I awoke this morning with a song on my heart and mind. Today however, I was singing new words to this old familiar song of faith. Instead of singing, “There shall be showers of blessing.” I was singing:
There have been showers of blessing,
Oh, how last night they did fall.
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.
The song I had been singing in expectant faith could now be sung in grateful praise & proclamation.
The rain actually started before I went to be last evening; but my, what a blessing to wake up hearing the rain still falling early this morning. That desperately needed and long-prayed-for rain, finally fell. My heart leapt within me as I awakened to that reality this morning. I was almost giddy with the goodness of God. I wanted to shout about his marvelous grace and mercy!
But then I remembered there was a second part to my praying and to God’s promise. It’s a promise not just for physical rain, but for God’s spiritual blessing from above. Did you know it is indeed a promise found in the scriptures? As referenced above, that promise comes from Ezekiel 34:26. Did you know that there is actually a very personal promise included with it? Did you know that there is a promise from God there to make YOU a blessing?
Let me sort of put this promise in context. God has just reprimanded the priests, (the pastors of that day) the “shepherds” for not properly feeding his flock. In verse 4 he has very pointedly accused them of failing to:
strengthen the diseased,
heal the sick,
bind up the broken,
bring back they that have
been driven away, or
seek that which was lost.
There are some mighty harsh allegations. God virtually accused these men of allowing God’s flock to become prey of the enemy. I am afraid that many a pastor in our day has done the same. They too have failed to feed, and strengthen, and heal, and bind up, and bring back the scattered, and seek the lost. As such, we have become prey of the enemy. We have strayed from God. We have lost ground. We have greatly weakened our witness.
Yet God turns around and says in verse 22, therefore I will save my flock and they shall no more be a prey. Then in verse 24 he says, I the Lord will be their God. And then in verse 25 he says I will make with them a covenant of peace Then verse 26 says, “I will make them a blessing…there shall be showers of blessing. And verse 27 declares, “They shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke.”
While I am praising God for the blessed rain showers, I am still awaiting the salvation and spiritual showers that will set us free.
Some of the hymn I am still having to sing in faith:
There shall be showers of blessing
Precious reviving again.
Grant to us now a refreshing
Come now & honor they Word.
There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!