“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness” (Psalm 17:15).
My spirit has been downcast for about a month. We lost two dogs who were like family members to us. Harley died just yesterday.
Today, as I was baking something for my husband (he was closest to Harley and is really taking this hard) the Lord impressed on me the need to saturate myself in His Holy Word. I put on Bible.is and listened to the Book of Psalms KJV dramatized.
When it came to Psalm 17, and I heard the words “I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness” I felt a calming peace in my spirit. That is what all of this is leading up to for those of us who adore Him!
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” 1 John 3:1-3). (emphasis added)
“I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness” – from Psalm 17 (emphasis added).
God confirms truth to us throughout His Word. It is so sweet when we see this. His love for us is never ending. When I get a glimpse of His love, it washes over me and His peace that passes understanding floods my heart.
The Great Apostasy
We watch in horror as we see churches rapidly becoming apostate. We wonder how the people of these churches could depart from the truths which are so evident in the Word. We blame their leadership. But at times I feel that the blame lies equally on the people in these congregations for not comparing that which is being preached to the Word.
Hatred for Israel is rampant in the mainline denominations. A “social” Gospel is being preached. Pastors are putting their own words in place – they are telling their congregations that we are here merely to serve the poor and the destitute. That is part of our ministry.
But they are missing the most important part of why we are here.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).
A warning from my Jewish sister when I was born again
When I told my sister about my coming to Yeshua and how He is truly the Messiah of the whole world, I’ll never forget these words when she found out that I was attending a Baptist church. At the time she spoke them to me, I did not believe her. Her words:
“But don’t the Baptists hate us? When they find out you are a Jew, they will hate you.”
I told my sister that this was just not true. I told her that when people who deeply loved the Lord met me, that they were excited and filled with joy that a Jew believed in her Savior.
But sadly, all these years later – her words haunt me. We have had to leave four Baptist churches because of anti-Semitism. How can this be?
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14).
Our Lord is omniscient and therefore knows the beginning from the end. Do you think that the great falling away in churches across the world somehow surprised Him? No, He knew who would be His and who would not. I mean it says it clearly in Matthew 7:14, doesn’t it? “And few there be that find it.”
Our job is to make disciples
“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ” (1 Peter 3:14-16).
And when we share the Gospel with the lost and make disciples; let us never forget the truth of our Blessed Hope. Let the coming of the Rapture, no matter when it is going to happen – let that be the joy that never leaves us. The mockers will mock – the scoffers, scoff. But we know our Lord and we know that He cannot lie.
Wait for Him with gladness and great anticipation. He will come when we least expect Him. Make sure that you are ready. Have you repented and trusted Yeshua for the forgiveness of your sins?
“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation)” (2 Corinthians 6:2).