All golden ‘neath a cloud specked sky And stretching up the hill Has met with weather’s ups and downs Now headed for the mill. The food to bless the nation’s fare Was close to dirt at first But now affords a comfort rare To those who ache and thirst. The Bread of Life the wheat stalks bear But breaking, crushing comes And so are we the wheat all “white” Dispensed to faithful homes.
Have you noticed how so many of the Psalms show David discouraged or undergoing attack or slander. Sounds almost paranoid. Remember Psalm 23 speaking of going through the valley of the shadow of death. We thought it referred to a time of especially bad experience or mourning.
But…it is actually our mortal sphere at any time apart from faith and hope. The unregenerate will take the downer road, expecting Murphy’s law, wishing ill to others because misery loves company. The devil plays upon such a pre-disposition.
Read several times the 73rd psalm. It pinpoints the solution and the turnaround. We used to occupy such dark places. We still can through unbelief or self-pity. But joy remains for the asking.
Culture a practice of thanksgiving. In 2 Corinthians 10 Paul spoke of a warfare casting down imaginations and every thought rising up against the knowledge of God. Consequently he lived in a state of readiness and contentment.
Joshua and his camp were approached by some of the men of Gibeon. They lied claiming that they came from a distant place. They had made themselves up to look the part. This was their ploy to avoid a difficult resolution with the nearby Israelites. Through falsehood they secured an oath of alliance and support.
When the deception was found out the Israelites still felt bound by oath. But they forced the Gibeonites to serve as menial labourers and not as warriors.
Soon thereafter five kings prepared to attack Gibeon. A call was put out for Joshua. In unqualified forgiveness he came to the rescue. He also secured that ‘let the sun stand still’ sign and miracle at that time.
After that demonstration of mercy and fidelity to a promise, Israel secured many victories in taking the land. How much of this parallels the account of Jesus? True to promise. Forgiving. Undergirding. Bringing in the victory. Opening up Heaven.
Note: It is far more important to testify of prophecies fulfilled in Jesus, than prophecies yet to be fulfilled. The former will reinforce the majesty and truth and victory of our Saviour and Shepherd. The latter tends to produce fear and undeserved certainty. End times students often get big heads. They KNOW how it is all coming down. Just look at 2 Timothy 3. Reads like today’s headlines.
This whole package is a tributary to the main stream of Gospel grace and mercy. Keep things in proper priority. Please.