Merry Wednesday by Parris Bailey


Song of Solomon 1: 6 “Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.”

It is one thing to admit our failures, to express to ourselves, that in us there is no good thing. But when we begin to blame others for our problems, that’s when we can fall into a ditch. The more we get close to Christ the more we see ourselves in others. His kisses draw us deeply into Him and less with others and we begin to see that we are not supposed to be controlled by others or things. He is a jealous God! We can save the world, deliver Aunt Betty, our neighbor and our children and if we don’t watch out, we can lose our closeness with the Lord Himself. What a fine balance!
Martin Luther felt this passage was saying this; “Do not stare at the part of me in which I am ugly but fix your eyes on my beauty and grace, consider my virtues, not my vices. Turn your attention not to my blackness, but to the kiss which God offers me, and then you will see that I am lovely and most admirable. The Church, too, is similarly undesirable in appearance. It seems to be lacerated and wretchedly afflicted and exposed to the taunts of all men. But this is our consolation: that our salvation is anchored in the Word and faith, not in outward appearance.”
Spurgeon puts it this way; “My sufferings are such as I have deserved; for my own vineyard have I not kept. How unrighteous soever my brethren are in persecuting me, God is righteous in permitting them to do so. I am justly made a slavish keeper of men’s vineyards.” WOW!
This might be a terrible example to use, but I often think of the Gambler’s Song by Kenny Rogers when it said, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money when your sitting at the table, there will be time enough for countin’ when the dealings done.” You might wonder how this song fits into our lives? Everyday we need to take care of our vineyard, which is our relationship, our love life with Christ. It is out of that life-flow we can flow out to others. We will never have our “mother’s children” happy with us and in the end, we will dry up, grow bitter, and die exhausted.
Once again, it is in our blackness that His beauty is revealed in us. Daily we have to cultivate this precious vineyard, this fellowship with our lover. It’s not easy to take a look within ourselves and realize that our vineyard has been neglected, but when we are honest with ourselves, the breakthrough comes.

3 Replies to “KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM”

  1. The body of Christ has many members my friends! God is such a master chess player! He as all his pisces in just the proper place. Homeless people,fast food workers,security guards,correctional officers,bounty hunters,police officers,public transit workers,taxi drivers,doctors,lawyers,small business owners!,millionaires,billionaires,ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ,and etc. Wow! That’s only a fraction of the vessels that he displays his glory from within! God bless him for using technology in such a beautiful way! I’m a God seeker for life my brothers and sisters in Christ! Have a blessed day friends!

  2. good word, we have to have a fresh supply flowing in us that only comes by being close to the lord if we get stagnant we lose out, the lord is there always but we could look at other stuff that wont be of any lasting true value in our lives our life in Christ will lack and suffer my wife knows if im taken the time to be with the lord or not it comes out maybe im listening to bbking alot and i love the blues she might ask me if im fellowshipping with our King, I get convicted and go fellowship with the true King I still enjoy bbking but in the right spirit i love the way he plays guitar on a musically basis i wouldnt trade my life for his or anything like that but love hearing the strings bend on his electric guitar, it could be anything that could draw us away if we allow it, i do enjoy many things as long as they dont take away from the lord its ok but when it takes from him then its a different deal i really need to look at what is going on and get it right.

  3. Just yesterday a brother and I discussed this very topic. We plan on studying God’s word on this topic. I have heard it preached that Jesus is our answer for every problem; I believed & believe it is true, but I experienced that reality in my life on 11/12/2010.
    Months before this date I diligently strived to straighten up parts of my life I did not like (tend my garden). After much effort I gave up, No matter how much I focused my energies on my problems they lingered – it was depressing; instead I spent that time and effort just seeking the Lord. It was on 11/12/2010 that God had me stop and take account of my life and it was then that I realized as I wholly focused my attention on my relationship with God; He was cleaning up my life.
    Some scriptures that I believe refer to this event in my life are Matthew 11:28,29 and Hebrews 4:11.
    My analogy is this; my life is equal to a garden. I am responsible for the upkeep of the garden yet God does the work. He does the work when I invite Him to spend time with me. The time we spend together is relative to the amount of work He does. The time is the governing factor. Praise God!!!!!!! In fact, I had a vision that lines up with this. On 8/21/2011 God and I where surveying the mess in my garden (life). At the end of the vision God said “Come on, let’s clean this up. All I ever wanted you to do is spend time with Me.”
    As I stated yesterday, ”The benefits of His presence is a list that overwhelms me!” \o/ Empty hands raised high

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