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WRATH THAT PRAISES GOD – June 27

Because their hearts were filled with sinful hatred. the Jews got the Roman soldiers to nail Jesus to His cross Would you dare to say that God was praised by this dastardly deed? Asaph did, when in Psalm 76:10 he wrote. “Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain ” No, Asaph did not say that these wicked Jews praised God, but their work did. As our versification explains it:

When from heaven Thy sentence sounded
All the earth in fear was still.
While to save the meek and lowly
God in judgment wrought His will;
E’en the wrath of man shall praise Thee,
Thy design it shall fulfill.

There you have it! The devil and his host do not hurt God’s cause. What God designed, for the realization of the day when Christ returns to usher in a creation free from sin and the curse, will happen. And when that takes place God’s power, wisdom, and love will be manifested. That which in any way and to any degree would harm His cause, God will restrain. Then also His power, wisdom, and love are displayed; and He is praised by it.

Consider the truth that God has the devil and all unbelievers completely under His control in the most abso-lute sense of the word. No one ever has or ever will keep Him from doing at the precise moment, and in the exact way, what He wants done.

When the wicked strive to do something that would hurt the church, He will keep them from it. This work of God will say: “He is the almighty One, the all-wise One, the God of love.” That which they set out to do that will serve His church—as the cross of Christ—will take place and also say: “He is the almighty One, the all-wise One, the God of love.” Behind every event is God using all creatures to execute what He in His wisdom and love designed for His church. Nothing ever says anything else, but we must read all things correctly, as Asaph did in this Psalm.

Shall we for one moment doubt that God’s people shall know Him in the way of tasting His greatness, wisdom, and love for His church? Nothing today will to any degree slow down or prevent Christ’s return, and with it the church’s glorification.

Read: Daniel 3

Psalter versification: 207:3

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

Jun 27, 2016

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