Pots and God’s People

“Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold:” Psalm 68:13

During Jerry’s teaching yesterday as I followed the scriptures he announced, my eyes lighted on this verse, whose meaning at first blush was obscure enough that I made a mental note to examine it further. So as I took up my Bible early this morning, I turned to these pages.

Somewhere during the past couple of hours as I studied, the scripture that follows was referenced, and when I turned in my Bible, I saw I had (in jest, I hope) written on the margin, “Men can’t wash dishes.”

“I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.” Psalms 81:6

Relax, all you women out there. I absolutely do not believe God is saying that men can’t wash dishes. Indeed, I am quite sure of it, for that just cannot be a godly principle, so follow along here and take a look with me.

The writing of this 68th Psalm is ascribed to David and was designated as a prayer during the removing of the ark. The entire Psalm is a magnificent piece beginning with the powerful words: “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered:” and continuing with holy praise and joyous words of great honor to Jehovah. Then pops up verse 13, our scripture of emphasis, and all that talk about the pots.

Pots? What about pots? We had lien there? We belonged there? What are you speaking of, David?

During David’s life, the Israelites who at one time were bond-servants and had greatly suffered at the hands of their Egyptian oppressors, had taken on a new face, and were set to become one of the most prosperous kingdoms in the known world. Recall that miraculous night when at the specific directions of God, Moses led from captivity three and one-half million people. Military tacticians refer to this as an impossible feat, but because it was God-driven and God-ordained, the Children of Israel with historical class escaped completely from their captors.

In David’s song here, he reminds them of their former desolation, their life among the pots, their designated place among the rubbish; a people who were stripped and despised. They were broken vessels, dank, discolored and fit for little.

And so it is with us. From the blackest of sin holes and the dankest of dungeon have we come. From hopelessness and fear, from fisted hands that cupped idols of stone and wood and from warped minds that nurtured totems of the psyche have we staggered. From despair and addictions, from lying and cheating and immorality have we moved. From bent Pharisaical ledges and rusty judgmental bluffs have we descended. No longer is our place among repugnant pots, lowly shelves or backyard stables. God has delivered us, has moved us upward. Our chapped hands have been lifted from the pots.

An elegant metamorphosis has swept us so that we are as silvered dove wings; dove wings of such value as to have been brushed with purest gold. And the pots? What came of the pots? Those obscene filthy vessels over which by evil force we labored have been cast away by God Himself, and are now but a dull and distant memory.

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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10 Responses to Pots and God’s People

  1. woundedlily says:

    Simply amazing

  2. Shirley says:

    Yes, Lily, it is simply amazing.

  3. Kevin Hopper says:

    Great thought! Thank God, He not only forgives us but He also gives us a new start on life!

  4. Beautiful! Absolutely Beautiful Sis. Buxton! I can’t wait to share this post with my girls.

  5. Shirley says:

    Good afternoon, Kevin and Jolene:

    Isn’t God’s word absolutely marvelous. Of its depths we can never fathom, nor its width measure. The insight and truths in the Bible are amazing.

  6. Loys says:

    Shirley: WOW is all I can say. I am reading a book by Richard Foster Life with God, reading God’s word for Spiritual Transformation. I think you’ve got it and probably have always had it. The rest of us read over those verses wondering like you said what was David thinking????!!!

  7. Shirley says:

    Hi, Loys–Good to hear from you again.

    Thank you for the complimentary words, but I honestly don’t believe I have any special gift for understanding the Bible. It’s just that the more we read it and study it and ask God to help us comprehend His Word, the more likely we are to have His truths revealed.

    Also, I think when we talk much with others, read (as you’re doing) and listen to preaching by called men of God, are we better equipped to “rightly divide the Word of God.” It’s simply an amazing book.

    God bless you and your hunger and your work for Him.

  8. Catherine says:

    Beautiful. Thank you.
    God is so good to us.

  9. cbgrace says:

    I had to look them up in the NKJV

    13 Even while you sleep among the campfires, [c]
    the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver,
    its feathers with shining gold.”
    Psalm 68

    6 He says, “I removed the burden from their shoulders;
    their hands were set free from the basket.
    Psalm 81

    Beautiful.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic exposition!

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