Georgetownrose

from glory to glory…

Night Watches…

These passages for yesterday’s morning reading, but another one of those days when God drew me out to serve before I could write down my thoughts…

Meditating on them throughout the day,  and into the night… found time and expression today to write…

Daily Office Passages for Thursday, First Week of Lent, Year 1:

Psalm 50; Deuteronomy 9.23-10.5; Hebrews 4.1-10; John 3.16-21


Here is a link to view the passages cited and shared 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…


Meditating on salvation and judgment…The righteous will live by faith, the object of our faith being the only true and living God, His work, and nothing else…God’s judgment and His salvation  are both matters of faith in Him…

Here, I confess that, as I age and become less valued in the eyes of our culture, I have worried about my present, about my future…what will happen to me as I advance in age and probable infirmities…where will I live IF…who will look out for me IF…

METLIFE  may, indeed, be part of God’s provision, the answer is not entirely METLIFE for the “IFs” in life… Even METLIFE’s resources are limited and would prove insipid in a culture bent on disposing of the non-viable, and when life on the earth becomes “very tempestuous” (Psalm 50.3)

Examining the history of the people God called to be His own, I find a warning to my own mind and heart and inclinations. Everywhere the people of Israel stumbled was by not believing God, and by not believing God’s work… both able and faithful to deliver and provide…

Likewise, when the Lord sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, ‘Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and you did not believe Him nor obey His voice. You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.”

–Deuteronomy 9.23-24

Their absence of faith, their refusal to believe, led them to “put the faithful word of God behind them”­—to judge it as insipid and irrelevant…

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

–Hebrews 4.2

Like the people of the nations around them, the people whom God had taken to be His thought they could have rest by their own works; one of those works was entertaining the motion to return to Egypt—to find rest, as if the God who brought them out of Egypt had neither shown them rest nor was able to provide it in the pilgrimage…The people whom God had taken to be His had lapsed into the very thinking of the people around them who call the true and living God insipid; and those who advanced that opinion also “tweeted” regularly that those who trust Israel’s God are most ridiculous of all people. And Moses knew right well what the people of the nations would say:

…Lest the land from which You brought us [Egypt] should say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring them to the land which He promised them, and because He hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness’.”

–Deuteronomy 9.28

But Moses was a man of faith, who saw the circumstances and the danger, and knew his only recourse was to go straight to the God who is like no other… He is sovereign over all creation…He keeps His promises…

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

–Psalm 50.15

Therefore [Moses] prayed to the LORD, and said: ‘O LORD God, do not destroy Your people and Your inheritance whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; do not look on the stubbornness of this people, or on their wickedness or their sin…”

 –Deuteronomy 9.26-27

…Because Moses knew the consequences of resisting God by taking a faithless posture, preferring our own works and the fabrication of our own gods…

He…who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

–John 3.18b-20

So God swore, ‘They shall not enter My rest…’ –Hebrews 4.3b; Psalm 95.11

Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver… What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth, seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes.”

–Psalm 50.22,16-21

Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”

–Hebrews 4.7; Psalm 95.7,8

Because…

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned…”

–John 3.16-18a

…Lest I lapse into the very thinking of the people around me who call the true and living God insipid; and those who “tweet” regularly that those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ are most ridiculous of all people…

… to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

–Psalm 50.23b

Here is the treasure that I seek as my earthen vessel is being humbled to the dust… It is one thing to practice the vigilant discipline of giving up worry and anxiety for Lent… giving up performance stress in my daily work… giving up all foggy ideas in my little grey cells about the God who both judges and also saves… There is more to this life of belonging to God than sheer denial of the right of those worldly taskmasters to rent space in my head. The calling in this night watch meditation is to being clothed further in faith in the God who is able in all the circumstances of my life in the culture of the world that surrounds me…

Affirming with all boldness: As God is my Judge, I do believe in His salvation—namely, the Lord Jesus—and that He is able to provide for every circumstance I encounter on my pilgrimage in this vessel of dust…

In worrisome moments, bringing that anxious reflex to the God who alone can change that worry into exultant praise that He is able to advocate for me in my vessel of dust…

Working each day in pure, certain faith in God’s sovereignty and appointment of the tasks which line up in the day—and by that faith, know what it is like to labor from a point of rest in my vessel made of dust—because God is able to bring to fruition what He ordains for me to be doing…

Resting in the sure and certain knowledge that every evil act of hatred on this fallen planet will be judged under the pure, righteous hand of God…that all the work that I do in this dusty vessel will be examined and revealed whether it was done in faith in Him or was a work of faith in my SELF…that when He judges, His perfection of beauty will shine forth for all to see…

Because…

…We who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said…For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

–Hebrews 4.3,10

Blessed are those who are being clothed further with the remembrance of who the Lord Jesus Christ is; whose little grey cells inside their dusty little heads are at rest with God by faith in Messiah Jesus, Savior and Judge; whose lives are characterized by steadfast faith in God as they walk about in their earthen vessels  at 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


 

Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: