One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.” (NIV) There are seasons where the church needs an encouraging word for no other reason than being weary from extended seasons of warfare. How we treat the weary is very significant to God!
Deuteronomy 25:17-19 records how Amalek treated Israel when God’s people were weary, “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.” God sees and remembers how we treat the weary, even when they are an enemy!
Every year when we celebrate Easter, we honor the God who loved us enough to die for us and birth eternal salvation. Jesus guaranteed with His blood the covenant God made with David in Acts 13:34, “And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.” Each of us can ask for David’s blessings in Christ. The first blessing was redemption of all personal failure through acknowledgment and repentance.
David’s greatest failure was Bathsheba and all that followed. But when he acknowledged and repented, the union produced Solomon, the wisest man, wealthiest man and builder of the ultimate type and shadow temple. David’s most grievous failure produced redemptive fruit.
The second major blessing of this covenant is God’s commitment to cut off our enemies. David prayed for God to cut off unrelenting enemies and God did it every time. That blessing belongs to every New Testament believer. It is only denied the church due to tradition.
This is a season for encouraging words that are apples of gold in settings of silver! Now is the time to speak them and release them to all those around us! The eternal Christ is resurrected with redemptive blood that eradicates every failure and offers to replace it with eternal fruit! May the fullness of that covenant find every believer and bring us God’s intended harvest!