Tuesday, July 16, 2019
They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. (Ps.125.1)
There is a "forever" with God,
a place eternally unchangeable, unmovable,
a place beyond all of earth's power, all of earth's dominions,
a place where the darkness of earth's night is forever gone.
"A large room" says the psalmist. (38.8)
- a room ... a place to dwell in,
a place of safety and of rest.
In a world which has lost its way ...
In a church which has lost its Guide ...
In the aimlessness of human "progress" ...
God speaks: "Ye are come to mount Sion." (Heb 12.2)
Can we, have we, come to the places which God has prepared for us?
Two dangers we see in the church:
a denial of the essential element of Christianity,
and a kind of Christianity which is an imitation, but which lacks the quickening of the Holy Spirit.
There can be no real praise without the Holy Spirit.
nor can there be adoration,
nor real prayer.
Without the Holy Spirit we are only going through the motions,
only satisfying our self-engendered formulas.
Jesus said to the pharisees, "If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth."
It is not only possible not to see the things of the Kingdom of God,
but it is impossible to see them unless the Spirit of God open our eyes.
Studdert Kennedy - that man who carried his own vision and burned through life's candle in just forty five passionate years - as he looks at man's unawareness, said in one of his poems, "How can we be so blind, and how can we be so blind?"
Somehow this is the unspoken cry of all our poor world,
and of the majority of churches.
"Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts." (Heb. 3.15)
Rather let us Rush, Run, and Strive, to find the One Who awaits us on Mount Zion,
and Whose Spirit will be our guide every step of the way.