THERE IS A BEVERAGE FOR THAT

Psa. 66:12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

Things might not be looking so good in your life right now. If you just went by your outward circumstances you could really get discouraged. Like most every person in the Bible, David’s life was not just fun and games either. He dealt with stuff almost daily. He had learned from his walk with the Lord that when he was overrun with bad circumstances, he could trust God to inundate his soul with His goodness. That is how David survived, he had learned to encourage himself in the Lord. In today’s verse, David was facing some pretty insurmountable circumstances yet the Lord had brought him into a place of abundance again. This word translated wealthy place is the key to understanding this passage and also how to endure negative seasons of life with joy. Here is How Dick Mills defines this powerful Bible word.

“In Psalm 66:12, David writes of His God:  . . .thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.  The Hebrew word translated wealthy in that context is the same Hebrew word translated runneth over in this verse (ps. 23:5).  The word revayah (rev-aw-yah’) which has to do with an abundance of moisture.  This abundance is so overflowing it satisfies all thirst so that the person becomes saturated or satiated.

In Psalm 66:12, David notes that after having been submerged (inundated) by men, fire, and flood, the people of Israel had been brought by their God to a place of overflowing (rev-aw-yah’) abundance and blessing.  The psalmist exults in the Lord’s tender loving shepherd’s care for him and his people. His cup is saturated to overflowing (revayah). He is experiencing more than a sufficiency of God’s wonderful blessings in his life.”

That’s how David did it, he would literally drink his way through his troubles. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about alcoholic beverages, I am describing spiritual drinking; drinking in the water of the Spirit until your soul is saturated and begins to overflow. If you have bills swamping you, bad report from the doctor, wayward kids (or parents), or mean people running over your head; take courage, there is a beverage for that which is more than sufficient to see you through. Drink in the Holy Spirit, He will utterly satisfy and equip you to not only go through your struggles but to be more than a conqueror through them.

PLACE OF ABUNDANCE

PLACE OF ABUNDANCE

Psa. 66:11-12 You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

I sometimes feel like I am really spoiled. Several years ago, our church acquired the Dick Mills library. With the books in that library and the books I already owned, this library has over 6000 volumes. The reason I feel spoiled is this, this library also serves as my office. I live in a world of some of the greatest volumes our world has ever known, I am literally like a child in a candy shop.
Recently I picked up one of Brother Mills old bibles as I was studying and a piece of paper fell to the floor. It said “a word from The Lord from Dick Mills” on it and there were several verses of scripture on the paper. One of the verses was today’s verse from Psalm 66. The Lord would bring us out of a time of trials and testing into a place of abundance. As I read that passage I sensed that word was for me and for many people in our church, The Lord is bringing His people into a wide place of deliverance. Maybe you have been facing unusual adversity, if so take this scripture as a word to you from The Lord. This time of testing is actually bringing you into a wealthy place. Here are some thoughts from Charles Spurgeon on this verse.

“But thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.Canaan was indeed a broad and royal domain for the once enslaved tribes: God, who took them into Egypt, also brought them into the land which flowed with milk and honey, and Egypt was in his purposes en route to Canaan. The way to heaven is via tribulation. How wealthy is the place of every believer, and how doubly does he feel it to be so in contrast with his former slavery: what songs shall suffice to set forth our joy and gratitude for such a glorious deliverance and such a bountiful heritage. More awaits us. The depth of our griefs bears no proportion to the height of our bliss. For our shame we have double, and more than double. Instead of the net, liberty; instead of a burden on the loins, a crown on our heads; instead of men riding over us, we shall rule over the nations: fire shall no more try us, for we shall stand in glory on the sea of glass mingled with fire; and water shall not harm us, for there shall be no more sea. With patience we will endure the present gloom, for the morning cometh. Over the hills faith sees the daybreak, in whose light we shall enter into the wealthy place.”

Faith sees beyond our present circumstances. We all must pass through the valley of the shadow of death but that valley is not our destination, it is only the pathway to His place of abundance. Good days are ahead for His sons and daughters.

