With my lips I have declared all the judgments [H4941 – mishpat] of Your mouth.
We’ve seen the word “mishpat” before, haven’t we? It is the Hebrew word for “judgment” and it means to judge what is right and what is wrong. In this context, it means to judge according to Yah’s standard.
How many of you can picture David going around, boldly declaring what Yah thinks to be right . . . to be right and what Yah thinks to be wrong . . . to be wrong?
True, he had a slight advantage in that he was King of Israel, but he was not always surrounded by people who reflected his same values – and a king was not invincible. It was not unheard of in those days for a king to be taken out by an ambitious competitor.
But even though there were risks involved, David knew that His Shepherd had placed him as king of Israel for one reason.
From following the ewes that had young He brought him, to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance.
What does a shepherd do? A shepherd guides and protects the flock.
Why would Yah place David over the flock of Israel? – because David loved what Yah loved and hated what Yah hated.
Because of values like that, the Father saw in David someone who could be an effective leader of His people – a leader who would live out the “mishpat” of the Father.
How many leaders do you know who truly love what the Father loves and hate what He hates? How many would boldly “declare” the same judgements that David declared in his day?
Not many – in fact, very few. Why do you think that is?
An ungodly witness scorneth judgment [H4941 – mishpat]: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
Why do you think that an “ungodly witness” would “scorn judgment”?
The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice [H4941 – mishpat] in their ways; they have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace.
“Ungodly witnesses” make for themselves “crooked paths.”
As a result of this dynamic, people are raised up who think that they are in good standing with the Most High, but they are actually riddled with sin.
Cry aloud, spare not;
Lift up your voice like a trumpet;
Tell My people their transgression,
And the house of Jacob their sins.
And delight to know My ways,
As a nation that did righteousness,
And did not forsake the ordinance of their God.
They ask of Me the ordinances of justice;
They take delight in approaching God.
They have no clue as to how to discern between the holy and the profane. In fact, most are under the absurd notion that what God USED TO think was right is now wrong, and what God USED TO think was wrong is now OK.
This is the kind of corruption that you will find in dispensational Christianity.
But the Father, in His infinite mercy, is sending out the voice of Elijah – the voice of one crying in the wilderness . . . to prepare a way for His coming.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight
And the rough places smooth;”
Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.
We saw it happen during His first appearance … we’re seeing it happen today.
The question is … will you listen?
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