”Deliver me from mine enemies. My God defend me from them that rise up against me.”
Once again David is impressed with the stain upon his being by the reproach of his ways. His plea to the most ‘eminent overseer’ is not to destroy him as he fled from the men Saul sent to kill him. David knew he needed deliverance because he could not deliver himself. He knew his liberty was refused and he was in subjection to a way that was contrary to what he wanted, therefore he needed to be delivered from the house of the man who was stronger than he by One who had both the authority and the might to effect such a move. He also knew he was incapable of defending himself from such an adversary who was a man of rebellious guilt before God and full of a thirst for blood. This inveterate foe desired the soul of David but not because of his guilt or inabilities in Adam and the assault against him was not for his fault. This condition which was being revealed to David was because the flesh lusts against the Spirit.
David was hiding in his house as the King had sent men to kill him. Michal had devised a plan whereby the anointed King was to be let down out of the window while lies were told to the servants of the reigning King. David was given to demonstrate the ever present fear and trepidations of the natural man, who is neither confident nor brave in the face of his true enemy. David stood up in the power of Yehovah and asked the army of Israel “Is there not a cause?” as he defeated the mighty Goliath of Gath (the splendour of the winepress) but he was cowering in fear and fleeing from Saul. These two differing attitudes and subsequent action are not independent of each other but are rather part and parcel to each other.
David was singing or ‘giving a loud ringing sound’ about the power of God. The ‘power of God’ is the gospel of Jesus Christ (Rms. 1:16) which is the salvation of His people from their sin. David was fleeing from the presence of the King who had just missed him with a javelin. He ‘slipped away’ and fled to his house and when Saul sent his men to fetch him and kill him, David was warned of his wife Michal and he fled, being let down through a window. Michal then made a false image of her husband and placed it in his bed to deceive his pursuers, saying he was sick. David ran back to Samuel in Ramah and then they both fled to Naioth, where they sat down and rested. This was indeed that which the Lord had ordained to deliver David from his enemies and the manner of deliverance was through fear and the earnest desire to save his life from Saul.
David was anointed and therefore he was the King of Israel. The time had not come for him to be manifested as king. He had not yet been properly prepared to ascend to that position as the most important element, experience, was not yet obtained. He needed to be educated in a life-long curriculum that teaches the absolute sovereignty of God over all and the complete inability of man. He was being shown that even though he was a child of grace, a son of God and the anointed heir to the throne yet was he not ready to be King. He needed to know the power and majesty of Yehovah God and the obsequious status of all of creation before the Maker.
David did not walk into the Kings chambers one day and announce that he had just been anointed, he did not do as many would espouse today and ‘name it and claim it’ as the promise of God and therefore his right. He doubted the word, he questioned the messenger and he continually fled to and fro from those who sought his life. He was not living the ‘victorious Christian life’ as Adam’s theology purports, and he was not setting a good example for all to follow. What was happening was that he was constantly and continually giving a ringing cry of praise unto God.
”But I will sing of your power, I will cry aloud of your mercy in the morning for you have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble” (Ps. 59:16).
Did this cry come from the natural man who was running scared from every rumor of pursuit or sighting of Saul? No! The natural man is a vessel which God has created unto the praise of His name. He has stationed each specific clay pot in their appropriate time of life to perform their assigned labours according to the purpose which He has decreed. He has fashioned man with all the natural desires of the flesh and the inability to ascend above his mortal plane, therefore man is praise unto God. But the natural man cannot worship God aright for he is natural. He cannot sing the songs of Zion for they belong only to the redeemed of the Lord. He has not that faculties to make the joyful noise unto the Lord, he does not know the music and cannot hear the sounds. He is carnal, sold under sin, wretched and vile and every sound that is uttered by the frail corruption of his physical abilities is completely unacceptable before God.
The song which David was singing was not an after thought or in response to a request for a special number. He was continually being ‘struck with the finger’ and therefore reverberating with sound. God was plucking the strings of the instrument He had ordained to be played at this appointed time and David was sounding forth praise to the Maker, the player, the arranger and the conductor of the perfect song of Zion. This is the song of a great multitude which sounds like the “voice of mighty waters and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns” (Rev. 19:6).
