“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” Exodus 14:13
These words contain God’s commend to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the world’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, “do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once-we must do it so we think-instead of looking for the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle.” Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands. “Stand still;” –keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”
For the past several mornings, lyrics from a praise song have been stuck in my mind. “God is great and worthy to be praised.” I can’t seem to get away from the word “praise.” I am still praising God for our recent trip to Uganda, and for the many blessings we received. I know I am praising him for the blessings of family, friends, home, and the fellowship with the saints of God. It is important to praise God from “whom all blessings flow.” Praise is such a powerful thing. It lifts you up out of earth realm into a connection with the divine. It also prepares you for the new. Like the scripture says, “you can’t put new wine into old wineskin. The new will burst open the old leaving the new wasted and exposed. Praise removes debris in the soil, and prepares it to receive the new wine – the seed – the word. Praise bring deliverance and restoration.
The Lord is asking “What is your first song of deliverance?” “What is your song of praise?” As the Israelites sang a song of praise after being delivered at the Red Sea, so now we should be singing songs of praise, salvation and deliverance. Songs that tell the everyone about salvation, joy, healing, and about our Holy God. Praise songs help us to seek forgiveness for our sins and brings restoration with God. They also deliver us from our enemies, and establish our rightful inheritance in the promised land. Praise brings us closer to our Lord and Savior. Praise prepares us for the new thing.
God is transforming our lives, and restoring us to our rightful positions as sons and daughters of the most High God. As joint-heirs with Christ, we are entitled to receive all the “best” and all Christ has for us. Glory and honor, dominion and power are ours. This means we can possess the land, our communities. Everything the enemy stole from us can be restored as God has appointed. We can be reclaimed as God’s precious child. When the praises go up, the blessings come down. More praise will release more power, more wisdom, more love. We become more like Christ when we praise. What are you praising God for? What is or was your first song of praise?
Sing a new song of praise. Sing songs of His matchless power, and love. Sing songs of beauty, and hope, and ones of His blessed salvation. Jesus, our Lord and Savior is our strong tower, a mighty fortress is our God. Focus on praising Him. The enemy wants to come in, stop your praise, and take away “the seed” that was planted. But praise and worship defeats all the plans of the enemy. The joy of the Lord is your strength. So sing unto the Lord a new song of praise.
Glory and praise. Resurrection Sunday. Christians celebrating and worshipping our risen Savior. Praising Him for the most amazing gift every conceived – the gift of eternal life. Christ is to be glorified for what we can never do – restore us to God the Father. With Christ hope has been restored; life has been restored; joy has been restored; power has been restored; love has been restored.
1 Peter 1: 3-5, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (NIV)
Our Lord stated, “I am the truth, the way and the life.” Our risen Lord fulfilled his mission, and restored our right to experience the new birth and have an inheritance that will never, ever perish. Christ is Risen. Praise be to God.
I’m reading from the book “The Daybook of Grace” and today’s meditation comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:8;
“But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”
Put on the whole armor of God is a divine directive. God’s armor defeats the enemy; for we wrestle not against people, but against spiritual wickedness in high places. But nothing out there can defeat us, because of our position as “more than conquerors” through Christ our Lord and Savior. So no obstacle, circumstance, economic shift, or disaster – nothing can bring us down because of His amazing love and power.
So fully armed yourselves by being self-controlled, and clothed in faith, love and hope. Christ has done his part. He has provided everything needed for the day. And we can rest in the blessed assurance of His magnificent power and love for us. Thomas Brooks once wrote, “God hath in Himself all power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all happiness to crown you.” Out of heaven’s storehouse receive these precious and powerful gifts for this day.
“They shall sing in the ways of the Lord.” Psalm 138:5
A Classic Devotional from C.H. Spurgeon
The time when Christians begin to sing in the ways of the Lord is when they first lose their burden at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song of rapture which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God. [“Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus and to take him at his word.”]
You know how John Bunyan describes it [Pilgrim’s Progress]. He says, when poor Pilgrim lost his burden at the Cross, he gave three great leaps, and went on his way singing — “Bless Cross! blest Sepulchre! blest rather be The Man that there was put to shame for me!”
Believer, do you recollect the day when your fetters fell off? Do you remember the place when Jesus met you, and said, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love; I have blotted out as a cloud thy transgressions, and as a thick cloud thy sins; they shall not be mentioned against thee any more forever”? Oh! what a sweet season is that when Jesus takes away the pain of sin! When the Lord first pardoned my sin, I was so joyous that I could scarce refrain form dancing. I thought on my road home from the house where I had been set at liberty, that I must tell the stones in the street the story of my deliverance. So full was my soul of joy, that I wanted to tell every snowflake that was falling from heaven, of the wondrous love of Jesus, who had blotted out the sins of one of the chief of rebels. But it is not only at the commencement of the Christian life that believers have reason for song; as long as they live they discover cause to sing in the ways of the Lord, and their experience of His constant loving kindness leads them to say, “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” See to it, brother [and sister], that thou magnifies the Lord this day. “Long as we tread this desert land, new mercies shall new songs demand.”
Thank you Lord for loving me, and for loving all your children.