(Part 3 of 3)
Gold… The first step towards healing the aftermath–give your best words… The word “gold” refers to the metal that speaks of the divine, the adorning of God–the very best. David was saying, “I prepared the very best.” David was giving the nation his very best words, inspired, pure, right, and choice words. Often in our mistakes we do not give our best words. Often in troubles our words please no one. Often the choice words include blame, swearing, accusations, fault-finding, anger, and bitterness. If you made a mistake and you open your mouth you had better have something good to say. Good words link people together. Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (KJV).
Silver… The second step towards healing the aftermath–get your affections in order… Silver is the metal that speaks of redemption, but here, the word “silver” means “to pine after, to yearn, to have a desire [for God].” King David was saying, “In my trouble I set my affections on God.” Trouble can knock your affections out of order, whether it’s affections for God, or for your spouse and your family. King David let it be known that he desired God’s presence to help him heal the aftermath of his mistake. Winning people expect wisdom to come from God. Mistakes can knock your love out of order. Don’t let it.
Brass… The third step towards healing the aftermath–watch your tone of voice… Brass is the metal that is used for judgment. However, here the word “brass” means “an unclean mixture.” It is traced to a word meaning “something that hisses, the red throat of a serpent, a hissing sound.” Brass also refers to sound (1 Corinthians 13:1). James 3:6-12 talks about a mixture coming out of people’s mouths. King David was taking care of how he sounded. Often in troubles a wrong kind of sound comes out of our mouths. God wants to hear a right sound coming from us; so does the nation, the spouse, and the family. A wrong tone of voice spells more trouble. Refuse words that add to defeat, depression, and discouragement. Express hope. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath” (KJV).
Iron… The fourth step towards healing the aftermath–open yourself to receive imput. Listen… Iron is the metal that symbolizes character development (Psalm 105:17-19). The word “iron” as used here means “to make an opening, to make a cutting.“ David in healing the land made an opening in his heart for God, and for others to put some input into his life. So often in troubles, we close up. We do not let anyone in. God can’t get into us, and neither can anybody else. We refuse to listen. Often in our troubles our words cut like a knife. To heal the aftermath of a mistake, make room for God to speak to you. Don’t harden yourself in sorrow. Be reachable; receive input. The Bible talks about “hardening your heart.” Proverbs 1:5 says, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels” (KJV). Paul teaches in Philippians 4:8, “Think on these [good] things.”
Timber… The fifth step towards healing the aftermath–do some supporting; i.e., don’t separate yourself… Timber is the wood that speaks of support, such as a pillar that joins. Often in our mistakes we stop supporting. We refuse to join in with God and we refuse to support our spouse and families or our church. The attitude is very often, “I will not support, neither will I join.” People have a tendency to separate and become aloof. King David was saying, “My nation is hurting; I will support and join myself to work for healing the aftermath. I will contribute towards healing and towards unity.” Winners know they need to cooperate with others. Paul tells the Thessalonians, “Support the weak, be patient toward all men” (1 Thessalonians 5:14, KJV).
Stone… The sixth step towards healing the aftermath–repair the damage that you did… The word “stone” refers to repairing the damage and restoring. Trouble destroys and damages and weakens relationships. Wrong words and wrong acts will destroy. Often in trouble we don’t think to repair the damage our mistakes have caused. Trouble speaks a message that something is in need of repair. A broken spirit is one of the hardest things to repair. King David was saying, “I will repair and restore.” Winners are problem-solvers. If you have troubles in your life it should tell you that there is an area in your life that needs repair.
Workmen in abundance… The seventh step towards healing the aftermath–get good counsel… Stay away from negative people. David prepared and sent out healers and counselors and skilled saints and gifted workmen and women to visit and help the hurting people. The nation needed comfort and counsel. David did not gather around him negative people, or the critical or the fault-finders. These kinds would have hurt the people more. Often in trouble we associate with the wrong people. King David was saying, “I have skilled counselors that can help you.” Never be afraid to get counsel when you made a mistake. Connect with wise people. There are people who are masters at mending. There are people who can put your focus on the right track.
David was building a temple… As long as we are in this world we will make mistakes, and there will be some sort of aftermath to clean up. We will err in decisions. When we do, we can act in a correct way or in a wrong way. We can respond with our speech, and the words we use can bring healing. The word “trouble” refers also to having “a proper frame of mind.” Healing starts with repentance. Have you made a mistake recently and the aftermath has not been healed? If you are responsible for the trouble you are in, begin today to heal your situation. Build the right kind of house for yourself and for your family, a house full of joy and peace. The first step is the hardest. Take that first step… Learn to forgive yourself after your repentance.
Pastor George Belobaba
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