SATURATING RAIN

SATURATION- THE WEALTHY PLACE

Psa. 66:12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

It’s been raining for days and the ground is saturated. After days of consistent rain, the ground can take no more. Saturation has been reached, now the flooding starts.
Today’s verse of scripture describes the beauty of spiritual saturation. Looking at the word, wealthy, gives us a glimpse into the beauty of this passage. The original word is revayah. It could be translated as satisfaction, overflowing, wealthy or saturation. It describes the contrast of the troubles we face in our daily lives with the refreshing that comes from the touch of God. In the world we face constant challenges and disappointments, but there is refreshing that comes in the place of saturation.
Refreshing and spiritual strength comes from the anointing of the Lord. The anointing of the Lord is tangible and increases upon us as we learn the power of saturation. Spending extended periods of time under the anointing has profound influence upon our lives. In our face paced world, we need to make saturation a priority in our lives. Spurgeon captured the victory and breakthrough that follows these times of saturation in our lives in his comments on this verse.

“How wealthy is the place of every believer, and how doubly does he feel it to be so in contrast with his former slavery: what songs shall suffice to set forth our joy and gratitude for such a glorious deliverance and such a bountiful heritage. More awaits us. The depth of our griefs bears no proportion to the height of our bliss. For our shame we have double, and more than double. Like Joseph we shall rise from the prison to the palace, like Mordecai we shall escape the gallows prepared by malignity, and ride the white horse and wear the royal robe appointed by benignity. Instead of the net, liberty; instead of a burden on the loins, a crown on our heads; instead of men riding over us, we shall rule over the nations: fire shall no more try us, for we shall stand in glory on the sea of glass mingled with fire; and water shall not harm us, for there shall be no more sea.”

What kind of challenge are dealing with in your life? Our natural tendency is to try to turn to our own devices in dealing with our issues. Learning to lean on the Lord in our troubles is an incredibly important part of our walk with God. The Lord delights in helping His sons and daughters. Spiritual saturation is the way to walk in the power of the Lord on a consistent basis. It is not enough to wait until we are in trouble to call upon the Lord. We must develop a lifestyle of spiritual saturation. When saturation becomes a way of life for you, you will have the ability to step over into that spiritual realm in an almost effortless manner. Yep, I was going through a difficult time and the Lord brought me out to a place of refreshing saturation.

JOYFUL NOISE

JOYFUL NOISE

Psa. 66:1 ¶ Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

I never noticed the sadness in Christian music until August of 1994. It seems like most of it was melancholy (they called them songs of intimacy). Then there was the aggressive and angry songs (those were called warfare). Then there was the intense music (those were referred to as prophetic). The basic problem was this, worship music is intended to be worship. Real worship comes from a revelation of God. This brings us to the very atmosphere of heaven; heaven is the place of extreme, radical, overwhelming joy. Heaven is not angry, intense or melancholy, the very atmosphere of heaven is oozing joy. Joy suddenly became my litmus test for worship. If it wasn’t happy, God was probably not in it. Charles Spurgeon spoke about the need of joyful songs that flow from an exultant heart.

“Composers of tunes for the congregation should see to it that their airs are cheerful; we need not so much noise, as joyful noise. God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exultation. All praise from all nations should be rendered unto the Lord. Happy the day when no shouts shall be presented to Juggernaut or Buddah , but all the earth shall adore the Creator thereof.”

John Trappe also spoke of the joyful noise in the house of God. David said it 3000 years ago. Spurgeon said it 150 years ago, and Trappe said it 400 years ago. Listen to John Trappe speak about the joyful noise.

“Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Hebrew, all the earth; shout aloud for joy, as the people did at the return of the ark, so that the earth rang again. God shall show himself to be the God not of Jews only, but of Gentiles also; these shall as well cry Christ, as those Jesus; these say, Father, as those Abba. And, as there was great joy in Samaria when the gospel was there receive, so shall there be the like in all other parts of the earth.”

David Hall recently commented about how he saw Lady Gaga in the Sydney airport. He said everyone was going gaga over Gaga. The point is this, everyone is going to worship something, or better yet, rejoice in something. Some rejoice in Gaga, others in Brees, and still others exult in Spiderman, joy is the overflow of the love of our heart. What is the object of your love? What causes your heart to break out in a joyful noise? Our God is a jealous God and He wants our joyful praises. How can a person change what they love? Actually we can’t, that’s where the grace of God kicks in. All of us were once lost and following the foolish joys of this world until the day that we received light from heaven. God’s love shone into our hearts and we tasted a joy beyond compare. That revelation is the origin of the joyful noise. “Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!”