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"Bow down your ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy." Psalm 86:1 Poor and needy? This was written by a KING! And God said of King David that he is a man after God's own heart (Act 13:22). The greatness of King David was his utter humility. How many kings would even think to approach God? Is there a king or ruler on earth who isn't all about himself? This man was all about his relationship to his Lord. As for himself, David considered himself "poor and needy," hardly the words of a king but the very words that made him great. Do you know any kings or heads of state who consider themselves servants, not servants to their own agendas but humbly serving the needs of their people? Some perhaps, but not many. Yet for David, it was all about God's will in his life, seeking how he could serve the Lord. It was to the Lord God that David bowed himself and surrendered his soul. vs 4: "Rejoice the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul." While most men of name and fame hardly give God a thought, David prayed and sought to know the ways of God, the will of God, to know how God would have him walk. His highest goal was to "unite my heart to fear your name." Is it any wonder that God called David, "a man after my own heart?" vs 11: "Teach me your way, O Lord, I will walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name." But hell resists him ferociously. vs 14: "O God, the proud have risen against me, and a mob of violent men have sought my life, and have not set you before them." And this will always be the case - wherever there is a man wholly surrendered to the Lord, there will be opposition from evil men who have only contempt for God. They have not set God before them, they have no interest in God nor in anyone or anything that God loves. As Cain killed Abel, so it will always be that the wicked will oppose those who belong to God. They will mock God's people and set traps to ensnare them to make them look bad. Don't be afraid or dismayed when this happens to you. If you belong to the Lord, Satan will come against you in painful ways. Your faith will be tested to the end of its strength. But God will restore you. vs 17: "Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me." Let us pray for the leaders of our land, that the righteous may gain a voice for the sake of God, and that the protection of the Lord surround them. They surely need our prayers, for the hatred and maliciousness of hell is doing all it can to destroy their name and make them look foolish. Observe and see if this isn't true. Satan is exposed by his very predictability. Keep your eyes on the Lord. He alone will sort everything out and his plans will not ever be stopped.

"But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day." Proverbs 4:18 We live in a world of darkness, a fallen world, with fallen people, in a fallen society, this world concerning which the Scriptures say is all under the rulership of Satan: "But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HAS BLINDED who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them." 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 God calls people out of the world to whom he can bring light. Those who find him are transferred out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, and IT CHANGES EVERYTHING. I remember the day I was born again - it was quite amazing, exactly as though someone turned on the light because suddenly I could see. Everything changed. I found myself becoming more and more disinterested in the things that I loved before, and without effort - becoming interested in things that I never before cared about. The Spirit of God entering a person's life makes the difference between night and day, darkness and light. But while a new believer lives in the darkness of this world, that light within must be maintained. Oil must be provided daily to the lamp or the wick burn out. There are forces of darkness that seek to overcome the light, therefore one must be ever watchful for the "wiles of the devil" who constantly seeks to snuff out the light in the believer. Staying in the light requires daily feeding in the Word of God, and a watchful diligence to ward off and refuse the efforts of the enemy to snuff out that light. As long as one feeds daily in the Word of God, the light will be maintained. Should he part from it, he's easy prey for the enemy. It requires persistence, it requires diligence. vs 23: "KEEP YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE, for out of it spring the issues of life." Jesus told the story of ten virgins waiting for the Bridegroom to come. As nighttime came upon them they all slept, and at midnight the announcement came, "Behold the Bridegroom! Go out to meet him!" Five of the virgins had not brought enough oil for their lamps and when they arose they found the lamps had gone out and they didn't have enough oil to go out to meet him. Panicking, they asked the five wise virgins to give them some of their oil, but the wise ones only had enough for themselves. The five without the oil WERE LEFT BEHIND. (Matthew 25:1-13) The oil is the Spirit of God, the Word of God. If neglected, there won't be light. Each day there is only enough oil for the day, and each day it has to be replaced. The wise will light their lamps daily in the Word of God, and the darkness will have no power over them. If the Bridegroom comes at midnight, only those who have enough oil will be able to go out and meet him. The rest ...are left behind. Keep your heart with all diligence, apply to it the light of God's Word daily so that when darkness falls, you'll have enough light to endure it until the shout: "Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him!" Matthew 25:6 And those with enough light will go.

“WHEN THE LORD SHALL BUILD UP ZION, he shall appear in his glory." Psalm 102:16 The appearance of the Lord in his glory is tied to the generation that sees the Lord build up Zion, which is another name for Israel. Since the year 70 AD, the nation of Israel was in judgment, scattered across the whole earth, banished from their ancient homeland as God had repeatedly warned before he brought judgment. But the end of her long diaspora came in 1948. On the 14th of May, 1948, Israel became a nation again after 2,000 years of being dispersed throughout the world. Since then God has been restoring the Jews to Israel and has been rebuilding their land. Every kind of threat and interference from hell has tried to stop it, but Israel remains - because it is God who is restoring her. This could never happen any other way. In this Psalm, as in other places in the Bible, we see that WHEN THIS HAPPENS, it signals the generation in which the Lord shall appear. "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all be fulfilled." Luke 21:32 It is in this generation that understanding has been given on this subject. Many things that were not understood in past generations have been revealed in this one, because the signal had not been given in past generations, but HAS been in this one. That signal? The re-establishment of the nation of Israel in the land of their fathers, something that teachers of previous generations said was impossible. "This will be written FOR THE LAST GENERATION, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord." Psalm 102:18 One of the key prophecies giving understanding about this was the prophecy given to the prophet Daniel. At the end of the prophecy God said to Daniel: "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." Daniel 12:4 How aptly did the Lord signal the generation in which this was to happen, the generation characterized by great TRAVEL everywhere (running to and fro) and the generation that sees a great increase in KNOWLEDGE. A hundred years ago they traveled by horse and buggy. In this generation they've gone to the moon! And in this generation our whole lives have been changed by the increase of knowledge and technology, as no generation ever before us. Ever. It's all there. What we were told to watch for is before us. The Rapture of the church is imminent and will take place just before the last seven years of Daniel's prophecy begins. Until then, the church is the restrainer of evil, but when the end of the church age arrives, the restrainer will be removed so that Satan can have his hour uninhibited. "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. AND THEN the lawless one will be revealed..." 2 Thessalonians 2:7 The Word of God so many years ago, given to the prophet Daniel as recorded in the Bible's Book of Daniel, pinpointed this generation, and Jesus further clarified it as recorded in Matthew chapter 24 in which he gave the signs of the end for believers to watch for. Those signs, every one of them, are here in our generation, featured on our news media daily. It is only in this generation that they COULD have taken place. Generations ago there were so many things undeveloped that they couldn't possibly have understood. But in our generation, it has all been made clear since the development of world-wide media, radio, television, and the internet. "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END. Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly, AND NONE OF THE WICKED SHALL UNDERSTAND, but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:9-10 Oh how true. No other generation has been given to understand these things. And notably, when you try to tell these things to the wicked, they simply CANNOT understand. Yet to believers, it is clearly understood. Do YOU understand?