Samekh= #60: A prop, support, aid, slow twisting ; like a vine or plant
v114. You are my Refuge and my Shield, I have put my Hope in Your Word.
V116. Sustain me according to Your Promise, and I will Live; do not let my hopes be dashed.
V117. Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for Your Decrees.
We have The Comforter, The Holy Spirit of God to stand along side of us, to bear us up, through Him we are More than conquerors. We overcome, the storms and trials this life will most certainly place on our journey, through all the Promises in His Word and confidence in His Faithfulness. He IS our All in All! He promises to Never leave us or forsake us. We put All of our Trust in Him, as we abide in Him.
V105. Your WORD is a Lamp to my feet and a Light for my Path.
The WAY The TRUTH and The LIFE. The WORD made FLESH.
Not only will the Word of the Lord provide Wisdom so that where our feet tread is on solid ground on that WAY that is narrow, Its Promise is to prepare the WAY before us to show us our course and direction. To lead us unto redemption, as joint heirs with Christ Jesus. From beginning of the journey to the very end.
Lord help us to stay on track, keeping our eyes fixed upon you the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
Mem: 40; water, mighty, to come from, the deep (chaos)
V97. Oh how I Love Your law! I Meditate on it all Day long.
V99. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I Meditate on Your Statutes.
V102. I have not departed from Your laws, for Your Yourself have taught me.
V103. How Sweet are Your Words to my taste, Sweeter than Honey to my mouth.
As deep calls unto deep O LORD, you call out from the deep waters, to draw us out to you so that You might make yourself known to us. That we might ponder your marvelous mysteries hidden in creation. May Your Word be ever present on our hearts and minds. 40 Days did the rains fall upon Noah. 40 Days did your only begotten rely upon your Word as He faced the adversary of our souls to be mighty in Your Power. Strengthen us according to the washing of Water from your Word!
V89. Your WORD, O LORD is Eternal; it Stands firm in the Heavens.
V92. If Your law had not been my DELIGHT, I would have perished in my affliction.
V96. To ALL perfection I see a limit; but Your Commands are boundless.
AT the age of 30 The Lord Jesus Christ began to TEACH. Psalms 23 states “thy Rod and thy Staff, they comfort me”. His WORD and HIS SPIRIT are here to teach and guide us into the Way of ALL Truth. His Word is equal to His Name. It is eternal and everlasting. He Stands Firm to see it fulfilled and accomplished. To write it upon Our hearts and not upon stone, so that we would be His people and He would be our God.
Thank you gracious LORD, for your WORD (Law, Decrees, Commands), we give you permission and guide us forward as The Good Shepherd; beside the “still waters and a banquet feast in the presence of our enemy”. May your WORD comfort us always.
V83. Though I am like a Wineskin in the Smoke, I do not forget your decrees.
V86. All your Commands are trustworthy, help me, for men persecute me wihtout cause.
V88. Preserve my life according to your Love, and I will obey the statutes of Your Mouth.
2020 the year of two “kaphs” both hands to uplift or both hands to oppress. We see them in action this very day in this year. As the silencing of the church through oppressive government restrictions becomes a heavier burden, under the guise and mis-information of a viral pandemic. To install a form of dictatorial rule. We see another set of hands in opposition trying to encourage and uplift to stop the spread of FEAR and give HOPE. To be a FREE people without an oppressive government.
Father in Heaven, empower your people through the declaration of Your WORD. In BOLDNESS and in TRUTH. So that even though oppression may come our way, we may be able to uplift and sustain those around us. For your goodness and for Your Kingdom’s sake.
What does a threshing floor, the place of separating the wheat from the chaff and a fire, that has the potential to destroy the field and the harvest, have not only in common, but also in divine connection not only for our personal lives but also a symbolic framework for the day in which we are living?
