THE THEFT OF A BIRTHRIGHT IS THE DEATH OF A LEGACY
¶ In these Last Days, there are innumerable things that would drive us out from abiding in our God-given inheritance. An inheritance that Almighty God in his Divine Providence has laid out for each one of us in this age and, if we remain faithful to the call, an even greater inheritance in the age to come, however, this inheritance must be fought for in the Spirit. The loss of an inheritance, much more a God-given inheritance, is truly heart-rending, for it is nothing less than the theft of our birthright which in turn is the death of our legacy which in turn produces Satan’s Delight; clueless, wandering orphan souls which we seem to have an abundance of in our nation today. What happened to Ancient Israel is happening to us.
¶ Let’s begin in the Book of 1 Samuel, Chapter 10, verse 1 where it says, “Samuel took a vial of oil and poured it upon Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, ‘Is it not because the Lord has anointed you to be the captain of His inheritance‘?” Thus we have the first king of Israel, a striking, handsome man who stood head and shoulders above all others. Nonetheless, according to the Scriptures, we find this striking image of manhood standing on a ridge overlooking the Valley of Elah, dumbfounded, and trembling at the sight of Goliath down in the valley below with the massive Philistine Army on the opposite ridge all arrayed for war. This powerful enemy of Israel came to see just what grade of mettle this new king, Saul, and the Armies of the Living God were made of. Of course, as the Scriptures say, all of Israel was saved that day by a young, and ruddy little shepherd boy who appeared upon the scene with nothing more than a sling and a stone. His only agenda was that he loved the Lord with all of his heart. One-on-one, this little shepherd boy took on the Giant of Gath, sinking a stone deep into the forehead of this huge descendant of the Nephilim, bringing down the most terrifying warrior of the age, Goliath, the Giant of Gath, with a single stone. So begins the Biblical account of Saul’s encounter with David. From that day forth all of Israel began to sing, “Saul has killed his thousands but David, his tens of thousands.” (1 Samuel 18:7) which ignited a fit of jealousy in Saul so evil that it vexed him with a spirit of insanity and an uncontrollable murderous resentment towards David, the Little Shepherd Boy who, not only save Saul’s hide that day but saved the entire nation of Israel from coming under the bondage of a terrifying heathen nation.
¶ Previous to the standoff with Goliath and the Philistines in the Valley of Elah, Saul, time and time again did flagrantly fly up in the Face of God and the prophet Samuel in rude disobedience, and obstinate rebellion, so much so that God tore the Kingdom out of Saul’s hands, vexing him with a spirit of insanity. The Lord then sent Samuel to the home of Jesse to anoint his son, the young shepherd boy, David, to replace Saul as King of Israel. Of course, all of this took place over a period of 15 to 20 years, culminating in the crossing of their paths on a ridge high above the Valley of Elah.
¶ In the light of all of this darkness, we have what looks to be the scenario of Psalm VII where we find Saul, seething with malice, riding relentlessly with the massive army of Israel behind him in a ruthless pursuit of an innocent man, the newly anointed heir apparent, David, and his six hundred faithful warriors, to drive him from his God-given inheritance and into the grave. Thus we have the makings of what we know today as Psalm VII.
<<A Rambling Song of the Wanderings of David>>
<<A Psalm of David, which he sang unto the Lord, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.>>
1 O LORD my God, in You do I take my refuge, deliver me from the hot pursuit of those who seek to take my life. Save me! (from Cush the Benjamite)
2 Lest like lions they tear my soul, surely rending it to shreds if there be no Deliverer.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this thing they say; if I have iniquity clutched in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me
5 Let the enemy who pursues my soul, take it. Let him tread down my life into the dust of the earth. Let him lay my glory in the grave. (vs. 1-5, ¹wcv + ²)
¶ Just who is this mysterious man of whom the scriptures give absolutely no other account, this Cush the Benjamite, this accuser and pursuer of David, this liar?…. And what, exactly, were these words of this Cush the Benjamite that David was so concerned about as to, even in the midst of being heavily pursued by an insane manhunter, pen a Psalm about it?
¶ I believe that David is discreetly visiting the perverse character and curse owned by Noah’s son Ham upon Saul, the Benjamite, by darkly bestowing this Benjamite with the godforsaken alias name of Cush, Ham’s perverse son, the father of Nimrod who built the Tower of Babel, the founder of Babylon. Could it have possibly even been prophetic? After all, David was, indeed, a prophet and the character of Cush, and a curse not unlike Ham’s, did befall Saul, the Benjamite, giving us the undocumented character of Cush the Benjamite. And what, exactly were the words of this Cush the Benjamite that David was so concerned about as to, in the midst of a heated, deadly manhunt pen a Psalm about it? I believe we can find the answer in the Book of 1 Samuel, chapters 22, and 23 where this mysterious Cush the Benjamite, Saul, employs the Ziphites who, of course, are well acquainted with the Wilderness of Ziph to find and expose the secret haunts of David and his men who were treading with great stealth deep in this vast wilderness area of Judah. Thus, we have the “words” of Cush the Benjamite, Saul, saying to the Ziphite trackers “Go, I pray you, get well prepared, and seek out the places of his favorite haunts, find out who has seen him, for I have been told that he is very subtle. Gather sound knowledge of all the nooks, crannies, caves, and clefts in which hides, and when you are certain of where he is it shall come to pass that we will hunt him down like a dog, for if he is in the Wilderness Land of the Ziph, even though it be like a needle in haystack, I will search him out throughout all the thousands of acres of Judah.” (1 Samuel 23:22,23,¹wcv) These, I believe, are the words of the mysterious Cush the Benjamite that so concerned David in Psalm 7, verse 1. Why wouldn’t these words concern him? Here we have an innocent boy, now a young man, a proven warrior, who has done nothing but serve Saul faithfully, yet because he proved to be “godly” and a far greater warrior and leader than Saul he is being relentlessly driven from his God-given inheritance by a madman, which is exactly what is happening to us today, taking us back to verses 3, 4, and 5:
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this thing they say; if I clutch iniquity in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me
5 Let the enemy who pursues my soul, take it. Let him tread down my life into the dust of the earth. Let him lay my glory in the grave. (vs. 3-5, ¹wcv + ²)
¶ That my friend is the prayer of an innocent man! However, David steps into a more warlike posture as he goes on to write the following verses;
6 Arise, O LORD, in Your anger, let my enemy know that You are the Sovereign Lord of all. Awaken for me Your sleeping judgment and send it, sojourning thru the strongholds of my enemy’s camps, as you have commanded.
