“How amiable thy tabernacles, O Jehovah of hosts.”
The dwelling place of Jehovah God is not of this world. The heavens above and all the earth below can not contain the Commander of the hosts of the army of heaven and neither can the shell of Adam. Yet the ‘self existing One’ dwells in His people. They are One with Him as He is One, eternally inseparable. He dwells in them and they in Him in a relationship more intimate than any other union in all of creation. She is His desire and, forsaking all others, Her affections are upon Him. Everything He does is for His Bride and Her habitation is in Him as she rests in His finished work.
This song addressed to ‘the brightly shinning’ ‘preeminent’ ‘overseer’ (chief musician) of the ‘wine-press’ (Gittith) for the sons of the ‘shaved or bald’ (Korah). The scriptures indicate that those who have had their heads shorn bald are the lepers that have been cleansed (Lev. 14:9), those that have completed their vow of separation of the Nazarite (Num. 6:18) and the beautiful wife of the captivity who has found favour in the eyes of her lord (Deut. 21:12). The wine-press is the place where the cup of the wrath of the fury of God has been prepared and the Servant of God has trodden the press (Is. 63:3) bringing forth the vengeance of God against all His foes (Jer. 25:15; Rev. 16:19). He has also taken the cup of the wrath of God and has drunk of it for all His people. He who knew no sin became the sin of His people and endured the righteous judgment of God against that sin. He has been glorified in that He glorified the Father in the faithful discharge of all His works and His people have been glorified in Him. His people have been declared clean because the Spirit has revealed to them the plague of Adam which is from the crown of the head to the soles of the feet and their head is bald before the Lord (Lev. 14). The vow that he has made with Himself in that He fulfilled all that the Father gave Him to do, has been completed and His days of separation, having His reward with Him, is finished. Therefore the dragon is wroth with the seed of the woman and makes war with the remnant of her seed (Rev. 12:17). And He has found His beautiful woman in the house of captivity, in the house of a man stronger than she, therefore, He entered the house, bound the strong man and spoiled his house (Matt.12:29). His desire is upon her and He has removed the covering of Adam from off her head for He is the Head of the Bride.
This praise about the ‘Beloved’ (amiable) ‘habitation’ (tabernacles) of Jehovah of Hosts is a song about His church and Her relationship and dwelling in Him. He has been Her dwelling place for all generations because from everlasting unto everlasting He is God (Ps. 90:1). She is in Him in the beginning and nothing can separate Her from His eternal love for Her. He is the captain and leader of the armies of heaven, the King of the universe who sits and rules over all His creation bringing all things to pass according to the power of His will and She is His primary and only delight.
“...and the disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the Temple” (Matt. 24:1)
When Jesus had entered into Jerusalem to be crucified, He entered the temple and preached the Kingdom of God. He rebuked the Scribes, Pharisees, chief priests and Sadducees in prophesies and parables. He spoke openly about the hypocrisy and corruption of the earthly temple and those who worshiped therein and as He was leaving the building His disciples thought it best to ‘shew’ Him something. These men that had walked with Him for three years were given to think it best that Jesus, the Messiah of Jehovah, behold and consider the stones of the building of the Temple. They were expecting an earthly kingdom and thought it best to make Jesus aware of the building that was to be the center of their new empire.
This edifice, called the temple, was built by Herod as a political gesture to keep peace in the region. It was not David’s/Solomon’s Temple, it was not Ezra’s/Zerub-bable’s temple it was a building built upon the rubble of destruction by an Edomite, supposedly converted to Judaism by his father, to promote himself and his political career. Yet when Jesus enters into this profane building He chases the money changers out and says; “It is written, My house is the house of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves” (Luke 19:46). Now the disciples wanted to shew Him the manner of how this building was adorned with goodly stones (21:5). This was not good for political harmony and certainly did not court the religious leaders of the day as allies.
