(Meditating on Psalm 79)
I know that such title wouldn’t do well specially with people who believe only in a loving God and not in the just, righteous, holy God that punishes iniquities. But one needs to speak the truth. I read Psalm 79 and though it tells of the captivity of Jerusalem (maybe this was during the time of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon who invaded Jerusalem, defiled the temple of God, and took Zedekiah the king), the following verse stood out and it’s what I want us to meditate on:
How long, Lord?
Will You be angry forever?
Will Your jealousy burn like fire? (Psalm 79:5)
Jerusalem was punished by God because of her consistent idolatry. He used Nebuchadnezzar as instrument to serve His purpose. In our present time, idolatry still doesn’t go unpunished.
Years before Bro. Louie Angeles came to know the one true living God and surrender his life to Him, he knew many gods made of wood and cast stone. Every morning, even before the sun rose, he would be in their market stall helping his mother. His mother’s number one instruction was for Bro. Louie to kiss a statue of a “young Jesus” with a crown and a cape decorated with gold stitches before he started work. (This icon is widely popular in the Philippines that its yearly feast is celebrated for days).
But before Bro. Louie could do that, he would first diligently search for the head of the statue which always went missing because the rats played with it during the night. When he had found it, he would fix it on top of the statue and only then could he kiss it. Bro. Louie worked diligently in their market stall to finance his college education. When he graduated, finishing Bachelor of Science in Architecture, he found out he had leprosy. To read more of Bro. Louie Angeles’ amazing testimony, click here.
How about the devotion to a black statue whose yearly feast is celebrated with so much fanfare and attended by millions of devotees, but also marred by disasters and tragedies? This Filipino Catholic tradition was analyzed in depth in this article Feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo » Faith or Fanaticism? Click the link to read the essay.
The Bible teaches us to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)
Until the people come to the knowledge of this truth and worship the one true living God and not impotent idols made by hands, there is no real peace and the land remains captive and “desolate” [barren; lifeless].
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