Meditations: SOTM11 Matt 5:4 (3)
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matt 5:4
When The King lays hold of our heart, He will have nothing less than all of us. He will not relent until He possesses our whole heart and as we yield our hearts to Him, He fills us with His desires, His motives, His plans and His purposes. But He does not stop there. He gives us also His feelings, His response to the world around us. He wants nothing from us but all of us. For the intimacy of “yada” fellowship with God He called us and it is that total communion with Him He is drawing us into. He wants our hearts fully knit together with His until it is as though we are no longer ourselves but an extension of Him, yet separate from Him (we are not God), yet not (we have no life nor joy apart from all of our consciousness being wrapped up in Him). And as our heart is knit together with His and He unfolds this mystery of Christ in us, we begin to be animated by His heart and feel as He feels. And in that knitting together of our hearts with His is born yet another form of mourning.
Jeremiah 9:1 (NKJV) Oh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!
Starving, fatherless and motherless and loveless and hopeless children begin to crush our hearts with a mountainous weight of compassion, of deep desire to end their hunger and their heartache, and we begin also to see all men and women without God in that way. In this realm of His Kingdom we begin to be moved by the King’s law of love – now written on our hearts by His Spirit – and, having come into the overwhelming joy of knowing the King and finding the riches of knowing Him, our heart breaks at the poverty and suffering of His little ones and so we mourn their suffering.
We see His little ones abused and neglected and the anguish of Almighty God at their brokenness comes flooding into our hearts like a waterfall of grief and holy wrath and discontent and we’re moved to end it. No longer can we be satisfied with good wine and sitcoms behind high walls. Blissful ignorance and it’s companion spiritual death have come and gone and we now have new company: His Spirit of fiery, costly love. When we enter the Kingdom of His righteousness He appropriates our hearts as vessels of His grief and our bodies as vessels of His compassion and the fasted lifestyle lays hold of us – that true fasting of Isaiah 58 takes hold of our heart:
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward. 9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: 11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. Isa 58:6-11
Practical compassion grounded in grace is the spirit of the new covenant of His love in which nothing matters but faith working through love (Gal 5:6). It is when we enter this new covenant that we see money and time are deeply spiritual commodities – they are two of the chief means we have been given to walk out our death to self and life to Him, to manifest the Kingdom of His love and reveal His reign in our lives. The way we spend our money and time reveal where He is King of our lives, and where we still serve that despot of Self. Each outworking of the law of love from our heart to our mind and hands and feet and wallets and possessions and time is a footprint of His life-giving grace, evidence of the establishment of His throne. A lifestyle of mourning for the suffering plight of the least of these and joyfully enacted mercy – pouring out our lives to take care of His little ones – is the scent of His presence in our lives, the aroma of His consuming love at work in our hearts.
1 John 3:10 – 4:21 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother….Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love… 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us…. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him… 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Original date of work: 7 Feb 2011
By: J Goldberg