When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
Today's Morsel: Abraham Lincoln said, "Almost all men can endure adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, then give him power."
Scripture says, "Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God."(2 Samuel 23:1-3). David said that the Lord said that He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. He must be right. Living right. Doing right. And operating in a right way. And so Asaph said, "When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly." Pastoral duties are not as easy as some folks may think. There is a lot that goes into preparation, overseeing, and administration. And now with so much political enforcement and outlandish attacks against the church, ministers really have to be careful how they conduct themselves and how that do the Lord's work. Many people will say that these are attacks by the devil. But what if they are from God to cause us to do what is right? If you are a young man or woman, and you are feeling a calling to the ministry, why not take Asaph's advice now and purpose in your heart that you will judge God's people uprightly. Because he that rules over men must act with fairness and impartiality toward all people. Always remember, it is not our church but God's. And He entrusts us to oversee it.
Sing: Oh when the saints, go marching in; Oh when the saints go marching in, Oh Lord I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in.