Monday, September 9, 2013

Watchmen and Mourning

By Eddie Parrish

    Without satellite imagery or drone aircraft, ancient cities were guarded by “watchmen.”  These brave men would stand guard in towers and constantly scan the horizon for potential danger (cf. Ezekiel 3:16-21).  In addition, because they had no spotlights or night-vision goggles, watchmen dreaded the dark.  It was their most vulnerable time.  So they longed for morning’s light.

    Drawing on this cultural phenomenon, the psalmist wrote, “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning” (Psa. 130:6), just as those ancient soldiers yearned for the morning of a new day, so should we.  Let us long for the day when the darkness of sin is forever shattered by the light of eternal day!

-Eddie Parrish, via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur Church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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