In other words, everything that was transpiring in the life of this chosen vessel of God was praise unto His name and a testimony of His great power. David did not need singing lessons nor did he need to spend time in a local seminary to understand the ways and mind of God. He was receiving on the job training and first hand knowledge of the shame of man for the evil of his doings while being preserved and drawn by the hand of God through the events of his life. He was singing in an ever present tense and yet in an incomplete manner, throughout his entire life. This lesson and conduct is continuous for the duration of his habitation in this world, sounding forth the testimony of the power of God unto salvation; “Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit saith Yehovah of Hosts” (Zech. 4:6).
”I will sing aloud of your mercy in the morning”
David did not set up a mission’s booth on the street corner so that he could save a few on their way to work. He was not a street hawker who would ‘button hole’ people in the morning with fearful anecdotes and horrific anathemas in hope to snatch some from the jaws of death and the grave. David was rejoicing about the day break of the mercy of God.
This mercy of God is eternal and it is exclusively for they whom he has loved with an eternal love. Based upon this love, before the foundation of the world, the Lamb of God shed His precious blood to atone for the sin of His people in Adam who had not yet been created. The blood of the Lamb stained the altar of the Mercy Seat before Satan, that Cherub who covers, was created and guilt was found in his heart. The atonement stood complete before the serpent was found in the garden which God had prepared for Adam and forgiveness was assured because the wrath of God was satisfied in His anointed before Eve was deceived and Adam did take and eat. In the beginning God had an incorruptible seed which could not be polluted. In the beginning He fashioned a vessel of honour, afore prepared it unto glory making it suitable for the seed to be planted in. In the beginning God finished His work and rested from all His labours and called each and every one of them exceedingly good. Therefore the day break of God’s love for His people is His mercy which endures forever.
This mercy is specific for the election according to grace. The sin of this elite peculiar group was imputed unto He who knew no sin and it was removed by the only fit man, Jesus Christ, into an uninhabited place never to be called into account again. The perfect sacrifice for sin laid down His own life for the sheep of His pasture and shed His blood in the exact quantity commensurate to the sin imputed unto Him. The Lamb stands, as He had been slain, resurrected in heaven, where time has no jurisdiction, from before the foundation of the world. He was raised up and declared to be the Son of God according to the power of the Spirit of Holiness in testimony of the perfect completion of the work given unto Him. Now He is seated at the right hand of the Father and the children are seated together with Him in the heavenlies.
The Mercy seat was the testimony of the work of God. The pattern given in the mount signified that the Acacia wood represented the scourging of the wrath of God upon His elect servant. This wood was overlaid or clothed upon with the gold to show the glory of God in the sacrifice of the propitiation for the sin of His people. The Cherub above the Ark (coffin), wherein was tables of stone, Aaron’s budding almond branch and the pot of manna, stands for the strife of the contradiction of sin. This, being overlain with gold, shows that the whole house of the Israel of our God is justified by the imputation of His faith and is at peace with God.
The Blood upon the altar is the blood of the second Adam, the Lamb of God which is the atonement (covers) for everything that was, is and shall be in the inherent inability of Adam. The horns are representative of the authority of God over all things. The striking of the blood upon the horns demonstrates that He has done all things, whatsoever has ever come to pass, by, through His power and for the redemption of His people. He has purchased the field (Adam) with His blood because of the great treasure within. He has redeemed His people from the house of the one who is stronger than they and He has raised up seed as the Kinsman redeemer.
He has set the captive free, paid all debts, and proclaimed the acceptable year of the Lord before man was even created. The land (Edom) is desolate and shall remain desolate for while it is desolate there is rest in the Sabbath to fulfill the years of judgment (II Chr. 36:21). He finished this work before He created the heavens and the earth. He promised this to His children from generation to generation and He manifested it by His determinate counsel and foreknowledge in the end of the world. He, being the eternal Messenger of Yehovah, proclaims the salvation of Yehovah as He preaches the everlasting gospel, which is the power of God unto the salvation of His people, “unto them that dwell upon the earth, to every nation and kindred and tongue and people” (Rev. 14:6).
