The Silent Lord
She does not go out into the city to look for him now. She seeks him in the solitary place with her broken spirit, desolate and crying in the darkness after him. It is the darkness over her spirit that is now so terrible. In the wilderness path, when she came out of herself to hide in him, it was simply a darkness that meant no consciousness of his presence, no joyous emotion such as she had known in the banqueting house, but she could still rise up with decision and say, “I will seek him.“
Now her spirit is grieved. He, who is its very life and light, has hidden his face. Her “spirit is overwhelmed“ (Psalm 77:3). She calls to her Beloved, but he is silent. No answer, to the one to who he responded so quickly in the past, “Here I am.” At last the cry breaks from her in the darkness, “Save me, O God, For the waters have threatened my life” (Psalm 69:1).
He is silent. Still his hand will uphold her through all the deep waters; he will bring her out through fire and water into a wealthy place. When the Master heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. He did not move until he could say, “Lazarus is dead.” Then he said, “I will go, so that I may awake him.” In the same way, the Lord waits to be gracious to all of his redeemed ones, as he leads them through the deep waters on the path to Calvary.
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As you know, I send these Morning Messages out free of charge, and there is one very simple reason. As the late Keith Green taught, no one should be left out of hearing God’s Word due to a lack of funds.
To echo something Keith said, “I only want to build God’s Kingdom and see it increase, not my own. If someone writes a great poem no one praises the pencil they used, they praise the one who created the poem. Well, I’m just a pencil in the hands of the Lord. Don’t praise me, praise Him!”
This is why I follow his lead in offering anything I write, produce, or even ministering in churches at whatever you can afford. I fully understand that there are many with limited resources and if you are among this group, please receive any aspect of my ministry without any obligation. I am honored to offer them to you.
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