Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tears and Trust

“Put not your trust in princes, in the son of man, in whom there is no salvation.  When his breath departs he returns to the earth on that very day his plans perish.  Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, an all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.  The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.  The Lord watches over the sojourners, he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.  The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations.  Praise the Lord!” Psalm 146:2-10.
This is the Lord.  These are His ways.  Despite the schemes of fallen humanity, this is what the Lord has done, is doing and will do.  His eye is open to the works of the righteous oppressed, His ears are attentive to their prayers and He is actively working on there behalf - both now and eternally… .just Trust.
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.  Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’  The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.  Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb!  Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!  He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him,” Psalm 126.
This is the Lord.  These are His ways.  Those who sow seed in sorrow; those who serve and are bowed low; those who are afflicted, oppressed and receive no earthly empathy while offering mercy and giving comfort to others, will reap abundantly - a hundred fold.  The Lord rewards the righteous who give and give with no hope of earthly return…. .just Trust.
“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine… .he will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.  It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited fro him, that he might save us.  This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation,” Isaiah 25:6-9.
This is the Lord. These are His ways.  He has honored, is honoring and will honor those who wait for Him with abundant salvation.  He takes account of our losses and restores the righteous abundantly.  They have feasted, they are feasting, they will feast forever.  It has been known, it is known, and it will be known that God richly saves those who wait… .just Trust.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be his people and God himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new’,” Revelations 21:3-5.
This is the Lord.  These are His ways.  He is the enthroned Lord of Life and Eternity who comes close to humanity. He has lived, is living and will live in the midst of our bowing low…. .but only for a moment.  He has come low that He might know us and raise us up.  He will raise us.  He will make all things new…. .just Trust.
Keep hope.  Stir faith.  Sow righteousness.  Naomi, Ruth, you will be rewarded for your waiting and your trust.  You have come to the God of Israel for refuge.  He will not disappoint.

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