This is given to the director or chief and is a song of praise to the Beloved, as the introduction states, which means it speaks to the Master designer of all things, about the gates of the city of Zion, which are ‘Praise’ and extols the virtue, power and mercy of the Bridegroom for His bride, that is, the Christ of our God. The fact that it is to the beloved should lead us to the Song of Songs for the sweet intimacy of this love sonnet. No one else has any right or portion in these proceedings for they are between the husband and His wife. His desire is upon Her and she lives for His love and because of this; “My soul (my desire, my breath) waits only upon Elohim” (Ps. 62:1). The natural man has no place here for he cannot understand such love. It is an eternal love that cannot be quenched or differed and it is only from the Beloved for the seed which is born from above. Only in the inward man can there be such desire for that which is born from above delights after the law of God after this inward man. Adam has no place here
This waiting is not just an anticipation for God or for His promises, as the world will say, ‘where is your god and where are the signs of his coming?’, but is more on the line of a rest or a repose in Him. Thus the question is asked, “Who is this coming up out of the wilderness reclined in Her beloved?” (Song 8:5). It is a complete and uninterrupted peace in the provisions and sustenance of the Lord and master for all things necessary. She is the ‘apple of His eye’ (Deut. 32:10), the fullness of His desire; He is as the ‘apple tree’ among the sons and He sustains her with His fruit and comforts her with apples (Song 2:3 & 5). She is part of Him as the branch is connected to the vine and she has no care for another for another man’s voice she shall not hear nor shall she follow after. She is reclined in the bed of the King of peace which has threescore valiant men of ‘He who has the power of God’ (Israel) about it for protection, the pillars thereof are silver, the bottom is gold covered with purple and the midst thereof is paved with love for the daughters of ‘the going forth of peace’, Jerusalem (Song 3:7-10).
She is able to repose in Her Lord because He is the Rock of Ages, the foundation upon which the whole house is built, Jesus Christ being the cornerstone and the gates of all hell cannot prevail against it or Her. He is her deliverance from the curse of the law, the penalty of death and the bondage of the corruption of this earthen vessel which she is a partaker of. He is her defense for the enemy and Her covert from the storm. He gave His life for Her. He, who knew no sin, became sin and removed Her sin as far as the east is from the west to be remembered no more. He purchased her, redeeming Her to Himself and He will never leave Her nor forsake her and when Her heart is overwhelmed, she cries out to Him to lead Her to that Rock that is higher than Her, which is Christ. He is that great Rock in the barren wilderness which casts the shadow of relief and solitude for His people. He is that Rock which follows them throughout the wilderness giving them the waters of Life and she shall not be greatly shaken or removed.
Man devises evil against the Beloved, seeking to bring Him down to his level of reason and understanding. He consults to cast down the excellency, by bringing His down from above and causing himself to ascend, while he delights in lies, blessing with his mouth and cursing within. This does not say that the wicked does these things but ever son of Adam who is worthless and every son of man who is a deception and a lie (Ps. 62:9). God is the only truth and all men are liars (Roms. 3:4). Their heart is desperately wicked and who can now it, the thoughts and desires of the flesh are polluted and vile and their tongues cannot be controlled. The cumulative sum of all of the sons of the seed of Adam, when weighed in the balance, is less than worthless and cannot profit one bit. The carnal man is not profitable unto God nor does God need Him for He is the self contained all sufficient One as His name Jehovah means. Because of this corruption, weakness and vanity, “My soul (desire, breath) is reclined upon God and my hope is from Him. He only is my Rock, my salvation and my defense therefore I shall not be moved. God is my deliverance, my glory, the Rock of my strength and my refuge is in God” Therefore lean not on your own understanding or trust in the arm of the flesh for your strength and hope but, children of the King, “Trust in Him at all times and pour out your heart before Him”.
Now we did not just remove the whip of duty from the trunk to lay it upon the back of the weary children. This trust is because of the imputed faith of Jesus Christ which is a gift from God, by which the just live and the prayers of the saints are continually ascending before His throne because of the intercession of the Spirit with groaning and utterances which we cannot hear. No duty faith, no conditions and no condemnation but rather a peace that passes all understanding and the substance of things hoped for.
Finally this song of praise to the Beloved concludes with a proclamation that all power belongs unto God. Nothing happens but by His power and for the good pleasure of His will, for He is the Lord God Omnipotent and He rules over all, without exception. He is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, and without Him was nothing made that was made. In Him we live and move and have our very being and unto Him belongs all mercy for His people. This mercy is based on His love, which is eternal, and is extended to His children because of His satisfying the justice of His holiness. When the Father saw the travail of His soul He was well pleased. He declared Him to be righteous when He raised Him from the dead in power and majesty and His children with Him, therefore being justified by His faith we have peace with God and, “Truly my soul waiteth upon God”
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 22, 2010