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My Sweet Sweet Song

July 20, 2008

Psalm 42:7-8 “Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”

Isaiah 30:29 “Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.” 

Lately A number of recent posts (like the previous one) have dealt with upheaval in the physical world and trials of a nature that most saints in the west cannot fathom. It’s not so much that we are unaware of their possible manifestation; rather we have simply never been faced with such circumstances. For centuries saints in various parts of the world have faced persecution, separation from those closest to them and a continual sense of not knowing what the next day would bring forth. They learned to place their complete confidence in the Lord Jesus and “from their heart” let go of every earthly entanglement. Nobody that I am in regular contact with has ever had to endure such things on a notable level. Other than a theological understanding, most of us have no idea of what it would be like to be hauled off in the middle of the night to an undisclosed location because we maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ. A testimony which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to us proclaims the salvation of God. 

One thing that I know to be true is that when we meditate upon the Lord Jesus Christ who redeemed us from everlasting death, there’s a peace so incredibly strong that all the forces of hell cannot shake it. A supernatural joy as we are in fellowship with our Creator who inhabits eternity and places a spiritual song in our heart. A song so sweet and out of this world that no earthly instruments are able to collaborate with it. A heavenly melody; the words of which have no earthly translation, that resides solely in the spiritual realm giving honor and praise unto Jesus; the King of kings and Lord of lords. When we come into contact with it, the majority of what passes for “christian music” in this world will fail us. It takes us into a deeper place as we begin to fathom a level of God that we never encountered before.  The structures of tradition and programs of men fade from view as we draw into a closer fellowship with the Ancient of days.

It’s a relationship with the Lord on levels that I’ve only caught passing glimpses of; but strive to remain in continually. When we meditate on the unfathomable awesomeness of God, the heart just begins singing. I don’t know how to place into words what I’m talking about. There’s such a closeness, such a sense of awe, such a rejoicing in the Lord Jesus; by whom all things were created and with whom we shall abide throughout the eons to come…”world without end.” I would like to write down Isaiah 26:3, but over the course of this blogging season, it has probably been the most “referred to” passage already. Nonetheless, it is 100% true. If we keep our eyes on Jesus and on the world to come, we’ll not be overwhelmed by the events transpiring in the physical realm. Gods perfect peace transcends every storm, every earthly uncertainty, every form of physical circumstance that one may be exposed to. In the world we shall have tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world and has gone to prepare a place for us.

Most of us are familiar with the account of Paul and Silas singing at midnight from the innermost chamber of a Philippian jail. This wasn’t a psychological method of trying to deal with a traumatic situation; it was heartfelt praise for God who had granted them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. The truth that Jesus Christ had come into the world to save sinners and that the gift of eternal life was available to “whosoever will.” Their eyes were on Jesus; their treasure in heven and anything that transpired on earth was only for a very short season. The entire account of that night, the singing, the earthquake, and the prisoners remaining despite their bands being loosed, is fascinating. Paul and silas could have escaped and rejoiced in having been delivered from the hands of unjust men, and yet they remained. We know that there is a Philippian jailer, along with those of his household, abiding in heaven at this moment becuase of the events of that night two thousand years ago.

In short, we need to get our eyes of Jesus and keep our hearts on the eternal. The peace of God that passes understanding is real. It’s more real than everything that’s made of atoms and will eventually burn. When we are focused on the eternal, the present; no matter how traumatic it may become, will fail to rattle us. I probably ponder end time events more than the average person but I don’t become fearful as I did in the early years. Such ponderings only intensify the desire to get as close to Jesus as I can and to be about those issues with eternal ramifications. We may “observe” events, but we “focus” on the Lord Jesus Christ and the incredible love that he has for us. When we do this, the song will meet us there.

Please read this post by Michael Boldea as it pertains to seekint the will of God in these final moments of the age. I link to it because it touches on something that’s been on my heart for a long time. We know that tragically, many are sleeping instead of filling their lamps. Of those who are aware of the lateness of the hour, there’s another tendancy; that of listening to what those who are like-minded are saying to do instead of seeking the Lords will for themselves. He doesn’t have a cookie cutter plan that fits every saint who is to be standing here when Jesus returns. We each need to seek his will for ourselves. This is a very important post and, while it is lengthy, the subject is so important that it should be read. PLEASE check it out. I’m planning to make copies of it for others.

Another notable read is The Prophetic Savant which touches on the subject of the disconnect experienced by those who draw really close to the Lord Jesus. When we first accept Jesus Christ as Savior, the world begins to think that we’re strange. As we draw ever closer to the Lord, an increasing number of christians also begin to think that we’re strange. This posting; ever since I first read it, has caused in me a greater desire to let go of everything that besets and seek the deep things of God.  

I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Psalm 107:8 “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” 

Ephesians 5:19-21 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto the Lord.”

Jude 20-21 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”  

 

 

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2 comments

  1. I woke up in the middle of the night and came to your post. ( It is still only 5:20 am) . What you wrote is good to read, and a good comfort. I had on my mind a young christian boy who is like a son to me, but he is trapped far away in a Muslim country. He cannot seem to get out of there. It is like he is in prison there. American officials do not give out VISAs easily. I pray for his safety every day. We do not realize how much physical safety is a blessing. We take it for granted. But you are right, when we sit up late at night, we should just rejoice in his love, and leave the situation to Him.

    blessings
    marianne
    http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/


  2. Greetings Marianne. Indeed the joy of the Lord is out of this world and he knows them who trust in him completely. I will likewise keep the boy that you write about in prayer also. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.



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