“Remember me, O Lord, with the favour of thy people: O visit me with thy salvation, that I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation that I may glory with thine inheritance.”
David had finished the work of bringing the ark unto the city of David, to the place which he had prepared for it and to the tent that he had pitched for it. He had assigned the stations in life of his people, dealt to each his measured portion of the foundation and building and completed the sacrifices. Then he praised Jehovah in the finished work as no man could do for “Who can utter the mighty acts of Jehovah and can shew forth His praise?” No man has the mind of God nor understands His ways so the only one who can do justice to the glory of God is God Himself and those in whom He dwells. The natural man cannot form the words for he does not have the common point of reference or the ability to praise God aright.
David calls upon the God who keeps His covenant when he says, ‘Remember me Jehovah’. This is the sovereign Almighty God of gods who knows all and does all. He cannot forget anything least of all His people for whom He has made the atonement. He has removed their sins as far as the east is from the west and He will not call them into mind ever again for the blood has been shed and the sacrifice made, but His salvation is ever before Him. His hands are engraved with the names of His redeemed and the nail prints have sealed them. These tokens of His death, burial and resurrection are before the throne as a reminder that the Father was well pleases when He saw the travail of the soul of His servant and therefore He stands as the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. But David says ‘Remember me’. Such a personal relationship is found only for those who were one with the Fathers, given to the Son, raised up together with Him and are seated at the right hand of the Father in heavenly places. No one else has the right or the memorial before the Lord for He remembers those who keep His word and have the testimony of the Anointed Salvation of Jehovah. The Lord knows them that are His. They are the apple of His eye and His delight is upon them. His love is eternal and cannot be moved from them and His covenant is upon them. “He has remembered His covenant for ever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant He made with Abraham and His oath unto Isaac and confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law and to Israel for an everlasting covenant”( 105:8). Only those whom He has remembered have part in His deliverance. Only those delivered have a right and a memorial in the Deliverer and the Spirit of God dwells within them as the surety of the oath and covenant. He who has the Spirit is born of God and is delivered from the curse of the law, the sting of death and the body of this corruption.
This remembrance and deliverance are essential because only those who have part in them can “continually behold the richness, beauty and excellence of the chosen of Jehovah”. This is not a simple gaze at Jesus the anointed but a fixation of all delights and desires upon the servant of God, His elect, whom the delight of the soul of God is upon for, “He shall bring forth judgment to the nations” (Is. 42:1). Once again the eternal unity is seen for the delight of the soul of God is upon not only the historic figure of Jesus but the eternal Son who took upon Himself the form of the servant and was made perfect in all that He suffered. And with Him are all His household, His children, the seed that should serve Him and be accounted for a generation. These are those who are elect according to the foreknowledge of God. They have been chosen in Him from before the foundation of the world and are one with Him. Therefore these are they who keep the commandments of God and love one another because he has love them and He dwells in them. They desire to continually see the goodness of their redeemer and to love one another, the chosen of God.
Being ever before the Father enables His children, the Sons of God, to rejoice without ceasing in the joy of the nation that has been delivered form the house of the strong man, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and according to His mercy been saved by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. They have seen David subdue all foes under His footstool (the last being death and the grave and therefore “he that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die”), they have peace with God because of the faithfulness of their Champion and Finisher of their faith and, having the temple built and completed with every member fitly framed together growing up to that Holy Habitation of God, the King of Peace (Solomon) is seated upon the throne to rule forever. Therefore His nation of redeemed greater than any man could number, rejoices evermore, singing His praises for He is worthy.
This inseparable union between the Father and His children, the Son and His joint-heirs and the Godhead causes His people to ‘shine forth’ as the rays of the sun, the glory of God. They do not reflect as the moon but they have been enlightened and therefore they shine forth with the inheritance of God. They are sons of God and heirs of the promise, joint-heirs with the Anointed of an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, that cannot fade away and reserved for us in heaven. Not here on this earth and nothing that is of this earth, earthly. But because of the living hope that His children have because of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, His children await the time when the tabernacle of this dwelling is dissolved, this hide is ripped away, and they are clothed upon with immortality and incorruption. Then they shall shine forth like the morning, glorious in His apparel, forever to be with Him in the Holy city, singing the praises of God aright.
Who can utter the mighty acts of Jehovah? His people that are seated together with Him in the heavenlies.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 27, 2011