The Upside Down Kingdom Effect

“Righteous are You, O LORD, and Your laws are right.” -Psalm 119:137

The theme of this octave (vv.137-144) is the Lord’s righteousness amid the psalmist’s trials. His faith has not been found lacking, as God is actively at work refining him. Beauty from ashes, joy from mourning, light from darkness. This is how our Father in Heaven works. Jesus was born to die. He suffered to save. It is God’s upside down kingdom effect. What looks foolish to the world is salvation for those who believe.

In this section the psalmist looks for the Lord to guide him through His commands. God is his Counselor and ours when we seek His way, then trust and obey what He calls us to do. Because the Lord is all-knowing and perfectly wise, all He says, does and promises are right. Not only are His ways correct and true, but the Lord is blameless. Almighty God, sinless, sent a Perfect spotless Lamb, His Son Jesus, to the cross to make atonement for the sins of many (Isaiah 53:10-12). Why put your trust in anything else? We were made to worship and live for the Living God. This is the way to true life- walk in it.

Grace upon grace,


Growing deeper: Isaiah 9:6; 55:6-13; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

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