David was not feeling nor finding the good in his constant warfare, relentless groanings and every frequent experiences of fear and doubting. He was singing, and that not of himself, aloud a cry of rejoicing of the sovereign command and control over all that God causes to come to pass in His appointed time. Just like David, the children of grace have their anointing from the beginning. The incorruptible seed does not become the sons of God for they are as eternal as the Father but in the fullness of time, God reveals Himself in them just as Samuel revealed the Kingship in David in him. Being made partakers of flesh and blood and being made subject to the vanities of this world the children are shown the weakness of the flesh along with the arrogant presumptuousness of Adam. They flee to Achish (just a man) to find answers and refuge only to have their own foolishness manifested. They are brought to the religious leaders and establishments of the world in attempt to obtain some strength and encouragements only to find misery and bitter shame for the arrogance of their thinking in man. They walk through the valley of the shadow of death and they are shown the wickedness of their ways, the evil of their doings and they loathe themselves.
David spoke often of the enemies that were after him and the wicked that were out to destroy him. The same man who wrote that he was not afraid of what the flesh could do unto him and that he would not fear what man may do, exhibited a relentless struggle in a life of trepidations with many different opponents. But none of these could compare with the enemy of the law in his members. The carnal mind of the flesh is enmity against the Spirit within as it desires the amenities of the Spirit. The body is dead because of sin and the Spirit is life. The body is full of labours, ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth, while the Spirit testifies of the rest in the Anointing and teaches His people the truth. The flesh of man is deceived by the pride in his heart while the heart of flesh loves the Law of God and delights in His ways. These things are contrary and incompatable one to the other yet the flesh lusts against the Spirit.
“...for you have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble”.
Jesus told Peter that he had prayed for him that his faith would not fail. The tangible things of this world fade away and the glory of man vanishes in the morning sun but the Rock of Salvation is immovable, established and sure. He does not change, never has and never shall. He is the Rock of defense for His Beloved, a strong high tower which no man can enter and He has been the dwelling place of His people through all generations, because; “before the mountains were brought forth or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God” (Ps. 90:1).
This habitation of the high and strong tower is the place of refuge and the cover from the storms of this world. The children do not wrestle against flesh and blood and the weapons of their warfare are not carnal. They wrestle against thrones, dominions and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places and the weapons of that warfare are mighty, through God, in the pulling down of strong holds. David fled to the cave to hide himself from the ruling desire of the people but the children of grace flee for refuge to the secret dwelling place of the Most High God for “He is my refuge and my fortress” (Ps. 91:2).
Was David intimating that he had good days and bad days? Was he saying that on those good days he was in no need of the shield and hiding place of Yehovah God for he could manage on his own? God forbid. The outward man is ever at odds with the spirit within and the vanity of this world is a vexation upon the soul. The days of trouble are the distress of the adversary. This enemy is diametrically opposed to the things of God, he does not like to retain God in his mind and he loves the things of this world. The strong high tower of God is because His children are ever pursued by the wounded and dying outer man, which is perishing daily, who lies in wait for the soul. He seeks to bring that which is born from above down to his level where he may compare himself and his worth against the fallen spirit. Then can he say, as the Pharisee, I thank you Lord I am not like one of these.
The children in the marketplace of this world are the earthly demonstration of mans taking the patterns of heavenly things and making them commerce and trade as the merchants of this world have lived deliciously. This is the present evil generation wherein the strangers and sojourners travel through the waste howling wilderness. They see with the eyes of Adam the dainties of this life and their flesh is drawn away after the desires of the world; and even when, for a season, the indulgences of the flesh grant them a false peace and rest, yet are they again shown the vanity of the way of the world and the natural instincts of man. Then they cry out to the Father to be delivered from the body of this death.
The time of the adversary is the habitation in the body of this death. The Spirit teaches His sons the number of man in everything they experience. This is wisdom and spiritual understanding and as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, they learn that God has ordained, prepared and actuated this season of oppression for their good. The good is according to His love wherewith He loved them and gave Himself for them and it is to the praise of His great name.
”Unto you my strength, will I sing: God is my defense and the God of mercy”
The gospel cannot be polluted by any dead flies of the intentions, labours or passions of Adam. The purpose of all things is God’s purpose which He purposed in Himself and to every purpose there is a time and a season (Ecc. 3:1). The praise of man is insufficient before the throne of the Ancient of Days, his works of righteousness are filthy rags and the thoughts of his mind are continually full of sin. He cannot change one thing of God’s creation nor alter the time wherein events unfold. He cannot contain the thoughts of his mind nor tame the pride of his heart wherein he is deceived. He cannot prevent himself from being lured away after the needs of the flesh for sustenance and he has no control over the tongue in his mouth. How then shall he raise his hands upon high and speak the name of Yehovah being devoid of that pure language? He cannot!
