“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”
David’s on-going training and education all worked together as one unit. He was habitually exemplifying the cowardly inabilities of the ways of Adam while being taught the sovereignty of God. He learned that the ways of man are as the waves driven by the winds and his instincts were as base as the dust of the earth. When he would be strong and courageous, then he found himself running scared, fearful that he would be killed by the hand of Saul. Even after he left the cave and fled with his family, he found himself driven into situation after situation which seemed hopeless and doomed. He and his men held their peace and laid in silence on the one side of another cave, Saul and his three thousand men were directly opposite of them, unawares. David’s men urged him to rise up and eliminate his foe but he would not. Rather he stealthily arose and cut off the skirt of the king. When Saul and his men arose the next morning and vacated the cave, David revealed the situation to King Saul and proclaimed how he had spared his life. Saul himself testified that he knew that this voice was David’s and he affirmed that David would be king over Israel. Did this confession lift David up as he received another assurance from man that the Word of God was true? No, in fact shortly after this, when Samuel died, David came unto a man and asked him for provisions for his men. When Nabal heard this request, he mocked David and said; “Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants, now a days, that break away every man from his master. Shall I then take my bread and my water and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers and give unto men whom I know not whence they be?” (I Sam. 25:10). David’s anger was enraged and he sought to kill the man because he spoke the truth according to how he understood the facts before him. David did not demonstrate any hope or confidence in the hand of Yehovah God providing for he and his men as his passions were given rule over his heart and mind. This episode was stayed by the hand and tent stake of Abigail and the wrath of David was assuaged (25:41f).
“And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day at the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines and Saul shall despair to seek me any more in any coasts of Israel; so shall I escape out of his hand” (I Sam 27:1). This was the field work that David needed to experience as a reminder that the heart of man is timid, shy and fearful. The natural heart cannot lay hold on anything it hears, sees or understands that does not lead to a natural carnal conclusion. The Spirit of God was instructing David as he grew in the grace of God and the knowledge of His will. And so the outward man David fled as the inner man was shown the glory of the Almighty God who works all things after the good pleasure of His will.
David as a child of grace was a part of the new covenant. This is not a covenant of a dispensation of time for it is a spiritual covenant between God and His people. It is an eternal covenant that is manifested in the process of time as the children are made partakers of flesh and blood. This earthen vessel has an heart that is impenetrable and is made as hard as adamant stone because Adam is a stiff-necked and hard hearted creature. The new covenant of God is that he will remove that heart of stone and give an heart of flesh to His people (Jer. 31:34). It does not state that he will send forth His emissaries to soften up that heart of stone to a point where emotions may be tapped and repentance is obtained. His work does not rely upon the actions or responses of man in order to be effectual for where the word of the King is there is power. God has removed the natural heart (and no not the organ in the chest cavity of the earthen vessel) and with the new birth replaced it with an inner heart. This inner understanding is the spiritual man within whose delight is in the Law of God. He keeps the commandments of God and his appetite what the Apostle spoke of when he said that he would do good. He was not speaking of helping others in their labours or delivering the oppressed and assisting the poor. These are all admirable actions but Paul had an inner man who was renewed daily and sought to praise God in all that he did. But when Paul would do good, he found that evil was present in the corruption of his flesh for “I am carnal sold under sin” and this he groaned within. It was not as though the Adamic nature and this present evil generation could ever prevent the children of the King from performing the good works they have been created in Christ Jesus unto but rather it is that the natural man upon this earth is completely incapable to perform any of these spiritual works. The fruit of the Spirit is manifested in the love one for another but that love is not based upon the worldly accomplishments or the physical attributes of Adam. That love is because the love of the Father is shed abroad in the hearts of His children who have all had a common experience and have the hope of glory within.
