“A song and Psalm for the sons of Korah.”
“Great is Jehovah and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, the mountain of His holiness.”
The introduction to this portion of the scriptures begins with an address to a specific group of people. It is a ‘melodious song’ that is intended for the comfort and peace of the sons of Korah or ‘Qorak’. The history of the man Korah and his family is not at all impressive and there is nothing in the man that would warrant acclaim or praise in any way. The first is a man who is a son of Esau and a leader of the land of the Edomites. But there is also a man named Korah who is a son of Jacob a child of promise. Herein is depicted, once again, the land of Shinar, the two rivers for there is a man of the earth and a man of promise who emanate from the same seed in Isaac.
But Esau, who is Edom, is hated of the Lord. He is a cunning hunter who is sustained by the field of this world. He is at peace with the earth and is drawn away after the needs and desires of the flesh. His seed in Korah is dedicated to the preservation of this globe, the perpetuity of his name and the exploration of the things of this world. God has put these things in his heart so that he cannot find out the things of God by his searching
Jacob is loved of Jehovah, delights in the law of God and finds no comfort or sustenance in this existence. He is born of an incorruptible seed and his affections are on things from above. He is made subject to the vanity of the flesh for hope of deliverance and he is brought into the bondage of this corruption as he groans within himself awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God. This is the dichotomy of the existence of a child of grace who has become a partaker of flesh and blood and this ‘melodious song’ is for them.
The Korah who is of the house of Jacob is a son of Levi. They were, are and ever shall be joined unto the Lord. Their inheritance is the Lord and they have no possessions in this world. They have been assigned a place in the assembly (Kohath) and have a ‘brilliant oil’ or anointing (Izhar) (Ex. 6:21). They were stationed around the Tabernacle on the south side or ‘to the right’ and were assigned a menial charge of attending to the ark, the table, the candle sticks, the altars and the vessels of the sanctuary during the time of service (Num. 3:27-32). They were also assigned the task of covering all the implements of the Tabernacle when it was to be moved (Num. 4:8-15) but unlike their brethren of the house of Levi, they had to bear all upon their shoulders (Num. 7:9). These were not sons of Aaron and therefore they had no service in the operations of the Tabernacle but they were essential for the proper care and maintenance of the facility. If they were not made willing in the day of the commandments of Jehovah, this work would not be performed. If they were ignorant of the proper technique and procedure then parts may become broken, lost or mishandled. But this did not happen because God had properly prepared them for the work He had assigned unto them. He gave them the wisdom, the skill and the willingness to do the good works He had assigned unto them as their duty. HE MADE THEM WILLING IN THE DAY OF HIS POWER !!!!
Because these sons of Levi were not sons of Aaron, they had no part in the accepting of offerings, the offering of sacrifices or ceremonies of the feast days of the law. They were what may be called, ‘behind the scene’ workers. Those that toiled in the less visual and therefore unnoticed labours, yet they were set apart for the work of the ministry by Jehovah God. This is the group of people for whom the Holy Spirit has set forth a melodious song which begins with;
“Jehovah is the greatest”
This is the King of all the universe. He is Lord and master over all other lords and rulers of the world. He regards the inhabitants of this world as grass hoppers or a ‘winged pestilence’. He sits in the heavens and rules over EVERYTHING and nothing escapes the power of His will. He is God and there is no other. He spoke and heaven and earth came into existence. His Word brought forth light and darkness and caused them to dwell together in complete disagreement. The power of His will causes all things that happen to come to pass and prevents any alteration, deviation or variance of the predetermined course that He has established. He is preeminent and the head of all and all things, whether thrones, principalities, powers or dominions, were created by Him, through Him and for Him. He enacts, empowers and performs all the intent of His because of the eternal love of His Beloved and therefore all things work together for good, to them that love Him (because He first loved them), to the called according to His purpose.
“and mightily to be praised in the city of our God the mountain of His holiness”
Adam cannot praise the King in any way shape or form. He has been created to praise Him as all of God’s creation was ordained to be unto His glory and the praised of His name but Adam has not been designed with the power, the ability or the will to sing praises unto the King of glory. God has ordained that the wrath of man shall praise Him but no credit is to be given to Adam for his wrath. Adam (Edom) is of the earth, earthly and he minds not the ways of God or the things of the Spirit.
The commandment of God is that He is to be loved “with all thine heart, with all thine soul and with all thine might” (Deut. 6:5). Only one who has the heart of stone removed and an heart of flesh given can love Him with all their heart. Only one who has been quickened together with Him can sing the songs of Zion and only one who has been “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness” love Jehovah God with all their might. In other words, only a child of grace, a son of God, a heir of God or a participant and recipient of the new covenant can keep the commandments of God. These are they who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb and made kings and priest to God. They have the testimony of the finished work of Jesus Christ and they keep the commandments of God (Rev. 12:17).
But this mighty praise is ONLY in the city of our God. It is not on main street, in the shopping mall, on the airwaves, bill-boards and bumper stickers. It is not in tracts, or hand bills, invitations or solicitation, it is by those sons of the ‘joined’ (Levi) who have the ‘body of this death’ and groan within themselves. It is by the members of the house who being fitly framed together supply the needs of each other in a parched wilderness which Adam and his emissaries have no regard for.
“For lo, the kings were assembled, they passed together, they saw, so they marveled, they were troubled and they hasted away”
The praise of the Great King is the salvation of His people. His Word is not for the seed of the serpent and it is foolishness to them that perish. It is not for everyone but it is “the joy of the whole earth”. It is not for the nation of natural Israel for they are not all Israel who are of Israel. It is for the redeemed of the Lord of every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue. The mystery of God is finished in the praise in the mountain of His holiness for He has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh, to the Jew first and also upon the Gentile. The seventh messenger has sounded and the mystery is revealed that upon nations of the world; “and when they heard these things, they held their peace and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18).
The city of the Great King is where Jehovah God is known as a refuge for those who know the pains of death and the sorrows of the ministration of death. They are hated of all men for His name sake and have been slain by the law, therefore, having life within and eyes to see, they seek for refuge in the palaces of the great King. Here they find a common deliverance and have true fellowship in the Spirit. They sing the song of Moses which is the song of deliverance. This is not a song for the world and the children in the marketplace cannot play the tune. It is for those who have been assigned a path to walk, a labour of good works to perform and who work in the Temple of God. They have heard the voice of the Master call unto them and they have come forth. They know the native tongue of their home land and long to hear it spoken as they travel through this barren land. They have the hope of glory within, which is the ‘anointed salvation of Jehovah’ and they know that God has established His city, that New Jerusalem which John saw, the Bride of Christ, forever.
Your servant ion Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 10, 2013