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To those who dwell in the dust…


This summons to wake up and shout is addressed to those who dwell in the dust…

The world is filled with them–those who dwell in the dark cells of disappointed love and faith, or who have failed in their life’s purpose, or who, like Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46) are blind and reduced to beggery…

It may be that you have lost all sense of God’s nearness and love–not because of any known sin, but through physical weakness, mental exhaustion, or the loneliness of sorrow and suffering. It may be that you have been seeking him without, whilst he is within

It may be that you are perplexed by the mystery of unanswered prayer….No answer comes back from the Infinite, and your prayers seem like vessels lost at sea. 

It may be that your life has not realized its early ideals. As the years go forward, they carry us into disillusionment and heartbreak. Life has its prizes and rewards, but they are not for us. 

To all such we pass on Isaiah’s words: “Wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning!” (Isaiah 26:19)

The dew is used here of the grace and love of God. Instead of dust there will be dew, which steals so gently and silently over the earth. The more dry and sapless a patch is, the more tenderly does the dew caress it. 

~ The Dew in the Morning by F.B. Meyer ~

But your dead will live; their bodies will rise— let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy— your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. (Isaiah 26:19) 

I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” I will not die but live and will proclaim what the Lord has done. (Psalm 118: 13-21) 

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. (Micah 7: 7-8)

3 comments on “To those who dwell in the dust…

  1. I read the above devotional in my Senior’s Bible this weekend and was impressed to share it…

  2. This caught my eye so I will comment some about it: “…It may be that you are perplexed by the mystery of unanswered prayer….No answer comes back from the Infinite, and your prayers seem like vessels lost at sea. …”.

    There really is no obligation by God to answer prayers we pray that are outside His Will! I can’t think of any Scriptures that point to God’s benevolence answering capricious prayers prayed to fulfill the desires of sinful sinners?

    Can you?

    Here are some verses that bring the Godly purposes of prayer into focus:

    If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:14 ESV)

    AND

    I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1 John 5:13-15 ESV)

    Now of course for us to ask anything from God in Jesus’ Name we first must be born again according to His Will which means our human fallen nature is now dead and buried with Christ in God and now we are alive spiritually in Christ by the power of God and not by the power of our human nature.

    The heresy that we can ask “anything” in Jesus’ Name is very destructive to one’s soul! God simply is deaf to those prayers no matter how benevolent or life changing they are!

    I propose we focus on the “prayers of the Saints” from the Scriptural basis and from the testimonies from others recorded for the purpose of prayer elucidation so we drop any notion that God will answer our prayers!

    Here is the prayer God waits for now and it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to bring us into this life changing truth about what Saints are to pray today as active members of the Body of Christ and are to pray asking in Jesus’ Name and when and why. Notice what follows correctly prayed prayers of the Saints according to the Will of God:

    When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. (Revelation 8:1-5 ESV)

    I further propose this is what the apostle Peter had in mind when writing this:

    But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:10-13 ESV)

    Our prayer life is to bring about the Will of God not the will of man!

    • Thanks Michael…as always your points are well said!🙂

      The day i came upon this in my seniors bible (which i love, by the way) i felt as though it had been written especially for me. In other words, i needed to read it and knew the Holy Spirit had led me to the page.

      “Hope deferred makes the heart sick….” is probably the best definition of how i felt that day, and had been feeling for many months, so i praised God at reading this devotional and it’s reference to Isaiah 26:19, for it was a strong reminder of the blessed promise of what lies ahead for us all…eternal life, and one day, resurrection! This is what those who are experiencing extended seasons of “physical weakness, mental exhaustion, or the loneliness of sorrow and suffering” need to remember each morning as they arise to greet another day. If we do this, we will be able to ‘shout for joy’…amen?

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