Get Out Of The Dust

There are many that feel their life is in shambles. All they can see is failure, despair, confusion, or the like in their life. But God wants each one to look steadfastly upon Him, and trust Him for the best in their life.
Get Out Of The Dust
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I would say most people find the world we currently live in to be a very tough one. We are battered by many problems and hindrances. Some feel that they can hardly take it anymore and among those are some who try to escape by drunkeness, illicit drugs or some other way. Others even commit suicide. Even those with an abundance of money fall prey to these ills. It is quite evident that one can be monetarily rich but spiritually poor.

The Holy Bible has a lot to say about poor people, and when it mentions the poor it does not

always mean those in financial distress. One such case is in Psalm 113:7. Since it is brief, and for your convenience, here is Psalm 113 (KJ21*) in its entirety:

Praise YHVH! Praise, O you servants of YHVH; praise the name of YHVH!
2  Blessed be the name of YHVH from this time forth and for evermore.
3  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, YHVH’S name is to be praised.
4  YHVH is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens.
5  Who is like unto YHVH our God who dwells on high,
6  who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and on the earth?
7  He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts the needy out of the dunghill,
8  that He may set him with princes, even with the princes of His people.
9  He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise YHVH!

This, indeed, is a beautiful psalm that begins with a call to praise God, notes His transcendence, but yet He “humbles Himself” to look at things in heaven (the context might indicate this means our sky and perhaps also the celestial realm), and then mercifully helps those who are needy, lifts them from the dust and mightily blesses them.

Salvation could be seen in the last three verses of Psalm 113 as well as spiritual restoration for any true child of His that has been spiritually battered for various reasons. The balance of the Holy Bible points to the fact that we must cooperate with Him in order to be blessed in such a way. Therefore we can look at verses 7 to 9 as follows.

I. Rise - 7 KJ21a*

“He raises up the poor out of the dust . . .”

As already mentioned, this is not the monetarily poor but “one that has become exhausted, low, wasted, and weak in substance or natural strength; . . .  it implies one that is miserable, helpless and despised” {1}. This is certainly true of those who have not truly made Christ their Savior and King. One might think they have strength, riches, and power, but when it comes to the spiritual realm one is in dire need if they do not have a personal relationship with God through Christ.

Even Christians can be spiritually poor for numerous reasons. One might be pelted with trouble and might not know how to handle it. There is also satanic {2} oppression,  personal failure, confusion, and a wrong attitude. And, in my opinion, the most serious is a personal spiritual deficit.

The Church of Laodicea was evidently well off in the material realm. In Revelation 3:17 Christ addresses the Laodicean Church saying, “'. . . you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” A Christian might get to that low level by a number of ways but foundationally it is due to lack of continuous fellowship with Christ, as well as not studying His written Word and not obeying it nor His spoken Word, all of which stymies one’s spiritual growth and robs them of needed spiritual strength.

This first part of verse 7 shows that anyone who is spiritually poor is in “the dust." That is the same word used in Genesis 3:14 where God condemned satan to eating dust: “. . .dust you will eat All the days of your life." Satan enjoys us dining on the same things he does. He prefers everyone to eventually come to, and dwell in, a realm of frustration, failure, shameful failure, despair, and more.
     
But God wants us to get out of the dust! We cannot do that on our strength, but we must rely upon Him and cooperate with Him. Some people prefer to remain spiritually poor. It gets them plenty of attention and sympathy. What is really needed is the grace of God. It is offered to all but too few apply it. If we cooperate, God will raise us up out of any realm of frustration, failure, shameful failure, despair, and more. This is done by the power of the victorious Christ Who was raised from the dead.

“ . . . and lifts the needy out of the dunghill," -- 7b KJ21*

The same truth is presented in the last part of the verse as is given in its first part but this second part of the verse brings out other aspects we need to consider and lay to heart. Immediately we see that “poor” is equated with needy. We are needy before we come to Christ. We are needy of more of Him if we are spiritually deficient. And the mature Christian will let you know that they themselves remain needy of Him though they fare well spiritually. It is one thing to be needy, it is another thing to not know one is needy. Admitting our constant need of God through Christ helps us to remain focused upon Him.

