#185 (7/1/18 morning)

(Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Psalm 4:1.  The word "distress" means narrow, tight, crowding, a place of trouble.  It was in this type of place the Psalmist admitted was a place of enlarging.  We need a narrow, tight, troublesome place to grow spiritually.  When the LORD reigns us in and puts a boundary, a fence, a restriction around us, we know it is for the purpose of growth.  The average human, in their fallen condition, resents being confined.  Control and choice are removed when lassoed into a narrow, tight place.  The neck stiffens and the heels dig in when the Holy Ghost leads us back into the corral.  In the case of David, Samuel the prophet removed him from his narrow, tight place (NTP) and anointed him King of Israel.  After this event, David was returned to his NTP by the LORD to increase his spiritual growth.  Furthermore, David was once again removed and brought to the court of Saul to relieve him of his mental illness while playing his harp.  When this was concluded, there went David back to his sheep and his hillside NTP.  At the request of his father, David brings food to his brothers who are engaged in a standoff with the Phillistines.  After hearing the blasphemous, invective spewing forth from the mouth of Goliath, David gains national attention for ridding the earth of a foul enemy of the LORD.  Back to the NTP he went to receive more enlargement.  

In the scripture reference above, "prayer" is defined as a hymn, intercession.  We can deduce that prayer (intercession) in our NTP brings about enlargement or growth.  "Enlarged" is defined as to make large, make room, expansion, to grow wide.  David could have easily resented being sent to watch dumb sheep.  He was anointed king, he worked in the palace court, he slew Goliath and received national attention ("Saul has slain his thousands, but David has slain his ten-thousands"), why should he be banished to a NTP and not be exalted for his accomplishments?  He could have groaned and moaned that God underestimated his talent and ability.  Just as easily, he could have accused the Headship and Righteousness of the LORD for being unfair in controlling his destiny.  Not a word of complaint is recorded in the Bible.  Instead, David gladly went back to his NTP and wrote beautiful and charming psalms about the goodness and greatness of God.  David was completely devoted and surrendered to the Headship of the LORD and wrote about it in his songs.  He was a prolific writer of hymns and songs in the darkness and lonliness of his NTP.  In our personal NTP's (using David as an example) the LORD would like us to tune our harps and play songs of love and surrender to His Omniscient Headship.  When the time comes, after enough spiritual growth (enlarging) has taken place, we will be exalted to the prominent position of King of Israel (as it were).  Promotion comes from the LORD.