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Saturday, January 14, 2017

PSALM 147

verses 10-14


"He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He does not take pleasure in the legs of man.
The Lord favors  those who fear Him,
Those who wait for His lovingkindness."



My dream vehicle is a mustang,
not a V-8 but a 4-hooves.
Giddy-up!


Okay, y'all know that I love horses.  I think I'm going to hang out in the stables of heaven.  I might even have a carrot or sugar cube in my pocket to give to that white horse that Jesus rode on in the last battle.  Yet, as this Psalm tells us, it is important to remember the victory of the battle was not in the horse, no matter how beautiful or strong, but in the rider.  Christ could have come in a tank.  But He chose the beauty of the horse.





Another example to keep everything in perspective is to remember when the Hebrew children, who were on foot, were being chased by the greatest army in the world. They weren't between a rock and a hard place, but between sand and water, waters too deep to cross, perhaps in flood stage.  Only God could rescue them from the strength of the coming army being brought by horses and  vast numbers of marching men.  He made a path through the sea on dry land, not even mud, so that the young and old, the strong and the weak could pass through.  What happened to the horses, chariots, and strong legs of Pharaoh's infantry? They were drowned.  His children? Rescued!  Their victory did not belong to the strong, but to the weak.  Though fearful to walk not on water, they walked through  walls of water, stepping out in faith to follow God.



My young man Hank, fifteen, has met the Army recruiters.  They pick him up at the high school once a week to go do P.T. with them.  For us non-energetic types, that means physical training: running, workouts, you get the picture.  Even though he's come to accept that a military career may be impossible due to the meds he's on, he still wants to work out with them chanting, "My grandma's ninety-two and she works out better than you!"  Yeah, that kind of stuff. In rare visits to the gym since he was an early teen, my husband was amazed at the strength in his legs with what he could on the squat machine.




Hank even runs with his club foot that supposedly would prevent him and even with a sprained ankle from earlier in the week that the school sent him home pushed in a wheelchair with ice on it.  Yep, the infantry is his dream job.   Yet, caution: "God does not take pleasure in the legs of man."


Barnes commentary says, "The horse is among the noblest works of God, perhaps the noblest of all the animals that He has made...(talk about a war horse!)







"Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrible.
He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He goes out to meet the weapons.
He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
And he does not turn back from the sword.
The quiver rattles against him,
The flashing spear and javelin.
With shaking and rage he races over the ground,
And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.
As often as the trumpet sounds he says, 'Aha!'
And he scents the battle from afar,
And the thunder of the captains
and the war cry."
Job 39:19-25


I was able to go see these Lipizzaner
horses on display once,
the royalty of horses.




"Barnes goes on to say, "Yet God regards with more interest and pleasure humble piety
than He does any mere power, however great and wonderful it may be...
He prefers the humble heart to this."



Gil's notes say, "What are pleasing to Him are exercises of a spiritual kind;
such as fleeing to Jesus, the strong tower;
running the Christian race, to obtain the incorruptible crown,
wrestling against principalities and powers...



Adam Clarke says, "The horse, among animals, is most delighted on by man for beauty, strength, and fleetness.  Yet these are not His peculiar delights.  Should the distrustful Jew argue, alas, we have no strength, ammunition, horse or armour, the prophet replies--
1.  He delighteth not, etc. when used as a warlike creature.
2.  He taketh not pleasure, etc. in the nimbleness of men, when used for warlike preparations.


But He delights in His servants.
1.  The Lord taketh pleasure in those who love and obey Him.
2.  In those that hope and have confidence in Him."





Matthew Henry says, "God will delight to honour, not the strength of armies, but the strength of grace."  I find that beautiful!



I confess that I don't understand runners.  I know they get endorphins from their exercise that is addicting even.  I hope I get endorphens from studying God's Word.  There is certainly satisfying pleasure to be found there.  I can't imagine giving time in other pursuits that could equal that.  These "fitbit" thingy-ma-bobbers should have been invented for men like John Wesley, Adam Clarke, Francis Asbury and the host of circuit riders who gave their lives on foot or on horse to spread the Gospel.  They even studied Scripture while riding.  Now, that's maybe what I should have been, a circuit rider!  Now, I just ride the internet blogging away.













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