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   Morning Thoughts by Elder Philip Conley

Psalm 133:3, "As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."

This morning, many in the so-called religious world think that the Lord is someone to think about for about an hour or so once a week. Then, if a golf tournament or some other social function arises, they say, "Well, this is important and pertinent to my career and social standing. Therefore, the Lord will understand if I miss this week and don't think about Him until next Sunday, if nothing else comes up." These people will even begin to heatedly declare that they are devout Christians to those that doubt their sincerity and steadfastness. However, it takes far more than this to devote to the Lord. 

As the Psalmist penned the 133rd Psalm, the foremost thought was Christian fellowship with the saints. He compares it to the tabernacle worship of the Hebrews of old. He talks about brethren dwelling in unity (peace and fellowship). While we may see the brethren during the week due to different circumstances, we are not always together in Mount Zion singing, adoring, praising, and magnifying the Great King. In our daily activities, we must divide our attention to different things. However, when brethren meet together in Mount Zion, there should be no division of attention or affection.   

In the beautiful city, we focus on our Maker. The affection is not on the lively stones fitted together, but Her Precious Saviour that bled and died for her. We learn more about our Blessed Redeemer in Mount Zion. In this place, He comes down (not physically) for a little while and tabernacles, sups, and fellowships with the brethren. At this time, the spiritual dew pours out from heaven onto the minds, hearts, and souls of the saints. Dew is an interesting subject in the Holy Bible. The LORD frequently uses dew (if not speaking of the natural water) in the Old Testament to describe the blessings that He bestows upon His people.   

What are some characteristics of dew? 1. To receive the benefit, it must be received often (daily in a natural sense). Therefore, folks that think coming to the house of the Lord on Christmas and Easter is sufficient will not receive the manifold blessing of frequent dew. 2. Dew brings immediate benefit. Natural dew makes grass and other vegetation shine with brilliance that it did not have moments before the dew came. Likewise, the best way to relieve suffering and sorrow is to attend the house of the Lord (in mind and body). The heart-felt desire for comfort comes quickly when the Lord pours out His dew from the heavens.  

3. Natural dew is far more effective than a water-hose. Likewise, the things of the Lord far outshine any experience that we may have. I do not mind illustrations and examples, but as an elder wisely stated, "Salt is good for eggs, but too much salt ruins breakfast." 4. Dew only benefits things that are alive. Dew revives and gives brilliance to something that already has life. If a plant is dead, dew upon it only makes a wet, dead plant. Therefore, trying to get folks to the house of the Lord to make them alive (born again) will really only make them wet and mad unless the Lord has already quickened them. A baptized goat will yield a wet, stinking goat, for the life must precede the watering.  

So, let us frequently visit the Lord's house, fellowship with the brethren in spirit and in truth, and above all, uplift and praise the name that is far above every name in heaven and in earth. When someone says, "I don't have to go to church every week." Ask them, "What does grass look like that doesn't receive dew or rain for just a little while?" May our souls be revived, vibrant, and fresh from frequent visits to the Lord's sanctuary to learn more about Him.

In Hope,

Bro Philip