Topic: From Rockets To Roses
Text: Psalm 76:1-12 (KJV)
1 In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
2 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.
4 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.
6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
11 Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.
Key Verse: “Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain” (Psalm 76:10).
The conflict between Israel and Palestine over land occupied has been on for several decades. The Gaza Strip happens to be a major conflict scene in the unending struggle. It is reported that in recent years, about 20,000 destructive rockets have been fired from the Palestinian occupied Gaza Strip into Israel. But an Israel metal sculpture and blacksmith, Yaron Bob, has become world famous for transforming these rockets (objects of destruction) into highly priced beautiful hand-sculpted pieces of art – magnificent roses and jewellery. Today, ‘Rockets into Roses’ has become a brand that stands for history, beauty and peace.
Long before Yaron Bob was born, God had been converting rockets into roses for the benefit of His people. This is what the psalmist, Asaph, alluded to in the key verse. The manifest presence and power of God among His people is here acknowledged. His glorious power that silences formidable enemies of His people is also extolled. Considering all these, men ought to fear God and His people should trust Him more.
The Church of God has remained the target of attack by Satan and his cohorts in the world. Assortments of “rockets” are angrily fired at them every time but the Lord often converts the rockets into roses. He has always turned the furious persecution of His people by the wicked into occasions of praise. This should serve to strengthen our faith and commitment towards God.
It is possible that right now you are at the receiving end of some deadly rockets from the enemy’s camp. Do not give in to the pressure but strengthen your grip on faith in God’s glorious presence, power and providence. Trust Him to turn the enemy’s rockets into roses of testimonies.
Thought For The Day: If God is on your side, it doesn’t matter who or what is on the other side.
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.