Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”
Psalm 23: 4
“When the wild tempest falls with sudden power,
And beats with restless fury in my face,
I cannot raise my eyes to trace His form,
The roaring wind shuts out His loving voice;
But I can feel the clasping of His hand,
I know no fear, for still He leadeth me.
And when the storm-cloud lifts its sullen brow
He points to where ‘mid wavy lines of gold,
The Father’s house and Father’s welcome wait.
I know they wait for me -- this precious Guide
Was sent to bring the straying child home.
So I can fully trust His loving hand
Nor fear to follow wheresoever He leads.”
Today’s Study Text:
“Happy are your men! Happy are these your servants who stand continually before you, hearing your wisdom. Blessed be the Lord your God, Who delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel.”
1 Kings 10: 8-9
“Lessons Taught By the Lady From Sheba” Part 6
Lesson #6 – From the words of the crowds of people accompanying Jesus on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem before His crucifixion: “And the crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed Him kept shouting, ‘Hosanna (O be propitious, graciously inclined) to the Son of David, (the Messiah)! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna, (O be favorably disposed) in the highest heaven’” (Matthew 21: 9). And in the words of King David: “Blessed be He that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord” (Psalm 118: 26, Amplified Bible).
What do I believe is the source of true happiness?
To be blessed by God means ‘what’ to me?
“That thou art happy, owe to God;
That thou continuest such,
owe to thyself, that is,
to thy obedience.”
“The heart is rich when it is content, and it is always content when its desires are fixed on God. Nothing can bring greater happiness than doing God’s will for the love of God.”
She was coming to the end of what I would call an amazing visit. While in our 21st century I think the word “amazing” is used way too frequently, interestingly, in Old English, this word, ãmasian, means to confound, to affect with surprise – to astonish. In fact, in its most archaic form, the word “amaze” means “wonder,” which defined denotes awe.
To get a better understanding for myself of what ‘wonder’ is all about, I went to Acts 3: 1-12 where there is an experience recorded after the death and resurrection of Jesus. It seems that Peter and John were going up to the temple, at what Scripture calls, “the time of prayer.” They happened to pass a certain man who had been crippled since birth and who was begging for a charitable gift. The beggar, thinking he would get some “alms” from the two apostles, was in for a big surprise when Peter informed him, “Silver and gold -- I don’t have.” But then Peter went on to say, “What I do have to give you will be given in the use of the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.” Peter continued with this directive: “Walk!”
Here’s the descriptive way the Amplified Bible records what happened next:
“And leaping forth he (the crippled man) stood and began to walk, and he went into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking about and praising God. And they recognized him as the man who usually sat (begging) for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement (bewilderment) over what had occurred to him” You bet the people were surprised when they saw two men whom they believed to be common fishermen, miraculously give this man the ability to walk.
Wonder and amazement! Seems it wasn’t just the people who witnessed a crippled man leaping for joy who were in awe over what was happening. It’s fascinating to me that this golden thread weaves its way through Scripture, from the Old Testament through to the New Testament.
Thousands of years before Jesus came to earth, we find that an Arabian Queen came on a quest to gain a knowledge of the “name of the Lord,” who had bestowed upon Jedidiah (beloved of the Lord) or King Solomon as his mother Bathsheba named him, the wisdom she was in search of.
After she had asked the “hard questions” and seen first-hand, with her own eyes, all that there was to behold, to say she claimed to be amazed would be an understatement. In fact, after noting the great happiness present among those who, not only served is Solomon’s court but also were privileged to listen to his words of wisdom, with exuberance she expressed how blessed they were. This is why I turned to the words found in Matthew 21: 9, where the crowds following Jesus into Jerusalem shouted, ”blessed,” is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
It is readily apparent that when we are eye-witness to God’s glory, whether it is a foreign queen who is overwhelmed by the blessing of God upon the young king of Israel, or if it is a crowd of God’s children giving adoration to His Son, or if today, you find yourself ready to shout “Hosanna” because God has been so gracious to you, all down through history, as we are eye-witnesses to God’s blessings, we can all pray as William Temple did:
“May the blessing of God Almighty,
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,
Be amongst us and remain with us always.”
The sixth lesson we can take into our hearts as we learn from the “Lady From Sheba” is that when we witness the great glory and bountiful blessings from our Father’s hand, we will respond with unhindered awe and unfettered happiness -- for as the Psalmist eloquently wrote: “Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the happiness of His servant’” (Psalm 35: 27, Amplified Bible).
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
Numbers 6: 24-26
“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
“Praise ye the Lord! Praise ye the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights!
Praise ye Him, all His angels, praise ye Him, all His hosts!...
Kings of the earth and all people, princes and all judges of the earth!
Both young men and maidens, old men and children!
Let them praise and exalt the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted and supreme! His glory and majesty are above earth and heaven.”
Psalm 148: 1,2, 11-13
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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