TO REST AT NOON
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Tell me, O Thou whom my soul loveth, where Thou feedest, where Thou makest Thy flock to rest at noon?” (Song of Solomon 1:7)
Who is this One whom my soul loveth? “The LORD is my Shepherd.” (Ps. 23:1) He is “the GREAT Shepherd.” (Heb, 13:20) For He is “the CHIEF Shepherd.” (I Pet. 5:4) He is not some ‘hireling’ to be called upon to obey our whims and desires, when we need His help. But He must truly be OUR LORD, in total control over all that touches our lives, whose will is pre-eminent, and to which we fully surrender.
Not only will He cause us to feed in green pastures, and lead us beside the still waters, but He also causes His flock to rest at noon. “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works.” (Heb. 4:9-10) Note how quickly Saul of Tarsus (Paul_ ceased from his own works, and began to serve God in the sphere of the spirit, when he had that special NOON DAY experience. “At mid-day, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.” (Acts 26:13) With this ‘happening’ he came to the end of his own works of persecuting those who believed in Jesus and His way, and thereafter declared, “For God is my witness, Whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son.” (Rom. 1:9) No more to depend upon “enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” (I Corinthians 2:4)
The prophecy stands, and shall be fulfilled, “The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down (rest), and none shall make them afraid.” (Zephaniah 3:13)
All the works of the flesh will have ceased, the carnal nature ended, they feed in Him, and come into His rest. And none shall make them afraid, because, “perfect love casteth out all fear.” (I John 4:18) Clothed with a consciousness of His love, to rejoice in His peace and victory.