Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SHIGIONOTH

Today’s Reading: Habakkuk 3

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A majestic Elk stands poised in Banff Alberta. Today’s reading tells us of the flock (sheep), the herd (cattle). It speaks of God making our feet like deer’s feet so that we can walk on high places in Him like these elk on a plateau in the Rocky Mountains are doing. Let’s go for a walk today.  New life is everywhere!

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Key Verses: Habakkuk 3:17-19

Though the fig tree may not blossom,

Nor fruit be on the vines;

Though the labor of the olive may fail,

And the fields yield no food;

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,

And there be no herd in the stalls —

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The Lord God is my strength;

He will make my feet like deer’s feet,

And He will make me walk on my high hills.

 

“Shigionoth!” (Habakkuk 3:1). No respected scholar that I can find knows what that word means. The stupendous, glorious, magnificent fact of the resurrection of Jesus out from among the dead is truly so beyond our human capacity to express that we may need  words like the Apostle Paul said were the reason why he spoke in tongues more than all the Corinthian believers (1 Corinthians 14:18)… “In the spirit he speaks mysteries” (1 Corinthians 14:2b). In the very next chapter Paul writes in detail about the “Resurrection!” Paul saw the resurrected Jesus! “Last of all He was seen by me also!” (1 Corinthians 15:8a).

Our key verses speak of a “Saturday” grave-type experience when nothing seems to be going the way it should, but “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:18). Go ahead! Walk on high places! “Joy” is used as a verb here. It’s an action word! Let us express our joy to God and to all we meet today and every day. Amen!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, like the Apostle Paul I find that my mother tongue is unable to fully express what I feel inside. Paul said, “My spirit prays but my understanding in unfruitful. What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will also sing with the spirit and I will also sing with the understanding!” I pray for Your grace to pray and sing both with my spirit and with my understanding. In the Name of the risen Christ Jesus! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Sometimes I start my blog and I really don’t know where I’m going with the thoughts that spill out through my fingers onto my laptop keyboard. I think that’s a miracle of God’s grace to me. I know that the risen-from-the-dead Jesus is interceding at the throne of God for me according to Hebrews 7:25…”Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since HE EVER LIVES to make intercession for them.” Jesus is praying for me in that great prayer meeting gathered at God’s throne. Amazing!!! True!!! The word “salvation” is found three times in today’s reading. Thank You, Lord Jesus!!!

I know personally a master mason…not the religious cultic group in which people are called “Masons”…but a man who builds with stone, concrete blocks, plaster, etc. His name is Randy Herring. Through his trade, he and his wife finance, at great personal sacrifice, a mission to needy children and teens in Honduras. Check out the “Kid’s Ark International Youth Camp” online (click here). He showed me pictures of the camp he has built, which has already impacted thousands for Christ. Randy has built for teaching purposes exact replicas of Biblical sites. The campers are there, so to speak, in the Holy Land, experiencing the places where Bible events occurred. Here is a link to one of the amazing visual aids created by Randy for the children of Honduras. This master mason has created his replicas in exact detail, even to the cracks in the stones as seen in Jerusalem at the Garden Tomb. Just imagine the powerful impact of the Gospel message at this camp!

Yours for knowing Him and “The power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Philippians 3:10),

David

8 thoughts on “Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  1. Bless you, David. Interesting about Shiggayon or Shiggayonah: perhaps a wild passionate song with rapid changes of rhythm. The Prophet according to Shigionoth. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Amen! Blessings dearest saints, in the Lord!

    For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 2 Cor 1:20 ESV

    Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United – Lyrics – Zion 2013
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBJJJkiRukY

  2. ABANDONED

    “Utterly abandoned to the Holy Ghost!
    Seeking all His fulness at whatever cost;
    Cutting all the shore-lines, launching in the deep
    Of His mighty power–strong to save and keep.

    Utterly abandoned to the Holy Ghost!
    Oh! the sinking, sinking, until self is lost!
    Until the emptied vessel lies broken at His feet;
    Waiting till His filling shall make the work complete.

    Utterly abandoned! no will of my own;
    For time and for eternity, His, and His alone;
    All my plans and purposes lost in His sweet will,
    Having nothing, yet in Him all things possessing still.

    Utterly abandoned! ’tis so sweet to be
    Captive in His bonds of love, yet so wondrous free;
    Free from sin’s entanglements, free from doubt and fear,
    Free from every worry, burden, grief or care.

    Utterly abandoned! oh, the rest is sweet,
    As I tarry, waiting, at His blessed feet;
    Waiting for the coming of the Guest divine,
    Who my inmost being shall perfectly refine.

    Lo! He comes and fills me, Holy Spirit sweet!
    I, in Him, am satisfied! I, in Him, complete!
    And the light within my soul shall nevermore grow dim
    While I keep my covenant–abandoned unto Him!”

    Author Unknown, Streams in the Desert, April 20

  3. God bless Randy Herring and his wife and “Kids Ark International Youth Camp” I think it is amazing that he uses the skills and tools God gave him to build these replicas to teach the Gospel to children.
    I remember one Sunday School teacher using flannelgraph figures to tell the story of Jesus Christ. It still is in my memory, for me, these tools to tell the Story where very meaningful!

  4. Amen! Inspiring blog this morning and posts. Love to see young people especially get involved with mission trips and projects. It gives them an experience they will never forget and changes their perspective on life and its meaning. Read that poem too this morning Beverlee. Wonderful! Thanks David and fellow saints. Was looking for that book this morning, “Hind’s Feet on High Places.”

  5. “I love You Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You, Oh my soul rejoice, take joy my King in what you hear, let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear”.

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