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from glory to glory…

Night Watches…

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These passages for yesterday’s morning reading, but my day pressed in on me before I could write down my thoughts…

Meditating on them throughout the day, they are too beautiful to leave unspoken…they wake me in the night watch…

My heart is overflowing with a good theme;  I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”

–Psalm 45.1

A call for giving up indifference and complacency and smugness for Lent–specifically, indifference, complacency and smugness before the Lord Jesus Christ…

Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land’; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you. It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Therefore understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

–Deuteronomy 9.4-6

In the fullness of time, in their moment of eternity, these were called to a bloody task of ending the influence of the unyielding rebellion in the land God had chosen for His government… not because they are better than others, but because of His own sovereign, righteous purposes… Were I there, were I among the warriors called to wield the sword, would I go in reverence before God, in humility before Him? Could I have carried out the terrible work without presumption, and self exaltation, and the intoxicating adrenaline which incites the flesh to forget the God who made me and commanded me by His own pure righteousness?  Would I understand how to be both valiant and humbled, at the same time, in godly reverence and fear (Hebrews 12.28)?

Because He is not a god contrived by my own imaginations, molded with my own hands…

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly; they have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them; they have made themselves a molded image’.”

––Deuteronomy 9.12

He is fairer than all…

You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever…Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad…Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear…Because He is your LORD, worship Him…”

–Psalm 45.2,6-8,10a,11b


The Fragrance of Christ


Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, ‘Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!’ Then His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.’ So the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’.

–John 2.13-19

In the fullness of time, Jesus addresses the uncouth and irreverent posture of people in the royal courts of the Lord; the activity was not only questionable in its legitimacy, but even were it legitimate, its conduct was unfitting for this place…a place for prayer, reverence, worship…Were Moses there to execute chastening, he might forget his King (as he did on occasion) and allow his own zeal and indignation to fuel the lust for satisfaction of his own flesh…In contrast, Jesus executes righteous indignation, with restraint, not fueled with the intoxication of adrenaline, but governed by the Spirit of God to purge the courts of the Lord of unacceptable activity in them…to command reverence to God…In His zeal, He could have vaporized them on the spot…but instead, He drove them out…

All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad. Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir. Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your own people also, and your father’s house; so the King will greatly desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, worship Him. And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; the rich among the people will seek your favor. The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; her clothing is woven with gold. She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; the virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; they shall enter the King’s palace. Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, whom You shall make princes in all the earth. I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.”

–Psalm 45.8-17

If my dusty little grey cells were more attentive–if my dusty little grey cells were clothed further with the awareness of my own uncouth and ill-bred deportment in contrast to the glory and beauty of King Jesus, would I realize more the grace which He has poured out on me? Would I understand the calling to His courts and how to carry this royal calling in my earthen vessel? Would I be willing to be groomed and taught to serve in His presence, with reverence and godly fear?

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him… For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.”

–Hebrews 3.1-6

 


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

On this link, you may also find a menu from which to choose alternate translations…


Blessed are those who are being clothed further with the remembrance of who the Lord Jesus Christ is; the memory in their little grey cells inside their dusty little heads of Messiah Jesus’ majesty and glory–the King who has called His people to enjoy His beauty and grace and to serve Him in His courts… in their earthen vessels  in this moment in eternity–for such a time as this…

Pray for those who are in danger of being destroyed by the gods they mold with their own hands; pray for those who have yet to recognize that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, the Promised Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


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