Text: “Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours; give them after the work of their own hands; render to them their desert.” Psalm 28:4.
Good morning, constantly oppressed and concerned, Christian! The 21st Century has seen so many churches closing their doors due to lack of interest; so much open apostasy being first accepted, then practiced by professing ‘Christians’; so much ungodliness being openly promoted on national television screens; social media; Hollywood movies; and even in the classrooms of our local schools.
In recent times, there has been a call from Humanists and Atheists to have Britain re-specified as a ‘Non-Christian Nation’. Political life, and the lives of our social and religious leaders, have become a byword for financial and sexual corruption. Wickedness and unbelief are at the most dangerous level of ungodliness that I have witnessed during my 68 years living within the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (U.K.). FACT. If ever there was a need for National repentance from sin - it is right now!
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man/woman soweth, that shall he/she also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Galatians 6:7-8)
Verse 4. “…The wickedness of their endeavours. Ungodly reader, what will be your lot when the Lord deals with you? Our ‘endeavours’ are taken as facts; God takes the will for the deed and punishes or rewards accordingly.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 140)
The motives of the heart, and the thoughts of the mind, are equated fully with our actions in the sight of our Lord God Almighty. Thus, when a man looks upon a woman, or vice versa, a woman a man, with lust - in God’s mind that person has already committed adultery! Thus, our motives, our weaknesses and faults, are all concluded under the heading of SIN in the eyes of our pure, and infallibly sinless, Lord God.
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I (the Lord Jesus Christ) say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)
Adultery, in the Old Testament dispensation, was a capital offence punishable by death. Nowadays it is looked at as ‘normal’ social behaviour, and promoted and encouraged on our television screens continually!
Has God’s Holiness changed? Has God suddenly changed His mind from being a Holy Lord God of absolute wrath against sin to a God that condones such adulterous practice and promotion? Never! God forbid! All that is not Christ-like, is SIN.
“God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent; hath He not said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
No! The Lord God is a Holy Lord God - He never changes, He must punish all sin! If we refuse His offer of Salvation in Christ Jesus, we will have our just deserts!
Verse 4. “Give them according to their deeds. Great God, Thou hast from the beginning been only occupied in saving men. Thy very benevolence towards mankind solicits Thy thunders against these corrupters of society. They labour incessantly to put men far away from Thee, O my God, and in return Thou wilt put them far away from Thee forever and have the desperate consolation of being such themselves to all Eternity. Frightful necessity of hating Thee forever! (Jean Massillon Baptiste 1663-1742)
Atheistic, and militant detractor of Bible-based Christian faith, beware! Your efforts to become popular and gain favour on national television screens; social media; Hollywood movies; and even in the classrooms of our local schools, will eventually reap you a just desert of God’s fearful wrath against such blatant opposition to His Word. Your unbelief is enough to see your never-dying soul damned to a Christ-rejecter’s Hell for Eternity - think more, then, of what our Holy Lord God will do to you there for hindering His Gospel message and causing other souls not to take heed to His Word. Your JUST DESERTS are being laid up for you as you read this message. How sad.
Verse 4. “…Render to them their desert. Meditate on God’s righteousness, that it is not only is will, but His nature to punish sin. God cannot but hate sin, because He is Holy; and He cannot but punish sin. God must not forgo His own nature to gratify our humours. (Christopher Fowler1610-1678)
“He (the Psalmist) prayeth against his enemies, being led by the infallible Spirit of prophecy, looking through these men to the enemies of Christ and of His people in all ages.” (David Dickson1583-1662)
Thought: “Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours; give them after the work of their own hands; render to them their desert.” There are no unbelievers in Hell - but once there, they stay there!