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|How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter!|
|Song of Solomon 7:1 (a)|
|The king compliments his bride upon the beauty of her feet, which is somewhat unusual since feet are not necessarily the prettiest part of a person. But therein lies an interesting thought. You see, according to Ephesians 6:15, we are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. That is, we stand on the Gospel of peace - not upon our own efforts, works, or righteousness, but on the good news of God’s peace with us.|
When Moses stood on holy ground, what did God instruct him to do? Remove the sandals from his feet (Exodus 3:5). When the prodigal son returned home, what did his father do? He put sandals on his feet (Luke 15:22). Why? Because Moses speaks of the Law, while the prodigal speaks of grace.
If you think you can stand on the Law, take off your shoes because you’ll never make it. You cannot earn or deserve God’s blessings. But if you’re at a place where you say, “I need God’s forgiveness, grace, and mercy in my life,” then, like the prodigal, you will experience the Gospel of peace being placed upon your feet.
Dear Church, dear Bride, hear this: We do not stand on what we do or how we behave. We stand on the finished work of the Cross. We stand on what Jesus Christ has done for us. We stand on the Gospel of peace.
03 September 2011
Pouring Out the Water of Satisfaction
What has been like “water from the well of Bethlehem” to you recently— love, friendship, or maybe some spiritual blessing ( 2 Samuel 23:16 )? Have you taken whatever it may be, even at the risk of damaging your own soul, simply to satisfy yourself? If you have, then you cannot pour it out “to the Lord.” You can never set apart for God something that you desire for yourself to achieve your own satisfaction. If you try to satisfy yourself with a blessing from God, it will corrupt you. You must sacrifice it, pouring it out to God— something that your common sense says is an absurd waste.
How can I pour out “to the Lord” natural love and spiritual blessings? There is only one way— I must make a determination in my mind to do so. There are certain things other people do that could never be received by someone who does not know God, because it is humanly impossible to repay them. As soon as I realize that something is too wonderful for me, that I am not worthy to receive it, and that it is not meant for a human being at all, I must pour it out “to the Lord.” Then these very things that have come to me will be poured out as “rivers of living water” all around me (John 7:38). And until I pour these things out to God, they actually endanger those I love, as well as myself, because they will be turned into lust. Yes, we can be lustful in things that are not sordid and vile. Even love must be transformed by being poured out “to the Lord.”
If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you hoarded it. Yet if you had poured it out to Him, you would have been the sweetest person on earth. If you are always keeping blessings to yourself and never learning to pour out anything “to the Lord,” other people will never have their vision of God expanded through you.