Nov. 7, 2017

A Meditation On What Is

Psalm 54:4,7 (Amplified Version). “Behold, God is my helper and ally; the Lord is my upholder and is with them who uphold my life… For He has delivered me out of every trouble, and my eye has looked [in triumph] on my enemies.” 

There is so much in the way of happenstance in these times which is used so powerfully against so many people. It seems that we are surrounded by so many adversaries and so much adversity! However, the agenda is and always has been to undermine the truth that God is, that He is in control, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (See Hebrews 11:6).

Scripture states great truth which helps us to affirm our faith with beautiful and encouraging statements such as those from the Psalm stated above. We certainly live in days when our faith can be easily undermined. So in order to find the encouragement we need to move forward each day, we ought to take time to daily pray and meditate on God’s Word - which is a means of transmitting His grace to us through His perspectives. Without this time spent with Him, life can seem pretty bleak and hopeless!  Spending time in God’s Word has the effect of transforming our thinking and worldview, as the Lord Himself reassures our hearts by His Spirit working through His word.

We come forward from such meditations in His word with the assurance that He reigns sovereignly over all that is - the entirety of His creation which is His workmanship in every aspect. We see that we can put our trust in the One Who is truly rightly named The Lord The Almighty. Indeed we must put our trust in Him, for “… without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him, for whoever would come near to God must (necessarily) believe that God exists and that He is the Rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him (out).” (Hebrews 11:6)

If we do not avail ourselves of Scriptural truth, expectantly and consistently, then we cannot anticipate much more than what news sources of all sorts throw at us - which is largely very dark and depressing content. This writer also admittedly has been often guilty of too much time spent “exploring” what’s happening in the world, who is behind it, and then passing it on. (News seems to have replaced the whodunit novel!) Honest analysis of news content reveals that seldom will we find that anyone offers any real and lasting solutions! 

Yet we wind up passing news along because we care deeply about what happens to our loved ones, our country, and our world, in a well intentioned yet misguided attempt to provide perspectives. 

But is this continual emphasis on the bad news what’s needed, or could we use some “truth therapy” instead, some real honest to goodness Good News?

Yes, while the pressures of the advance of a sinister agenda are enormous and seem to be ever pushing forward, a sense of hopelessness at times is unavoidably overwhelming, since there does not seem to be a “fix” that lasts on any human level. However, should we keep staring into the darkness of these finite views, or “behold” God’s assessment on our reality?

Might it not be better to confess and testify to what God says - that He is my helper and ally, and that He not only upholds me, but also those who uphold my life? That is an exciting thought which can take us to another level entirely, if we will but pause for a moment to actually ponder well something we often don’t think about. We often take His provision at this higher level for granted! But this is what we ought to be looking at all the time.

Who are those who “cover our six”, who uphold our life, but the vast host of heaven, powerful beyond our comprehension and wildest imagination? Although unseen by us, these angelic beings were created by our Heavenly Father to minister to, protect, and serve His sons and daughters in Jesus Christ. These duties they tirelessly and lovingly perform at all times without ceasing. There are also myriad departed saints, named and unnamed, who also in Christ pray for all who comprise the “beloved of the Beloved” (the body of Christ). In other words “all the company of heaven” tend relentlessly to their duties above on behalf of those who are inheriting salvation on earth. (See Hebrews 1:14)

Spectacular events are happening right now on our behalf in the heavens above us. Perhaps (this is just speculation on my part) we are kept from an awareness of this for the most part, for if we could see the intense spiritual warfare the goes on all around us between the sinister forces and the hosts of the Lord on our behalf, we would not be able to live our lives and do what we need to do day to day. It would overwhelm us. 

Yet Colossians 3:2 encourages us to set our minds on the things above - on those higher things already set in motion on behalf of our temporal and eternal wellbeing. Focusing on the world’s troubles is sure to bring us into a down spiraling direction headed for defeat. Why go there when the very next verse informs us that our life is hidden with Christ in God? Wow! Does it get any better than that spiritually?

In practical terms here’s what I glean from this. Too much emphasis on the bad news is not a good idea. I can no longer keep up with who’s who, for example, in the revolving door presidential administration. The whole world of politics and events is like a maelstrom! And if you hang out in the rigging, you’ll get all tangled up in it and washed overboard without a doubt. (Actually it is the doubt that you are with that washes you overboard, come to think of it.) 

Even King David provides a very practical example of something you’d think a great king would never say, “O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me." (Psalm 131:1,2) 

Certainly, since the king was a man after God’s own heart, we might want to heed this in our own puny estate. Shouldn’t kings be in the know about everything? Maybe not, if they are surrendered to the Spirit of God and trusting fully in His leading in all things. If they’re wise they will see that the devil is in the details!

We have “journalists” of all sorts, from the 7 figure a year suits in the media, all the way down to the blue jean clad “citizen journalists” making videos on their cell phones from their vehicles. While this is commendable as far as freedom of speech goes, after awhile - with this plethora of persons all vying for more clicks and monetization on You Tube - one begins to wonder, who’s really behind them? Are they for real, or is it some kind of dark script whereby these seemingly innocent individuals are being used to demoralize and discourage many people, perhaps without even realizing it? 

The bottom line is that everyone is proclaiming how awful it is or is about to get, but no one is offering any solutions, except to “make others aware” of how awful it is! Could this, by some twist - because the serpent is the most subtle - be simply part of a spin on what he wants us to see as his reality? 

It comes to a point, my dear Watson, where one must go to the highest truth, where we acknowledge the spectacle of the activity of angels and saints in Christ Above, who serve the One Who is far, far greater than he who promotes what appears to be unleashed against the world and against us who dwell here below.

The fact is that the serpent has been cornered, not us! All he’s got is that he is a master of illusion. Illusion along with distraction may be the two greatest ploys used to pull our focus away from the centrality of the Cross, for it was through the Cross on Golgotha (the place of the skull), that the serpent’s head was utterly crushed! 

What we need to do is think, speak, and live in terms of Christ’s already accomplished victory, not cowering at every newsy note. We overcome the deceiver and liar by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! So we must ask ourself, Am I confessing defeat or victory, lies or truth, deception or clarity with what I share? 

Overcoming the lies of the father of lies comes by way of affirming and attesting to the fact that the old evil foe’s power was long ago dismantled on that hill far away by the Prince of Peace and Truth Himself, Jesus Christ - crucified on that cross, Who crushed the serpent’s head! This will never be undone, and the gates of hell shall never prevail against those who are called by His name.

This is not to say that horrific events may unfold, or that they are not real. But the question is, do I allow that to determine my reality, or do I trust in the truth of what God’s Word says about me in Jesus Christ? And that takes us right back to the opening thought of this meditation, “Behold, God is my helper and ally; the Lord is my upholder and is with them who uphold my life… For He has delivered me out of every trouble, and my eye has looked [in triumph] on my enemies.” 

What a magnificent song of praise to contemplate, for so it is! Amen.

PS: Are we there yet? ”But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:22-24) 

What a neighborhood is this place He has prepared for us! Can it be any better than this?