The Consolation of Israel

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and pious, waiting for the consolation of Israel.                                                                                   Luke 2:25. 

The Spirit of consolation flows from heaven by the promise and oath of God.

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath. That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, having fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.                                                               Hebrews 6:17,18.

Christian Fellowship ministers in patience and consolation.

Now may the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded with one another in the manner of Messiah Yeshua.                                                                               Romans 15:5.

The Holy Spirit crucifying the flesh is experienced as suffering.

The anointing crucifies the flesh passions and desires.                                                       Galatians 5:24.

So along with the suffering comes the comfort by the same Spirit.

As the passion of the anointing abounds, so also the consolation.                                               2 Co 1:5.

And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the consolation.                                                                                                2 Co 1:7.

The anointing of prophecy is the spirit of consolation.

He who prophesies speaks edification, exhortation and comfort.                                             1 Co 14:3.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.                                                                                                   2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17.

Today’s reading: Romans 15:1-7; 2 Co 1:3-7.

Found Faithful

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 1 Co 4:2.

To be faithful to the Gospel is to go beyond belief. Those who have heard and believe the Gospel Paul identifies as “the called”.

“among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ”. Romans 1:6.

This is just a first step, in what is “a walk of faith”, while abiding in the gift of the Spirit. For Jesus said this to His followers, many of whom would fall away:

For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14.

Seek the Lord for a personal  dispensation, and be among the elect.

if indeed you have heard of the dispensation (=stewardship) of the grace of God which was given to me for you. Ephesians 3:2.

Now you will have a direction to allow your faith to be transformed to faithfulness.

and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. Rev 17:14.

And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Mk 13:27.

Jesus told Thomas, who doubted:  “be not faithless;  be faithful”,  not “believing”, as most translations render John 20:27.

Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:10.

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.        Rev 3:11.

I Remember My Song

I remember my song in the night; I commune with my own heart and my spirit made diligent search. Psalms 77:6.

When Asaph speaks of his song, he is not talking about his favorite tune. The word negenah refers to music played to enter into the prophetic spirit. Asaph was chosen by David to minister in this capacity.

Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun who should prophecy with harps, with psalteries and with cymbals. 1 Ch 25:1.

Negenah, a prophetic song, comes from the word nagan, which refers to playing an instrument in tune with the spirit.

And it came to pass when the spirit from God was upon Saul that David took a harp and played (nagan) with his hand so that Saul was refreshed and was well and the evil spirit departed from him. 1 Sam 16:23.

Asaph uses two word pairs to bring forth his prophetic word in this psalm: zakar-to remember and seyachto commune or meditate, which means here “talk through your situation” in an inner dialog. Seyach is translated differently each time used.

I remembered God and was troubled, I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. Psalms 77:3.

Here seyach is translated complained in the KJV, other translations use moan and groan, when commune or meditate on God is all that is expressed. He is troubled, and the translation interprets his inner dialog rather than translate the word and allow the following verses to describe his deliberations. Again, the same word was translated commune in verse 6, used as the main text for this discussion. He then asks a series of questions to God to express his anguish before drawing his conclusions.

And I said this is my infirmity, but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most high.  I will remember the works of the Lord, surely I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate also of all your work and talk of your doings.    Psalms 77:10-12.

In verse 12 we find the third occurrence of the word seyach, this time translated talk in the KJV, meditate in most other versions. When he says “I will remember” in verse 11, zakar is used twice and should read, “I will remember to remember”. Here he expresses the all too common human reaction to trials to forget God’s faithfulness and “stress out”. He then concludes:

Your way O God is in the sanctuary (our place of prayer or seyach) who is so great a God as our God? Psalms 77:13.

He then finishes the Psalm with a memorial to the Lord’s might. So how does prophetic psalms pertain to us in the church today? What if we don’t play an instrument? Is this strictly the gift of the musicians and worship leaders? On the contrary, the Holy Spirit within you is able to provide the same “song in the night” to anyone seeking God. Paul describes this gift in 1 Corinthians 14:

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the understanding also, I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also. Verse 15.

How is it then brethren? When you come together, every one of you has a psalm has a doctrine has a tongue has a revelation has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edification. Verse 26.

If a congregation’s worship team is allowed to flow in improvisational prophetic worship, it is easy in this setting to sing in the spirit and be edified. But what about when you are alone in your prayer closet? Do you pray in the spirit and sing in the spirit? You don’t need an instrument, just allow the spirit to move in you the way worship in church moves your spirit, and you will commune with the Lord in the night, and your spirit can make a diligent search. For the way of the Lord is in the sanctuary.