The seed of God, born from above, can do nothing but sing the praises of the Lamb for He alone is worthy. The hands of the redeemed are empty for they bring nothing of this world in attempt to impress or please God. They are His workmanship and He has performed all things for them, yet as with the type of creation so it is with the seed and their appearance on the stage of time for as the heavens declare the glory of the Lord so does all His creation, even the antics and passions of man, praise His great name.
God created Adam having his seed in him. This was the corporate creation of all mankind but according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God each man has appointed unto them a time of their habitation. This time frame contains all labours assigned unto them wherein they are disciplined (Ecc. 3:10) and which includes all failures and accomplishments. God has placed limitations necessary to His purpose that no man may exceed and He has set the extent of accomplishment for all labours so that everything ordained in the mind of God comes to pass in the fullness of time. When this time has expired, then the habitation is over; “then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecc. 12:7). This was first manifested as the type or pattern of heavenly things; “howbeit that was not first which was spiritual, but that which is natural and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthly. The second man is the Lord from heaven” (I Cor. 15:46).
Before the foundation of the world Yehovah God delivered His people from their inherent inabilities in Adam by the shed blood of the Lamb. This was the whole house of Israel of our God and the work was finished before time began. The seed is eternal in Him and incorruptible and it pleased the Father that they should become partakers of flesh and blood. Therefore all the inability of the first Adam was laid upon He who knew no inabilities as He became the inability of His people, corporately, and cleansed them from all unrighteousness. Each seed, every man in his order, has been assigned an earthen vessel afore prepared unto the glory of being the habitation of God; this is revealed in the appointed hour on the stage of time.
The seed of the children grows in the grace and knowledge of His will as it has been predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son of God and in the time, when it pleases the Father, he reveals Himself in His people. This ‘awakening’ may be preceded by years of ‘kicking against the pricks’ or may be realized from the beginning, as with John in his mother’s womb. But in the fullness of time God reveals a very personal and specific work of grace in the heart of His beloved little ones. They, even though they are sons of God, are under the tutelage of the Law of God which brings them as the school-master unto the Anointing even though they have been anointed with the blood from the beginning. They are educated by the Spirit of Yehovah God to know the Master as they walk in His statutes and keep His commandments by the power of the Spirit. Each rising up of the pride of man and each subsequent falling down in humble confession with a contrite heart has been programmed into their individual lives in demonstration of the love of God as “a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that you are counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you suffer” (II Thes. 1:5). The chastening hand of the love of the Father is ever upon them as they see the plague of leprosy spread throughout the body of this death and when the plague is over the whole body from head to sole of foot, then shall they know that they are clean (Lev. 13:13).
This is the experience of the redeemed of Yehovah as the outward man is perishing and the inward man is renewed daily. Therefore, David is singing a personal song of a personal experience unto the God, by being ‘struck with the finger’ of God who is his strong high tower and a place of refuge from his very personal trial and tribulations. He has been and was shown his entire life, the spots of the plague as he learned the wretchedness of the flesh and the vileness of man but it was also revealed unto him that the sovereign of the Universe has loved him with an eternal love. Nothing can separate the children from that love of the Father for His seed remains and God cannot deny Himself.
”Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them, for Yehovah YOUR God is He who goes with YOU; He will not fail YOU nor forsake YOU” (Deut. 31:6).
The last enemy is death and when that enemy is revealed as being overcome by the blood of the Lamb, at the end of the time of this habitation, then shall the sons of God be manifested. Then shall the labours all be finished and each step of the path walked. The groanings of the Spirit shall cease as each child, every man in his order, is delivered from the body of his death. Then this tabernacle shall be put off and dissolved as the tabernacle not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, is revealed. The things seen, being temporal, shall fade away as time shall be no more and that which is eternal shall be seen. Then shall all His people be gathered unto Him and when He shall appear we shall be like Him. Then shall we see Him in the beauty of His Holiness and sing praises unto His name forever more. Wherefore, Holy brethren of like precious faith, stand still and see the salvation of Yehovah and comfort one another.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
July 12, 2015