Hope of the Dance

There is a Hope.  A hope of freedom, peace, and joy resulting in singing and dancing.  The spring of this freedom and peace flows gently and most often must be sought.  Even after tasting and fully receiving this thirst-quenching and satisfying stream, care must be taken to keep {going to} this stream {of living water}.  Finding it’s renewal and restoration.

Psalm 87:7

 Those who sing as well as those who dance say, “All my springs are in you.”

Those of us who of a more melancholy nature do have a sure hope of singing and dancing.  Truly singing and dancing in freedom, peace, and joy.  This sure Hope is found in our only true Hope, Jesus. This is the stream and spring that can and will produce true singing and dancing.  God Himself, under our Shepherds watchful eye, His Spirit within us producing springs and streams of joy and peace.

You may say. “I don’t seem to have these streams of joy and peace coming forth from within me.” “My streams of joy and peace seem stopped up.”   “I cannot say I am singing and dancing with joyful exclamations, “All my springs are in you.”   This writer would not add sorrow to God’s children feeling this way, by questioning the reality of your faith, or Jesus within you.  Depression and lack of joy is where our enemies revels in attacking, not me.  There is hope for singing and dancing with joy still though.  May we fight the enemy and His lies of hopelessness, through hope.  May we turn our eyes, minds and hearts to Jesus, may we place ourselves in His care.  All our springs our in Jesus, whether they seem streams of sorrow or of gladness, from our Man of sorrows and gladness.  We can come to His garden of hope and communion.  I believe we come to this garden of streams and springs through His word and through  prayer.  We can rely on His gentle and helping Spirit to reveal His truth to us more clearly, and lessen the strength of the lies we tend to believe, the lies that dampen the experience of His gladness.  This gentle spirits which is the streams, that flow from us like rivers, whether they be streams of joy or streams of sorrow and longing for God.  These streams bring us nearer to our lord, bringing is to greater change, to reveal His image in us more to others, that they may taste and long for Jesus also, becoming His.

We can look to hope in God, for a possibly, if so, slow and gradual defeat of the enemy through hope.  We can look to an increase in our singing and dancing, here. We can look to our sure hope of singing and dancing in our full change, our full redemption.  We can begin meditating more and more on this sure future hope of full peace and joy.  Even if this seems our only hope for ever singing and dancing, let this be our sure hope, on which we think on and meditate on with faith and anticipation.  Thinking on the day our melancholy will be left with our natural bodies, and we will begin to dance and sing with our Loved one, unhindered in ecstasy within His forever hold of love.

Mercy Beggars

Psalm 119: 132

     Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
 as you always do to those who love your name.

Most do not admire beggars.  Beggars are seen by many to be takers and not givers.  Burdens, disturbing our consciences and reminding us how far we are from ideal.  How much our mercy differs from the mercy of God.

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God’s love and mercy are totally pure.  He isn’t burdened or disturbed by beggars.  In fact, He desires more beggars.  He would have us all be beggars, and beggars to a greater degree.  Begging for mercy, knowing our need of and for Him.  As God draws us closer and closer to His heart, our eyes, minds, and hearts are opened more and more to Him.  Our true need – our need of Him and Him alone – becomes more clear.  We begin to ache for Him, akin to David’s longing for God as a deer panting for water (Psalm 42) or the Shullamite’s  lovesickness for Jesus: Sustain me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love. (Song of Solomon 2:5, Amp.)   This is the heart cry of a lover of Jesus, growing more aware of this precious pearl found in Him.  They sell all other formerly valued things (time, money, earthly pleasures) for more experience of this precious pearl.

Knowing the distance between us and Him, we become more desirous of even more intimacy, more knowledge and experience of His mercy and love for us.  We crave more evidence of His gentle, gracious and loving Spirit, shining through and past our own deformed characters and attitudes.  We long for more of His mercy, more of His grace, more of His Spirit, more of His sweetness.  We have become lovers but also beggars of His mercy, beggars of His Spirit, beggars of His Love.

We can be greatly encouraged by His love and mercy manifesting itself clearly in our own longing, desiring, and insatiable craving for Him.  We have come to taste His goodness, this goodness that vastly outshines all else.  We have come to love Him, to love His name, His every move and gentle whisper.  We can be confident of His mercy when His mercy, His love, He Himself is our life-dominating desire.

