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"You know there are far more noisemakers than there are worshipers. There are far more noise makers than worshipers. Of course there’s a reason.

In the first place, noise is cheap. Anybody can make noise, but worship is expensive. Did you know that? True worship is costly, just like real perfume. You can buy perfume in the Five and Dime for a dime a bottle, but that is a cheap synthetic concoction. That’s right, a cheap synthetic concoction, but real perfume is something else.

Just a few weeks ago, I was in a town in France, Grasse, down by the Riviera where flowers bloom all winter long. In December and January, the roses bloom, and they’re making their real perfume, not a synthetic concoction, but real flowers.

Large tracts of land are given altogether to the raising of flowers. They bring flowers in by the truckload every morning, and those flowers get crushed. They get oils and their perfume is extracted...

Do you know what? I learned it takes 9,000 rosebuds to make one pound of essence of roses. Think of it, 9,000 rosebuds make only one pound of essence of roses. The rose pickers must go out early in the morning and pick the buds. The dew must still be on the roses. The bud must be picked before sunrise because as soon as the sun rises, the perfume, the scent begins to evaporate. They get the greatest yield of perfume from roses picked before sunrise. Think of it!

...For the finest perfume, you must get up in the morning before sunrise while the dew is still on the roses. While the rest of the people still roll around in their bed, you’re up like Jesus: “And a great while before day, he arose and went out into the mountain to pray.” There is where you gather the perfume for real worship. Hallelujah! Don’t you smell it?...David used to sit before the Lord. You sit in that quietness, you worship God. Praise God That’s the real thing, but that costs something...

There’s so much in our lives that He uses to turn into a peculiar fragrance...Do you know what the Word says, “A broken spirit in the sight of God is of a great price.” Do you know why? Because it costs so much to have a broken spirit, and it’s so rare. Then with that spirit of worship, you get into a meeting where they’re only bent on noise making, where you think you’re in a gymnasium, or a circus, or Times Square, New York City on New Year’s night at midnight. How can you flow with a thing like that? You can only shut yourself in with your God and in the temple of your own spirit, worship God in spirit and in truth.

Noise is cheap; worship is costly. But, are we willing to pay the price of being a true worshiper? Jesus paid the price. It is portrayed in the Old Testament: its scent went up to God when those animals were burned. If we’ll go on with God in the school of His Word, in the school of the Spirit and in the school of divine providence, you will find God will make of us souls who can worship Him effectively in His sight. There are many noisemakers, but there are few worshipers."

- W. Beuttler 

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"The rose pickers must go out early in the morning and pick the buds. The dew must still be on the roses. The bud must be picked before sunrise because as soon as the sun rises, the perfume, the scent begins to evaporate. They get the greatest yield of perfume from roses picked before sunrise. Think of it!"

Think of it? I did it, only with corn. We always picked corn before sunrise because the sugar content in the kernels was highest just before sunrise. The sun slowly converts the sugar into starches and changes the taste of the corn. Morning picked is always finer than afternoon, but best is predawn.

As to quantity think how many gallons of tree sap is required to make a drop of maple syrup. Or, even to the quantity of grains of corn it takes to refine for a much lesser purpose, liquors even. It is all laborous effort, the result of the fall of creation  that man must toil hard to make his way and gain his pleasures from among the rocky paths and thorny thistles.

And for best results; all good productive labor starts at the low station of the dung gate.  It has it's aromas too, aromas that turn the roses sweet in time. Life's effort may be thought about as working  about with either, I suppose. Guess one can pray and celebrate at any of the gates, fields, and presses. Concentration might be key, concentration of effort, of raw material and, of final product- and concentration of prayer in praise of God that He has shown mercy on many that they may be saved out from the just result of the fall of man and with him the fall of creation.

Blessed are all that  have been allowed to see and to heed the call of the Holy Spirit to be redeemed fully freed from our punishment  of sin against God. Such sweetness is there in that !

Edited by Neighbor

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