Micah 1/Psalm 5
By Sarah Mack
Holy Spirit, we ask that you open our hearts to hear your voice. May we fully embrace all that you have to give us. Bring each person into fellowship and worship of you.
But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord You surround him with favor as with a shield.
There is a clear contrast between David’s heart and the heart of Israel. Because of Israel’s disobedience and rebellion the Lord declared through Micah that the people of God were going into exile. David, on the other hand, was walking before the Lord with a pure heart. Though David had vicious enemies and his life was not comparable to a cake walk at all, David had a heavenly deliverer that was his “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
Micah 1:3-5 talks about how the Lord is coming to “tread on the high places of the earth. The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split… this is for the rebellion of Jacob And for the sins of the house of Israel.” Each person of high status or low ranking, rich or poor, will have to answer to the Lord. Nothing will matter in the day of final judgement except if we truly knew Him. Did we hide under the shadow of HIs wings? Did we rest in His love? Did we walk in obedience?
When we disobey the Lord and harden our hearts against him to sin again, we most assuredly let other gods/idols take the place of the Lord. Though they may not be statutes we set up in our homes, it’s something earthly that can be subtle and unseen or brazen. It will kill our love for God and can’t be thought of lightly. It is worth remembering that the people of Israel were God’s chosen people and if we, the church, who have been grafted in think of ourselves to be in any safety outside of full fellowship with God, we are in danger of easily slipping into a similar situation as the Israelites.
The security of the world must not take first place. “Moreover, I will bring on you the one who takes possession, O inhabitant of Mareshah (which means possession).” Micah 1:15 When we put our security in earthly things we can’t also be putting our security in Christ. If there is anything that we’ve been trusting in more than the Lord, let’s confess it right now. Holy Spirit show us any areas of compromise. We want to be vessels that are clean and ready to be filled and poured out for you again. Lord, you’re our healer, defender, guide and ultimate satisfaction. Let us be satisfied under the shadow of your wings knowing you will care for us. Amen.