 


 

 

 

Drink Deeply


It is the goodwill and gift of God, that we may come to Him thirsty and needy, and receive from Him the best of life.  He wants to become to us the refreshment and sweetness we thirst and hunger for.  Listen to the words spoken from the lips of Jesus.

 

 “The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

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Song of Solomon 5:1

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride.
    I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;
    I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;
    I have drunk my wine with my milk.

Eat, friends!
    Drink, yes, drink abundantly, beloved.

Jesus has done the great reconciling work needed to give us true abundant life.  This life of abundance may not look the way many think a life of abundance would.  The abundant life He gives has little to do with money, worldly success, worldly approval, or worldly esteem.   The thief would have us believe the life of abundance is found in these unfulfilling and empty things.  He is the great liar, killer, and destroyer.

Some have tasted a sweet kindness and love.  This sweetness begins to make all else seem tasteless, undesirable, and mundane in comparison.  This sweetness gives us new eyes and hearts, that we begin to desire more and more new and better things.  The old desires, pleasures and worries begin to fade and lose their hold on us.  As we spend time in His Word, praying, asking, thinking of Him, He gives us His peace, His joy, His love, His gentleness.  The fruit of His perfect Spirit within us.

At other times, we drink little from this life-giving fountain, approaching it as if it was something ordinary and dull.  The enemy convinces us that peace and joy can be found elsewhere, and other things and pursuits of happiness become idols to us.    “If only I had…”  “If only I could…”  Then we find that God feels distant, and the things we things we thought would satisfy are dry, empty, and lifeless.  We may even be embittered against God for our lack of intimacy with Him, all the while looking to find our happiness and security in other things.   I hope we will become more and more thirsty, hungry, poor and needy for our only real need, real love, real peace, real comfort.  It is my hope that you will taste, desire, and seek for more of this Lover of our souls.

Friends, drink deeply, drink often from Him, from Jesus.  Drink and learn, drink and think often of Him.   Drink and learn from His Spirit.  Learning and tasting more and more of the sweetness of the sweetest thing.  Drink in the sweetness of His mercy, His love, His Spirit, His Life, His Strength.

 


Warriors of the Light

Song of Songs 3:7-8

 Behold, it is Solomon’s carriage!
    Sixty mighty men are around it,
    of the mighty men of Israel.
They all handle the sword, and are expert in war.
    Every man has his sword on his thigh,
    because of fear in the night.


 

Within the love story of Jesus and His bride.  The book about the sacred romance, the devotion, the intimacy, and true personal and mutual love, between God and man, there is a reminder.  I believe these verses are written reminders to all seekers, devotees and lovers of Jesus.  While we are very much to love Jesus, with devotion, adoration, praise and worship in a personal way, our person’s with His person.  We are also warriors of the Light.  While there is very much a sense of weakness and dependence as we rely on our Loved One for the life of love, we must be pursuing and seeking His strength, for warfare.  We putting on His armor, weapons for war.  We dying with Jesus on the cross, are also raised with Him in resurrection power.  We must seek and trust for His powerful armor, and weapons of warfare given us. (Ephesians 6:11-18)  All risen with Jesus, have this armor available to them, however we must seek and trust for it’s effectual use (putting on of it) through faith in God’s provision of it for everyday life. We becoming mighty through His might(not ours) mercifully surrounding and protecting of us against our enemy.  Giving us His strength and will for our battles.  We becoming warriors of The Light, warriors of The Hope.

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We must spend much time handling the sword, or the word of God, becoming experts in warfare with our enemy.    Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.  For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:11-12)  The Spirit of God uses this sword to communicate truths to us.  He shows us our weaknesses, our sins, He warns us, He encourages us, comforts us, He trains us for battle.  We must allow time for these training sessions.  We must keep the word, keep it close to our hearts, thinking about and ruminating on the word of God.  We must allow the word and Spirit to shape our thoughts, meditations and affections of our Loved One.  These warriors kept the sword close on their thighs, for easy accessibility, ready to take up arms at any instant a threat was sensed.  We must keep the word close, also.  We do not know when and from what angle the enemy will attack.

