When The Morning Comes
by Fred Pruitt
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (Ps 5:3)
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. (Ps 143:8)
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. (Ps 92:1-5)
We all get to feeling poorly, self-wise, now and then. It happens to pretty much all of us. A very perceptive friend of mine recently sent me the following three excerpts of my own writings, to remind me again by my own words Who He is, and Who I am. Perhaps they will do the same for someone else.
God IS Love
God IS Love — in whatever form it appears. When we really see, we discover that everything that comes our way is love in some way, no matter how it looks. Love is behind, under, through, and in, all things. Love has moved and caused all things to be, and continues to be the force bringing everything to God’s perfect fulfillment. To know this and live in it, is rest.
The Salt of the Earth
When you pour salt into the soup, where does the salt go? It dissolves out of distinctiveness, and saltiness permeates the soup.
Salt does not promote itself, but instead gives savor to other things. It brings out the taste, the life. For the salt to do its job, it has to in a sense lose itself, its particular self, and become completely one with the rest of the soup.
Forgive me for sounding Kung-fu-ey here, but the analogy is true.
When the salt loses its particular-ness, it melds into the other ingredients in the soup, taking them into itself as they take the salt into themselves.
The world around us is churning with fear and trembling right now. Not one of us is for sure day by day what is the right thing to do, and there is worldwide fear and great uncertainty.
But God has not deserted us. He always leaves a remnant.
The remnant is the salt of the earth. It takes the earth into itself, as it looses its saltiness throughout all the earth.
Christ in Our World
We are not called to anything except to be Christ in our world. That is the meaning of the Incarnation and the meaning of the Cross. He died and rose again that He might live in us and bring many sons unto glory by us. Once the reality of “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” has overtaken us, there is ONLY Christ. We have died and risen again IN HIM, not “in ourselves,” and what has emerged from that grave is a completely NEW MAN, a new CREATION, created in RIGHTEOUSNESS after the image of He who did the creating. What has come forth from the grave is not just a resurrected Jesus, but a resurrected humanity, a humanity which has been raised into the Godhead, which now sits at the right hand of the Father in the midst of the throne. That resurrected humanity in this world has been left in weakness, and not yet seeing all that to which is it heir. But that does not change the FACT that OUR humanity — spirit, soul, and body — IS NOW MADE the INSTRUMENT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. Not by what we can do, by what we know, by how well we can regurgitate scriptural knowledge and doctrinal precepts, but purely and simply because He has now made us accepted in the Beloved, chosen in Him before the foundations of the earth, and that in Him IN OUR WEAKNESS we are heir to ALL THINGS.