David was being shown how unstable the natures and emotions of man are as day by day he witnessed the hand of God working and controlling all things of which he was a part. It was also being revealed to him the unmovable nature and character of the new heart of the inner man. This heart is fixed, established, prepared and firm because it is built and founded upon the Rock of Salvation. It is build upon the chief corner stone, which is the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, and is completely desirous of the Beloved. God has put this heart, conscience, will and knowledge in every one of His children as a testimony to the Father’s presence, goodness and love. Thus David proclaims as he flees from Saul and hides in the cave; ‘God my inner man with all his understanding, will, appetites, conscience, knowledge and memory is firmly established, prepared and ready’.
“I am singing and making music (being plucked by the hand)”
There can be no credible account given by someone who has not had the experience, witness the event or has an expertise in the matter. Adam is dead in trespasses and sin and therefore cannot learn the song of the redeemed of Yehovah. Man can screech and moan, bang pots and pans together or make pieces of wood and brass utter sounds but he does not possess the harp (twang) necessary to make the acceptable music before the throne of God.
Every child of the Kingdom who walks in this barren wilderness has an harp which is his in the Beloved. In this land of confusion by mixing (Babylon) those harps are hung upon the willow trees and the strangers in the foreign land sit down. They cannot sing the songs of Zion in this strange land for the captors do not know the language of the homeland and they do not appreciate the music or the meaning. These captors sit and pipe in hopes that the children of Zion will dance and be merry with them but the hearts of the residents of Jerusalem cannot find rest or mirth in this waste howling wilderness.
The established heart of the incorruptible seed sings and makes melody in his heart before God with Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs because God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth. This is not to intimate that each one must become an accomplished musician before his praise can be acceptable before the throne for it is God who plucks His children and tunes their hearts to sing His praises. The lyrics and melodies of the songs of man are temporal, sensual and vulgar as they attempt to praise the name of Yehovah with the tongue of Ashdod sung to an Egyptian melody in and Assyrian choir. All these songs praise man and his accomplishments but the song of the chosen of God is “alleluia, salvation and glory and honour and power unto the Lord out God” (Rev. 19:1). It is only after the children of the dust are revealed to be so corrupt that the song is sung aright. David learned this song because his inner man was ready.
“Awake up, my glory, awake, psaltery and harp: I will awake early”
David was being made aware of all the vileness of his ways but at the same time he was being shown the wonders and glory of God. He could not teach these things unto himself but when his eyes were opened to the glory, honour and slendour of Almighty God his prayer of praise unto God was to continue to open the eyes. He did not know how blind he was until such time as the brilliance of the glory of God was revealed in him. Just as Saul on the Damascin road, who thought himself righteous and blameless, when the Lord revealed Himself to this chosen vessel, he saw how dark darkness truly was. His eyes were opened to the reverence and majesty of the King of Kings and to the disgrace, dishonour and fading away of the ‘bag of skin’ (Psaltery) as he was plucked (harp) by the hand of God to the praise and glory of His name.
Adam seeks to praise himself. His lusts drove him in the garden before he had the knowledge of good or evil to desire something better than what God had given him. His understanding led him to fashion a covering for he and his wife to hide their guilt in the presence of God. He did that which was right in his own eyes and the wickedness of man filled the earth and when he emerged from the Ark, he attempted to build the tower to establish a name for himself lest he be forgotten. This is the song of man as he plucks, drums and blows through the events of his life. He does not like to retain God in his heart, does not know the ways of God and cares only for the things of this world.
The whole of God’s creation sings in perfect harmony the praises of His name. The heavens declare His glory and the firmament shows forth His handiwork. The mountains clap their hands and the trees sing unto the Creator. But man sings unto himself of his worth, his glory and his duty. He feels that God owes him a reward for all the good he has done as he says, “Lord, Lord did we not…”. He is impressed with the grass of the field and the flowers thereof and calls to all around him to “come see my zeal for the Lord”. He has not only grown fond of the whip of the task-masters in their relentless pursuit of perfection by labours but he willingly applies it to himself and his fellow man as a badge of honour and the token of success. This is the old song of the old man and the sons of Adam all sing it well for it is the song of their instinct and nature.
