The Feast of Trumpets contains many important instructions for Christians.
[Steve Myers] The Feast of Trumpets is a special holy day because it’s right in the middle of God’s feast days. We have three that come before it and three that come after it that really focus on the fact this is a pivotal event. Jesus Christ symbolically will be returning on the Feast of Trumpets. And that fact is shown throughout scripture that the trumpet will sound and Christ will return. And as He returns, there are so many different aspects of that return that we can keep in mind. One of those particular passages that comes to my mind is in Psalm 108. Psalm 108, right at the very beginning of that chapter is some of the lyrics from a song that we have in our UCG hymnal. And here’s what it says. It says, “Oh God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and give praise even with my glory. Awake, lute, and harp, I will awaken the dawn.” And of course, that’s an interesting concept. “I will awaken the dawn.” Well, we sing this song, “Wake my heart, wake my lute.” And it sounds nice. Sounds like a nice idea but there’s more to it.
When you recognize what Psalm 108 is saying, this isn’t just well, it’s a nice idea to awaken the dawn or it’s a nice idea to wake my harp or my lute. It’s not really saying that. This awaken is an imperative. In other words, it’s more like a command. You must do these things and this is a direct request really from God. If we’re going to be steadfast as Psalm 108 says, then we’re going to wake up. We’re gonna wake up and we’re gonna exhort ourselves. These words, “I will awaken, I will praise, I will sing.” These are directives that we’re giving ourselves that we are fully committed to awaken the dawn. Now, that’s not just meaning, “Well, I’m gonna get up before sunrise.” What that’s saying, there’s a new era, there’s a new way, there’s a new life. I have to have a different perspective on life than my old way, than the ways of this world. I will awaken the dawn of this new day, this new era, this new person that I’m supposed to be.
We know that Paul said if anyone is in Christ, he’s a new creation. That’s a new day. That’s a new dawn. We need to awaken that dawn. And of course, the Feast of Trumpets is that reminder that Christ is gonna return and there’ll be a new day, there’ll be a new government of God on this earth. Well, right now that government should be ruling in our lives so that we’re a new creation, we’re different. In fact, there is one other Psalm that ties in with this. Psalm 17 and in verse 15 there is a connection here where Psalm 17 says this, “As for me, I will see your face in righteousness, I shall be satisfied when I awake in your likeness.”
Now, of course, that looks forward to the time when Christ returns and the resurrection and we will be like Him. We will be spirit like Christ. But I think there’s also this imperative to now. To now, when I wake up, I need to be like Christ. Now, what a great reminder. I need to awaken the dawn, a new day, a new person built in the image of Christ. I will awake in His likeness. So, let’s make that our goal. When we get up every day, let’s be sure we awake in His likeness and then we will be awakening the dawn.
That’s BT Daily. See you next time.