Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 43)
Lifting A City
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
Proverbs 11:10-11 (NASB)
So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.
2 Samuel 6:15 (NASB)
Since righteous men are a minority in a world where immorality rules,* when a good guy wins, it raises the roof. Because long shots and unlikely heroes, little people in a land of giants, remind us that anything's possible--even the hopes and dreams of the humble.
Consider the life of King David. In a way, he's like our celebrities, who are reinvented time and again. He went from a shepherd to a rock star, from a kid's dream to Goliath's nightmare, from a musician to a warrior, and from a plain guy to earth's greatest king.
But before King David's exaltation was a tortuous victimization: a theme song Jesus would come to master. Israel's biggest losers won it all.
In our time, reality TV shows, like AI, The Voice or The Apprentice, were made by raising up unknown people to improbable stages of stardom. By result, not just cities were lifted but hearts, cheers and fans all over the world. Impossible was wrestled and beaten. Maybe others could overcome bad odds.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You carry the Hope of the humble. You are today's unexpected stars, cast by the Lord to surprise the world: walking in love, but not in judgment; bringing the light, but not for shaming; acting so well, both onstage and off; holding new hands, without prejudice, and modeling Christ as God directs.
By result, you'll lift not just cities, but hearts into wondrous revival.
To Be Continued...
* Men and women are righteous only in Christ.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.