on the Lord
(One evening some years ago when I first began teaching at Green Lane)
was fast asleep in my bed Ė when somebody spoke aloud, and said,
Brother Beuttler.† I
knew it was the Lord that had awakened me, but I did not know
what to do. Well now, letís see here what King David had to
say about this?
63:6-7 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches,
because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy
wings will I rejoice.
activity here that David speaks of is meditation. You know as
well as I do that weíre living in a very -- in the age of electronics.
People these days are losing the art of meditation.†
And this is a universal thing, especially in the western
world. Somehow people donít seem to like to think anymore. Thatís
true. People (Especially
church people) want to have their thoughts thought by others. (Note
here that Beuttler spoke these words before first mention of
Discipleship, Shepherdship, or a believer or a fellowship ever
needing spiritual coverings was made. The here irony of this
is Bob Mumford was one of Walter H. Beuttlerís most promising
students.) People like others to do their thinking for them.
You find that throughout the world, especially in the west.
People today are losing the art of meditation, and contemplation.
have a television in our house. Now you are lucky in one respect.
Unless Iím mistaken, you get television only from one channel
here. Is that correct? Well, in the States in our metropolitan
centers, you have a dozen or more stations from which you can
select anything. You can get almost any kind of program you
want. If you donít like one, you turn to the other. If you donít
like that, you turn again. Like New York City, you get a basket
full of stations. The result is that people, instead of thinking
and meditating, and reading the Word, and contemplating God;
they have turned to television. †(We see here that by Brother Beuttler having
a TV in his house, and his reference to Pentecostal believers
in the States, as well as the members church he is visiting
in Australia of all having televisions, -- that the argument
over television in Christian households had already been long
lost among Pentecostals. But as we all well know this battle
to captivate [to place in captivity] believerís minds only began
there with each successive layer of electronic gadgetry becoming
more seductive than the last, VCRís, Cable Television, Video
Gaming, The Internet, and now online gaming. The pull in peopleís
lives of these virtual trees of knowledge of good and evil is
exponential above and beyond what TV was in its heyday.†
many churches our Sunday night services are all but abandoned.
Why? People are at home watching television (Or any of the more updated things we
are captivated by today) You take a trans-Pacific flight: I go on a 10-11
hour non-stop flight. All right, you have your meals and after
awhile itís movie time. Pull down the shades, and now comes
the movies. And people sit there hour after hour watching all
of that junk. They want to be entertained. (But
there was and still is a lot more going on here than just being
entertained Ė things are entering the eye-gate and the ear-gate
and making imprints in our minds, in our souls, and dare I suggest
in our spirits.† What was once outrageous, or in poor taste,
or altogether unclean by listening to the ďungodlyísĒ multitude of council day in and day
out and week in and week out becomes common placed, and just
the regular talk. The power of the media regardless of its form†
-- should not be underestimated. In the book ďThe MediaĒ
experts from the industry boast on how they have turned American
society inside out, and have shaped political opinion for decades
Ė and have the graphs and charts to prove it.) †What a God-given opportunity to read and think,
to review your life, to contemplate things. Thatís where I use
my time for meditation, for waiting on the Lord, for reading
the Word or even magazine, for sitting there and doing some
thinking. (The) people (in
donít want to think (either). They want to be entertained (too). So you are lucky.
You have only one station. In the States, you can turn to a
dozen stations. Here if you donít like one program, you have
to turn the thing off. The best part of a television set is
the switch to turn it off, especially in light of the junk you
get on it,- at least we do at our home.
then: In the night watches: When I remember thee upon my bed. Contemplating the
Lord. Meditating on Him. Look now at what he says: Because
thou hast been my help. †Reviewing for an instant, what God has done for us.† Reviewing His great works on our behalf.†
David meditated on the Lord in the night watches.
didnít get up at 1:00 oíclock in the morning and say, "Well
now, Iím awake. What shall I do? Iíll think Iíll go to the television
set and watch the late show." I donít know what you have,
but we have ĎThe Evening Show;Ē we have ďThe Late Show; we have
ďThe Late, Late Show;Ē we have ďThe Late, Late, Late Show. And
now halfway through the morning, programs are still going on.
