God Has Brought Desolations

Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth” (Psalm 46:8 ESV). The works of the Lord includes His judgments. He brings “desolations.” The word, “desolations” (Heb. shamma), means, “waste, horror.” It stresses the horror caused by so much destruction as a result of divine judgment. (TWOT)

This is the God we serve, the God we worship. In a day when popular Christianity stresses the love of God, both the OT and NT equally emphasize the wrath of God (Rom. 1:16-18). The psalmists said that Yahweh has brought destruction to people and places. He has brought about a sense of horror out of such destruction. Do not think for one moment that He will not do it.

No one person is exempt from the wrath of God. That is the reason why Paul is not ashamed of the Gospel. He wrote, “For it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Why is the Gospel the power of God? He wrote, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith.” Why is the righteousness of God revealed in the Gospel? Paul wrote, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” (Rom. 1:16-18).

All sinners are under the wrath of God. God shall bring destruction and horrors to the nations that rage against Him and the to the kingdoms that shake their hands against Him. He shall bring terror in the hearts of people who reject Him.

But the good news is that God demonstrated His love toward us through the sacrificial death of Christ. Christ died on the cross for our sins. The death of Christ is our propitiation. It appeased the wrath of God. The wrath of God no longer falls on those who trust Christ as their Savior and Lord.

When you trust Christ, the blood of Jesus cleanses you from your sins. The righteousness of Christ clothes you. When you stand before God, God sees Christ’s righteousness, and not your unrighteousness.

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