Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 28, 2015

TBT: “Campfire Songs”

“O You Who hear prayer, to You all men will come.” (Psalm 65:2)

Good Morning Beloved of God!

Not long ago, one of the worldwide web social media sites created something that has since become somewhat of a phenomena called “Throwback Thursday.” Each Thursday, those posting on the site share something from their past…a story, often a picture, (yes…that’s me in the picture), or, as I am also doing today, an article.  Today, I am participating in “Throwback Thursday”  with this posting of prayer thoughts from July of 2013, some months after I began writing these daily thoughts. For some of you, it may ring familiar. For others who began reading these at a later date, and for those who just don’t remember it at all, I share once again a post I entitled “Campfire Songs.” My prayer, as always, is that it be a blessing to you!

I always enjoyed campfire singing. Though mostly associated with the Old West, I believe campfire singing goes back many centuries before the likes of Gene Autry or Roy Rogers. I believe that many of the songs of David, for example, were sung by the light of a nighttime fire. Perhaps Moses and the children of Israel also sang songs to God by the soft glow of a fire during a nighttime watch as they wandered through the wilderness. I believe Jesus and his disciples spent many a night singing around the glow of a fire. Perhaps this particular psalm, Psalm 65, was sung in such a setting. Can’t you just picture it… David and his counselors and warriors each lifting up a song of praise or intercession, or confession before Almighty God. Some were singing…others listening intently to these words: “O You Who hear prayer, to You all men will come.” This was a song sung to God…a song-prayer. We know it was a song sung to God, for it says so. When they sang, “O You Who hear prayer”, they were, of course, singing to God, for it is God who hears our prayers. When they sang “to you all men will come.” the song they sung in prayer was a realization and an acknowledgement that, in the end, all men…all people…will eventually come to God in prayer. Now this does not mean that eventually all men will come to salvation. What it does mean, I think, is that the day will come when there will be no further denial of the Lordship of God, because it will be plain to everyone. His Lordship will be undeniable even to those who hate the very notion of God. On that great day of Judgment, they will cry out to God in prayer along with the saints, but the day of deliverance will have passed and the day of Judgment will have come. “Seek the Lord while he may be found. Call upon Him while he is near. let the wicked man forsake his ways and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55: 6-7) May this be our prayer to the One to whom all men will come. Let’s pray!

O Most Holy and Most Merciful God: You are the God Who hears our prayers…the God to whom all men, women, and children will come. As we stand before  You on that great day of Judgment, may we do so in the knowledge that it is Your Beloved Son , who already is praying for us, Who will intercede on our behalf, that we may be adjudged righteous because of Him. What a Savior we have! His Name be praised now and for all eternity. Amen!

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