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Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Song of Solomon 8:5a
I used this passage this morning in my prayer letter to our Psalm 19 Intercessors and it just keeps being in my mind, so I will write a bit here about it. This speaks to me of a believer who has a measure of maturity in their relationship with their Lord. They have moved from being a person whose prayers are primarily “beggar” prayers and/or “wormy” prayers. Those who beg are usually those who have not yet understood they are truly co-heirs with Christ Jesus, and the Father is always listening and always moving on their behalf. Those who pray “wormy” prayers are stuck in the “sinner” but never “saint” mode and can not quite get their heads up to trust anything much but their own flesh.
However, a somewhat mature believer who understands, at least in some small measure, their position and the great gift of forgiveness and grace we have been given, are those who rush into the the Throne of Grace, knowing help is already flowing and the Father has already heard and is already moving on their behalf. So here in the Song, the lady is trusting her lover – she leans on his arm as she moves up from the wilderness. She leans to walk.
During the past 6 weeks, as I have been healing from a broken shoulder, I have needed a lot of assistance. The arm could not be set, so a sling was all the support that I had for the arm. In the first week or so, every movement was very painful and there was no movement without assistance. As the weeks have passed, and healing is flowing, I do most things by my self – most of the time. However, there is a bar on the bath tub – to hold to – lean on, and often an arm of a friend or family member. The equilibrium of my body was affected as I sought to always protect the arm.
So as we walk up from the wilderness, we must to lean and to allow Him to hold, support and lead. In order to do that, I must trust Him and His support. He is trustworthy. Thank you Lord, you will hold me in the middle of all. You will stabilize everything in my life so my walk is steady and paced. Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy Name!
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (KJV)
Before we were created, the Almighty God made provision for all to know Him – even if all they ever had was the creation. He is not, and never has been, willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance in Him.
What an awesome, magnificent God. He is worthy of all our lives and our thoughts. I am just constantly amazed at His beautiful creation – intended to teach me of Him. So as I look at this iris in my front yard, my heart is filled with wonder.
Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded and they were created. He hath also stablished them forever and ever: he had made a decree which shall not pass. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; frutiful trees and all cedars…Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.” Psalm 148:1-9,13 KJV
This was my delight this morning – just sharing our Lord’s wonderful creation!
“I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. Attend unto my cry: for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name; the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.” Psalm 142:5-7 KJV
This is the psalm of my daily reading schedule for today. In the first four verses the Psalmist talks to the Lord about his trouble and how he is very alone. People are trying to “get him,” and “do him in,” then in verse 5 he pours out this beautiful cry of faith.
The Lord is all we need in the land of the living. He does hear our cries at all times and is deep comfort and encouragement to us when all around fail us. He is our portion. There are times we are brought very low, yet He is always with us to deliver and to be strong for us. Eventually righteous people will be our fellowship circle and the Lord will deal with us in a way of bounty.
These are awesome, faith-filled words. May we take them to heart and enjoy their truth today – regardless of our circumstances. Matters may be good or we may be struggling – yet He is there with us always to be for us and to work matters for us. How wonderful is our Lord Jesus Christ.
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister: And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:10-12 KJV
We have such a wonderfully, good God. He never forgets those who struggle and labor to do His work of love on this planet. To serve others is known world-wide as a high calling, but to serve one another in Christ Jesus is much more than an high calling – it is the empowerment of God through His own. He has given us all we need to minister (serve, love, care for) to one another and then turn and minister to those in the world as well. We are not adequate for such things, but praise be to God – He is more than adequate through us.
All His promises are ours through Christ and they are accomplished through faith and patience. To act on His behalf, having no hidden motive – just wanting to bless because we are blessed, is His joy to empower. The promises become real in our situations as we patiently trust Him to manifest them. Resting in Him enables us to grow and minister once again.
May we find great delight in Him as we ponder such wonderful things!
I have just published our up-dated web site with a video on the video page. This is the entire teaching of our last Friday Fellowship on May 7. My daughter, Lauren Godfrey is teaching the last half of Romans 8. I think you will enjoy it. I accidentally put two copies of it on the video, so it is a bit large to put here. Hopefully as I get more acquainted with my programs I will be able to insert one here. Please go and watch. Next time I won’t copy it in there twice. Oh well, I am learning.