Words from the Heart for Monday June 26th, 2017
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
Psalm 68:1 (KJV)
Let God Arise
This verse is waiting for us to use in our prayers. God’s enemies are our enemies, too. They are no match for Him. He can clear the way of all pretenders. He will respond to the cry of His people. He will reveal His power. Make this verse part of your prayer, too.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Edward Barron Chandler was born in Nova Scotia, but move to New Brunswick to study law and would remain in the province for the rest of his life. He was the son of United Empire Loyalists, and was part of what was known as “the compact”, a group of politicians that ruled the colony of New Brunswick from 1848 to 1854, opposing responsible government. Chandler attended all three Confederation Conferences and while he supported the Conservative Party under Sir John A MacDonald, he did so with caution, because he opposed a strong central government. He was offered a Senate appointment, but turned the offer down. He did accept the appointment as Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.
The history of Israel throughout the Hebrew Scriptures is one of God winning battles that seemed hopeless. This is both the case nationally and individually. It was only when the people of Israel didn’t trust God and either moved ahead of Him, or failed to follow Him, that they ran into problems and the battles were lost. Ai, the second city they attacked once they entered the Promised Land, after Jericho, is a classic example. After the victory at Jericho, they quickly forgot that the reason they had defeated the Canaanites at Jericho was because they had followed the direction that God had given them. So they moved ahead of God and learned a lesson in a very painful way. King David was the successful ruler he was because he learned from the past. So in Psalm 68:1 he writes: “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.” David had watched God at work, and he knew that the people of Israel were victorious when they were in the centre of the will of God, and could count on His leadership and empowerment when the time was right. This is a wonderful picture here – God stands up. While He is sitting, He does so with great interest in what is taking place. But when He stands up, He is getting involved and victory is assured. Where in your life do you need God to stand up today? Ask Him to do so.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’