The new song is the song of Moses, the one ‘drawn’ out. It is a song of complete adoration and praise unto the King who has done ALL THESE THINGS, whatsoever comes to pass. It acknowledges that there is no God but Yehovah who has finished His work and is seated in the heavens where He rules over all the inhabitants of the earth. There is noting that is amiss or out of place as the perfect will of God, according to His immutable purpose, is brought to pass in the fullness of time by the power of His will. Thus the new song is the gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah for His people and their deliverance from their sin in Adam and the just wrath of God.
Many will ask why there are so many different versions of the gospel of the religions of this world. They wonder why the ‘truth’ is preached in such confusion and why the passions of man are so easily excited when the subject of religion is raised. The fact is that the truth cannot be convoluted in any way for it is pure and Holy. The true Gospel of Jesus Christ is not preached by man but by the Messenger of Yehovah who has been sent of God to preach the everlasting gospel to those which dwell upon the earth. The children of the Kingdom know and do sing the songs of deliverance because they have that experience and when another citizen of the Kingdom hears the trumpet, which is the voice of God, giving forth that certain sound, they acknowledge and join in with the song.
The time is now come, in the acceptable year of the Lord, when the dead in Christ do hear His voice and are awakened as the dawning of the day. These were dead in trespasses and sin but they have been made alive in Him. They have wondered in blindness as dead men upon the earth but the scales of their eyes have disappeared and now they see the beauty of His Holiness. This sight and the wonders of His splendour cause them to seek Him diligently, rising up early and seeking their Lord; “I charge you, daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my Beloved, that you tell Him I am sick with love” (Song 5:8).
“I will praise you, Lord, among the people: I will sing unto you among the nations”
Peter told the scattered elect of the Lord that he had not followed after cunningly devised fables but was an eye witness to the glory of God. He certainly was not chosen to feed the flock of God because he was the most eloquent or learned of man. He was assigned his station and duty because he was chosen of God and taught of the Spirit. David was constantly learning until the time of his habitation was ended, to give thanks unto God for all things, even his risings up and his down falling. He was learning to confess his weaknesses and frailties before God not as a reminder unto Him but as a testimony to the impotence of man and he proclaimed this unto the people. He was the music to the ‘gathered people’ (nation) of the Lord for he could ‘give an answer for the hope within’ and tell them how great things God had done in his life. He could comfort those in trouble with the same comfort that God had comforted him with in his great tribulations and he could speak of the temptations which are common to all men. He was not only able to sing the songs of deliverance; he was the song of deliverance and the delivered; “for what is our hope or joy or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy” (I Thes. 2:19).
The song of deliverance is not only about what the Lord has done but also why He has done it and the axiom of the finished work. The one who testifies of the deliverance of God must have been one who moaned and sighed under the burden of sin. He must know the exacting righteousness of God and the justness of His fury against the ungodliness of man and all unrighteousness. He understands by experience that he stands guilty before the throne of God without any excuse for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. He has felt the exceeding sinfulness of the inability of Adam to measure up to the perfect standard of the Holiness of God and how his relentless attempts to bring forth the fruit of his hands before God only accentuates the wickedness of his inability. He must have been brought prostrate before the Lord and have cried out; “Be merciful to me a sinner” in order to be able to make music before the gathered people and speak His name in the congregation of the living.
He does not sing to the preacher for his fancy attire, his apologetics or his persuasive words. He does not praise the well written tract literature with the cute sayings and provocative illustrations for opening his eyes to the truth and he does not seek out the masses for public approval. He is like the blind man whose eye sight was not believed by the Pharisees or his family. He is like the man from whom Jesus cast forth the demons when the people were amazed and could not believe that it was the same man. He is like unto the brethren whom the Spirit of God had revealed the truth and when their eyes were opened and they had forsaken the paganisms and idolatry of the world, they found themselves ostracized from society, dead to their families and abandoned by their friends. Then when all men have fled, the child of grace, with eyes wide open, feels like Elijah when he said unto Yehovah God, “I have been very jealous for Yehovah God of hosts because the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars and slain your prophets with the sword and I, I only am left and they seek my life to take it” (I Kings 19:10). He is like the pelican in the wilderness and the sparrow upon the roof top. The only praise, thanks giving and confession that is acceptable before the throne of God is absolute adoration of the Majesty and Holiness of God and the total abasement of the seed of the dust.
