Nearer to the Lord is Life
Psalms 73:27 -
For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
To understand today's message we need to give attention to the later part to understand the former part. The later part says the Lord has destroyed (has and will - written in perfect / complete tense) all those who gone whoring from Him. Need to understand the importance of the words has/will destroy, whoring and from Him.
Let us go in the reverse order, it says from Him, which means moving away from Him. So the whole later part starts with drawing away from the Lord.
The second part says whoring which means to commit fornication. It means one who has illicit relations with others. This would mean idolatry, carnal worship, bondages of familiar spirit etc.
The third part (in reverse) says the Lord has and will destroy them all. It does not say a few or some but says each and every one of them that draw away from Him and thus go spiritual whoring.
If we read verses 26-28 of this psalm the psalmist tells us even though we are weak yet if we just concentrate on drawing closer to the Lord we will be strengthened, for nearer to Him is life and away from Him is death and destruction. He also points out it is not by our works but the work of the Lord, even though it happens in and through us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we keep complaining about how weak we are and how easily we fall. We always keep asking You to strengthen us and help us from falling but the solution is actually lies with us. It is because we do not draw to You we fall, feel faint and hopeless. Lord, all we need to do is draw to You and we are strengthened and full of life for You are giver and keeper of life. Lord, we pray we learn to seek You every moment of our lives so that we full of life and are not destroyed...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
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