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    Sunday, January 17

    Love Jehovah, all you who are loyal to him!

    Ps. 31:23.

    Jehovah expects his worshippers to separate themselves from Babylon the Great. However, this requires more than our cutting ties with false religion. We must be determined to uphold true religion—the pure worship of Jehovah. Consider two ways that we can do that.

    First, we must remain firm for Jehovah’s righteous moral standards. We cannot accept the world’s values and standards. For example, we do not approve of sexual immorality of any kind, including marriage between people of the same sex and other homosexual lifestyles.

    (Matt. 19:4, 5; Rom. 1:26, 27)

    Second, we must continue worshipping with our fellow Christians. We do this wherever we can, whether in our Kingdom Halls or, when necessary, in private homes or even in secret.

    No matter what happens, we cannot let up in our routine of meeting together for worship. In fact, we need to meet together “all the more so as [we] see the day drawing near.”


    Heb. 10:24, 25.

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    social distancing is overated
     
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    It's unfortunate that the Watchtower organization snips David's words to fit their imposed doctrine identifying "Babylon the Great" as the "world empire of false religion," undermining the conviction David shared through this psalm and robbing it of its value for the believer, so I feel it appropriate, if not necessary, to bring David's words back to their original context:

    Your goodness is so great! You have stored up great blessings for those who honor you. You have done so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues. Praise the LORD, for he has shown me his unfailing love. He kept me safe when my city was under attack. In sudden fear I had cried out, "I have been cut off from the LORD!" But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help. Love the LORD, all you faithful ones! For the LORD protects those who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes* all who are arrogant. So be strong and take courage, all you who put your hope in the LORD! — Psalm 31: 19-24 Holman Christian Standard Bible

    Like David, we, too, have faced circumstances where we perhaps felt "cut off" from God. I certainly have at various moments in my own life!

    Yet, as David testifies, Jehovah hears our "cry for mercy" and answers our "call for help," does He not? For He is a God who protects those who are "loyal" to Him and remembers that we are dust.

    Speaking from personal experience, our faith can falter, even as we strive to be loyal; but we serve a God who is Loyal and True and can discern our heart's inclination toward Him, and who responds accordingly: He protects those whom He knows are loyal in their heart and harshly punishes all who are arrogant— that is, those relying on their own strength for salvation and protection.

    Oftentimes, we can come to rely on having a steady job for a source of income, money in the bank, our government to defend us against our enemies and provide for our needs— but all these lead to a self-reliance and independence that is dangerous, if not devastating, when circumstances change and suddenly everything is upside-down and inside-out— such as has been seen with the response to COVID-19 last year and continuing into this year.

    As David pointed out, our God has "done so much for those who come to {Him} for protection," ultimately providing His own son, Jesus, as a sacrifice that many might live who put faith in this unimaginably precious provision from Him, bringing such ones into the "shelter of {His} presence, safe from those who conspire against" us or accuse us falsely.

    Praise Jehovah, for He has shown us His unfailing Love!

    Submitted for perusal and consideration,
    Timothy

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    * I find it noteworthy that in the original language, "harshly punishes" is translated from the Hebrew yether (יתר), which can refer to "a small rope," suggesting that Jehovah gives the arrogant enough rope to hang themselves. [Strong's H3499]
     
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