Jesus makes it clear in His discourse (Matt. 24) that this building was to be destroyed as the last vestige of the nation of Israel was eradicated. The end of the world had come, the sin offering was complete, the daily sacrifice had ceased, the stones of the altar, as chalk-stone, were beaten in sunder (Is. 27:9) and the house had been left desolate. Nothing was to remain for that which was old had faded away and the manifestation of the church, His kingdom, had come. Yet the house of God had not been destroyed. His habitation was not in the curtains and skins of the Tabernacle nor was it in the stones and mortar of the Temple and it most certainly was not the vain collaboration of political leaders to bring about world peace. His temple is His body and His habitation is in His people, the church. He came that His Bride would not dwell where there is an absence of light (Jn. 12:46) but that She would continue and remain (abide) in Him. She was not off dwelling somewhere until the time He came and brought Her home unto Himself, She was, is and always shall be in Him and even though she became a partaker of flesh and blood, She was never separated from the love of God. The disciples saw with the eyes of Adam the splendour of this world in the architectural achievements of man but Christ said His kingdom was not of this world.
The beloved dwelling of the King of the universe is not a building made with hands. It has no beginning and it shall have no end. It is that building set upon an immovable Rock, who is the God of our salvation, She is that city set upon the hillside called Zion and She is that New Jerusalem come down from heaven. She is a building fitly framed together growing up to an Spiritual habitation of God and all of Her parts, members in particular, supply the needs of each other and edify one another in Him. He is the foundation and His Word, which became flesh and dwelt among us, perfectly binds all together for a sure foundation. The walls of this magnificent city are alive or they are the salvation of Jehovah which is Messiah. The twelve gates are praise unto our God and the Lamb is the light thereof.
So which of these is what the Psalmist saw? A building of earth and stone or Emmanuel, God with us, the habitation of Jehovah? Which of these is the Beloved of the Lord? And is this just a song to be played on some obscure musical instrument for a select group of descendants of a man called Korah or is this the New song which no man can sing?
“My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of Jehovah. My heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God"”
One who has been born from above by the power of the Spirit and came down from above is a stranger in this world. They are in the world but they are not of this world. They have a deep desire in their very being that remembers Zion and anticipates the day when they shall return. They remain in Him and He in them even thought they have been made subject to the vanity of this world and the corruption of this flesh. They have hung their harps by the river in this land of confusion (Babylon) and yearn after the songs of deliverance and the songs of the homeland. Their affections have been set on the things from above and they find no comfort, no sustenance and no rest in this waste barren wilderness. They know that to be absent from this tabernacle is to be present with the Lord yet they also have been made to believe that where they are in the world is for good according to the purpose of God.
Because they delight after the law of God after the inward man they desire to be in the land of the living in the assembly of the redeemed. They await the day when time shall be no more and the general assembly of the First-born shall be made manifest before the Father. Then they shall look on Him who they have pierced, the Lamb that was slain and bowing the knee before Him, proclaim that Jesus Is Lord. The outward man is perishing daily as he marches onward in the limitations of his habitation to the return unto the dust from whence he came yet the inward man, in his flesh and not another’s, groans within himself waiting the manifestation of the sons of God. This creature endures the contradiction of sin against himself and is at war with the law in his Adamic members and even though he is a son of God and it does not yet appear what he shall be, he knows that when the Lord shall appear unto him a second time (every man in his order), without sin, he shall be like Messiah, risen and glorious.
“Blessed they that dwell in thy house, they will be still praising thee”
The children of the King walk according to the commandments of the King because he has removed the heart of stone and given them an heart of flesh. He has written His laws upon their hearts and given them the Spirit, who abides, remains and continues in them, and causes them to walk aright before Him. Therefore He is constantly praised by those He has blessed to keep His commandments. They walk this way because of the strength of His will as they perform the ‘good works’ He has created them in Christ Jesus to perform. His way, which is not in the natural man, is in their inner man because they dwell in the sound of the trumpet, the Word of God and even though they must walk that path through the valley of weeping (Baca) or the valley of trouble (Achor) or the valley of the shadow of death, yet they shall fear no evil because they are ever before Jehovah God, the Master of the Hosts of heaven. They have no condemnation, nothing can separate them and no man can snatch them out of their Father’s hand. They appear before Him continually for all of eternity, their names are engraved upon the palms of His hands and their names are written in the book of life of the Lamb. They live by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave His life for them, this is why they can say;
“O Jehovah God hear my prayer, give ear O God of Jacob”
May Jehovah God give us understanding, wisdom and peace.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
February 10, 2013