They shall fall and perish – OK, who are they?
There’s a ginormous group of people on planet earth who are not gonna like how things eventually play out. And there’s a verse, in the Bible, that says “they shall fall and perish.” And by perish, it means their fate is permanent from that point on. Wow. Sounds kinda harsh, right? But what’s gonna cause this?
Life is full of choices. Probably the vast majority of them are fairly insignificant, in the grand scheme of things. Which socks should you wear? Bacon or sausage for breakfast? Take 8th Street or 21st to the store? But other choices can lead to more serious consequences.
“They shall fall and perish at Your presence.” Sounds like pretty serious consequences.
So, who in the world could this be talking about? Actually. No one. In the world, that is. Of course, if you’ve read or listened to my words for any length of time, you know I’m talking about our Creator. God is the only one whose very presence has the power to cause anyone to perish. And, like I mentioned, it sounds so harsh to say He would be so fiercely judgmental. But is it harsh? Or just?
Well, King David, in Psalm 9, wrote that sentence I quoted. And the subhead, shown in the Bible, says the Psalm is about David’s “Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord‘s Righteous Judgments.”
David often rejoiced when God was judgmental. What?! Rejoiced? Yes. Because David understood, just like we should, that justice is symmetrical, when it’s righteous. At the same time God is judging the wicked for punishment, He’s avenging the loss of innocent blood.
Psalm 9 has 16 verses. And the first eight are about the tough side of His love. The second eight verses are about the benefits of His love and mercy for those who are humble enough to trust Him. Pure symmetry. In case you never knew this before…God is perfectly fair and balanced. And anyone who will ask for his eternal mercy, will receive it and not perish. But it’s your choice. Choose life. And choose now.
I’m Not Gonna Fall
I’m not gonna fall and lose it all.
That’s because one day I found The Way.
And I have a choice to hear His voice.
So, that’s why I pray to hear Him say
“Do not be afraid, your debt is paid.
And you only need a tiny seed
Of a faith in me to set you free.
Then you will succeed. It’s guaranteed.”
(to be continued)
© 2020 Tony Funderburk
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