1 Samuel 18, Luke 18
Another year, another blog . . . cooking, gardening, fitness pointers … Or, wait . . . we COULD join forces and pursue our enemies and overtake them and not turn back until they are consumed! (Psalm 18:37, NASB) . . . Just a thought!
What kind of a New Year’s message is this??
We are Cor Unum, founded upon a monastic ideal of spiritual worship, the worship that wars against darkness. We saw in 2010 and 2011 that monasticism is older by far even than the Catholic church, that Paul and Elisha and Caspar ten Boom and Suzanna Wesley and Anna in the temple at Jerusalem, lived monastic lives. It is a willingness to live before God in the solitude and fullness of personal devotion and unceasing prayer.
This New Year’s message is for those who can’t or won’t take days off from deepest compassion or from “suiting up” against spiritual forces of wickedness in high places. It is a message for those who worship in holy attire at the right hand of the God of Glory (Colossians 3:1, 2.) We are those who see fear and torment behind the eyes where others see only anger. We see excruciating pain in hidden depths where only failure shows through, and just as the Scripture says, we “put on bowels of mercy,” kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12.) We will need all of that and more besides for the task at hand!
As David and his men did at Ziklag, many of us have wept in times past until we could weep no more (1 Samuel 30,) perhaps for ourselves and those we love, and now for those entrusted to our prayers. Perhaps you haven’t had a very weepy year, and that’s a good thing, but for some those tears were shed last month . . . or last night. Broken relationships, lost opportunities, illness, death, sobbing more violently over the wounds we have inflicted than those we have sustained.
“Bring me the ephod,” said David to Abiathar the priest, and under that covering the King sought out the will of the Lord.
“Bring me the ephod,” said the man whose family had been stolen from him, and there he heard the Lord’s command, “Pursue; for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.”
There is a speedy vengeance coming on behalf of those who pray day and night (Luke 18:8,) vengeance against the enemies of the souls we cherish. We are those who watch and pray, we are in pursuit of the grace of God that the enemies of God will be routed. Together, we will not lose heart. Here in Cor Unum, we will prevail as one in Christ Jesus our Lord.
"Joyeuse" the sword of Charlemayne, at the Louvre