December 11, 2015


Writing is a sedentary lifestyle and my exercise and nutritional consultant wants me to move more. She suggested that at a minimum I get up from the computer at least once every hour and that I should fidget. Immediately I could hear a chorus of mom’s voices saying, “Sit still. Stop fidgeting.” Sometimes mothers are God’s messengers, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

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Steve Corey said...


-----Maybe you could set your desk on blocks, dump the chair, and write standing up.
-----I once attended a study on Revelation that frustrated me. The leader was a retired preacher. Throughout the study he stated over and over again that the purpose of the book was to show that we win. Oh really, now? Revelation itself states three times that its purpose is “…to show to His servants what must soon take place.” (Rev 1:2; cp 4:1, 22:6) Any comments identifying current events with the possible emergence of situations and conditions described as those of the tribulation were stretched out before the class and passively flogged. The whole ordeal became like bathing in a tubful of lukewarm, overcooked Malt-o-Meal.
-----These nations amongst whom we struggle worse than do not exalt God. I am sure that among the 130 or so of them a couple do. Israel approaches it. And although there were many centuries filled with nations boasting of power and direction from Christ, they all to a T acted like Hell. You don’t exalt God with your mouth while you tinkle on His tennis shoes. He gives His discerning priority to His wet shoes and so hears not a boasted word said. Yet here is Psalm 46:10 putting forth God’s being exalted in the earth. OK. Must be something about the verb tense.
-----This Psalm begins with the very cool idea of God being our help in times of trouble. And boy, we sure have a lot of those times nowadays. Maybe verse 2 wasn’t meant to constrain this sense of His present help entirely, but it sure does wrap that sense around an interesting idea of the earth changing, the mountains shaking, and the waters roaring and foaming. Hm? Though the lingo’s not identical, this has a familiar ring to it. Nations raging, kingdoms tottering, and the earth melting. “He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, He burns the chariots with fire!” (vs. 9) Now where have I heard those kind of ideas before? It’s almost enough to make me think Psalm 46 was written to show us we win.
-----But it shows us He wins for us. “God is our refuge and strength…the Lord of Hosts is with us…be still and know that I am God.” (vs. 1,7,10) We are not the victory that overcomes the world, we have the victory that overcomes the world. And our victory over sin is through enduring patiently and perseveringly while the One in whose blood we’ve been washed wins.
-----Then I look up at the stars and behold their demonstration of His intimate love for us. No loving God would throw His creation down a toilet-hole to wallow in the stench without proclaiming for it His destruction of the outhouse. So sure and intent upon our knowing He will fish us out and purify us clean was He that He proclaimed this victory in the stars. As we approach the age of Aquarius, we can be sure this coming age too is no slander of God’s exaltation, but is an expression of it. For there in the stars stands the Man of glory pouring forth a refreshing river into the mouth of His fish (“…and I shall make you fishers of men.”) “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.” “Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city.” “The heavens are telling the glory of God;” “Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are false.” (Ps 46:4; Rev 22:1; Ps19:1; Jer 10:2-3) His Word and the canopy of stars by which He covered the world both are telling us what soon must take place. He wins for us.

Love you all,
Steve Corey