Numbers 20, Psalm 58 & 59, Isaiah 9:8-10:4, James 3

I started off today’s reading in the wilderness, with grumbly mumbly Israel.

Moses and Aaron are thrown on their faces in the presence of Glory. The Lord spoke,

Take the staff… tell the rock…”
but instead, Moses told the people, and struck the rock, twice!

Then God said,

“Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy… therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” Num.20:12

At that moment surely Moses was wishing he’d stayed on his face a little longer where the Glory was. I’m like Moses, often. I say too much. It was natural for Moses to be frustrated with those obstinate, whining, forgetful people… but the only appropriate place for retching frustration is while face down, before the LORD.

God, I get tired of boiling over, scalding the people around me…”

For wickedness burns like a fire;
it consumes…
it kindles…
rolls upward in a column of smoke. Is.9:18

…how great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
And the tongue is a fire…full of deadly poison. James 3:5-6,8

David sings denouncing his enemies and demanding justice (aka: complaining). In the very last part of his song I learn a secret. While waiting for the Lord to act…

“I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.” Ps.59:16

When things get tough and I’m about to leak out verbal vengeance onto these precious rebel children who daily surround me… In meekness of wisdom, I must fall down on my face in the presence of Glory, hand over control and uphold holiness by exchanging pain inflicting words for songs of praise to God.

“…the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18

Lord, I need You desperately.
You are holy.  I am a sinner. You know me well.

I fall face down in the presence of Your glory.

Thank you for sanctifying this sputtering spring.
I long to overflow purely fresh and sincere praise.

amy in peru

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8 responses to “Numbers 20, Psalm 58 & 59, Isaiah 9:8-10:4, James 3

  1. Kathleen

    Excellent! You beautifully tied the chapters together and give us an excellent reminder of how our anger, thoughts, and tongue can get away from us if we’re not connected to the Father!

  2. Amy, thank you for these thoughts. I can relate! I appreciated this post and your meditation on these words. Convicting and encouraging.

    Courtney

  3. Deb Schneider

    Amy,
    I love you. What great insight. More of me spent face down… we know it, we do it, we forget to do it, we know it, we fall face down… only face down. Oh Lord, let me be face down as I walk through my days from my intimate time with you to the times I wrestle through troubles with the kids to times of cooking to times of counseling to my free time…. face down, coming before you in the very moment and sincerely seeking you daily not for show or stacking up of deeds but for love; your love now in me that I may love you truly.

  4. I saw the fire burning so many places. It really spoke to me of the love of God that burns away our impurities and makes us beautiful.

  5. thanks everybody for your kindred spirit in this.

    He is SO good… and teaches us well.

    Loving Him,
    amy in peru

  6. Hammy

    Amen. Exactly what God has been trying to accomplish in me …

    tongue management
    grumble abolishment
    humility establishment

    Oh what a weakling … only face down.

  7. look2thehills

    “When things get tough and I’m about to leak out verbal vengeance onto these precious rebel children who daily surround me… In meekness of wisdom, I must fall down on my face in the presence of Glory, hand over control and uphold holiness by exchanging pain inflicting words for songs of praise to God.”

    Wow! (Ouch!…I can definitely relate.) Thanks for the wonderful application!

    – Beckie

  8. oh yes. for everybody I think? 😉

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