December 17, 2007 Ration

Psalm 2:3

“Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us.”

This is the worthless counsel and rage of the kings and rulers of the earth against the Lord and against His anointed. The world hates the Lord. The world hates the ways of the Lord. The world hates the glory of Christ, the Lord’s anointed. And so the world says, “Away with the bonds and yokes of the Lord that work to the glory of Christ. We will enjoy the glory ourselves!” But the Lord laughs at this counsel as He gives His Son a rod of iron to dash the proud and arrogant to pieces.

“Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him” (Psalm 2;10-12)!

Artist, is there any such counsel that you hold to that attempts to claim for yourself the glory of Christ in you. You are Christ’s! He made you. Christ is your Author. You cannot look at yourself and demand credit or praise for any glory that is demonstrated in you. You are a creature who has a Creator, and to Him alone is all the glory of your life due! Don’t play the fool and try to break free from the bonds of the Lord.

It is not a yoke of bondage to give the Creator the praise for the glory of your life. "The Lord’s yoke is easy and His burden is light." The Lord’s yoke, if it must be called a yoke, is the only chassis by which you will know and enjoy the full pleasures that God has ordained for you to know in how He particularly crafted you. But the devil does not want you to enjoy the greatest pleasures, so his counsel to you is to enjoy God’s glory as if it were your own. Be warned, O artists of the earth! Kiss only the Son!

I had the pleasure of enjoying a delivery of Handel’s Messiah this past week. What glory of God was demonstrated and enjoyed through God’s creatures, past and present! This verse, “Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us,” as well as the surrounding verses, is part of the libretto. And sadly, while the libretto is so clear that this raging, when embraced, will only bring the wrath of God upon those who cry it (to the glory and praise of God as is sung in the familiar Hallelujah Chorus: “Hallelujah! For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth...”), there were those who still clearly sought their own glory in the performance. God, who sits in the heavens, laughs at such vain, artistic strutting!

The mezzo was confused. The mezzo thought that her portion in the Messiah was for the glory of her bust. She believed the devil’s twist on truth that says, “you are beautiful...your beauty is for your glory...declare your glory!” It is true that God has made woman to be beautiful in her form, this is to the glory of God. It is also true that a woman’s beauty is a part of her “glory,” that is, the "glory" that God endows her with. But when the devil’s counsel is to cast away the bonds of the Lord, that is, to disregard the parameters defining how that which is beautiful can only and fully be beautifully enjoyed, the mezzo seeks to siphon God’s glory as her own.

Handel’s Messiah is clearly about the glory of “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.” Artist, do not be fooled as the mezzo that I saw was fooled. Be warned. Do not think that when the Lord gives you a voice and gives you a stage to declare the glory of God, that you can take that stage in and for the glory of your bust, or whatever else you glory in that is not a glorying in God. Your end will be like the potter’s vessel that met Christ’s rod of iron.

All “blessing and honor, glory and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, forever and ever. Amen.” Handel ended his Messiah gloriously.

Jason Harms


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