08 Apr Let His Saints Rise Up – 4/8/20
Psalm 16:3-4 – “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.”
For anyone who is in Jesus, we are considered His saints, or His holy ones. This is not to say that we are holy because of anything that we ourselves do on our own. No. We are His holy ones because we have been made holy ONLY through God’s saving grace for us. But the Psalmist doesn’t stop there. V3 also emphasizes that God delights in us. He is pleased with us. Like we talked about in Luke 12:32,“It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” With this in mind, I encourage us to embrace this privilege to be called His saints especially during this time as we walk through this valley together.
As we see in V4, not everyone experiences this privilege. Many people run after “other gods” or other things to satisfy the emptiness, loneliness, isolation, fear, depression, and other emotions that are consuming their thoughts at this time, but these are all false and temporary fixes. In the midst of everything going on, I myself these past few days have been tempted to fix my eyes on things that create more fear and anxiety. Those feelings are real. I totally get it. It has been hard and it is a real battle that many of us are facing. But we will NOT take any other name to be on our lips. ONLY JESUS.
It is so comforting to know that Jesus is with us every step of the way. He is in control. He is fighting our battles. He gives us peace. He is our strength during this time and all the times to come. He gives us Himself. Isaiah 43 declares, “v2. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. v3.For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, you Savior… v18.Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. v19.Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
When I intentionally choose to fix my eyes on Jesus even when the fear and anxiety start to creep back in, I have found myself waking up singing praises in my head or praying and crying out loud to Jesus for our broken world. This is exactly what He calls His saints to do always, but especially now! Because we are called to be God’s saints, we will choose to not fall into that temptation of turning to other things. We will choose to turn to Jesus in all things at all times. Now more than ever He is calling His saints to rise up! He is doing a new thing!
- Pray that you would choose to embrace the privilege of being called God’s saint, His holy one. Ask God what He is calling you to do during this time. He may be calling you to be His prayer warrior or to serve the community or to reach out to someone that He has placed on your heart that may be struggling. Let’s rise up and choose to obey what He asks of us to do.
- Pray that the church would turn to no other name but Jesus. Pray that we would rise up to God’s calling together. God created us for community and now more than ever (since we can’t gather in person) pray that God would continue keep us connected in other ways as He has been faithfully doing already.
- Pray for our city that God would pull many people out of the isolation, depression, fear, and anxieties that they are feeling right now and draw them to closer Himself. Pray that our city would not fall into the temptation of choosing false and temporary things to satisfy what only Jesus can satisfy. Ask God for His glory to be put on display in this city and to make a way, when there seems to be no way.