7 The path of the righteous is level; You, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.
8 Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
Through chapter twenty-four prophecies continue, then in chapter twenty-five there is a beautiful Praise to the Lord full of promises from God and judgment against Moab. Then in chapter twenty-six a Song of Praise with instructions to sing it throughout Judah and it has much praise as shown by the verses we are looking at today. It ends with two verses that could be a summary of parts of Revelation. So let’s look at both the beginning and the ending:
1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts.
2 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.
19 But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise—let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy—your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.
20 Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.
21 See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
God’s judgment and wrath are coming, but before this there will be salvation. Knowing this is it any wonder
that God, His name, and renown become the desire of our hearts.
This will be true for some, maybe even many, but there will be a great many for whom it will not be true. For even today when we know so much of Him and His promises and have a book -the Bible- of about Him and His promises most still turn away from Him. There are those who will not sing songs of praise because they will refuse the Gift of Grace and choose darkness over the light that is Jesus.
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. John 3
When He is in our hearts, we see Him and His works everywhere. It may be a blade of grass while we lay upon the earth or a beautiful sunrise or sunset or laughter of children or a smile from a spouse. His wonders abound around us and once we choose His Son over the darkness our eyes are opened to them everywhere.
It’s Friday, have a Great Weekend and remember to God to Church, enjoy the fellowship, the songs of praise, and the study of His Word.