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A Distant Dream

June 17

"As for me, I will behold THY face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with THY likeness."  Psalm 17:15

"five of the most sobering found anywhere in the Bible ..."



"As for me...", depicts a compelling individuality, an awareness of accountability, and a determination to approach it rightly.  I find in GOD'S Word, a prescription of progressive preparedness, to be had for each "me" born unto man: 

  • "As for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped."  The Upper course is spawned in the rectitude of conviction.

  • "As for me, I will call upon GOD; and the LORD shall save me."  From the right response to conviction comes conversion.

  • "As for me, behold, I am in YOUR hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto YOU."  Out of conversion, comes a personal consensus toward this DIVINE transaction, that you now belong to GOD (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

  • "As for me, I will come into THY house in the multitude of THY mercy: and in THY fear will I worship toward THY holy temple."  That consensus next dissolves into a life of sweet communion with CHRIST.

  • "As for me, I will walk in mine integrity: ... be merciful unto me."  Daily communion with HIM then fosters a depth of humble character.

  • "As for me, ... I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with THY likeness."  The character of Christian integrity then comes full circle, and will be satisfied with nothing less than the likeness of HIS PERSON (cf. 1 John 3:1-2)  

Ever looked back and ask yourself: 'where have the years gone'?  "For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."  Our life here is not an end unto itself, but a journey; and a joyous one, to the honest earthling.  Though the sovereignty of GOD and the free will of man, smack somewhat of the 'chicken and\or egg' dilemma; both are extensive in the Scripture and form a blessed paradox, if taken in faith.  On our side of the equation, the LORD presents a set of facts which demand a verdict.  The words: "prepare to meet thy GOD ...", are five of the most sobering found anywhere in the Bible; but in spite, the overwhelming masses still go unprepared to their graves.  One day, perhaps even today, all that we know of here will be but a distant dream, and Scripture makes it clear that we shall all "awake" ... but where?  The chastening reality is that all will "awake", but for you, the question which really matters is: Will it be before a SAVIOR or JUDGE? 

"As for me, I will behold THY face ..."  

For Love of Country
Joseph Story (1779-1845)
(U. S. Supreme Court Justice)
"There is not a truth to be gathered from history more certain, or more momentous, than this: that civil liberty cannot long be separated from religious liberty without danger, and ultimately without destruction to both.  Wherever religious liberty exists, it will, first or last, bring in and establish political liberty."

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