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Eyes of Servants  


Psalm 123:2

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us,” Psalm 123:2.

 


 

 

Recently, I was watching a top rated college football team run its fast-paced hurry up offense. Every play the team would quickly get to the line and prepare to run the called play. Once the defense lined up and the coaches on the sidelines could see how they were defending, the team would look to the sidelines for the coach’s call. At once, every player’s head would turn toward the sideline and his eyes would dial in on the signal the coach was giving. He would patiently wait until the play was called, and then he would execute it to the best of his ability.

In today’s Psalm we read “as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters.” The writer uses this illustration to show us how we should have our eyes fixed on God awaiting the instructions He has for us. Just as servants are subject to the direction of their master, we are subject to the direction of our Lord. The same way a “maiden” or female servant focuses on the “hand of her mistress.”

It is the Lord who meets our every need, and it is the Lord who should guide our lives. We are called to be His servants. As His people, our eyes should be focused on Him at all times so that we will be ready when He directs us. Because of His authority He has the right to direct His earthly servants.

 

JUST ASKING

Are your eyes focused on your Heavenly Master awaiting His direction.

Nathan Rogers

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293 – Oct 20 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

God make me faithful unto death.”

October 20, 1769 – William Ward was born. Just before sailing for India, the Lord caused William Carey’s path to cross that of young William Ward. It was the spring of 1793, and Ward was just 23 years old and was a printer of Derby, who was visiting city friends.

Carey unfolded to him the desire and purpose of his heart respecting Biblical translations. Laying his hand on Ward’s shoulder as they parted, he said, ‘I hope, by God’s blessing to have the Bible translated and ready for the press in four or five years…You must come and print it for us.’ Neither ever forgot this.

It was not until August of 1796 that William Ward was converted and, upon his baptism, united with the Baptist church in Hull. However, soon after that, a Christian friend, recognizing his gifts, offered to pay his expenses to study for the ministry. Thus Ward left the field of journalism and studied under Dr. John Fawcett at Ewood Hall,Yorkshire. Hearing again of the need of the Missionary Society for a printer to publish the Bengalee translation, he offered himself and was accepted.

On May 29, 1799, at the age of 29 Ward sailed with Dr. Marshman, Mr. Brunsdom, and Mr. Grant, with their families, for Bengal. He wrote as follows to Wm. Carey “…I know not whether you will remember a young man, a printer, walking with you from Rippon’s Chapel one Sunday, etc…It is in my heart to live and die with you. May…God make me faithful unto death.” The three have been designated the “Serampore triumvirate.” Carey, Ward, and Joshua Marshman. Ward died in 1823 at 54, Carey in 1834 at 73, and Marshman at 69 in 1837. The cord is joined now once again.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 435-36.

 

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Our Soul Preserver


 

Psalm 121:1-8

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore,” Psalm 121:7, 8

Do you know anyone who is accident-prone? I do . . . me! If there is a way to get hurt doing something, then hurt will find me. I do not know if it is because I am a klutz or what, but I pretty much stay banged up all the time. My body is filled with scars associated with stories that I am not so proud to share.

I am glad God sent me a wife with a great deal of common sense. I have found that since she and I have been together I get injured a lot less. She is really good at pointing out to me the folly of my ways. She really is one who keeps me from harm. I would probably have more scars if it were not for her.

Just as my wife keeps me from physical harm here in this world, my God keeps me from spiritual harm as well. Verse 7 states, “The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil.” The evil God keeps me from is the evil of sin. If I am not careful, sin can have dominion over my life. That condemning power can become more harmful to my life than any physical ailment.

This is why it is crucial that I never take for granted the protection I receive from the Lord. I can have confidence that I have a shield from evil, but that confidence must be humbly placed in God.

 

JUST ASKING

Are you seeking the Lord’s protection from evil?

Nathan Rogers

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Magnify the Lord


Magnify the Lord  

Psalm 34:1-10

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together,” Psalm 34:3.

I love Sundays. One of my favorite things about Sundays is the singing. There is something reenergizing about joining together with the people of our church and praising God. When a group of people who really love the Lord lift up their voices in song together it is a beautiful sound. It is the sound of children, adults, men, women . . . everyone with one purpose glorifying God. It is not just the music I love. I love the praise. The actual purpose of the singing is what gets me going. To share in the worship of God with people of like faith is something we should never take for granted.

Today’s passage is an invitation for all people to join together in praise. King David invites us to “magnify the Lord” along with him. To magnify the Lord is to tell of His greatness. It is the act of giving glory to the One who deserves glory. To magnify God is to bring Him into full focus and make Him the center of attention.

In this psalm, David asked us to join in with him in magnifying the Lord. He said, “Magnify the Lord with me.” We can clearly see David’s desire to bring glory to God when reading this passage, but do we accept his invitation to join in on the worship? Even though David penned this psalm many years ago, can we actually join in with him in the praise he is giving to God with this song? Absolutely, we can. Even though David is not around on this earth anymore, the God for whom this psalm was written is alive and well.

