A Very Present Help
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For today’s weekly, I wanted to talk about a specific subject, even before I had begun to read or write anything. I wanted to talk about fear. The opening text for today seems to very aptly describe what I have grown to call “Keyboard Warriors.” Now keyboard warriors have one, particularly, troubling habit and that is that they get behind the keyboard and “sharpen their tongues like swords,” and they will tend to “aim their bitter words like arrows.”
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the mob of those who practice evil, who sharpen their tongues like swords, and aim their bitter words like arrows, shooting at the innocent from concealment. Suddenly they shoot, fearing nothing. (Psalms 62:2-4)
They “shoot at the innocent from concealment,” (online anonymity), and they quite literally have no fear, while they post away their poison somewhere on the internet, because they think they are free to do whatever they want, online. I am sure everyone has noticed the fear-mongering going on these days in Big Media. With the internet, Propaganda is much more massive than it used to be before Big Tech got hold of it. One writer said the following about it:
“The new technologies are destroying the traditional division made between public life and private life. What is public is for the judgment of the crowd; what is private is not for the judgment of the crowd. In a world where everything was public, the crowd would know everything about you, and yet the crowd is intolerant. How could individual liberty survive in such a world?”(Halberg, Noah. The Psychology of the Masses: Why You Believe What You Believe and Do What You Do . Unknown. Kindle Edition).
To be sure, it is literally torture for many today who live under the unremitting shadow of an angry, often viscious public opinion in “social” media. I have personally quit all social media and do not look at “the news” at all on week ends, and only once or twice during the week. I feel a lot less stress as a result.
In our opening text, the Psalmist also speaks of “the mob who practices evil,” and this could very well be reflective of our “modern-day” term that we call “mob mentality.”
The result of mob mentality, as it is currently playing out has been a climate of fear. Its as if someone wants to deliberately get the general public into a state of panic. They have been trying to do so with “climate change,” with “Covid-19” and a whole host of other issues. The seasonal influenza that happens every year kills around 400,00 people, world wide, while Covid-19 has only killed a few thousand, in comparison.
History records various dictators who used propaganda in the very same ways it is being used today. It all boils down to the acronymn of F.E.A.R. False Evidence Appearing Real. The many media voices, all with different opinions on the latest tragedy, or “news” seem quite determined to serve up an unhealthy dose of F.E.A.R. with the latest, perceived “emergency” or “threat.” Truly, The Psalmist was right when he said:
“They concoct an evil scheme for themselves; they enumerate their hidden snares; they say, “Who will see them?” (Psalms 64:5).
It is quite shocking to learn how much money some of our Big Media, so-called “climate” NGOs, and other international business entities have learned how to monetize every step of the way on this path to said F.E.A.R. Its truly obscene how much money some people are making off of all this internet panic. Eventually, there will be a breaking point. Climate radicals like to refer to what they call a “tipping point,” Big Media calls it all “click-bait.” But such things are very different from a “breaking point.” Scripture refers to the worldly profiteering and “tipping points,” implicating the globalists who are behind it all, as “they tripped over their own tongues.”
But Psalms 64:9 talks about the breaking point as being a state where “everyone was gripped with fear,” (Psalms 64:9), and in the New Testament, there is a similar description found in Luke 21:26: “people’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”And what does Big Media do in “the news?” They serve up a daily dosage of F.E.A.R. And people just keep lapping it up. All those who stand guilty of “enumerating their hidden snares” (meaning, itemizing, counting, or detailing), will hit a breaking point, likely at break-neck speed, and they will find the greatest disappointment where their own deeds will be what brings down their reign of terror.
“Nothing is hidden except for the purpose of having it revealed, and nothing is secret except for the purpose of having it come to light.” (Mark 4:22).
“What are we to do, then? For me, its let political questions alone, as much as possible.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” What can there be in common between these parties? There can be no fellowship, no communion. The word fellowship means participation, partnership.
But slavery is still around. Its just called “climate change” now. Or “sustainability.” Radicalized “climate” NGOs expect complete subjugation of everyone to their agenda; and on a transnational basis!. Through a combination of events, their desires are incrementally being fulfilled.
The Light of Christ represents righteousness; darkness represents error, sin, unrighteousness. Christians have come out of darkness into the light. They have put on Christ, and they wear the badge of truth and obedience. They are governed by the elevated and holy principles which Christ expressed in His life; and in His Word. But the world is governed by principles of dishonesty and injustice. There is nothing just about the globalism going on now. Just this past week alone I have personally seen several people lose jobs because of knee-jerk reactions of corporations to the mob-mentality. But, for me, and hopefully for you, there is always Hope. There is always a little Light In The Clouds of our experience.
“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine upon them.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the “light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
“By common confession, the secret of our godly worship is great: In flesh was he revealed to sight, kept righteous by the Spirit’s might, adored by angels singing. To nations was he manifest, believing souls found peace and rest, our Lord in heaven reigning!” (1 Tim 3:16).
Rom 8:15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father!Rom 8:23 And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruit of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, awaiting adoption, the redemption of our body.
The Spirit here is of course the Holy Spirit, by whom Christ our Lord lives within us. It is wonderful that as the life which throbs in the heart beats also in the pulse, so the very life which is in Christ in glory is also in our hearts. Our main task is to put aside every barrier to its full expression. This is what the Apostle means by doing to death the practices, stratagems, and lawless promptings of the world, which are ever calling for excuses to ease and self-indulgence. There is no stage of our earthly pilgrimage at which we can dispense with the power of the Spirit of God for deliverance from the worldly elements that threaten God’s people.
There is another essential function of the Holy Spirit, Rom 8:14. He is willing to lead us, to prompt our actions, to inspire our purposes, and to mold our characters. The more we yield to Him, the deeper becomes our awareness of that filial relationship with God which breathes in the cry, “Abba, Father.” But note the wonderful climax, Rom 8:17. If we yield to the Holy Spirit, He will conduct us into the divine treasure-house and bid us avail ourselves of the infinite resources which are there stored for our use, not in the next life, but in this present life – isnt this why He is called “a present help in trouble?” (Psalms 46:1).
Oliver Cromwell, it is said, once asked the people to sing this psalm, saying:
“That is a rare psalm for a Christian. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalms 46 was sung in Paris by the revolutionists of 1848; in India, by the hard-pressed British in the Sepoy rebellion. It may well be the hymn of God’s people during the increasing perils of the last days.”
The powers of darkness gather about the soul and shut Jesus from our sight, and at times we can only wait in sorrow and amazement until the cloud passes over. These seasons are sometimes terrible. Hope seems to fail, and despair seizes upon us. In these dreadful hours we must learn to trust, to depend solely upon the merits of the atonement, and in all our helpless unworthiness cast ourselves upon the merits of the crucified and risen Saviour. We shall never perish while we do this–never!
When light shines on our pathway, it is no great thing to be strong in the strength of grace. But to wait patiently in hope when clouds envelop us and all is dark, requires faith and submission which causes our will to be swallowed up in the will of God. We are too quickly discouraged, and earnestly cry for the trial to be removed from us, when we should plead for patience to endure and grace to overcome.
Truly, The Church Of Christ can only look like the scriptures that it both reads, and lives by.