Psalm: 137. 4.
“How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a strange land?“
Is your church of the tribe of Judah? When first saved, I thank God I was in a Church that loved the Word.
We sang the Word, in choruses, we were taught the Word in Sermons, in Baptisms in Communion.
I am in a Church now, that sings of “The Old Country Church, ” with great enthusiasm, they have not been taught to sing the Word of God.
The people love the Lord, like the Catholic Church I attended as a child.
They have met the Master, but left the Holy Place to return to their respective lives.
From lack of Biblical knowledge, they have been robbed of the Fellowship of the Lord. He isn’t a real part of their Christian life.
They serve Him, as best they can, without the realization, or inclination to draw closer.
Matthew 22:13-14 (KJV)
“Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
For many are called, but few are chosen.”
They are invited to the marriage supper. They have chosen to attend. They have not donned the wedding garment. They do not understand that they haven’t. The knowledge of what it is, is not there.
For years I struggled with the scripture,
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Many accept Salvation, then reject His offer of more. A closer personal relationship.
Psalm: 65. 4.
“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”
The Lord desires, that we approach Him, and take up His Yoke. Realize this:
We must take up His Yoke. It is not placed on us, we are not driven like cattle to do His work or will. It is our choice.
The only one who keeps us from a close relationship with our Lord is us, because we lack the understanding of His call.
As a Catholic, I believed the Gospel, as many Christians do today, the problem wasn’t that the Lord was not real, I believed.
I resented the fact that I had to change, I had this command to “be ye perfect, and walk before Me.”
For that is what I understood. He placed a yoke upon us, a yoke to make us obey, and to do His will, His work. (I rebelled at His demand).
I did not understand His Grace, in Genesis 17, the Lord (the Law Giver), said to Abram, “walk before Me and be ye perfect.”
I did not hear God (the Creator, our Saviour), say, “As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee,” We really don’t recognize the distinction.
Grace doesn’t burden us, yoke us, make us slaves.
NO, GRACE, invites us, to Take His Yoke.
Matthew: 11. 28-30
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
We miss the blessing, in our misunderstanding of His word.
More next time.