Shepherding into Purity

Holy Spirit, give us eyes to see you, ears to hear you and hearts that receive and are radically obedient to what you have for us today!  We love you and trust you Lord!

Take a moment and read Micah 5 & Psalm 9.  Read through them slowly.  Attempt to visualize the story behind the words.

I would so love to know what the Lord is speaking to you right now!  If and when you have a moment, please reach out and share with me.  Our time together should not be so unilateral.

I am struck at the symmetry between these two chapters.  The shared descriptions and phrases.  The story line of righteousness, judgement and redemption.  How beautiful is it that the pen of human men could tell such a unified story and yet have lived so diversely apart?  Same divine word, same Spirit, utilizing simple flawed human hands.  

Isn’t that one of the lessons we learned from Jonah?  Man, incredibly flawed, dug in his heels, and his story ends so abruptly that we never even know if he is drawn to repentance and embraces the depth of God’s love for all.

Micah 5 and Psalm 9 almost seem to be partners - one a continuum of the other.  

Micah’s beautiful poem speaks of the promise of our future coming Lord.  I absolutely love verse 4 - 5a “He will stand and shepherd them in the strength of Yahweh, in the majestic name of Yahweh, His God.  They will live securely, for them His greatness will extend to the ends of the earth.  He will be their peace...”

The promise of our Conquering King!  “So He will rescue us … “

His chosen remnant!  “Then the remnant of Jacob will be among many peoples like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for anyone or linger for mankind.  Then the remnant of Jacob will be among many peoples like a lion among animals of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep …. “

This is a discussion for another time, but may we not forget the first chosen ones, Israel.  Paul went to the “Jews first and then the gentiles”.  Primary in the mystery of Christ’s good news is that we gentiles all are grafted in, adopted sonship!  Hallelujah!  No less a cherished child, no less part of His powerful plan, no less to be seated with Christ in the heavens (Eph 2:6), no less loved (John 3:16 & John 15:13).  But the first chosen was Abraham’s seed, the remnant of Jacob.  It is from His love and grace extended to Israel in the Old Testament that we draw our foundational parallels for us in the New Testament.

And so, as Micah describes the purification of the remnant of Jacob, “In that day - this is the Lord’s declaration - I will remove your …. “.  Let’s sit in this moment before the Lord.  Let’s invite the Lord in to remind us of the purification work that He has already worked in us!  Praise You Lord for your goodness!  You don’t leave us as you found us!  The depth of Your love is to find us in the ashes, love us wholly in all of our trespasses, and to continually purify us!  I am so grateful to not be the same woman in the pit of despair as I was when you found me!  It has been a wild ride - He and I!  I know your story is no less thrilling!  Revel in it with the Lord, allow Him to remind and refresh.  These are the moments of remembrance that give us perspective to walk boldly through the situations we are walking right now.

Now bravely ask Him to reveal to you areas that He is currently purifying you, or places that He wants to purify you.  Resist the temptation to ruminate on things YOU think need to be addressed.  Truly allow Him to bring to light what He wants.  He is so loving.  When it is Him that walks us to it, reveals it to us, isn’t it easer to accept and obey?  It is impossible to obey when we bring our own guilt and condemnation.  But it is His goodness that brings the transformation!

And now, Psalm 9 is our victory song!  May we all speak it out loud!

I will thank Yahweh with all my heart; I will declare all Your wonderful works.  I will rejoice and boast about You; I will sing about Your name, Most High … the Lord sits enthroned forever; He has established His throne of judgement … Those who know Your name trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek You, Yahweh … be gracious to me Lord … Lift me up from the gates of death so that I may declare all Your praises.  I will rejoice in Your salvation within the gates of Daughter Zion.”

Hallelujah!   Praise You Lord!

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