SUNDAY, APRIL 15
Scripture: Psalm 104:28-35
In Psalm 104:28-35 we are told, “May the glory of the Lord endure forever; May the Lord rejoice in His works. He looks on the earth, and it trembles; He touches the hills, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord. May sinners be consumed from the earth, And the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!” This Psalm speaks of God’s creation and His ability to provide for it. Then it comes to verse 30 where we are told that the principle underlying creation is that God sends forth His Spirit and creation happens. This is how He renews the face of the earth. According to verse 35, part of renewing the face of the earth is that sinners are consumed and the wicked will be no more. For this, we are to bless and praise the Lord. God sends forth His Spirit, creation happens, the earth is renewed. When His creation reaches fullness of iniquity, then He consumes sinners and the wicked are taken away. This is Biblical Environmentalism. ‘Save the whales; save the trees; save the earth’ is counterfeit environmentalism because it diverts attention from the core issues. Romans 8:22 says even the creation travails for the church to enter true stewardship. Because of tradition, the church has not prayed judicially. The church prays mercy and enables the wicked to continue their destruction. The truth is that we are to pray that the creative Spirit of God will in fact take away the wicked, consume them and remove them. The Davidic Psalms present a real picture of how God functions and operates with His people who pray justice. It is time we responded and specifically ask for the removal of the wicked that occupy positions of authority!