To be able to open the Word of God... to read, to feel, to touch the words written there... for you and I. Nights may bring darkness that clenches the soul within its clammy grasp and lays upon us a mantle of oppression, but His promises stand strong. Undefeated; uncompromised.
We are His Jerusalem. We are His Bride. He will allow us to be bruised so that He may complete the healing of our souls. He will allow us to be broken so He may tenderly set the bones of our spirit once again. He will break us in order that He may build us up upon a firm foundation.
"The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel." Ps. 147:2
The fact that God will gather together the outcasts of Israel proves that Israel itself will fail. His people will fall and turn away, being right in their own eyes. Bitterness and resentment will rise. Fingers will be pointed; individuals will be shunned; cast out from among the fold.
It is said that everyone you meet thinks him or herself superior to you for one reason or another. Perhaps because they are more accomplished, more talented, more ambitious, more successful, or just because they also, are right in their own eyes.
A meek spirit is not the norm; self-confidence and independence is. A woman who follows the old paths in the way of homemaker, motherhood and graceful submission to God and her husband/father is not the worlds ideal but the worlds outcast. Perhaps Israel persecuted those who loved and adhered to the old ways. Yet God gathered them together unto Himself.
"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Ps. 147:3
Going against the current of modern life takes courage and fortitude. Our worldly successes mean absolutely nothing to God's Kingdom. Nor does our physical strength.
"He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of man. The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in His mercy." Ps. 147: 10-11
It is also said that when we are down to nothing, He is most certainly up to something. When we hope in His mercy upon us as our only hope, He is pleased. And merciful.
Instead of giving in to the night of our circumstance, may hope spring anew in our souls. May a song be on our lips and a praise on our tongue. For He is worthy.
"...He will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth..." Ps. 4, 5 and 6