Ozark Christian Living

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Too Sore to Soar

May 30

"Restore unto me the joy of THY salvation; and uphold me with THY free spirit."   Psalms 51:12

"Joy is to salvation what wings are to flight."





Joy is to salvation what wings are to flight.  A crippled eagle is such a pitiful creature, and thus it is too with a joyless saint.  "Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when GOD preserved me;"  When once you have soared in the heights with GOD, to be grounded in sin is insufferable; with days and nights spent gazing Heavenward in bandaged regret.  David's sin with Bathsheba reveals how intertwined this is, sending not salvation, but its joy, crashing to the ground in an unbearable heap.  "But unto you that fear MY name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in HIS wings; and ye shall go forth ..."  GOD is able to reattach those wings of joy, but it can be an arduous process of pain from the hanger of HIS healing to the runway leading to restored joy.   

Be careful here that joy not be confused with frivolity, for the giddy are perfectly compatible with the godless.  They go with the flow, capable of humoring evil; but the joyous are rooted in a right relationship with their CREATOR.  "And grieve not the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD ..."  Neither is joy based in emotion, it is the fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT, based in the eternal; and as delicate as the righteous petal of HIS essence.  

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage ... but ye have received the SPIRIT of adoption"   There are only two spirits which govern men, one is binding, the other free (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:17).  "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"  Being too sore to soar is beyond punning, it is aberrant in respect to any true child of GOD.  Though he may be grounded for a time, if that bird is a saint, soon he will soar once more on wings of joy "... they shall mount up with wings as eagles".  What is it which has the joy of HIS salvation grounded in your life?

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in GOD my SAVIOR." 

For Love of Country
John Hancock (1737-1793)
(President of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts)
"In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments ... All confidence must be withheld from the means we use; and reposed only on that GOD WHO rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without WHOSE blessing the best human counsels are but foolishness ..."

(April 15, 1775)

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