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Chastisement – Pull Up A Chair

Job 5:17-18 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

The chastening of the Lord is not an easy pill to swallow. But praise the Lord that He loves us enough to correct us! But we must remember that the same God who corrects us is the same God that binds our wounds and makes us whole! His correction is loving, holy and always serves a purpose – to benefit the Christian! His desire is that we live holy lives. (I Peter 1:16) His chastisement and guidance is done with this in mind.

II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

I love the six words of this verse: “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”! I dare say that this is the problem with churches today. The people are not encouraged to perfect holiness in the fear of God. If we all looked at our sin in this light and would strive to live godly lives, what an influence we would have on this world!

Psalm 51:6-7 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Do we desire the truth in our inward parts? Or are we simply living our lives and walking our walk with just enough scriptural truths to get by? Wisdom and knowledge from the scriptures is what will increase our fear (reverence of God and His holiness) of the Lord. Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 9:10 all support this statement. How can we become more like the Lord? Get in His word and live by it! It is His word that cleanses us and points to our vile sin. Little scriptures, more sin – more scriptures, little sin!

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

Yes, the word teaches us how to live in this godless world. It teaches us how we can make a difference and how to shed light in darkness! When we depart from what the word of God teaches, we lose our power of effectiveness to a dying world. Does it surprise us then why the Lord chastises us? Not only is it for our own good but for the good of those watching us!

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.

Good works do not earn us salvation. But after salvation, our good works ought to represent what is in our hearts – the love of Christ! A desire to serve Him and do His work is a result of the precious salvation that He purchased!

How can our children learn what is right in this world if we do not discipline and teach them? It is no different with the Lord, Jesus Christ. He teaches us, disciplines us, and molds us into His likeness. Along with His word, we are being taught how to live holy lives so we can help others. His word perfects us!

Ephesians 4:12-13 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledege of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

Is it any wonder that Christians today are weak? They have a diluted corruption of God’s holy word! We who have the true word of God in the King James Bible need to spend the time reading it, absorbing what God wants us to know, and growing spiritually! Then, and only then, can we make a difference to a dying world.

Psalm 9

To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.

1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. 3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. 4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. 5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. 6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them. 7 But the Lord shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. 8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. 9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. 11 Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. 12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble. 13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: 14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation. 15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. 16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. 19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. 20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.)

David opens up explaining the reason for the chief Musician to play this Psalm. Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary gives this as one of the definitions of the word “Muthlabben”:

Others render the word, “on the death of the son;” i.e., of Absalom (2 Samuel 18:33). —Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary

In my research, I discovered that in Jewish tradition, this Psalm was used in times of grieving the loss of a loved one. So it stands to reason that Easton’s possible rendering of the word was probably accurate. As I re-read this Psalm with that reasoning behind it, it took on a different “flavor.”

I noticed David’s acknowledgement of his sin (verse 13). David doesn’t dwell on the sin as much as he dwells praising God for executing right judgment. Psalm 6 was filled with remorse. Now David is acknowledging God’s “right” to judge him for his sin. David is also acknowledging the repercussions as a result of his sin. The people knew of David’s sin and they hated him for it. It was not a sin done in secret – it had become public knowledge. David’s rebellion brought about judgment from God.

Not all are quick to acknowledge that some of their circumstances are a result of God’s judgment. Some are so prideful they do not see that the judgment is a direct result of their sin. However, as God’s child, I must recognize God’s judgment as His chastisement. I am not being judged for my salvation as Christ paid that penalty and my salvation is covered under His blood. However, I will be “spanked,” so to speak. Scripture says that God chastens His children:

~Hebrews 12:5-7 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

I cannot be quick to judge David as I have been down similar paths of rebellion. But praise the Lord for this Psalm! I learned that David was quick to learn and quick to repent! He acknowledged His God and His judgment – and, as a result, David praised Him! What a wonderful Psalm and pattern for me to follow!