Friday, July 10, 2009
Psalm 130:6 (King James Version)
6My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
In Spurgeon's Commentary on this Psalm in "The Treasury of David" I found an interesting story.
At the end of the American Civil War on the day before implementation of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, a black community in the South had a unique idea. They would spend the night awake and in prayer, song and discussion, waiting for the sun-rise.
They would watch for the early light of freedom. Darkness reminded them of generations of oppression, humiliation, taskmasters, destruction of families, ignorance, terrifying flights northward and stolen moments under the stars in worship. The new light would show them standing independent with choices and chances and a future path of advancement worth the struggle.
The Psalmist speaks of waiting for the deliverance of a Rescuer who brings forgiveness, mercy and plenteous redemption. We know this to be Jesus. He alone can settle the accounts, release from the shackles of sin and bring in a new world "wherein dwelleth righteousness".
Do we look for His appearing? In the meantime, do we occupy? Where lies the balance between anticipation and accomplishment? These days the prophecy teachers push us to the brink in a course of study which will never be reliable this side of Glory. Fear does not legitimately increase the Gospel family. Love and noble sacrificial service will. Let us focus our study on the attributes of our Rescuer and His rallying call to help others. In this fashion confidence comes to make the voyage.
Jesus told the parable of the wise steward occupying in the service of the absent Master:
Luke 12: 39-44
39-40"You know that if the house owner had known what night the burglar was coming, he wouldn't have stayed out late and left the place unlocked. So don't you be slovenly and careless. Just when you don't expect him, the Son of Man will show up."
41Peter said, "Master, are you telling this story just for us? Or is it for everybody?"
42-46The Master said, "Let me ask you: Who is the dependable manager, full of common sense, that the master puts in charge of his staff to feed them well and on time? He is a blessed man if when the master shows up he's doing his job. (The Message)