We will look into a few examples of each. Our first stop is in a little town called Bethlehem which literally means “House of Bread”. For someone to make bread there must be WHEAT. A wheat field lies open before us and is ready for harvesting. Laborers are needed for the harvesting or gathering of the wheat, a tedious laborious task indeed. From this process of gathering we then must come to the “Threshing Floor”. (Ruth at Boaz’s threshing floor & David at the threshing floor of Aruanah)
In the account of Ruth and Boaz (Ruth ch.3) we see Ruth a faithful wholehearted servant soon to be bride of the kinsmen redeemer at the feet or the hem of the garment of her redeemer, Boaz. Where? At the threshing floor. The threshing procedure is a painful process of breaking the outer hard casing -the hull -of the grain, this is performed by beating or crushing until the grain of wheat is separated from the chaff. This separating process is not pleasant but necessary if there is too be BREAD in the HOUSE.
If we see Boaz as a type and shadow of Our Messiah Jesus then Ruth must be a type and shadow or HIS Bride, The Church. If we are then willing to take truth from this perspective then the threshing floor experience of Ruth’s life reflects that of the wheat. Culminating at the very same time and place. The church then today is going through the “Threshing” process, a time of “separating the wheat grain from the wheat chaff (husk). From the threshing floor the grain is Gathered in to the storehouse. This will entail a future day when we are gathered into His glorious Kingdom. He has gone to PREPARE a place for us to be with Him. (Jn ch.14:1-4)
The next threshing floor to take a look at is found on Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem owned by the Jebusite Aruanah or Ornan. The names are of interest in this sense, either it can reflect the harsh grating sound of the threshing process or the shouts of joy due to a plentiful harvest. King David is then instructed to build an altar unto the LORD at this very site.(2Sam24:18-25)
Here is where we see both the Threshing Floor and the Fire come together. The altar is where the fire must be lit to consume the sacrifices made unto the LORD, as the threshing process is a refining process, so to is the FIRE from the Altar of God a refining process, a purifying for a purpose unto The Lord God. It is here that David bought the threshing floor (future site of Solomon’s Temple) for 50 pieces of silver and swore I will not make an offering unto the Lord that “COST ME NOTHING” …it is to cost us something to become a living sacrifice unto The Living God! The consuming FIRE that is The God we serve, is not to destroy but to purify and sanctify. Baked bread or grain offerings on the Altar burned and by fire. Again we see the church today being prepared for a trial by fire (persecution). We must prepare ourselves to be ready and to TRUST in Him who is able to make us STAND and be brought thru the FIRE as He did for the three Hebrew slaves (Daniel 3:22-25).
As we go through the Threshing Floor and the Fire our desire is One thing, to be a purified, sanctified, Holy and glorious Bride awaiting for her Bridegrooms sweeping away, to our banquet feast.
v.67. Before I was Afflicted I went Astray, but now I obey your WORD
v71. It Was Good for me to be Afflicted so that I might learn Your Decrees.
In this COVID 19, year of pandemic and pandemonium (interesting that both of those terms have pan : ancient goat god and demon root words in them). We see God’s people specifically the Church rediscovering its voice and God given purpose in the earth. The Lord will use judgement (even the ungodly) to correct His people. We have All gone astray but He is restoring and reviving His wayward church. AWAKEN OUR DESIRES TO YOUR WILL O LORD!
v58. I have sought YOUR FACE with All My Heart; be gracious to me according to Your Promise.
In the Tabernacle of Old, one needed to enter into His presence behind a veil, in The Holiest of Holies, where His Presence shone forth. We too must enter in to an inner room a quiet devoted place in our heart and mind to seek His Face, in this place we find our Refuge and Our Protection.
Shine forth upon us today Lord Jesus, our very present help in Time of Trouble.
v.49 Remember YOUR Word to your servant, for You have given me Hope
v. 52 I remember Your ancient laws O LORD and I find COMFORT in them.
v 55. In the night I remember Your NAME, and I will keep your law.
The Sword of the Spirit is The Word of God, the Logos and the Rhema the written and the spoken Word. Jesus was and IS the WORD made flesh. It is in His Name and thru His Word we find our Hope, Our Joy, Our Comfort, Our Strength, and Our Peace. May we become proficient in our skill with this SWORD!