Holy.
God is love. This is why Jesus Christ came to the earth and died on the cross for the sins of the world. John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Philippians 2:6-8 says, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Only Jesus was able to die for the sins of the world because only Jesus is without sin. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. However, if mercy is rejected and if men do not repent of their sins, they must be judged because God is Holy. There is only one way to escape judgment from sin and that is to trust in Jesus. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved.
Psalms Verse 9 is a verse that gives some detail about what hell must be like, A fiery Oven. The world tends to make light of the concept of hell, even turning the idea of going to hell into a cursing phrase. But there is nothing unjust and there is nothing pleasurable about going to hell. Turn on the oven in your house and try putting your hand or your face near it for a few seconds. Hell is a place of eternal judgment.
Verse 9 in Psalms says the fire shall devour them. Hell is a real place. It is a place of eternal torment and anguish. This world is temporary, and it is going to pass away. It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. The worst sufferings that you can suffer in this life are nothing compared to the suffering that awaits in hell.
God does get angry at sin. The result of those that do not repent is explained in these verses. Jesus told us the worst thing that can happen to a man when Jesus said, What shall it profit a man if He gain the whole world and lose His own soul. There are other things you can lose as well, even if you are saved, and those are rewards. Psalms 21:10 says, Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.
When a person who has rejected Christ dies and goes to hell, their destiny is to be separated from God forever. There is no worse destiny. Such a life will have amounted to nothing. There will be no fruit, no rewards: only judgment. Even all the good deeds that done by men, but that are done not according to the will of God and not for the glory of the name of Jesus Christ, will count for nothing. Even if you are the most compassionate person in the world and you have spent all your life loving and helping others, it will come to naught if you reject Christ as your Savior. It would be better to have never been born than to reject Christ as your Savior and face eternal damnation. First Corinthians 3:11-15 says, For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every mans work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every mans work of what sort it is. If any mans work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any mans work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. How little most of us accomplish for Christ in our lives. There is time for mercy and there is a time for judgment. Be sure to repent of your sins and do what you do in your heart for Jesus of Nazareth. Seek glory for His name sake. Do your part in the world to help spread the gospel. For many are called but few are chosen.
Psalms 21:11-12, For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them. There is only one way to escape the judgment of God and that is by repenting of your sins and turning to Jesus. From a physical standpoint sometimes things do not work out so well. Consider the 6 million Jews who died in WW2. Physical suffering and tragedy can be hard to endure. But the end result is never vain if you are a follower of Christ. Romans 8:28 says, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God; to them that are the called according to His purpose.
The evil forces and the worldly people are going to plot and manipulate and scheme and do everything in their power to resist the will of God and to destroy Gods work. Because they want to destroy Gods work, they will seek to destroy His children. The important thing to remember is not whether or not you might have the physical victory, but the spiritual victory. If you are a child of the king then there is nothing more precious than your faith. Sometimes it is the will of God that we submit unto the physical things that men do unto us, and not that we resist them. All that really matters in the end is your faith because it is from faith to faith that the gospel is spread. Second Peter 1:1 says, Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
When it says in Psalms 21:11, For they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. This is just another way of saying your faith is the victory which overcometh the world because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Keep your sins confessed, rely upon the promises of God, stay submissive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and fight the good fight of faith. If you have turned from your sins and turned to Jesus then your most precious possession is your faith in Gods Word. Do you believe what the Bible says or do you not? The Words of the Lord are pure Words as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (Psalms 12:7)
They imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. It is very easy to think about the wrong things and to fall into a pattern of thinking about the wrong things. Christians should be transformed by the renewing of their minds. Try not to let doubt, and fear, and worry take hold of you. Instead of worrying about the things that are being imagined against you, use your imagination to consider the words of First Corinthians 2:9, But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. Isaiah 64:4, For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. In these last days we can only pray that Christ gives us and other believers the grace to keep our hearts in the patient waiting for Christ. The rapture is our great hope to deliver us from this mystery of iniquity that is at work in the world.
Psalms 21:13, Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power. When you think about God and when you think about His Son Jesus Christ, one thing you should think about is the power and the strength of God. In the Old Testament He is called the Almighty God. There is no limit to His power. With God all things are possible. When the children of Israel had no way of escape and they were trapped between the sea and the armies of the Egyptians, God made a way for them. Colossians 1:20 says concerning Jesus, Having made peace through the blood of His cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in heaven. God has made a way for men to have victory, and that is by turning from your sins and turning to Jesus. This is the way to experience the power of God and the strength of God.
Of course, to be exalted means to be lifted above others. Men tend to praise themselves more than they praise God. We have all failed to give God glory at times. Ultimately, Jesus is going to be glorified because he will do it in His own strength. This does not mean we should not seek to bring glory to God in the things that we do and in the things that we say. But sometimes when we look at the world around us and see how few men there are that have faith, we should remember that God is strong and powerful, and He will bring glory to Himself. Its no wonder Jesus said, ..for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (Second Corinthians 9:12) Jesus also said, And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32). The things that glorify God the most are the things which He himself does, and not the things which man does. How much glory has been given to God through His creation? How much glory has been given to the name of Jesus through His death on the cross? How much glory will be given to God when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord? How much glory shall be given to God when the last trump sounds and the dead in Christ rise and those which are alive and remain are gathered unto Him? Glory belongs to the LORD because He is all powerful and because He is Holy.
Revelation 19:12-15 says, His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. His name is called the Word of God. There is nothing more powerful than the Word of God. In the beginning God spoke, and there was light. And in the end God will speak and destroy all opposition against His will. Psalms 21:13, Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
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