The Hebrew here for “needy" touches upon some things in regard to the previous word, “poor." It means {3} . . . 
1) in want, needy, chiefly poor, needy person 
2) subject to oppression and abuse 
3) needing help, deliverance from trouble, especially as delivered by God 
4) and / or a general reference to the lowest class 

Instead of dust, a dunghill might be presented here. Rubbish heap or ashes could be possible, and all three thoughts should enter our minds as spiritual conditions we should stay away from, and if we


do find ourselves in such a state, a fervent prayer unto God and continued willingness to cooperate with Him is what is needed on our part.

Wilson {4} brings out that this word translated as “a dunghill” is an “emblem of deep and squalid poverty,” and our context brings out the fact that spiritual poverty is addressed in this verse. Again, this might be anything such as frustration, failure, shameful failure, despair, and so on. And, again, some might actually want to dwell by their dunghill! Instead, God desires to lift one up, and He is certainly well able. If we let Him, He will lift us up, exalt us, above this world and present age as well as the heavenly realms that are inhabited by satanic forces.

II. Reign - 8 KJ21*

“That He may set him with princes, even with the princes of His people."

The Word of God declares that all true disciples of Christ are made “kings and priests", or / and “a kingdom of priests" (Revelation 1:6). One can go from a dust or dunghill dweller to a noble of the Sovereign of the Universe. This is made possible by the finished work of Christ. As it is written in Ephesians 2:4-6, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus."

Because Christ lived the victorious life we need to live and paid the penalty for our sin we have no need to remain a peasant of the dust or dunghill, but may become a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20 NKJ, ASV, YLT). But we are more than just citizens. It is wonderful to go from being a slave to self, satan, and the world to a noble, a prince, with God. Provided one remains in Christ, they join with the other princes / nobles of His people like Enoch, Noah, Moses, David, Daniel.

III. Replenish - 9

“He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise YHVH!”

Logically one who is a peasant of the dust or a dunghill dweller usually does not have much to offer to some people. What, then, about those who are well off and have contributed much to society? What about those who have given to the hungry, the sick, and others in need? Without Christ they are counted as barren for He, Himself, said (John 15:5), “apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Those who were fruitless because they were outside of Christ, and those in Christ who became spiritually barren for some reason, can go from fruitlessness to fruit-bearing as they yield to Christ and remain in Him. All truly in Christ will find that they have purpose, as indicated in the phrase “to keep house.” Once one comes to Christ they begin to learn to keep their entire being fit for the presence of the Holy Spirit. As they attend an assembly of fellow Christians and yield to the Holy Spirit they begin to edify the Church of Christ.

They also become “a joyful mother of children” by bringing others to Christ. They also help to spiritually nurture the new ones in Him. Truly no one in Christ is without purpose, and no one in Christ should be robbed of their joy.

God is a wonderful God of mercy! Even the worst sinner, the biggest failure, the one in a seemingly hopeless state, and anyone else, can be lifted up from the dust and mire, be made a prince of God, and find rewarding purpose if they trust God through Christ. Get out of the dust, get off the dunghill, and let God develop you into the image of His dear Son. You will be blessed now, and for all eternity.

Notes:

{1}  Wilson, William: Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies (MacDonald Publishing Company, McLean, VA) pp 317-18

{2} Not capitalized on purpose and so throughout the article. Experts Column gives me the freedom to express myself in that way.

{3} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{4} Wilson p 137

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by December 8, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M425 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    When God spoke through the prophets, he promised his people a world where all their needs would be satisfied: banquets with wine aplenty, long life, a land well-watered, freedom from oppression, a kingdom of justice. We too are now be asked to put all our trust in him.
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