Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (388 words)
Psalm 50:16–17 (ESV): "16 But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? 17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you."
The difference between religious obligation and relational devotion is found in the lifestyle. Those who love evil reject the truth and those who love God keep His commandments (Jn 14:15).
The psalmist here comes upon a very important subject, that of true and genuine worship. There has always been and always will be those who worship God on the outside but not from the heart which is vain worship. Israel was full of religious people who worshipped God outwardly. They are wicked in God's eyes for they quote the Scriptures but they apply them not! God proclaims the person who claims to be Christian but refuses to walk out the Word of God and receive God's loving discipline HAS NO RIGHT to claim or proclaim His Word. Whoa!
Our ability to believe and receive from the Scriptures comes by grace through faith. It has nothing to do with who we are or what we have done. We are all equally flatfooted at the Cross in desperate need of a Savior to reconcile our relationship with God, not to invoke a religious response from us. Are you in a relationship with God today through His Son Jesus? It's the only way we go from evil to righteous, by grace through faith in Christ alone. God cares about your knowledge of Scripture but not more than He cares about your heart to do what it says through a relationship with Him. Drop the religious act and get in right relationship with God today. If you are in the right relationship and are not walking out the Scriptures you are quoting, repent now, and turn your heart back to God. Amen?
Father, thank You for being brutally honest with us. It's because You love us that You speak so openly to us. Help us not deceive ourselves into thinking we have salvation if we don't and for those that do let us never grow comfortable in complacency. We want to honor You so send Your Spirit to speak to our hearts now we pray in Jesus' name, amen!