Hello everyone, and welcome back to another episode in our podcast and series on the book of Psalm chapter one. In today’s episode, we are going to answer the question, “What is the congregation of the righteous?” And based upon what we have shared so far, we should understand it to be a place of safety, it is a place set apart where the righteous will find protection from the wrath of God.
Now, if we care to go back in history, we will discover through the first Adam, we have rebelled against God, and that this rebellion is not only the act of disobedience but the act and attempt of man to overthrow God. And because of this act and rebellion, we as humans and descendants of Adam were sentenced to death, and how God chooses to carry out that penalty is none of our concern because God is justified in dealing out that penalty.
However, what we are to concern ourselves with, is the reality that God is going to carry out that penalty, but before dealing out the sentence of death, in whatever way he chooses, God has provided for us a place of shelter from his wrath.
He according to his mercy sent his Son to pay the penalty for those of us wanting to escape this coming reality and season of his wrath, and the place he has provided for our safety is called the congregation of the righteous because it is the place of refuge for those feeling the wrath of God.
But as we have come to understand according to Psalm one, not everyone will find shelter in the congregation of the righteous, and it’s not because God has not provided a place large enough for everyone. But as it is, some of us are rejecting God’s law or counsel and because we are rejecting God’s counsel, we will fall in the day of God’s wrath.
Someone asks the question in regard to the place of refuge God has provided for all if we are so willing to enter. Psalms 24:3 “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?” And the answer that came back was, Psalms 24:4 “He that has clean hands, and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.” And we know the vanity and the deceitfulness mentioned here is dealing with the vain plan of the nations to overthrow God. Because
Psalms 2:2-3 “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bonds in pieces, and cast away their cords from us.” Nevertheless,
Psalms 2:4-5 “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: The Lord shall hold them in contempt. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath and vex them in his sore displeasure.” And because of the foolish and deceitful ways of the ungodly, he shall fall in the day of judgment being cut off from the congregation of the righteous only because he had refused to repent of his vain plan to attack the kingdom of God.
And because the world loves the darkness, and desire to continue in darkness, they will perish as in the days of Noah when the flood came upon that generation like a thief in the night.
Well, thank you for joining us today, and we hope you will join us again next time as we continue on our journey through Psalm chapter one.
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