Thelma Galbraith - Airdrie Special Meetings - Morning Meeting, 2006

Hymn 227, “Lord Be Not Silent Unto Me”

Hymn 196, verses 3 and 4, “Help Me to Find Thee When I Pray”


Isaiah 61:3, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”


In order to have beauty, there must be a fire, a consuming fire.  If the fire of God’s love can consume our hearts today, beauty will be seen in us.  There cannot be beauty without sacrifice.  It is the fire of God’s love that works in us.  We often think that sacrifice will take away too much from us, but it also gives us something more.  Don’t ever feel that our sacrifice is too great. There’s a picture given in the Old Testament of sacrifice that’s nice to think about:  it was voluntary, it was denial, and it was being moved by the Spirit.  That fire is first kindled by God Himself.  An animal was first placed on the altar, and then it was consumed by the fire. The ash fell to the ground below and then it was collected and taken to a clean place.  God never forgets what is worked out in your life and mine.

 

Song always follows sacrifice, then thankfulness and growth and it leads to a deep, deep satisfaction. II Chronicles 29:27 says, “And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David, king of Israel.”  If our song is ever lost, we will find ourselves living in a strange land.  Songs encourage us, inspire us and lift up our heads.  In Zion, the songs of the delivered were heard singing praises to Jesus of thankfulness.  A true song comes from a thankful heart and brings great encouragement into the kingdom. It adds strength to the kingdom. Always keep our eyes looking inside the sanctuary and never outside. Heart songs inspire our brothers to sing.  If we ever lose our song, we will discourage and affect the next generation.  In Hezekiah’s day, there was no sacrifice.  For you young people, there is never a time too early in life to learn to love God and have godly desires.  These godly desires must be created while we are young and our priority should be, “I want to be right; I need to believe that God will help me.”

 

II Chronicles 29:2-3, “And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David, his father, had done.  He, in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them.”  Hezekiah wanted to be right.  We must open our hearts and minds today and be renewed in our spirits so our love can be renewed in God, and then He will help us.  Verse 5 says, “And said unto them, 'Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.'”  Hezekiah removed all the filthiness out of the Temple and took that uncleanness away.  His desire was to be clean and this must be our desire, too.

 

Verse 10, “Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us."  There is always our side and God’s side, but God hath said, “I’ll give you salvation and peace and eternal life.”  To obtain these promises of God, we must be willing to say, “I believe, I’m teachable, I’m willing.”  Our side is so small in comparison.

 

Verse 19, “Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of the Lord.”  This is speaking of the prepared vessels that were brought to the altar.  When these sacrifices were brought, the fires were lit and the sacrifices were consumed and then the ashes were taken to a clean place.  The songs of the Lamb followed each sacrifice.  Our rejoicing can take care of every other thing.