Read Psalm 34:1-10 again, but this time read it for more than just information. Read it as praise to God. Accept David’s invitation. Join in on the magnifying of God by speaking this song directly to the Lord.

 

 

JUST ASKING

Will you join David in magnifying the Lord?

 

Nathan Rogers

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God’s Protection  


 

Psalm 3

But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head,” Psalm 3:3.

David’s description of God’s protection from his enemies is as an old-fashioned, Irish, bare-fisted boxing match: “thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly” (verse 7). It did not take long for David’s enemies to learn not to fear him; rather, they feared David’s God who protected him. However, the precursor to this psalm was one of David’s favored sons, Absalom, who was taking the kingdom from his father by military coup.

Absalom was a man’s man, David’s kind of man, a handsome warrior-type with nine pounds of hair. At one time David may have even contemplated favoring Absalom to be the next king of Israel. In spite of Absalom’s rebellious spirit, David showed him much favor. All the while Absalom was pretending to serve his father, he was planning treachery.

In this psalm, David was running from his own son, praying to God to save him from Absalom’s destruction. “I cried . . . I laid me down and slept” (verses 4, 5) shows David’s complete confidence in God to help him. However, when David learned that Joab had killed Absalom and left him hanging in a tree, he screamed out in anguish of soul, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (2 Sam. 18:33).

God the Father saw the travail of His Son, hanging on the cross as the sinner, and He was satisfied. At the same time, He knew it was His beloved, Only Begotten, hanging on the tree of death, His perfect sacrificial Lamb.

 

IN OTHER WORDs

Oh love that will not let me go, bind my wandering heart to Thee.

Robert Brock

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He Ascended in the Clouds  


 

Acts 1:9-11

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. . . . this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven,” Acts 1:9-11.

 

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. . . . Immediately after the tribulation of those days . . . shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:21-31).

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. . . . But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. . . . For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 4:16,17, 5:4-9). Enoch prophesied that at the end of the Great Tribulation He will return in the clouds with His children, who will escort Him to the earth to bring the wrath of God on the ungodly (Jude 14, 15). Revelation 1:7 states that “every eye shall see him.”

 

 

JUST SAYING

As the angels admonished the disciples, we must keep our heads out of the clouds and help win as many into the kingdom of God as we can before it is too late.

Robert Brock

 

 

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Famine


 

rā‘āḇ

Have you ever been really hungry? We don’t mean you missed lunch and were “starving” by suppertime. Rather, have you ever been without adequate food for days, weeks, months, or even years, perhaps to the point of death? Images that come to mind here are the countless pictures of the Jewish Holocaust, of the walking skeletons created by the Nazis. To prove this horror was not propaganda, and to answer those he knew would one day deny it even happened, General Eisenhower ordered all civilian news media, military camera units, and even regular GIs to take as many pictures as possible. Incredulously, some still deny it.

The Hebrew rā‘āḇ (H7458) appears some one hundred times in the OT and is usually translated famine (also “hunger, dearth, and famished”). Both Abraham and Isaac, for example, experienced famine in Canaan (Gen_12:10; Gen_26:1), and it is mentioned fifteen times in the story about Joseph and the famine in Egypt (Genesis 41-47).

The theological significance of rā‘āḇ is particularly striking. God is clearly sovereign over hunger and famine (Deu_8:3) and provides for His people who are hungry (Pro_10:3). Jeremiah is especially dramatic in his use of this word some thirty-two times, most of which refer to the judgment that is to come upon Judah (by way of the Babylonians) because of her headlong plunge into idolatry.

It is Amos, however, who pictures a famine far worse than any physical one: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Pro_8:11). While Amos (a contemporary of Jonah, Hosea, and Isaiah) was a Judean prophet, God wanted him to speak to the northern tribes (Amo_7:15). During a time of great prosperity and security, God told the people the day was coming when because of their moral decay and rejection of truth, they would no longer hear the Word of God read or preached. This soon happened with the Assyrian captivity, and such “deafness” continues to this day.

What could possibly be worse than such a famine? And what of our own day? Amos does, indeed, have “a word for any nation in Israel’s condition,” one writer observes. “Put his descriptions in [modern] dress and they will strike home.” In a very real sense, some aspects of contemporary Christianity are causing a holocaust. Is the day coming when we will no longer hear the Word at all?

Scriptures for Study: Notice the further details of Amos’ prophecy in Amo_8:12-13.

 

 

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The Good Life


 

Proverbs 22:4, 5

 

“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life,” Proverbs 22:4.

 

Who in their right mind does not want the good life? No one I know. But are we ready to actually do what it takes to have it? It means that we must humble ourselves and lift God to the high place He is due, give Him full control and full honor. Or, are we satisfied with life in the status quo?

 

The fact is clear from the Scriptures, that God resists the proud. He hates a proud look, a lying tongue (Prov. 6:17). And, “Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6). The proud may appear to have everything they want while on this earth. They may be wealthy in money or other earthly treasures, but one day that will be useless.

