Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 October 2010 Psalm 36:7‏

Psalm 36:7.    How excellent is thy LOVING kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

Well Friends, today is the day we celebrate our fascination with the things of darkness, the dark side of life, otherwise called Halloween. I surely hope though that every believer gave sincere thanks to the Lord God Jehovah on opening their eyes this morning and beholding a bright, beautiful world. That’s because it’s the great Creator who originally gave us life, and who also released us from darkness, from the bondage of sin in which we were enveloped, by sending His innocent only Son, Jesus to suffer a horrific, shameful death on a wooden cross to pay for our disgusting sins. And though Jesus brought light to our darkened world, because of our inherently sinful nature, we’re still fascinated by the dark and its evil doings. Note the top grossing movies lately, some of the top selling books and video games; they all feature the occult, the darker side of life. But be that as it may Friends, there’s no doubt whatsoever that the light is stronger than darkness, and will prevail eventually. Why? Just listen to the words of our Bit: ‘How excellent (precious, wonderful, marvellous) is thy LOVING-kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.’ Wow! What a confirmation of the Lord’s goodness from a man who certainly knew the Lord’s propensity for kindness, mercy, forgiveness, grace and LOVE! Oh mih people, can we say the same of Beelzebub? Of course not! For he’s just a selfish, self-centred, evil lout; whereas the Lord God our Creator, is selflessly interested in us, His sinful, but beautiful children. (smile) But we must be beautiful, since we’re made in the Lord’s image! Granted some of the sheen and shine have worn off because of our disobedient, ungodly behaviour, but underneath it all, the basic propensity to shine is still there. Like a dirty car, it just needs some soap and water to restore the brilliance. Yes Friends, the Spirit’s in full swing! (smile) Our Bit comes from Bruh David’s Psalm of adoration, titled, ‘The Steadfast LOVE of God!’ And isn’t that more awesome gospel mih people? For sure it is! The Lord must LOVE us a great deal if the psalmist unabashedly declares that man will put their trust under the wings of the Most High, like a mother hen shelters her chicks from the storms of life underneath her broad, safe wings. What a comparison Friends! I think it’s possibly the simplest, but also the best comparison we can have of protection and security, because only the birds of the air and fowls of the earth actually cover their young under their wings. No other animal that I’m aware of gives that kind of actual covering to their young. That’s why it’s such an appropriate description of the relationship between our God and us. And what wise man wouldn’t hasten under the Lord’s protective wings when the following comes forth from Him: ‘They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness (fullness) of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.’ (Ps.36:8-9) Yes Friends, that’s the reward for those who sincerely trust in the Lord. Remember over the last few days we’ve been talking about not promptly responding to God’s call because we don’t fully trust or LOVE Him? Well that’s why many of us are not enjoying the fullness of His grace and mercy, or drinking of the river of His pleasures….we haven’t put our full trust under the shadow of His wings. We’re still depending too much on our own, measly, insufficient human strength. Oh Friends, Bruh David knew exactly where to put his trust, knew with much surety on which side his bread was buttered. As he says in Psalm 17, ‘A prayer for protection against oppressors’: ‘Show thy marvellous LOVING-kindness, O thou that savest (delivers) by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple (pupil) of the eye; hide me under the shadow of thy wings, From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about (surround me).’ (Ps.17:7-9) Oh my brethren, there’s certainly no safer, more secure or protective place for the Lord’s most excellent creation to rest, than right under the shadow of His mighty wings! Please remember that. Consequently, let’s all genuinely try to put our whole-hearted trust and LOVE in Him, so that when times get rough, as they are now, we’ll all run towards Him, like you see the young chicks (fowls, not females) (smile) running towards their mothers for protection when rain or storm threatens to envelop them. More on this tomorrow people, because the Spirit seems to deem it important to talk about now, in our current state of hard, ungodly times. Till tomorrow then, God in favour, please walk safely under the protective umbrella of His unconditional LOVE and faithful guidance. Much LOVE!…as young children run to their earthly parents in times of trouble…so ought we adults…to run to our Heavenly Father for solace…

 

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