On the weather channel today there are a constant replay of scenes of reporters standing fighting wind and rain while describing the on-scene evidence of hurricane activity. Storms, earthquakes, and economy are the fruits of this world. It just never stops.
Psalm 91 is a beautiful song of deliverance to our hearts and contains so many embedded gems. In verses 1 and 2, four names of God are used:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High (elyon -possessor of heaven and earth) shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Shaddai – all-bountiful giver of grace). I will say of the LORD (Jehovah who has a relationship with those who love him), He is my refuge and my fortress: my God (Elohim- the creator of heaven and earth); in him will I trust.
When you read through the rest of the Psalm with these names in mind, it truly is a song! In the King James Version the word ‘deliver’ is used three times.
verse 3: Surely he shall deliver thee
verse 14: therefore I will deliver him
verse 15: I will deliver him
These are beautiful verses especially when you look up the word ‘deliver’ in each verse. These three are actually different words!
verse 3 is natsal (Strongs#5337) meaning to snatch, take away or strip from
verse 14 is palats 3 (#6403) cause to escape
verse 15 is chatats 3 (#2502) draw off or out, withdraw
We certainly could get the message if it was the same word, but as workmen there are special joys when we dig a little deeper to mine the diverse gems of truth and let God take care of His own commentary!
In John 6 after the record about the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus had left the scene and people started looking for him. When they found him, he told them (John 6:26-29):
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed (link-sphragizo). Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
I know so many people who have asked that question”what shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Jesus Christ’s answer is still true today. He is the living focus, path, and reality to us in this age also.
Bubbles are so much fun; just ask any kid! They love to chase them and try to catch them! They are so kinetic and pretty.
When I read God’s Word and retain it in my mind by believing, I feel like I’m walking around in one of those beautiful bubbles. It is the bubble that God provides us as he reveals himself to us.
In Romans 12:2, Paul writes:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
It is the renewed mind that is the source of all power. It is one thing to read the words on a page, but it is quite another thing to have the words on a page transform your mind. God’s Word is no ordinary book. God’s heart is magnified to us as we read and understand the truth that pertain to our specific situations, properly applied. It is ‘gold’ to us and puts us in the zone!
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)
The bubble is transparent, we can see through it. We don’t walk around blind to life. The challenges of any day can be seen and can seem to press against the curve of the bubble, but we can stay within its boundaries in our minds to accomplish whatever we have to do.This bubble doesn’t have to pop! The renewed mind is not a ‘grit your teeth and bear it’ thing; it is living and acting in that deeper meaning of life, knowing and trusting the God that truly loves us. It is really kinetic and pretty! That is when our life bubbles over to others.
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” NIV
The kingdom of God does not refer to a political kingdom. It is a kingdom under God’s authority. Jesus Christ shared with the apostles about the Kingdom of God over the 40 days he spent with them in his resurrected body. In addition he talked to them about sharing about him to the ends of the earth.
How simple is that!