Into Your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.Our Lord Jesus evidently loved Psalm 31, and in the dying moments of His life on Calvary’s cross, there was one phrase that meant all the world to Him; and He uttered it in His dying moments.I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Some time ago, I was reading through the book of 2 Chronicles during my morning devotional periods, and one day I came to the story of King Johoram in chapter 21. Johoram’s father had been the good King Jehoshaphat who had worked tirelessly to bring about revival in his nation.Upon his death, Jehoram ascended to the throne and he immediately undid his father’s twenty-five years of work.This is a favorite of mine, and in glancing back over it in my old, underlined Bible, I counted a dozen different circles and underlines and brackets and other marks that I’ve made through the years as I’ve underlined its verses.Let me show you how Psalm 31 begins: In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. Turn Your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.It reminded me of the phrase we come across in the book of Psalms—the Lord reigns!But what a joy to go into the day with those two words written above our heads in the sky, as it were: Heaven rules. This was one of the Bible study methods our Lord used.
I’ll not give you the full context, but let me read this one verse for you—Daniel : “The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules.” I had never noticed those two words before: Heaven rules!
For example, one night a four-word phrase in Mark hit me like a load of bricks: “Have faith in God.” On another occasion, it was a two-word phrase in Psalm 37: “Fret not.” On another occasion, I was reading through the book of Daniel, and it was a time of special concern for me.
There were two words in chapter 4 that struck me like two bullets from a derringer.
To solidify his power, Jehoram massacred all his siblings and married the daughter of Queen Jezebel, the most wicked woman in the Old Testament.
He descended into idol-worship, and the kingdom of Judah of Judah began collapsing around him.
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