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"If only the Lord would come and usher in his kingdom of love and peace!" Yes, we long for the peace of the Lord. We wait eagerly for the tine when wars will end and when peace will cover the world. We want harmony. We want the lion to lie down with the lamb.
Psalm 110 describes the process of God bringing peace. His rule is established with his scepter as he sits on his throne. His people offer themselves to him. It's a time of praise and joy.
Sadly, not all is peace and joy. In verse five the kings of the earth are not ready to embrace God's rule. They object quite forcefully. And the true God of all asserts his authority and rule. He shatters them. Those wo reject God's rule are, eventually, destroyed.
At the end of the process there is peace and harmony. Yet it doesn't come apart from God's work of judgment. Those who trust in him, as he has revealed himself in the Scripture, they will partake of his peace and joy. Those who God's redemptive love will reap destruction. It will be a sad day for them, full of tragedy.
How are we going to gain when the Lord ushers in his kingdom of love and peace? By trusting in him, as he has revealed himself in these last days, with the love of Christ for us. In that way, as we receive from his forgiveness and graces, we will see that everlasting kingdom of love.
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