Saturday, February 14, 2009

For Thou, LORD, Only Makest Me Dwell in Safety.

Psalm 4
1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

The message is clear, the Lord alone makes us dwell in safety. What's ahead of mankind is so bad its almost unthinkable, but we have an ark of refuge. We live by faith, not by sight. The external circumstances are really important for the faithless, the world is all they have. For us its completely different. We serve a God who is untroubled by the economy, the housing mess, martial law in America, concentration camps for American citizens etc. We depend on our faith, not our feelings. Our feelings are absolute traitors. I don't feel like getting out of bed everymorning, what if I "trusted my feelings" and just never got out of bed? What would happen if you only did what you "feel like" doing? Your life would be a royal mess.

The escape is coming, until it comes, live by faith. Get out of the boat and walk with Jesus on the water. You're going to have to be "for real" to do it.

grace and peace