Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I will constantly go on in strength of God the Lord.....

Psalm 84 verse 5 says, "Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, and in whose heart are the ways of them; who passing through the valley of Baca dig wells; the rain also filleth the wells, they go from strength to strength, till they appear before God in Zion."
It is an allusion to a practice of the Jews. When some of them went up to Jerusalem, their way lay through the valley of Baca, which was a very dry valley, where no houses were, where no water was for their relief and refreshment; whereupon they dug pits, and as the rain fell and they were refreshed, they got strength and went on to Jerusalem, where they saw the Lord in His ordinances. So says the Psalmist, "Blessed are they in whose heart the law of God is." There is a generation of men in the world that have the law of God in their hearts, though they cannot act and work towards God as they would. These are sometimes in a dry or barren condition where no water or comfort is, yet if in this condition they dig wells, go to prayer, wait upon God in duty though they find no comfort springing up in their duty for the present, yet in due time the rain of God's blessing will fill those dry wells and empty duties, whereby their life shall be like unto a pool of water, and they shall go from strength of grace, to strength of grace, until they see the Lord. Know ye, therefore, any man that is in this valley of Baca, where no water is, yet if he can find it in his heart to dig wells, pray, read, hear, meditate, confer, and perform duties, thought these duties should be empty of comfort for the present, yet the rain of grace and mercy shall fall upon these wells, and he shall go from strength to strength till he appear before the Lord in glory."
~ A Lifting Up For The Downcast by William Bridge

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
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