Discipline is Proof of God’s Love

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Discipline
At times God must discipline us to help us. This is similar to a loving parent disciplining his child. The disciplining is not very enjoyable to the child, but it is essential to teach him right from wrong. The Bible says that “no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, put painful, nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:11). When you feel God’s hand of discipline, accept it as proof of His love. Realize that God is urging you to follow His paths instead of stubbornly going your own way.
  1. The psalmist speaks to the righteous about God (vv. 12-15).
    1. God allows the wicked to prosper in order to chasten the righteous (vv. 12-13).
    2. God will never abandon his people, nor will He forsake his inheritance (v. 14).
    3. There will come a day when righteousness will reign (v. 15).
  2. The psalmist speaks to himself about God (vv. 16-23).
    1. He confesses that he too is unable to stand apart from divine enablement (vv. 16-18).
    2. He ponders these things in order to find comfort when evil men prevail (vv. 19-21).
    3. He knows that he is right in leaving the fate of the wicked with God (vv. 22-23).
“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul” (v. 19). God wants to calm our anxieties even before they happen. 

Application

I need to commit the destiny and destruction of the wicked to God. I need to commit myself to His disciplining hand as it fulfils His purposes in my life.

Psalms 94:12-23 (English Standard Version)


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