This scripture implies that one of the deepest longings within the heart of Jesus is to sing the praises of His Father in the midst of and through the instrumentality of the congregation of the believing. In light of the nature and importance of music, it should not surprise us that God has used minstrels to inspire and activate the prophetic (2 Kings 3:15). Nor should it be surprising that prophetically inspired people will be led to sing in the Spirit, communicating the heart of God to His people and the heart of His people back to God.
Is it possible for you to discover that God hasn't finished with you? Perhaps you feel you have no real future. Perhaps you can look back on that time when everybody said, "Oh, what a future!" But that's all over now; you feel there is nothing to live for, you've made real mistakes, and there is no way that God could use you now.
Jacob had come to the place where he anticipated nothing but sorrow. He was now an old man. He had made many mistakes, almost every mistake possible. He felt there was nothing to live for, and he anticipated the worst. The irony was that Jacob's best days were yet to come, because he had yet to do what God had raised him up to do: to give the patriarchal blessing to those twelve sons.
The Bible says the thief must restore what he has taken sevenfoldif the thief be found! Sadly, many Christians cannot tell the difference between the God we serve and the adversary of our souls. Jesus said, "When he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers" (John 10:4-5). What tragedy we will suffer if we cannot recognize the voice of our Shepherd and distinguish it from the voice of the thief!
Only when you hear the Shepherd's voice regularly will you be able to recognize it.
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