Well, David did some meditating. Notice what God says is Psalm
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in
the way of sinners, nor sitteth
in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law
doth he meditate day
and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers
of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
you notice in passing, how people (These days are) deteriorating
in their relationship with God? (The truth is most churches and believers
have been asleep for the last three decades and few and noticed
anything even slightly amiss.) First, you have walking, then you have standing,
then you have sitting. First we walk with the sinners. Then
we stand with them, and finally we sit with them. And then we
are one of them. (Beuttler
knew, Beuttler foresaw this day, and what has replaced the life
and spirituality that those of his generation sought God for,
and found of Him.)
in his law doth he meditate
day and night. What better thing to do at night than to contemplate the Lord
and to meditate in His Word? David used the night season to
meditate on the Lord and His Word. Psalm 119:55 gives
us another activity related to this: I have remembered
thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law. †(Meditatation, contemplation, remembering and
delighting, none of these words imply accidentally running into
God. All of these words are deliberative acts, deliberate in
that they have to been knowingly done, and knowingly in the
place of something else. Another point is most of these words
are deliberating calling to memory things that most believers
never give a second thought to. Ė In other words here we see
someone treating as precious, that which others taken in by
the cares of the world normally treat as common and trod under
foot.) David remembered His name during
to think upon the name of the Lord is to think upon what God
is. His name is what He is. His name is His character. In other
words, if we could invent (which is impossible) one word, which
in one word would embody the sum total of all that God is. If
all that God is could be put into one word, that would be His
name. In the Bible, the Lord has many names. The reason the
Lord has many names in the Bible is that the Lord is so much
that there is not any one name that could possibly be a descriptive
name of what He is. When we call upon His name, we call upon
the characteristics and attributes of God.
like to now turn to Isaiah 50:10:
50:10 Who is among
you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice
of His servant, (and) that (ends up)
walking in darkness, and hath no light?†
Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon
†Look here: There is such a thing in our Christian
experience as going through a period of darkness when misfortune
has befallen us, sorrow has touched us, trouble has come our
way, and we are unable to account for or find our way through
it. I have heard it preached, Folks, if you are obeying the
Lord, and walking daily with God, youíll never be in the dark."
There are those in evangelistic faith healing circles who teach Job
was not upright, that he was not perfect in his ways before
God† And that all that befell Job occurred because
Job sinned and let his hedge down†
when he feared.
You know, that just is not so.
was a choice saint of God, and God said so. He was a man that
feared God, stayed away from evil, was an outstanding and righteous
man, and he was in thick darkness for over a year with the things
that had befallen him.
look here, look at who these scriptures address, Who
is among you -- You! that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the
voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no
light?" Here you have a
situation in Job, of a believer in God, who fears God, and obeys
and yet has trouble. In fact, it is
true. (And these things happen more than you think.)† (Pardon me here as I do not have time to develop
this thought.), that there are people who are going through
not because they failed God, but because they had walked with
God. And Job is an example of this.
devil gets other (Believers) eyes on Job (And
then gets other believers to stand in his place accusing Job
night and day.) . Now what is
such a person to do? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, in what God is.
And when we go, as it were, through deep waters (Of
deep trouble, deep darkness, not because we have failed God,
but because we have walked uprightly with the Lord)†
when the Lord visits us in the night, and awakes us in the night
in one way or another, what are we going to do?†
Let him contemplate the name of the Lord. Ė (Let him meditate) what He is: Heís
good, Heís faithful, Heís righteous, He is a thousand and one
things. The night season is a good time for thinking upon His
will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: (He who pulls) my reins also instruct(s) me in the night seasons.
Psalm 16:7, we see the night seasons are also for instruction.
And we also see we (can) learn things in
the night (Through our meditation, contemplation, remembering and delighting
in the Lord) that
we (can not and) do not learn, or are not likely to learn, at any
other time. I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel;
(He who pulls) my
reins also instruct(s) me
in the night seasons.
this word reins is a difficult word in the Hebrew. It really
means my kidneys, but in those earlier years, the kidneys were
regarded as the seat of our personality. We know better now.
