Thought of the Day 9-17-15

They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness 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. (Psalms 36:8, 9 KJV)

Fatness means “fertilizing showers”. Drink means “intoxicated with”. Pleasures means “Eden”.

David was drinking from the rivers of God’s pleasure and touching the very being of God. David understood that God was a fountain of passionate desire and he was tapping into it.

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11 NKJV)

David articulates the theology of God’s pleasure for His people that burns in His heart and His pleasure that He imparts to people in His embrace. This scripture describes a divine river of fiery passion. 500 years after David speaks of the river, Daniel speaks of that same river.

“I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. (Daniel 7:9, 10 NKJV)

It was God Himself in burning desire and love sickness. God will destroy everything that hinders love. 500 years after Daniel, John appeared on the scene.

Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (Acts 2:3 NKJV)

John was touched in the upper room, he was touched by the fire Daniel talked about. John experienced the river of pleasure that David speaks of and wanted to drink from and swim in.

And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.” (Revelation 15:2-4 NKJV)

John talks about a sea of fire. In this passage, the river of God overflows into the sea of fire.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. (Psalms 149:4 NKJV)

Thought of the Day 9-10-15

And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. (2 Samuel 6:14 KJV)

Michal, the daughter of Saul, saw her husband dancing before the ark of God and despised him in her heart. He ought, she believed, to maintain his dignity as King, just as her own father had tried to do. But David viewed things differently. In the presence of God he saw himself as base and contemptible, having no special standing whatever. Though on the throne he was Israel’s KingAnd David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. (2 Samuel 6:14 KJV), before the ark of God he was on the same level as his subjects.

Even after God had rejected him, King Saul had sought to save his face by asking Samuel the prophet to honor him before the nation. Now Michal was making the same mistake. Born in the palace herself, she considered that David merited the dignity of King in God’s presence. Perhaps, like her father, she too had her own majesty to think of. That way lies fruitlessness. The one who wields true authority is otherwise. He will not be high-minded, grasping to preserve his position, but meek and humble before God, a model to his people.

Thought of the Day 9-2-15

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. (John 4:34 NKJV)

A wonderful feature of spiritual ministry is that it refreshes the one who engages in it. Take, for example, the incident of Jesus at the well of Sychar. He was genuinely thirsty when He asked the woman for a drink, but in His concern for her as a needy sinner He ignored His own condition. Instead He engaged her in a conversation that ministered the water of life to her spirit.

Then the disciples returned. To their surprise, the Lord looked so refreshed that they began to ask another where this provision had come from. The answer was, of course, that in giving another to drink of the living water, He himself had found His own thirst satisfied. Life in the Spirit and ministry in the Spirit are always like this.