Lest anyone damage it,
I guard it night and day.'"
- No one can snatch them out of His hand. (Jn 10:28-29)
- He has sealed them, through the Holy Spirit, for the day of redemption. (Ep 4:30)
- He will complete and perfect that which He has begun in them. (Ph 1:6)
- He will guard them until that day. (2 Ti 1:12)
- They will not fully nor finally fall for they are founded on the Rock. (Mt 7:25)
- He will not allow any of His little ones to perish. (Mt 18:14)
- He will not lose any of those that have been given to Him. (Jn 6:39)
- He has promised to glorify those whom He has justified. (Ro 8:29-30)
- NOTHING and NO ONE can separate them from the covenant relationship He has established with them. (Ro 8:35-39)
- The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Ro 11:29)
- Those He has called He will confirm to the end because He is faithful. (1 Co 1:8-9)
- He will deliver them from every evil deed and will bring them safely to His heavenly kingdom. (2 Ti 4:18)
- He is able to save them forever and He is interceding on their behalf. (He 7:25)
Their eternal inheritance is reserved in Heaven and protected by the power of God. (1 Pe 1:3-5)
- He will keep them from stumbling and will make them to stand in the presence of His glory. (Jude 24)
As a chosen child of God the Vine Keeper I am safe! The only ones who leave the vineyard are those who were never really grapes. "They went out from us, but they were never really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us' (1 Jn 2:19). There are tares among the wheat. There are wild and worthless grapes masquerading as real and royal ones. We need to examine ourselves to see which of the two we are. If , by the grandeur of His grace we are among the real and royal then how we should rejoice at the Great Vine Keeper's preserving and prospering mercy towards us!
The LORD is the keeper of this vineyard, and He "waters it every moment." This picture really grabbed me this morning. I am NOT a good gardner. I am very bad gardner. I kill gardens. I forget about my garden and don't water it properly. I give it too little water and then try to make up for my failure by giving it too much water. This morning I noticed that the LORD waters His vineyard "every moment." Only God could do that and not drown it dead!
"I water it every moment." Think of that - God waters His church and His children "every moment" and yet He doesn't over water us. We can never get too much of the water of God! The dew of heaven doesn't drown but drives us to produce more fruit. We need to "do the dew!" We need to drink it in since He is pouring it out to us. We need to guzzle the means of grace and watch the Gardner grow us through them.
The LORD keeps his vineyard, He waters it every moment, and "lest anyone damage it, [He] guards it night and day."
- God is omnipresent - He is always with His vineyard.
- God is omniscient - He sees and hears and knows all the plans and powers that seek to trample it. Nothing can be hidden from God!
- God is omnipotent - Nothing is too hard for Him, no enemy is too great for Him, and no one can remove Him from the guard station from which He eternally cares for us.
Writing of this section, Matthew Henry says : "God will keep it in the night of affliction and persecution. He will keep it in the day of peace and prosperity, the temptations of which are no less dangerous. This vineyard will be well fenced." Oh how priviledged we are to be guarded by Christ in all the affairs of life!
This morning my prayer is - Lord, thank You for keeping and caring for me. Thank you for guarding me day and night. I am safe no matter how strong the storm or how sneaky the sin. Lord - thank You for continually nourishing me. Make me to drink in that which you are always pouring out. Apply the dew of your Spirit through your means of grace to my life and make me fruitful for Your glory and for Your kingdom.
Longing to drink more fully,