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His Nearness

Some time in the future the name of Jerusalem will be changed to Jeh~ vah Shamman, which means "The Lord is there" ~zek. 48:35 RVM). It is suggested that this same meaning might be used in Psalm 23:4 where David writes: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me ..." or alternatively: "I will fear no evil, Jehovah Shaminan". The Christian has nothing to fear when death comes, for the Lord is there as his companion. What an assurance that is.

Moses, too, learned the lesson of the divine presence when he was alone in the desert caring for sheep, and possibly thinking over his problems in relation to the future. He drew near to the burning bush which, to his surprise, was not being reduced to ashes. It was out of the midst of that very bush that the Lord called him by name, and gave him the answer to his future. "Come ... I will send thee

that thou mayest bring forth My people the children of Israel out of ....... Certainly I will be with thee

~x. 3:10,12). The Lord was there. David thought he was alone with

his anguish when he cried out in prayer in the cave (Ps. 142). "No man

knoweth me... no man ca?eth", he cried. "Thou art my retuge" (vv. 4,5). lie discovered that the Lord was there in the cave with him and heard every word of his complaint. This is a reminder to our hearts that "He is not far from each one of us." Of this we are assured by Paul (Acts 17:27).

It is encouraging to Christians in the closing' days of this 20th century to kno~ that we are not alone when we serve the Lord. Let. us be assured of this by His personal promise. "Go ye therefore, and rnake disciples

baptizing them ... teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Mat. 28:19,20). Missionary David Livingstone commented on this verse in his diary. "The word of a Gentleman" wrote the brave man who often knew the Lord's presence so much in his hazardous life in Africa. Now he is at home with the Lord in heaven and can truly say, as we shall, too, in a coming day: "Jehovah Shammab! The Lord is there".