O God, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have told us The work that You did in their days, In the days of old. You with Your own hand drove out the nations; Then You planted them; You afflicted the peoples, Then You spread them abroad. For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them.
It is very hard to know what God can do if we don’t know what He has done. The words of Scriptures above are taken from Psalm 44:1-3, and they are Spirit-inspired lyrics of a song composed by the offsprings of Korah. The first thing that caught my attention about their song is the fact that they acknowledged that they have heard certain things about God. What did they hear? How did they hear what they heard? Who told them?
They heard about God and the work that He did in the days of their Fathers. God drove out the pagan nations and gave their lands to their own fathers. He crushed the enemies of their fathers and gave their fathers landslide victory without fighting. That is what God who is the same yesterday, today and forever, has done before in the lives of those who have lived before.
What did they hear that we also need to hear? They heard that their fathers conquered lands without their swords, and it was not their strength that gave them victory. God did! They succeeded by the mighty power of God, and became highly successful because God favored them and smiled on them. How my heart yearn to hear the exploits of God again! Much more, how my heart yearn to see the exploits of God in my own life!
Who told them all of these things? Their fathers did! As I write this, my heart crave for these two things – to hear the exploits of God and to get closer to the fathers in my life. Without the latter, the former may be impossible. Yet without knowing the things God has done in times past, it is hard to imagine what He can do today. I want to see the exploits of God in my own life again and again. I want God to restore to my heart the deep-seated longing for His Presence and Workings. It appears to me as if there are certain things we cannot access without the fathers saying them to us. They are gracious experiences which God by His Grace gave to them. The reason many of us struggles is because we don’t understand the operations of God. The fathers do and they can spare us the struggles of figuring them out by ourselves.
If there is a time to draw near to the father figures in our lives, it is now. We need to open our ears and hearts to hear the great deeds of God again and again. These words have the power to draw our hearts close to God and launch us into our own greater experience with God. It will spark in us a new desire and thirst that nothing in the World can satisfy. And it may be the beginning of the revivals and Glory of the latter days. Shalom!
- Locate the father figures in your life and hear the words God has for you
- Get those Old Sermons and listen to them again
- Get good old days books by men like Smith Wigglesworth, D. L. Moody, E. M Bounds and read again
- Find a book on the exploits of faith and read
- Read Hebrews 11 and recount the things God did through people like you
- Study the Book of Acts and let the devotion of the early christians and the Acts of the Holy Spirit keep your heart awake.
- Watch Sid Roth’s Program, It’s Supernatural on https://sidroth.org/
- Watch Pat Robertson’s 700 Club Show on http://www1.cbn.com/