Sunday, April 28, 2013
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. This verse from Psalm 37:4 is often repeated among the Church with the intent of saying "if you begin to take delight and pleasure in God, you can get whatever your little heart desires, meaning materialistic temporal blessings. While God does bless us with material blessings, that is not the ultimate meaning of this Scripture. Rather, if we truly delight ourselves in the Lord we will find that our affections will begin to shift from earthly desires to heavenly desires, from the temporal to the eternal. We will literally find ourselves thirsting for more and more of God. Because "Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." Matthew 6:21
Saturday, April 27, 2013
A study of Psalm 45 - The introduction
Psalm 45:1 To the chief musician upon Shoshannim, by the sons of Korah, a Maskil, a song of loves.
Understanding Shoshannim - Shoshannim means "lilies," i.e. beautiful virgins. The beauty of the innocent, pure, lily like "virgins" (Psa_45:9; Psa_45:14) is spiritual. The lily is the enigmatic expression for loveliness. One of the symbols connected to the Bride of Christ is the lily as will be seen as we study the journey of the Shulamite Bride.
The sons of Korah - Korhites under David had the chief place in keeping the tabernacle doors (1 Chronicles 6:32-37), and in the service of worship (1 Chronicles 9:19; 9:33). Eleven psalms are inscribed with their name as the authors (Psalm 42; Psalm 44; Psalm 45; Psalm 46; Psalm 47; Psalm 48; Psalm 49; Psalm 84; Psalm 85; Psalm 87; Psalm 88; compare 2Ch_20:19). sn: Korah himself died a horrible death because of his uprising against the man of God. His descendants, however, were some of David's chief men in the temple service.
Maschil means Instruction. This means that this is a teaching Psalm and that God has within it a message for us to understand.
A song of loves. “Loves” = Yedidoth. “a song of great love” Solomon was called ידידיה, Yedidyah, which means beloved of the Lord, 2 Samuel 12:25. The use of this word ירידות, yedidoth, or loves, should be understood to be referring to the mutual love between a husband and wife, i.e. Christ and His bride.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Esther 5:1 Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, across from the king's house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.*
Esther 5:2 So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.
Not anyone can approach the King on His throne! But those who are His, those who walk according to His standards as has found favor in His sight, can approach Him anytime day or night without fear of perishing!
Monday, April 1, 2013
In our lives, though we may be surrounded with sourness, even planted in a "lemon grove", we are "fig trees" — and the sweetness of our fruit will remain, because we were planted by the Lord Himself, to produce good fruit under all conditions. There is no question that if we are planted in Him the good fruit we bear will come forth in both good times and bad times. Life is filled with ups and downs, unforeseen circumstances that send our lives in strange loops we weren't expecting — nevertheless we were fashioned to be fruit bearers…If life is overwhelming you, then it's time to reach down deep and draw nourishment from the Root of our lives — Yeshua the Messiah. The sap of His Life will produce… MUCH! GOOD! FRUIT!…despite the lemons! Written By Brother George Whitten