You Are Not the Only One : A Devotional: Now available at Walmart: An excerpt

You Are Not the Only One : A Devotional

Exerpt:

What love is this?

“It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and
obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. We want to follow man because it is easier to do that
than it is to follow God” (Deuteronomy 13:4). We allow circumstances and personalities to
consume us, and before we know it  ……….

Psalm 68:7-14: From the Wilderness to Celebration: You are my Jehovah Jireh!

Psalm 68:7-14: From the Wilderness to Celebration. (Unless otherwise stated all scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible-which is public domain!)

See Psalm chapter 68:11-6 for context.

Kind David reflects on the highest points of the history of the nation of Israel. One needs to remember where they have come from. Recognizing one’s past helps us to ensure that we do not make the same mistakes that we made before. More importantly, for the nation of Israel, it reminds them of the delivering hands of Almighty God – their original and eternal king. This section of this chapter of Psalm 68 tells the people of Israel about the unity that existed in the nation, the past. David also reminds them of the fact that the unity did not come from their abilities, but was a blessing from God.

From the wilderness to a celebration: The people and the land.

O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah: This is a celebration of the leadership of God. God did go before, and behind, them in the wilderness. His presence led them from the hoards of the Egyptian army (Exodus 13:21). David is amazed at the fact that although the people of Israel did not trust in the Lord to protect and provide for them, he still loved and cared for them. They did not worship him in spirit and in truth, but he still loved them unconditionally. As a parent we will love and care for our children even when they are disrespectful toward us.Jeremiah 17:9 ESV The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” God knows this about us.Even so John 3:16 ESV tells us that “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. Look at the power of God. It is so powerful that the mountain shook when his presence fell upon it ( read Exodus 19:18)Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary. Without rain there would be no crops, without crops the people would perish.  Have you ever had a period in your life when you felt that you were experiencing a spiritual drought? How about the plants in your garden? Water in our area is ridiculously expensive. We have not had any sustained rain in weeks. So, some areas of my garden are beginning to show the impact of the drought. This is why David was thankful for God’s provision. PRAYER: Lord, send your people in the Carolinas some much needed sweet gentle rain. When I look at my garden I am reminded that farmers are having the same challenges that I am having. Where there is drought send rain, and where there is flooding, just let it cease. Amen. 10 Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor. I am amazed at our lack of understanding when it comes to providing for the poor among us.  We will choose to leave them desolate and without their basic needs. We may even punish them is they are not of the same ethnicity as us.  Friends, that is wrong.  God’s word tells us to take care of, even the aliens in our midst.

Celebration: We serve a victorious king

11 The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. Historically when the men came home from a battle the women sang the songs of victory (see Exod. 15:20– 21; Judg. 5; 11:34; 1 Sam. 18:6– 7). 12 Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.  When I read this a light came on for me. Why? You see, the nations that Israel defeated and “left in the dust,on the way to the “promised land” had heard about how the God of Israel fought their battles for them and they were petrified. But, look at what it said about the spoils of the battle! The women, who did not actually fight  in the battle, shared in the spoil they got in battle. God considered them as equals with the men!

13 Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold. Case has an excellent explanation for this verse.

“Have lien among the pots”: Like scullions, that commonly lie down in the kitchen among the pots or hearthstones, whereby they are very much discolored and deformed. Which is fitly opposed to the following beauty. Though you have been filled with affliction and contempt.

“Yet shall ye be”: Or, ye have been. Which may seem more suitable to the context, both foregoing and following, wherein he doth not speak prophetically of things to come, but historically of things past. So the sense of the verse is, though you have formerly been exposed to great servitude, and reproach, and misery, to wit, in Egypt. Yet since that time God hath changed your condition greatly for the better.

“As the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold”: Beautiful and glorious, like the feathers of a dove, which according to the variety of its postures, and of the light shining upon it, look like silver or gold.

The thing to do with this I suppose, is to look at the symbols. The dove speaks of the Holy Spirit. The silver speaks of redemption and the gold speaks of God. [Is this a theologically sound interpretation? I don’t know if the symbols represent the church. One could support the argument, or one could simply state that Israel was the prototype of what God wanted to do for and with humanity.]  It appears that the women (symbolic of the church), has been in a lowered condition among the pots. This to me, is symbolic of the church filled with the spirit of God being redeemed by God. Enough said (Case 2019, Psalm 68:13)

14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon [Zalmon: A mountain covered in snow.When the Eternal scattered the kings who fought against Israel, he did so with his “righteous” might. “White” depicts righteousness. It is frightening to realize that the unity that once prevailed in the land of Israel is almost non-existent today.  The nation of Israel is surrounded by their enemies from the past. The entire middle east, which was at peace during the time when this was written, is now a melting pot for ongoing war, destruction, ate, and disunity.  

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the peace that comes only from knowing you. Thank you for unity and the bond of freedom that unites all true believers of Jesus Christ and the followers of “The Way.”

 

 

Reference

Cayce, Ken. 2019. “Books of the Bible.”  http://www.bible-studys.org/About%20Me.html. Accessed September 26, 2019.

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