Friday, November 13, 2009

God in Camp

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

Psalm 16:8  "I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved."

God in Camp

What kind of God do we need today? What we need is a God in heaven, not some little provincial idol that cannot see and cannot hear. The God of Heaven has a perspective and power that exceeds our own.
Not only do we need a God in heaven, but we also need a God incarnate. If God could help but didn't care to help, that wouldn't be a comfort or a help to you, would it?

I am thankful for the fact that God is in heaven and that Jesus is God Incarnate, but those two truths pave the way for what means the most today-God in camp.
Christ is not here; He left a Comforter. What we need is a God in camp-a God in us. Psalm 16:8 is a decision to acknowledge God's presence. Now, God is here whether we acknowledge Him or not, but it sure makes a difference when we do acknowledge Him!
"I have set the LORD always before me" is something that you consciously do. It is not just God in camp; it is God in me. And there are a lot of results in having a God that is present. David said, "Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." That is, I am stable. Many things will bump up against you today, and they will probably be heavier than you are-either literally or figuratively. But when you put God before you, you are stable-"I shall not be moved."
Verse 9 continues, "Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope."  You may not get a lot of rest today, but you can always rest in hope. That hope comes from the fact that God is not only in Heaven or in that He came in flesh; that hope comes from the fact that God is in me. When I set Him before me, I am stable and satisfied with gladness, rejoicing, and hope.
Verse 10 is one of the notable references in the Old Testament to resurrection. When God is before you, what is at His right hand is accessible. He is risen, so I will be too. All my goodness is in Him (verse 2), so He is my righteousness, sanctification, and (sometime in the future) my resurrection.
I am stable-I am satisfied-I am safe. All of these things are true, not only because I have a God that is in heaven and a God that came to earth, but because I have a God that is in me. And may God help us all to recognize that today.
Prayer Requests
1. Revival services tonight in Ripley, TNPittsburg, TX; and Colonial Beach, VA
2. Ranch evangelists traveling to services this weekend in Owensboro, KY; Ponca City, OK; Starke, FL; and Miami, AZ 
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