Behold

God is like an art gallery. The invitation is to “Come, behold the works of the LORD” (Psalm 46:8). Many things we see we will not understand but that is why we are called to come behold not come analyze or criticize.

The invitation continues by saying “Cease striving and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). Oh that the Lord would restore our ability to stand in awe and wonder, no matter how uneasy we may feel. Oh to stand and behold the awe that makes us wonder, who is this God of ours? Selah.

Sing!

Psalm 47 puts a song in the soul to lift us above the fray of the narrative of the nations. Songs unto God have the ability to lift us up as we lift Him up. Sing people of God sing! He is highly exalted and worthy of praise.

Psalm 47

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O clap your hands, all peoples;

Shout to God with the voice of joy.

For the LORD Most High is to be feared,

A great King over all the earth.

He subdues peoples under us

And nations under our feet.

He chooses our inheritance for us,

The glory of Jacob whom He loves.

Selah.

God has ascended with a shout,

The LORD, with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises;

Sing praises to our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth;

Sing praises with a skillful psalm.

God reigns over the nations,

God sits on His holy throne.

The princes of the people have assembled themselves as the people of the God of Abraham,

For the shields of the earth belong to God;

He is highly exalted.

Beauty Scares the Enemy

As the countdown to Feast of Trumpets continues today Psalm 48 was the place of prayer and the Lord showed me, when we elevate the Lord we see His beauty. When we see His beauty elevated we discover beauty is weapon God uses against the enemy.

Psalm 48 says “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold. For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, They passed by together. They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they fled in alarm. Panic seized them there, Anguish, as of a woman in childbirth.”

As God establishes His mountain in our midst it will be elevated in beauty and bring joy to the whole earth, at least that’s what King David said and the prophet Isaiah seems to agree.

Isaiah 2 “Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.’ For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”

Elevate the beauty of the Lord then joy will fill the whole earth and the enemy will panic. Sounds like God to me! Have a great Monday.

Dread Champions

The days of a passive Jesus picture are over, the new era is bringing a fresh revelation of Jesus the Christ as our dread champion. The days of weak, apathetic church is over, we must recognize the truth that Israel was an army and we as the church are called to be warriors. The whole narrative of the church is about to do an about face as dread champions arise with the Lord being the model dread champion. This will not be the recycling of an old model, this will be a new prototype of power not seen in the last era.

“A DREAD CHAMPION was a warrior who was chosen by the king to represent him and the nation he ruled in, to battle against his enemies, in 1:1 combat against a warrior chosen by the opposing king or ruler. The king chose one warrior from his best, bravest, mightiest, and most loyal warriors. The winner took all for his nation or king. There was usually a lot of prestige, honor and prizes given to the winner by his king. Using a champion chosen by the king meant many lives were spared through battle, as long as both kings were in agreement to the rules and no one went back on his word at the end of the competition. The KING’S CHAMPION often won battle after battle, after all, he was the best warrior the King had and was dreaded by the king’s enemies, thus he became the “DREAD CHAMPION of the King”.

– Beverly Juelsgaard-Fischer

These dread champions will be seen in every area of society for the Lord loves people and He loves His church and He loves Israel. Dread champions will make people inside strong, will restore courage and like King David will activate a passive army with one smooth stone. There is no going back, everything is changing for the glory of God.

Jeremiah 20:11 “The LORD is with me like a dread champion!”