Thursday, April 28, 2011

david wilkerson and a call to anguish

two weeks ago i felt the urge to go back through my old posts and find a video i had posted in 2009 called a call to anguish by david wilkerson.  i rewatched it and felt my heart burn again and was going to repost it here, but thought i would wait.  last night i found out about this faithful man of God's unexpected death.  asking my readers to watch this video again suddenly made so much sense.

david wilkerson was the real deal.  his ministry was to the unlovely - the broken, the gang member, the drug addict, and the homeless all in the great city of new york.  when i heard of his death, instantly the verse came to mind in psalm 90:
so teach us to number our days,
that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
david wilkerson was 79.  i am 31.  but it is the same for both of us - this life is but a vapor and soon we will be standing before Him to give an account of how we stewarded this short time we have here.  when i stand before Him and look into His bright and shining face, will i be confident that i used my time wisely?  did my heart burn with what burns His?

every single moment counts.  

it seems especially important that i repost this video taken from wilkerson's famous sermon anguish today.  in this short 7.5 minutes i trust your heart will be grabbed by the voice of man who knew the heart of God and was unafraid of loosing the esteem of man in standing and proclaiming the truth.  in an unstable time when the news is flooded with the falling dollar, let us anchor our lives in the only thing worth any currency in the day of the Lord:  His very heart of anguish.


yesterday, david wilkerson wrote his final blog post of this age.  here is an excerpt that can encourage us in even his own death:
to those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. you will see it was all part of My plan. it was no accident. it was no failure on your part. hold fast. let Me embrace you in your hour of pain.”
beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. when all means fail—His love prevails. hold fast to your faith. stand fast in His Word. there is no other hope in this world.
read it.  take his encouragement to heart.  pastor wilkerson, thank you for your faithful stand for the gospel and until we meet in eternity i will purpose for my heart to burn with His anguish - thank you for speaking the truth in love.

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