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That Masked Man

May 25

"Who am I, O LORD GOD, and what is mine house, that THOU hast brought me hitherto?"  1 Chronicles 17:16

"The truth is, we know ourselves better than we let on."






Where have you have come to in life, which can only be explained by: GOD "hast brought me"?  What a humiliating question here of David, birthed in transparency before GOD; and from the same person who offers this meditation in Psalm 8: "When I consider THY heavens, the work of THY fingers, the moon and the stars, which THOU hast ordained; What is man, that THOU art mindful of him? and the son of man, that THOU visitest him?"  There is a sense of astonishment in these queries from this shepherd boy turned king; a wonderment as to why the CREATOR of all that is, would ever give him, or any of us for that matter, a second thought.  "HE brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings."  The Biblical fact is, if you have risen one grain above the slime of Hell's quicksand, it is entirely of GOD.  At the end of life's day, your life will either be all of grace, or all for naught!  

"I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which THOU hast shewed unto THY servant ..."  The truth is, we know ourselves better than we let on.  In the ancient Greek theater, the hypocrite was one who wore the mask, a person of the stage, gifted to assume a role not his own.  That same mask has been awkwardly introduced into the spiritual, with men seeking to green GOD; and convince HIM they are someone they are not; and in doing so, they have disparaged the term and its once noble trade.  'Who was that masked man'?  ... is not found in the repertoire of judgment; nor do the grounds surrounding the Great White Throne include an amphitheater.  

"LORD, what is man, that THOU takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that THOU makest account of him!"  ... is the question of a maskless man.  Sadly though, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey HIS voice ...", is the plot commonly played out, if not verbalized, in just about any studio you choose.  The spirit of humility is unbecoming the spiritual hypocrite; where arrogance rules the stage, and indignation howls at the slightest suggestion of a SAVIOR being added to the script.   

"The LORD hath made known HIS salvation: HIS righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen."

For Love of Country
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
(American Diplomat)
"As long as the ideas of the men who founded it continue dominant."

(in answer to: "How long will the American Republic endure?")

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