It is during the darkness of the night that dew forms and refreshes the earth. And so it is that in the darkness of the night of sin, which fell upon the earth when man rebelled against God and broke the bond of unity wherein he was created, that the dew of the Spirit of Christ fell upon the church, and God's people were refreshed to a good and pleasant work by that anointing.
David spoke of this when in Psalm 133:3 he wrote, "As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.''
Do you really call it a blessing to receive Christ's Spirit, so that you can work with all the fellow saints in your church and locality? Do you call it good and pleasant? Or must you go your own separate way to find pleasure and do what you think is good?
The answer to that question will reveal whether you want to go to heaven. No one wants to go to hell; but not every one wants to go to heaven. Not every one calls a united front of serving God and of glorifying Him a good and pleasant experience. Not all can honestly sing:
Such love in peace and joy distills,
As o'er the slopes of Hermon's hills
Refreshing dew descends:
The Lord commands His blessing there,
And they that walk in love shall share
In life that never ends.
So often we like to bring a united service of God to an end and go our own way and do our own thing. We will separate from those who call our attention to our sin, have anger and resentment against those who show us that we broke that unity of the body of Christ in God's service.
But get it straight! Everlasting life, the gift God prepared for us in Christ, is that we as members of one body, in the communion of the saints, work together for God's glory. Do you want that?
The "precious ointment" of the Spirit flows down from Christ, the Head, to all members below, so that the whole body together glorifies God. That is life everlasting. Behold how good and pleasant it is!
Read: I Corinthians 12
Psalter versification: #370:2
Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter #207
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Quote for Reflection:
¼ It is true that human nature is lamentably fickle, and that kindness is often rewarded with the basest of ingratitude; yet all are not unthankful and treacherous. We must not allow the wickedness of some to prejudice us against all. We should deal impartially and judge righteously of everyone alike: yet only divine grace— humbly and earnestly sought—will enable us to remain just and merciful after we have been deceived and wronged a few times. – Arthur W. Pink
- Date: 9-July