As we seek intimacy we must stay in the word of God, trusting God through His Spirit to train us and lead us rightly.  Not only the Spirit , but Jesus and our Father take part personally and in our training for warfare, working with the Spirit.  We cannot allow our devotion, love and worship of Jesus and of God (Father, Jesus, Spirit) to become distanced from much time in the word of truth.  The word that washes, purifies, renews and revives us.

How many stories have we heard of worship leaders with seeming intimate love, and affection for Jesus, written on their faces, turning to adulterous lovers for their intimacy.  I personally believe many of these were not “hypocrites” in the worst sense of the word.  Many were truly seeking love and intimacy with Jesus.  The love and affection written on their faces was true or they felt true love and affection for Jesus.  In my mind, these verses on warfare were placed within this great song of love, as a great warning for  the lovers of Jesus.  We must keep ourselves close to His word, and His word close to us.  We must not become greater lovers of love, greater lovers of feelings of intimacy, greater lovers of feelings of loving and being loved, than loving Jesus Himself, as He would have us love Him.  I believe, any of us, if we are not grounded in His word, can be led astray even by feelings, feelings that seem so right, so loving, if they are left by themselves, undefended.  We can selfishly indulge in this one aspect of our life with Jesus.  We can neglect to seek Jesus, seek God, in and through His word and Spirit, by being overly wrapped in this one aspect worship and adoration.  We must remember how untrustworthy, quick to forget, and plain dumb we are.  We cannot trust ourselves to stray away from time in His word, communing with Jesus, through His Spirit, in the safety of His word.  We must allow His word and Spirit to lead our love and lives.

Ours is a story of a great sacred romance, but it is also a story of a great and fearful warfare.  These warriors were not without fear.  Every man has his sword on his thigh,
because of fear in the night.  They had a fear of the night, a God-given fear of the enemy, and His secretive maneuvers, schemes, and plans of attack.   They knew better than to be only led by their emotions, their own thoughts and understanding, they must also be led by God’s word and Spirit, for this warfare.  It is my hope, that as we progress together seeking Jesus, and His heart, we will have times when our love, or rather His love is written on our faces.  That we would have emotional feelings of personal love for Jesus, knowing His love for us.  My hope is that we would also be very useful and diligent warriors and servants of Jesus.  That we would also rely strongly on His word, spoken and taught to us by God Himself, to keep us safe, and productive to and through Himself.   Sharing His mercy and love, His glory with others, without shame.

 


Our Humiliation

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Philippians 3:20-21

For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.


 

Though most all of us live as if we are in denial of this truth.  We are now in bodies of our humiliation.  We are as caterpillars wrapped within these natural bodies of this fallen world.  Many and even many believers will attempt to convince us to seek our own greatness rising out of this great mass of mediocrity.  We seek to cast an image of ourselves, as of excellence, of beauty, of dignity not possible for us now.   We many times carry ourselves with a high honor and dignity, unsuited for any of us, now.  This high esteeming of ourselves is not good.  We are as if worms loving distinction, honor and glory for ourselves.  We are seeking glory in our own shame.   One worm attempting to lift itself to a place of honor and dignity above other worms.  We become those who love judging, love making distinction, attempting to accentuate our own greatness and or worthiness over others, at the expense of love, mercy, and graciousness.