7 Then shall the congregation of Your people gather round about You once again, O LORD. For our sake, O LORD, return to rule on high. (vs. 6,7, ¹wcv + ²)
¶ David was assured that the Lord intended to cut off Saul, for he knew what Samuel had said to Saul; “Saul, you have rejected the Word of the Lord, therefore, the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel. The Lord has torn the Kingdom of Israel from your hand this day and has given it to David, who is better than you.” (1 Samuel 15:26,28, ¹) This was the judgment that Samuel had commanded and for which David prayed, not only on his own account but also for the sake of the people, which like the Lord, David dearly loved. Saul’s tyranny and neglect of his duty had crushed and scattered the Israelites. Saul’s persecution and impiety towards David and the common man had driven the inhabitants of Israel, the Israelites, away from the ordinances and worship of God and seduced them into lives of crime and corruption, they became corrupt. Corruption became the norm! (sound familiar?) The Sweet Psalmist of Israel, therefore, prayed that the Righteous Judge would ascend His tribunal, exert His omnipotent authority, and by visible Divine Intervention check the progress of corruption and impiety, and give encouragement to His servants; that Israel might again be collected into the Courts of the Lord, and as a NATION gather before Him in holy worship. (Thomas Scott/Will Callery)
8 O LORD, judge the people; judge me, O LORD, according to the righteousness and integrity You have placed within me.
9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just, for it is You, O Lord God of righteousness Who tries the hearts and the souls of men.
10 My defense comes from You, Lord, (all men’s lives are in Your hands²), Lord God, You always save those with a sincere and straight-up heart.
11 God is a righteous Judge, and He is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If the wicked will not turn from his ways, the Lord has hammered out His Sword in the fires of Judgement; His bow is bent and made ready.
13 He has well prepared for the wicked His instruments of death; His arrows are ordained with the fires of hell. (He will come for the wicked like a thief in the night and His arrows will be quickly spent²).
14 Behold, he that entertains iniquity, conceives mischief, and births falsehood
15 Digs his own grave and will be cast into it.
16 The weight of his mischief shall come down upon his own head and his violent dealings shall fall like an axe upon his own crown.
17 But as for me, I will forever praise the Lord of Righteousness. I will forever sing praises to the Name above all names, to my Lord most high, (for You, O LORD, are MY INHERITANCE.) (vs. 8-17,, ¹wcv + ²)
¶ In summary, I could compare this to that and that to this, as many do with lessons in morality, but if you take the time to do a Deep Fetch for yourself, you may come up with more comparisons and analogies of the mysterious Cush the Benjamite than would fit upon my page. However, I will say this; has Cush reappeared today as the Deep State Ruler of the Shadow Government, (an AntiChrist), to relieve us of our God-given inheritance? After all, Cush, the Benjamite (Saul), was the embodiment of the Anti-Christ. And so, befitting to it all, I will say this; I plainly see a parallel in the loss of the God-given inheritances of Ancient Israel and the United States. Our FREEDOM IS IN GREAT PERIL. History does, without a doubt, repeat itself and the comparison is uncanny. Like Israel of old, our beloved Country is a stake, our One Nation Under God, the United States of America is in great peril.
And so, where is our “David” today? Why it looks as though He has been driven from the Seven Mountains of our once Great Nation by Cush the Benjamite while we sat here twiddling our thumbs. His Name is Jesus, Son of David, Son of God and He is about to return with judgment and vengeance unimaginable to take back what is His, and believe me, it all belongs to Him! He is about to return to gather together all things in Himself. (Ephesians 1:10) You see, we are His inheritance and He is ours. Oh, we who are patriots may lose our Great Nation for a season, but we who are IN CHRIST will never lose our God-given Inheritance. Why? Because He and His Kingdom belong to us. He is our Inheritance and we are His inheritance, and the earth? Well, have you not heard, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) Do not be deceived, meekness is far from weakness! David was meek but he was indeed a warrior!
And so we say, O Lord,
6 Arise, O LORD, in Your anger, let our enemy know that You are the Sovereign Lord of all. Awaken for us Your sleeping judgment and send it sojourning thru the strongholds of our enemy’s camps, as you have commanded.
7 Then shall the congregation of Your people of this nation gather round about You once again, O LORD. For our sake, O LORD, return to rule on high. (vs. 6,7, ¹wcv + ²)
There is nothing more powerful than the Word of God, for in IT, God Himself does dwell.
LIVIN’ ON THE GOVER’MENT PLANTATION ©Will Callery
Arise, O LORD, in Your anger, let our enemy know that You are the Sovereign Lord of all. Awaken for us Your sleeping judgment and send it sojourning through the strongholds of our enemy’s camps, as You have commanded.
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² / my insert