Blessings in Christ; November 29, 2017

Psalm 132:13-16 For the Lord has chosen Zion,
he has desired it for his dwelling:
“This is my resting place for ever and ever;
here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it—
I will bless her with abundant provisions;
her poor will I satisfy with food.
I will clothe her priests with salvation,
and her saints shall ever sing for joy.

Verses 13-16 were set to music several years ago, and I can’t read this without that song going through my mind, but that’s not a bad thing. The Psalmist was writing about Zion, the City of God, but the New Testament makes it clear, in Revelation and elsewhere, that the Church is the New Jerusalem. (No, I do NOT subscribe to “Replacement Theology.” The physical descendants of Abraham have not been cut out of His plan, and the current nation of Israel is of great importance, but salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone.) That makes this promise applicable to believers today. It is particularly interesting when we consider the doctrine of the Priesthood of the Believer, proclaimed by Martin Luther 500 years ago but still not fully implemented. Looking at it that way, this passage fits perfectly with something Paul said: “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27) For the first time, “clothed with salvation” makes sense, because “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Everything God has for us comes through Jesus Christ, because Jesus was and is His chosen method of relating to mankind, who alienated, and continue to alienate, themselves from Him by sin. Any time we feel we are lacking anything, the solution is to draw closer to God through Christ. Singing for joy sounds pretty good to me!

This of course applies to me as much as it does to any believer, and I am just as much in need of remembering it. This church is in the middle of experiencing God’s provision, but when we can’t see the next step, the temptation can be to panic. There are naturally many unknowns ahead of us, but that’s where faith comes in. We need to learn to rest in the assurance that God’s plans are good, and draw closer to Him to discover just what those plans are. In the world’s eyes we certainly qualify as “poor,” so this passage says we’ll have enough. As Peter said, we are kings and priests, (1 Peter 2:9) so we are clothed with Christ who is Salvation. The New Testament is clear throughout that believers are saints, so we are to sing for joy even when we don’t see the next step, because we have faith that God already has it laid out.

Father, thank You for this clear, encouraging Word. Thank You that I can share it at the prayer meeting in a few minutes. I pray for a fresh infusion of faith for each of us, so that we won’t allow the devil to steal our peace and joy with anxiety as we wait in hope for Your plans to be revealed. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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