“Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord! You who stand in the house of the Lord, In the courts of the house of our God, Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant. For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure. For I know that the Lord is great, And our Lord is above all gods.”
Psalms 135:1-5 NKJV
“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.””
Isaiah 61:3 NKJV
I know that there are going to be more mornings like this one. I awakened with a profound heaviness, weighing down on me as the evil one had brought his onslaught to me in my waking moment. Yesterday was a hard day, as evil showed itself in the pro abortion death rallies around the country, and in the actions of a young white male who drove many miles with the sole desire to kill black people. “Nation will rise against nation…”
I went to bed wondering if there would ever be any more light. The Lord blessed me with good, deep, restorative sleep, as to give me strength the resist the wiles of the devil awaiting me as my eyes opened.
Like any good servant of the Lord, I determined to go to church, though I had thoughts of staying home, and quickly put on some worship music as soon as I could. I needed to remind myself of the goodness of God.
Psalm one hundred thirty five was the balm that I needed to ease the wounding of my heart, as the Lord commanded me to do the one thing that helps in time of need: Praise Him!
I know that there are going to be many dark times in the coming days, weeks, months, and perhaps years. The darkness is filling all the voids and spaces in the world, as the devil is pressing forward, for he knows he has little time. He is spreading deception to those minds under his influence, and seeking daily to corrupt the minds of those who profess to be followers of Jesus.
We are in the last days.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
Jesus is coming again.
In the worship, I was reminded that the Lord is Sovereign and faithful, and He has told us that He would return. Because of that promise, I can endure the daily dose of darkness, I can endure the struggle, looking forward daily to the soon coming day with the sky will split, and our glorious Savior will appear.
Brothers and sisters, let us live each day with that future truth in mind, as we face all the things that are surely to come. Jesus has given us a mission, a calling to go and tell, to be faithful is sharing the Good News with a sick and dying world. Let us be ever mindful of the what the great salvation that we preach of, hold for all people, and how through faith, we can look forward to a time of great light.
May we be faithful to live out this faith, representing Jesus as His ambassadors.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
Titus 2:11-14 NKJV
We must remember that all we are seeing and experiencing are but birth pangs, leading up to a blessed event. While painful now, they will be surpassed by joy at the coming of the Lord. Remember that the Lord warned us in advance of what was to come.
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24:4-8 NKJV
Hang on, my people.
Though there will be more trouble, the best is yet to come!
““Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Matthew 24:29-31 NKJV
Have a Blessed Lord’s Day!