“For your mercy is great unto the heavens and your truth unto the clouds”
David knew mercy because he knew the love of the Father for His children. He knew forgiveness because he knew and understood the righteous demands of the perfect Law of God and the absolute guiltiness of Adam and all his seed. He understood the wretchedness of the flesh and cried out for the pity of God because He knew that He alone is God and there is none other. Only He has the authority to forgive and that by the sanction of the blood. God cannot forgive one unto whom the precious blood of the perfect sacrifice has not been applied nor can He condemn one who has been covered by the blood. Therefore His mercy is based on His eternal love for His Beloved, the Israel of our God.
True divine mercy is exclusive unto God who inhabits eternity. His love is equally immutable as His will, His nature and His promises. He created the earthen vessels for His seed to inhabit frail, weak and corruptible. He reveals the incurable wound of the flesh to His children and as the natural man attempts to bandage and care for this festering sore, God reveals that there is no balm in Gilead, no salve or ointment of the apothecary of this world that can stay the ultimate result. And more-so, God reveals that all the good intentions and diligent labours of the arm of the flesh serve only to exacerbate the wound and increase the stench of death.
Therefore, since the natural man knows not the disease which plagues his flesh and cannot smell the odors of rot and decay, he, like Adam in the garden, thinks himself sufficient and wise to attend to his life and welfare. He does not by nature confess before God how wretched and blind he is nor does he cry out for mercy until the hand of God is sorely laid upon him. Even then his cry is for the temporary deliverance from the evil which has befallen him because his eyes are still shut yet he claims he can see (John 9:41).
The mercy of God is not of this world. It is the love song of the Father for His children and the compassion of the Bride for His beloved. Adam associated with his wife in the garden, being present with her when she was deceived and incapable of preventing the ordained course of event, because she was ‘bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh’. He could not walk away from her sin and leave her without hope. She was of him and without her he was incomplete, therefore he demonstrated the natural love of man for woman as he hearkened unto her voice and did take and eat (Gen. 3:17).
The eternal seed is in and of the Godhead. There is never a time when they are separated one from the other and so as it pleased the Father to decree that the children should become partakers of flesh and blood and that that flesh and blood should be incapable of His perfect Holiness, He identified with His Bride and became the sin of His people. His Mercy and love for His children caused Him to cleanse the inside of the earthen vessels as the Israelites swept clean their houses in Egypt. The instruction of Moses was that there be no leaven found in the houses and later, when they came into the land of inheritance, none should be found in the coasts or boundaries of Israel. This stood in type of the reality that Yehovah God, since there is none greater, by that shed blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, has cleansed His people from all unrighteousness and that before Adam was ever created. Thus the mercy of God is above the heavens.
The Truth of God, which is the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, and His glory is above and beyond the creation of God. His works reveal His power and Majesty over all and all His work is honourable and glorious because His righteousness endures forever. The works of His hands are verity and judgment and all His commandments are sure (Ps. 111:7). His children whom He has loved with an everlasting love and upon whom there is no condemnation for they are in Him, seek after His works and delight in the manifestations of His great love. The hearts and minds of man are filled with the things of this world for God has made it so that man cannot find out the work which God has done and finished from the beginning (Ecc. 3:11).
This is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the lesson that David was taught as he fled in the fear and trepidations of the flesh. This alone is glory unto God and good news to His people. There can be no true gospel without the sovereignty of almighty God and His eternal love for His Beloved.
“Zion that brings good news from the high mountain: Jerusalem that brings good tidings, lift up your voice with strength. Lift it up and be not afraid, say to the cities of Judah, BEHOLD YOUR GOD” (Is. 40:9).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes7
July 5, 2015