 

On the contrary, the humble person may be poor on earth, maybe because they sacrificed pleasures to give to the Lord’s work or they gave up a fine home to become a missionary in a poor country. Possibly, they worked hard in their local church, doing whatever job needed to be done without reward or accolades. Yet, their acts of humility did not go unnoticed by God. God may replace riches with joy, fame and sweet family time, the ladder of success with peace and contentment. How God rewards humility is up to Him. Whatever way He blesses will be good.

 

 

REFLECTION

 

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud (Prov.16:19).

 

Beverly Barnett

 

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HEBREW HONEYCOMB


 

HAPPINESS IS IN THE LORD!

 

AUTHOR – William Andrew Dillard

 

Happiness has been variously defined as a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happiness occurs on many levels of the human psyche. Moreover, its tenants vary both in content and in age. Simple things may bring temporal happiness to a child while more complex things produce the same for an adult. Additionally, some states of happiness are extremely temporal and fleeting while others remain, but it is the state of happiness that claims our attention. Think with me about it.

 

Unfortunately, the term “Happiness” does not occur in the KJV of the Bible, but there are several synonyms which do. Words such as “cheer, joy, rejoice, good cheer, contentment,” etc., are found often in Holy Writ. This state of being is universally sought by men. Even the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America states the “pursuit of happiness” as a God-given right of men. Unfortunately, sin in men causes them to look to the material world in the belief that the blessed states lies in education, acquisition of wealth, power, fame, and most anything else that glitters. Usually their awakening of such grave error, if it comes at all in this life, arrives when life is done and their pursuits of life lie empty before them.

 

But this is not so for true Christians and this addresses that which makes true and lasting happiness. They hear Jesus repeatedly telling the disciples to be of good cheer. They relive the apostle Paul admonishing the sailors on a doomed ship to be of good cheer. They experience the sweetness of the rejoicing themed in Philippians.

 

And what causes it? It is complete and unreserved acceptance and dependence upon the marvelous promises of God’s Holy Word: the Word that tells them of their original sinful state; of the way of salvation; its experience; of wisdom and knowledge about the world in which they live, and how to deal with issues of life; of hope, sweet hope, unwavering hope in the sureness of the future. It is the certain confidence of the promise that brings the blessed state. But unlike the promises of the world, the promises of God are sure and steadfast, and never, never, no, not a single time are they a disappointment that would dash the state of Christian joy!

 

I think of a verse of scripture in Psalm 16:11. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Surely, true and lasting happiness is in the Lord! Has your happiness been dashed to pieces because it was dependent on this world? Then find it in uninterrupted duration in confidence in His Word.

 

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Obey


 

šāma‘

Today’s Hebrew word is one of those that permeates the OT, appearing some 1,150 times, and having equivalents in Akkadian, Aramaic, Arabic, Ugaritic, and Ethiopic. Šāma‘ (H8085) basically means “to hear with the ear” with several shades of meaning derived from it that generally denote effective hearing, that is, truly listening. Ideas conveyed by šāma‘, then, are “paying attention, regarding, and obeying.”

The first occurrence of šāma‘ well illustrates the above concepts. After they sinned, Adam and Eve “heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen_3:8). Here was, as many expositors believe, the pre-incarnate Word, the Lord Jesus, walking in the Garden. Adam and Eve recognized Him as such and knew fully how they had disobeyed His one and only command. We find šāma‘ again in Gen_3:10 and still again in Gen_3:17, where God told Adam that he “hearkened” (listened to, obeyed, or at least followed the lead of) his wife instead of His God.

We repeatedly find this word, therefore, in reference to obeying God. We are told to “hear the word of the LORD” (e.g., Isa_66:5; Jer_22:29), “hear [His] voice” (Isa_28:23), “[hearken] unto counsel” (Pro_12:15), and obey His law and “commandments” (Isa_42:24; Neh_9:16). Two passages that sum it all up are, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deu_6:4-5), followed by the command to keep these words in one’s heart and teach them to your children (Deu_6:6-9). Those verses actually comprise the “Shema,” the basic confession of faith of Judaism recited both morning and evening.

The challenge to us today is both clear and convicting. As šāma‘ indicates “hearing with the intent to obey,” so does the Greek akouō (G191), which is how the Septuagint renders šāma‘ here. It means not only to hear in general (e.g., Mat_2:3), to hear with attention (e.g., Mar_4:3, “hearken”), and to understand (e.g., Mar_4:33), but also to obey (e.g., Luk_16:19-31). In a day when Christ is presented as a way to salvation without Lordship, and when Christian living is viewed as not involving strict obedience to anything definitive, Scripture’s emphasis on obedience has never been more critical.

Scriptures for Study: Who hears God, according to Pro_1:5 (cf. Pro_1:7)? To what should we hearken and what is the result in Pro_1:33; Pro_8:32-35? What comes by “hearing” in Rom_10:17?

 

 

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