There are people close to me who are very Precious and yet, have been trampled upon by the insensitivity and unkindness of man, as I myself have been. As I read this Psalm, I thought of them both and felt the Lord speaking to my heart about them. They know who they are. But what I sensed the Lord saying was that when people mistreat us, falsely accuse us, misunderstand and misrepresent us, that it is like having stones thrown at us.
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires.12 “Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, And your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me, is a complete lie. Verbal wounds go deeper sometimes, than any knife ever could. I have watched the agony and hurt that my two Precious Ones have experienced and I share with you, and anyone so wounded by another, that God has seen. God will take these ugly names and declarations about you, and make something Beautiful out of the lies that were spoken. He will lay the foundation of the great things He is about to do in sapphires, He will protect you with the strength and Beauty of a battlement of rubies. He will make your lives a gate of Crystal where the weary can find rest. The entire wall of your life shall be filled with the precious stones of others being helped to wholeness, because you have overcome your wounded-ness. Take heart, Dear Ones, as I do for my own wounds. We shall turn and comfort others with the comfort we have received in these times of grievous injury. Take heart and lift your heads to behold the salvation of the Lord, who fights for you while you stand still and know that He is God. (If you have the time, read all of Isaiah 54 below. It is truly encouraging).
“Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord. 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs. 3 “For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations and will resettle the desolate cities. 4 “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. 5 “For your husband is your Maker, whose name is the Lord of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, who is called the God of all the earth. 6 “For the Lord has called you, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,” Says your God. 7 “For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you. 8 “In an outburst of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you,” Says the Lord your Redeemer. 9 “For this is like the days of Noah to Me, When I swore that the waters of Noah would not flood the earth again; So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you nor will I rebuke you. 10 “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the Lord who has compassion on you. 11 “O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires. 12 “Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, And your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones. 13 “All your sons will be taught of the Lord; And the well-being of your sons will be great. 14 “In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you. 15 “If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you. 16 “Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals And brings out a weapon for its work; and I have created the destroyer to ruin. 17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 54)
by: Carole L. Haines. Please visit my Website at carolelhaines.com