Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Thousand and Ten Thousand

 7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
 8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

A Thousand and Ten Thousand

I like to think of these verses as being "battle-speak." Most of us, not being warriors, or even in military situations, can easily slide over these verses without gaining the nuggets of truth they contain. At the time Psalm 91 was written, battles were fought on horseback or by hand-to-hand combat. Imagine being that one invincible soldier--a thousand fall at his hand on one side, and ten thousand at his strong right hand.

Impossible you say? Yes, in our eyes it is seemingly impossible. The psalmist is illustrating the invincible powerful hand of God working on behalf of this single soldier who put all of his trust in God Almighty. He tried God and found Him to be everything he imagined and more.

Sad to say, most Christians in this 21st century are flabby and wimpy soldiers of Christ. We love the soft side of our Lord, contemplating His great love for us. Yes, it is a wonderful thing to contemplate, far beyond any love we can imagine. However, few of us have tried God, as this soldier did, and found God to be everything and even more that they expected.

James tells us,
 2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:2-3, King James Version)
Jesus, speaking to his disciples said,
 5And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
 6And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. (Luke 17:5-6, King James Version)
The psalmist asked God and found God to be everything. The disciples asked God, but due to their wavering faith, were not answered. When will we in this 21st century, as children of God, lay down the worldly precepts which smother us, and put all of our faith and trust in God? When will we quit believing that what the world offers will bring us peace, contentment, and joy, and understand that only Christ can offer these things?

We serve a wondrous God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, and yet refuse to put all of our faith, hope, and trust in Him. We refuse to believe that all of the promises given in the Word of God are true and relevant for us today, just as they were for those to whom the Scriptures were originally written.

The Christian life is an active, busy life, and we are, indeed, soldiers of God. We have a work to do for God, and we must lay down the simple trinkets of fluff offered by this world, and be busy working in the kingdom of God. Let us pray for faith to believe all of the great promises of God, and let us be busy advancing His kingdom for His honor and glory.

One warning: when you once make that decision to cast off all of the things of this world and devote yourself to Christ, Satan will oppose you. He will begin by accusing you of all of the sins you have ever committed, trying to convince you that you are not worthy to serve God. The correct answer to him is, "Yes, I am a great sinner and I have no strength to follow Christ, but Christ has paid for all of my sins and I go forth in His power, not in my own power."

Let us be busy for Christ, our First Love, and stand aside, amazed, as we see God strike down a thousand and ten thousand. In our own strength we can do nothing, but by the power of God, we are invincible.

Go, then, in the strength and power of the Lord!

God Bless You,

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