LILY OF THE TESTIMONY,Psalm 58-60,
THE LILY OF THE TESTIMONY
Lord we commit this time you now as we commit all things to you In Jesus name amen
LILY OF THE TESTIMONY
This message is in snippets, like photo snaps, portions separate and yet one
As you read through the bible you will see that it is like looking through a telescope as God
shows and diplays those things He wants you to see and as the Holy Spirit draws pictures and
takes snapshots from his tory and implants then into us, so He rubs off onto us as we read His
Im going to begin by sharing three pictures that came to me this week
The first vision / picture was of clouds rolling across the sky at speed and the clouds thickening
and gathering together as they raced across the sky
The second picture was of a man sitting crouching down , looking to the problems that faced him
and saying " what am I going to do, How am I going to get through this " and the Lord was saying
"Look to me focus on me "
The third picture was looking out of a window and it was dark outside and the rain beat down on the glass,
relentless, like it would never stop
Before we start I want to bring your attention to something, I just happened to come accross
this while looking up 1 samuel 6:8 and I came accross this days after by accident ( as if )
Take a browse through 1 Samuel 12 and you will read about the thunder and the rain
Justice...mmm.. word we do not hear often these days, usually only associated with courts of Law
and we assume someone receives a judgement and justice is done and the person Judged receives a just sentence and the victim receives justice and we see that the accused gets the penalty and
the victim (if any) see's that the price has been paid
Justice can go hand in hand with righteouness with God, whereas mans judgement and justice is
not always right
In God and His Kingdom He is right and His judgements are right and He is Righteous and He makes us
right with Him ....how ?
by the precious blood of Jesus who paid the price
God is righteous and in His righteouness He is just and in His justice He is righteous, when God judges
the thoughts and motives and intentions of the heart He does so because He is the Judge and His Judgement
is right and true
In Gods Kingdom we see many words that are not commonly used in everyday life including
Redemption, Righteousness, Sanctification, Salvation, bornagain and the list is endless, of course we
find these words in Gods Kingdom that we do not find elsewhere because the Kingdom life is different
and needs different words and a different language
You cannot get away from using different words in Gods Kingdom and why would you try ?
And so here in this message we take a brief glimpse at "Righteousness" and "Justification"
And so we come to the Psalms
In 1 Samuel 16 we read how Samuel is sent by God to find David, He is sent to Jesse in Bethlehem
and we find that God had already chosen the man David
Was David qualified ?
were the fishermen qualified ?
were and are the disciples qualified ?
are you and me qualified ?
What does it mean to be disqualified ?
Why was Saul Disqualified ?
What do we look at in a person ?
well dressed ?
goos qualifications ?
Good levels of education ?
work experience ?
able to pass an efficiency test ?
High IQ ?
When God looked for a man here He scoured through the hearts of the people of that land and beyond
Knowing their hearts and being the maker , He saw the past present and future motivations and heart
attitudes of each and every individual and chose David
Then Samuel saw one of Jesse's sons called Eliab and Samuel thought this was the person,
But however the Lord said "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the
LORD looks at the heart."
Then Abinadab, then Shammah, and we see that seven sons passed by Samuel but none of them had
been chosen by The Lord and then we see that lastly David was called who was tending the sheep and
Jesse had'nt even thought of calling David
And yes we know that David was the chosen one
Here we see God judging the heart and unlike peoples judgement He does not judge by external
appearance and He looks not just at the outside of the cup or the outward signs of qualification,
but He looks and searches the deepest things of the heart not just in this instance of time but
He looks to the past, present and future
He does not draw on all the mistakes and mark us off as He lists all our errors and He does not act
like a boss or a teacher ticking boxes as if in an exam , but He looks to the motivations, He see's far
more in us than we could ever see, those things which we do not know about, He can draw out of us
the qualities we have not seen
PREPARING THE HEART FOR JUSTICE
David had fought the Goliath battle being seen as the least in the eyes of some and we see that there was
a preparation in store for David
This was the life training and course David had to follow , a narrow way that was not easy to a wide and
And we note that many of Gods chosen had to follow the same route of preparation and we wonder why ?
Here David had been chased by Saul and his armies , persued by enemies, chased into caves and
Pursued by his own son who sought to take power, but again these were not chosen they had been
disqualified from the race nad we noted last week about wounds that occur during the process of growth
in the Christian Life
How hurtful it must have been to David to live a life for so long always being the underdog ?
How disillusioning to always be chased around and frightened ?
How hurtful to have your own flesh and blood turn against you and to see them killed by their own
How long would it be before justice was seen ?
When would the God of justice act and bring the men of injustice to justice ?
Should we judge the Justice of God ?
Is the Justice of God different to mans Justice ?
THE LILY OF TESTIMONY