What David is saying is that during the night, God gives
me instruction, and I learn things from my own contemplation,
from God speaking from within my own spirit. My own spirit
will teach me during the night. In my walk I have received from
the Lord many instructions during the night. So did Jesus.
last Sunday? "The Lord God hath given me the tongue
of the learned. He wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth
my ear as things that are taught." The Lord instructs
us during the night. We learn from our own spirit. We see things
more clearly often during the night when we can concentrate
on one thing or another.
moving rapidly trying to cover as much as I can. Iíll see what
I can do.
42:8 Yet the Lord will command his loving-kindness
in the daytime, and in the night his song shall
be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
His song shall be with me. Now weíll turn to Job for a minute.
35:10 But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night?
there are times when during the night God gives us a song. Have
you ever experienced this? Who giveth songs in the night." I had one
the other night. I canít go into detail, I suppose, but I got
a song from the Lord during the night that changed my attitude
toward the person. I told Wife in the morning, "I have
to take a different attitude toward that person. The Lord gave
me a song." It was a strange song for the occasion and
I wondered what to make of it. Then I made the connection.
had an attitude toward a person, though not totally wrong, was
nevertheless, it was tarnished by a wrong attitude. Which I
would say, was at least contrary to Him. That song taught me
to modify my attitude, and consequently, my actions.
the night He gives us songs of worship, songs of David. I was
up with the Lord one night while we were here, and I was sitting
there and happened to think about my itinerary. I had a question.
Should I, or should I not stop in a certain place. At once,
a song rose up, Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace,
and I knew right away I was to stop there. The Lord will guide
you many times with a song. (If you are not asleep with everyone
gives songs in the night.
was up another time when I was last here, up for a little while
with the Lord. And I had questions in my mind about my having
visiting a certain place. It was another one. In regards to
that place, I wanted to know whether I had made a mistake? Thatís
more accurate. And as I wondered, a song came up, It is well
with my soul. †Do
you sing that here?† It
is well with my soul.
I knew everything was all right, and was able to leave it alone.
He giveth songs in the night. If you only knew that, (Deep within) you, you would
then† discover many
times the song that comes to you is not simply there as
a song, but it is a song to give us instructions.
night I was awakened out of a deep sleep in the States, and
I am a poor sleeper, but I was in a deep sleep that time. I
was awakened by a song that sang so -- shall I say, loud.†
I heard it sing in my spirit, and there it was. The song
woke me and the song was: Up from the grave He arose.
I knew what it meant: Itís meant it was time to get up. Thatís
the school of the Spirit. Who
giveth songs in the night. You must watch for that thing. (Or
they will pass you by.) †Many times
I get these songs - by day too. I get one very often.
Oh can I think of it? Iím trying to hurry, and Iím not made
canít think of it. It will probably come to me. Itís a chorus
the Lord often uses with me to alert me thatís Heís going to
call on me with something later on. Very often, itís prayer
or intercession. The Lord uses songs by day. He gives songs
by night. If it comes to me, Iíll weave it in.
to Ephesians 5:18-19 because the songs are not
always a special message or for guidance. Here is another purpose:
5:18-19And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves
in Psalm and hymns and spiritual songs (Songs
of the Spirit), singing and making melody in your heart
to the Lord.
we see that the Lord, by His Spirit, puts into our hearts a
melody by day or by night. And when you get (This song of the Spirit) it by day or night:
Well, what will you do with this melody? That is if it does
not seem to be for guidance or anything. What do you do with
it? Oh, (Iím trying to make up a word) You melody it unto the
Lord. It doesnít have to be loud, just let this thing (Beuttler holds his hand over his chest) sing aloud, and
let it sing unto the Lord like,†
How Great Thou Art, or whatever it is that wells up within
you. Donít just let this thing go around and around, and around
and around, and around and around, until it all dissipates into
nothing.† Take it
and make melody in your heart to the Lord.
donít have to wake the family up in the middle of th night and
shout all over the place. It doesnít say make melody with your
voice, but it says Make melody in your heart to the Lord"
the Lord gives those songs. And Job knew it. Who giveth songs in the
26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early.
(And all we have to do is begin to meditate, contemplate,
remember and delight in the Lord -- and then see what He will