This state of humiliation can be more graciously accepted as our low position right now, this humiliation which clings to us, now, but not forever.  We do have a great desire to escape this, however we can not escape this to the freedom we desire, yet.  Coming to Jesus and trusting Him as our Savior and Deliverer, can provide much escape, as much as our faith and trust allows.  For many of us, our faith is however small and weak.  I am for accepting ourselves and others in this common low state as brothers and sisters in our fallen state, that is accepting others as having an imperfect faith in a perfect Savior.(I am not including those without faith in Jesus)  There is a sense of hopefulness that can be found in realizing this truth.  We can fight our enemy the great accuser with this truth.  We can praise God, for the mercy and love He has revealed in Jesus.  We do not have to meet unrealistic and sometimes meaningless expectations our enemy likes to burden, and attack us with.  We may undo the enemy’s work by giving one another much mercy and graciousness as the depths of discouragement and weakness of faith, I believe, can go very far for God’s true children.  Encouraging one another to look to the true Excellent One, Distinguished One, Great One.  The One and only hope of our great escape from this cocoon of corruption and destruction.  Encouraging one another to deeper faith, trust and love for our Savior and Deliverer, which will free us more.  Encouraging one another to less care and worry over the things those who follow the world are so greatly concerned and moved by.  Let’s not deceive ourselves, that the freeing from this cocoon occurs completely in our natural lives, let’s not judge others with unrealistic expectations, and harshness.  We are able to receive a new life, receive the Excellent One within us, however it is almost as if many times, He is trapped within the cocoon of our own sin, weakness, doubt and lack of faith.  We can with hope look to that day of our total freeing, when Jesus will be fully glorified for all to see, and we will be glorified with Him.  We can trust that though we are in this cocoon of corruption now, he safely holds us, cocoon and all, keeping us until our full redemption and freedom.

We can look to Jesus, look to God, (Father, Son, Spirit) for our change. Accepting His true judgment, rather than attempting to create our own imaginary distinctions, which falsely elevate some while devaluing others.    Behold, all those who are incensed against you will be disappointed and confounded.  Those who strive with you will be like nothing, and shall perish.   You will seek them, and won’t find them, even those who contend with you.  Those who war against you will be as nothing, as a non-existent thing.   For I, Yahweh your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid.  I will help you.’  Don’t be afraid, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel.  I will help you,” says Yahweh, “and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.  (Isaiah 41:11-14)

 


 

 

Hope of the Dance

There is a Hope.  A hope of freedom, peace, and joy resulting in singing and dancing.  The spring of this freedom and peace flows gently and most often must be sought.  Even after tasting and fully receiving this thirst-quenching and satisfying stream, care must be taken to keep {going to} this stream {of living water}.  Finding it’s renewal and restoration.

Psalm 87:7

 Those who sing as well as those who dance say, “All my springs are in you.”

Those of us who of a more melancholy nature do have a sure hope of singing and dancing.  Truly singing and dancing in freedom, peace, and joy.  This sure Hope is found in our only true Hope, Jesus. This is the stream and spring that can and will produce true singing and dancing.  God Himself, under our Shepherds watchful eye, His Spirit within us producing springs and streams of joy and peace.

You may say. “I don’t seem to have these streams of joy and peace coming forth from within me.” “My streams of joy and peace seem stopped up.”   “I cannot say I am singing and dancing with joyful exclamations, “All my springs are in you.”   This writer would not add sorrow to God’s children feeling this way, by questioning the reality of your faith, or Jesus within you.  Depression and lack of joy is where our enemies revels in attacking, not me.  There is hope for singing and dancing with joy still though.  May we fight the enemy and His lies of hopelessness, through hope.  May we turn our eyes, minds and hearts to Jesus, may we place ourselves in His care.  All our springs our in Jesus, whether they seem streams of sorrow or of gladness, from our Man of sorrows and gladness.  We can come to His garden of hope and communion.  I believe we come to this garden of streams and springs through His word and through  prayer.  We can rely on His gentle and helping Spirit to reveal His truth to us more clearly, and lessen the strength of the lies we tend to believe, the lies that dampen the experience of His gladness.  This gentle spirits which is the streams, that flow from us like rivers, whether they be streams of joy or streams of sorrow and longing for God.  These streams bring us nearer to our lord, bringing is to greater change, to reveal His image in us more to others, that they may taste and long for Jesus also, becoming His.

We can look to hope in God, for a possibly, if so, slow and gradual defeat of the enemy through hope.  We can look to an increase in our singing and dancing, here. We can look to our sure hope of singing and dancing in our full change, our full redemption.  We can begin meditating more and more on this sure future hope of full peace and joy.  Even if this seems our only hope for ever singing and dancing, let this be our sure hope, on which we think on and meditate on with faith and anticipation.  Thinking on the day our melancholy will be left with our natural bodies, and we will begin to dance and sing with our Loved one, unhindered in ecstasy within His forever hold of love.