"THE SEAT OF THE SCORNFUL"
Meditation Moments 108:
God bless you and make you a blessing as our usual greeting for Meditation Moments and we're so glad that you're tuning in. Will you bow your heads for just a wee word of prayer?
Father, we thank Thee for the privilege of speaking about Thee. We thank Thee for Thy precious Word that we shall enlarge upon. We ask Thee, Lord, that Thou will give openness of mind and heart to the things that Thou hast laid upon our heart to say, in Jesus' name, amen.
You know it's something of a tragedy isn't it when there's such a wonderful balm. Oh, such a provision for the needs of dear ones that we say so little about it that we don't have such a sacrificial spirit in getting the Word out, when there's such transforming power with the Lord Jesus Christ and yet we're so silent about it. I want to talk just a little bit about that for a few moments.
Every morning before I get up there's a few things I say to the Lord. I go through the 23rd Psalm and I say the Lord's Prayer and I always say the 1st Psalm and then 11th and 12th Chapter of Hebrew. I go through quite a number of Scriptures that bless my own heart and seem to prepare me for the day. But this particular Psalm I want to read it to you, this first Psalm, and I think that most of you may know it perhaps memorized it long ago but this first verse:
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standest in the way of sinners nor sittest in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season. ... (quotes till end of chapter.)"
Now those words "nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." You know, so many radio programs today there's scorning of the things of Christ and seems like nothing is sacred anymore and so much of the news is slanted towards the liberal and modernism and Communism and some of the leaders that we'd expect so much from it seems as if they're on the side that isn't the side of Christ or of blessing for this nation and just let any honest-hearted person attempt to accomplish something worthwhile and immediately there's suspicion thrown upon them or jeers at least, let any woman begin a work of mercy and love for the unfortunate and she's criticized and condemned by others and any other church member that will stand up and lay hold of a worthy piece of work that no one else seems to be interested in and then many will instantly protest he's trying to run the church. There's so much criticism for those that are taking a stand for the Lord.
In the major I can understand why some people do not want to be outspoken for the Lord Jesus Christ. They come to a place where they are fearful and they don't sit themselves in the seat of the scornful but they're afraid of these scornful ones and the ones that will ridicule and some of the greatest people of the ages in history have been scorned for their stand. I think Washington was probably the most eminent ruler the United States ever had and was so loved and when he was leading the ragged Continentals at Valley Forge and oh, their feet were bleeding, their bodies were hungry and there were those that were sitting at home in comfortable chairs by blazing fires and they criticized him. They said, "Why he's been twice a traitor!" and Washington has authorized the robbery and ruin of his own party and you know the story of Abraham Lincoln where one nationally known editor even wrote that Lincoln ought to be hanged, that he betrayed the people and he was a cancer on the body politick.
And there is a lot of criticism and it does make it hard for people to testify today and to witness to the power and the blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ or to stand on the right and they'll be called everything from an extremist and the fringe of lunacy, an extreme fanatical rightist and all. I will say that even public servants pay a dreadful price for the privilege and honor of serving even their country and true, every Christian who strives to faithfully bear witness for his Lord is gonna pay dearly for his courage and his fidelity. Peter declared long ago, "Know this, there shall come in the last days scoffers walking after their own lusts. Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour."
Now the paths of service are crimson with the blood of suffering, hearts have been broken and hopes have been blessed and souls are needlessly wounded by thoughtless cruel ministry of those that are willing to occupy front seats among the scornful. These people that sit on the seat of the scornful that jeer at God's people and make it hard for one as I say to testify to witness to the things of Christ. Oh, I love those words in the Psalm, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standest in the way of sinners nor sittest at the seat of the scornful."
It was the same though for the Lord Jesus Christ and when He was a national hero and was the idol of the multitude but when the curtain rang down on His ministry men of religious bigotry and political malice, unsheathed the sword of hatred and they deserted Him and at his arrest all of His disciples fled for their lives. At the cross there was but one of His chosen apostles that dared to stand by and when He died he left on earth 11 cowards it seems to me and one traitor[?].
You know, Paul, the one with the pulsing heart. He was the controlling mind of the Early Church. You remember when he said in His hour of direst need, He said Demas has forsaken me having loved this present world and has departed and Crescens is gone and Alexander the Coppersmith did me much evil. That my last trial no man stood with me. All men forsook me." The majority of Paul's friends weren't able to face the lions and the swords of the firing martyrdom. They clung tenaciously to their seat and among the scornful.
They have been many cowards in our time also. I've had some experience along this line so often long ago. A young woman that had been greatly blessed in the ministry and God had healed her marvelously and she went to tell someone about it and she said, "Oh, I just had the most marvelous doctor and he did such a wonderful work," and then she added in a whisper, just a bare whisper to this party. Said, "Of course the Lord helped a little," she said. But she said it in a whisper, "But of course the Lord helped a little."
Well, I turned to her and I said, "You did have a good doctor but," I said, "you've got a very jealous God and the Lord healed you through the prayers of all your friends and I prayed for you desperately and I said, "The doctor helped a little and the Lord did the work and true the doctor did help some but the Lord did the work." And she was ashamed it seemed of this.
A friend complained of the blasting of a certain program and I said, "Did you write in or protest?"
She said, "Oh, goodness no! They would've published my name and my letter." Well, those that stand against Christ and the things that you believe they don't mind having their names published."
Sitting one time in the parlor car of the Southern Pacific Train a Christian woman and I knew the conversation between 3 people took on a vitriolic tone towards the Bible and towards Christ. She couldn't stand it any longer and stand up and left. She never said one word of protest, she gave the least witness to her faith before those people. You know, there's something tragic about that when we've got so much to witness to and we let those that sit in the seat of the scornful put fear into us. It's an awful thing when you think that when we have so much to witness to and such a wonderful Lord and there can be such transformation in these lives and yet we don't tell'm about the (balm?) that there is in Gilead. You know, we used to sing a hymn in Sunday School I think I've quoted to you a number of times:
"Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone.
Dare to have a purpose true
And dare to make it known."
Oh, I wish that some unsaved one listening in right now would have the courage to trust God for your salvation and then help us stand out for His truth, declare your allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ right now. Do you have the courage to do that? Oh, what a changed life you would have. What a witness you could be for the right and for the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ. God's Word says, "I say unto you, joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repents than over 99 just persons who need no repentance." Oh, God help you to have courage to stand up for the cause of Christ in this dark day. Oh it's needed so very much and surely you owe the Lord Jesus Christ that much loyalty that you'll not listen to the scornful or sit anywhere near the seat of the scornful. God help you to have the courage to speak for Him. He's still on the throne and prayer will change things for you.
I was raised in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, Illinois, served in the USAF from 1970 to 1974, and became a full-time missionary for Christ living 40 years in Japan, 3.5 years in Russia, and a few months in other countries such as Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China where I also served the King of Kings, Jesus, as an Ambassador for His Kingdom.
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