God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 7
GOD IS YOUR PASSIONATE PROTECTOR
My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
What makes God angry? What makes Him indignant?
Is it when you sin and come up short of His perfection? Is it when you struggle and stumble and fall? Is it when you fail to live up to His expectations of you, or don’t live out His commandments to you?
If you’re in Christ, then Scripture promises that all of these things are completely covered under the blood of Jesus. In fact, when God looks at you, He sees the perfection of His Son, and He is filled with joy and delight in you because of Christ!
What makes God indignant is when evil comes against you.
The Psalmist writes, “Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous…” and that’s exactly what God wants to do.
If you’re in Christ, then when God gets angry, it is not a reaction of wrath that motivates Him to punish you. It is an upwelling of passionate love that leads Him to protect you! He desires to come to your rescue, to leap to your aid, to defend you against the lies and attacks of the evil one and keep you safe in Him.
Yes, there will be trouble in this life, but if you’re in Christ, you can have confidence in this. Even in times of trial, God is using your suffering to perfect you and protect you from eternal things that are far worse than whatever you might experience here and now.
He is working out all these things for good in the end, and though the road may not always be smooth, the One walking with you is strong, and you can have hope in this truth: God is your passionate protector.
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