Sunday, October 12, 2008

Disturb Us Lord

A Prayer for Sunday.

Disturb us, Lord, when

We are too well pleased with ourselves,

When our dreams have come true

Because we have dreamed too little,

When we arrived safely

Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when

With the abundance of things we possess

We have lost our thirst For the waters of life;

Having fallen in love with life,

We have ceased to dream of eternity

And in our efforts to build a new earth,

We have allowed our vision

Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,

To venture on wider seas

Where storms will show your mastery;

Where losing sight of land,We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back

The horizons of our hopes;

And to push into the future

In strength, courage, hope, and love.

attributed - Sir Francis Drake -1577

(Habakkuk 2:1-4)

May Each one of us who have a call from God, who have a vision, ever be a watchmen on the tower always looking up, looking around, looking within, and watch to see what he will say unto you, may we always be listening attentively to the words of his mouth and carefully observing the steps of his providence, that we may not lose the least hint of instruction or direction. Let it be that we watch to see what he will say in us", "what the Spirit of prophecy in us will dictate to us, by way of answer to our complaints." Even in an ordinary way, God not only speaks to us by his word, but speaks in us by our own consciences, whispering to us, This is the way, walk ye in it; we must attend to the voice of God in both.

The prophet's standing upon his tower, or high place, intimates his prudence, in making use of the helps and means he had within his reach to know the mind of God, and to be instructed concerning it. Those that expect to hear from God must withdraw from the world, and get above it, must raise their attention, fix their thought, study the scriptures, consult experiences and the experienced, continue instant in prayer, and thus set themselves upon the tower. His standing upon his watch intimates his patience, his constancy and resolution; he will wait the time, and weather the point, as a watchman does, but he will have an answer; he will know what God will say to him, not only for his own satisfaction, but to enable him as a prophet to give satisfaction to others, and answer their exceptions, when he is reproved or argued with. Herein the prophet is an example to us. 1. When we are tossed and perplexed with doubts concerning the methods of Providence, are tempted to think that it is fate, or fortune, and not a wise God, that governs the world, or that the church is abandoned, and God's covenant with his people cancelled and laid aside, then we must take pains to furnish ourselves with considerations proper to clear this matter; we must stand upon our watch against the temptation, that it may not get ground upon us, must set ourselves upon the tower, to see if we can discover that which will silence the temptation and solve the objected difficulties, must do as the psalmist, consider the days of old and make a diligent search (Psa_77:6), must go into the sanctuary of God, and there labour to understand the end of these things (Psa_73:17); we must not give way to our doubts, but struggle to make the best of our way out of them. 2. When we have been at prayer, pouring out our complaints and requests before God, we must carefully observe what answers God gives by his word, his Spirit, and his providences, to our humble representations; when David says, I will direct my prayer unto thee, as an arrow to the mark, he adds, I will look up, will look after my prayer, as a man does after the arrow he has shot, Psa_5:3. We must hear what God the Lord will speak, Psa_85:8. 3. When we go to read and hear the word of God, and so to consult the lively oracles, we must set ourselves to observe what God will thereby say unto us, to suit our case, what word of conviction, caution, counsel, and comfort, he will bring to our souls, that we may receive it, and submit to the power of it.

We must write the vision, Hab_2:2.
We must write it plainly, that we might imprint it on our own mind, and make it more clear to ourselves, but especially that it might be made known to those in other places and transmitted to those in future ages. The Bible says that, Where there is no vision, the people parish.... So, for everyone of us who has a vision, may we write it plainly, accept it and begin to truly walk by faith by stepping out one step at a time always attentive to the Holy Spirit.

Disturb us lord when all we do is sit on our hands and our talents and our gifts and our passions. Disturb us Lord when we ignore the tug of our heart strings and smother the desire to serve you with the excuse of fear. Disturb us Lord, when we abandon our abilities to the lie that we can make no difference. Disturb us Lord always...... God Bless you all !!!

(Thank you Pastor Ken for your sensitivity to the Spirit and your encouragement! I dedicate this to my friend Alecia feel better friend!!)

Paraphrases and portions from Matthew Henry's Commentary

1 comment:

  1. Wow did that touch my soul. Absolutely beautifully written. You have such a way with words.