For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. (Ps. 97:9, NIV)
As you think about the Kingdom of Heaven in this mini-Easter reflection, consider that God’s Kingdom comes in two ways: the advancement of what He calls “good,” and the defeat of what He calls “evil.” Prayerfully read Psalm 97 with these ideas in mind.
Psalm 97, NIV
The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
and consumes his foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
All who worship images are put to shame,
those who boast in idols—
worship him, all you gods!
Zion hears and rejoices
and the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments, O LORD.
For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
Let those who love the LORD hate evil,
for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is shed upon the righteous
and joy on the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.
What did you notice about the role of good in the Kingdom of Heaven? And what did you notice about evil?
These Lenten reflections have invited you to do some serious soul-searching in order to align with God’s good purposes and lifegiving ways. How are you doing with the process? Hopefully you are seeing how the hard work of confessing and repenting leads to freedom, healing, life, and joy. Talk to God about where you are in the process. Ask Him for what you need and expect Him to provide it. Then ask Him to do the same for people you love and care about, as well as for God’s people in general.