deep calleth unto deep

AS THE hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, Where is your God? These things I [earnestly] remember and pour myself out within me: how I went slowly before the throng and led them in procession to the house of God [like a bandmaster before his band, timing the steps to the sound of music and the chant of song], with the voice of shouting and praise, a throng keeping festival. Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God.

Yield Not To Temptation – Horatio R. Palmer

Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each victory will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain:
Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,
God’s Name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown;
Through faith we shall conquer, though often cast down;
He Who is our Savior our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

yours truly
Pee

DON’T PUSH IT

by John MacArthur
You’re likely familiar with the concept of a
“white lie.” It’s any lie that, due to mitigating
circumstances, honorable intentions, or limited
scope, is considered negligible . Plenty of
people believe that lying can be acceptable
and even justifiable in certain circumstances.
They argue that noble motives and the need of
the moment can erase the sinful weight of the
lie.
Pivotal to their argument is the story of
Rahab.
And the king of Jericho sent word to
Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who
have come to you, who have entered your
house, for they have come to search out
all the land.” But the woman had taken
the two men and hidden them, and she
said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did
not know where they were from. It came
about when it was time to shut the gate
at dark, that the men went out; I do not
know where the men went. Pursue them
quickly, for you will overtake them.” But
she had brought them up to the roof and
hidden them in the stalks of flax which
she had laid in order on the roof. (Joshua
2:3–6 )
By lying, Rahab prevented the capture of the
Israelite spies and helped pave the way for
Israel to conquer Jericho. Remarkably, Rahab
is the only Gentile honored for her faith in
Hebrews 11. By commending her faith, is
Scripture also condoning her methods? Was
hers the rarest of circumstances in which lying
was the right thing to do ?
Scholars and ethicists have argued over that
question, going all the way back to the
earliest rabbinical history. Let’s face it, it’s
not an easy question.
Scripture clearly teaches that “Lying lips are
an abomination to the Lord, but those who
deal truthfully are His delight” ( Proverbs 12:22
NKJV). God Himself cannot lie ( Titus 1:2 ;
Numbers 23:19 ; 1 Samuel 15:29 ), and
therefore He cannot condone or sanction a lie.
On the other hand, some argue that because
of the circumstances, Rahab’s statement to
her interrogators was not technically a “lie,”
but a military feint —a legitimate stratagem
designed to trick or outwit the enemy in
warfare. Others argue that any lie is
acceptable if the motive serves a greater
good. Such a situational approach to ethics is
fraught with very serious problems.
I see no need to try to justify Rahab’s lie. Nor
do I see any biblical basis for defending her
deception as righteous. God certainly could
have saved Rahab and the spies without her
lie.
There is an interesting story that Corrie Ten
Boom told about some people in Germany who
were hiding Jews from the Nazis. They had
nailed the legs of their kitchen table to the
floor. Beneath the table was a carpet
concealing a trap door. Lifting the table would
open the door to a secret basement where the
Jews were hiding.
When the Nazis came to the door they would
accuse the people of protecting Jews in their
home and demand to know where they were
hiding. The owner of the house would simply
reply, “They’re under the table.” The Nazis
would mock them and leave the house
thinking they were crazy. The point, of course,
is that they told the truth because the Jews
were under the table. They just didn’t reveal
how far beneath the table they were hiding.
I don’t believe you have to say everything that
could be said at every point. There is some
virtue in keeping your mouth shut.
I have experienced a similar situation in my
own life. Many years ago I smuggled Bibles
and other books into China with my wife and
children. The church there had asked if we
would bring some Christian literature,
including some of my books, that had been
translated in Chinese. We all had those books
tucked away among our clothes in our
suitcases.
Our strategy was simple. We told our children
to proceed through customs as usual. If the
authorities didn’t ask us anything, then we
didn’t need to say anything. We also made it
clear that if any of them were asked if they
had any books, they were to tell the truth
without hesitation.
In the purposes of God, the Chinese authorities
didn’t stop us. We went straight through
without any questions and made it safely to
the designated drop-off location and delivered
our precious cargo.
God works in amazing ways and always
achieves His sovereign purposes. My love for
the truth and convictions concerning it remain
unchanged—we should honor truth regardless
of the situation.
Still, the lie was never the point of Rahab’s
story. There is no need for clever
rationalization to justify her lie. Scripture
never commends her lie. Rahab is never
applauded for her ethics. Rahab is a positive
example of faith. In fact, Hebrews 11:31
explicitly commends Rahab’s hospitality to
the spies and nothing more.
In the moment she lied, her faith was newborn,
weak, and in need of nurture and growth. Her
knowledge of Israel’s God was meager. It is
likely that she had never met worshippers of
God before that night. She probably had no
understanding of the value He put on
truthfulness.
On top of that, she was a product of a corrupt
culture where ethics were virtually nonexistent.
Lying was a way of life in her society—and
especially in her profession. The way she
responded is just what we might expect from a
brand-new believer under those
circumstances.
The point is that Rahab’s faith, undeveloped
as it was, immediately bore the fruit of action.
She “welcomed the spies in peace” (Hebrews
11:31 )—meaning that she not only hid them,
but also implicitly embraced their cause. She
thereby entrusted her whole future to their
God. And the proof of her faith was not the lie
she told, but the fact that “she received the
messengers and sent them out by another
way” ( James 2:25 )—when she might have
handed them over for money instead. The lie
is not what made her actions commendable. It
was the fact that she turned down an easy
reward, put herself in jeopardy, and thus
staked everything on the God of Israel.
Nothing but faith could have made such a
dramatic, instantaneous change in the
character of such a woman.

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