Friday, May 12, 2017

Psalm 132 - Righteousness and Joy

9 May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy.’ ” 

My first thoughts were about how those who are called to be pastors need to be clothed with His righteousness. Pastors are under attack from many sides. Satan knows that if he can cause a pastor to stumble - especially publicly - that many others will also fall. Or if a pastor is no longer a righteous person he may continue to pastor a church, but the church will suffer as he no longer faithfully shares the Gospel. (We get our righteousness from God - see Romans 3 and lots of other chapters in Romans - but we also need to live righteously.)

So I was going to say that we all need to pray for pastors. Not just Senior/preaching pastors, but Student Pastors and Worship Pastors and Children's Pastors etc.

Then we can sing for joy because our pastors/shepherds will lead us well and the Kingdom will advance.

My second thought was - if you are a follower of Christ then YOU are a priest. 
1 Peter 2:9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSIONso that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

And a great way to proclaim His excellencies is by singing with joy!

So in addition to praying for your pastors, pray for your fellow believers, that all of us will live like we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.

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