Monday, January 21, 2013
13For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
14This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
15I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
18His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
(Psalm 132:13-18, King James Version)
Who is this Zion that the Lord has chosen? God chose the children of Israel as His own people, and promised to David that his descendants would rule forever. Why, then, is there no king descended from David ruling in Israel today?
One might wonder what would have happened if Israel had remained faithful to the Lord, but first in the Northern Kingdom, and later in the Southern Kingdom, Israels' history was one of apostasy. Enthralled with the idols of the surrounding nations, Israel worshiped one false god and then another until God said, "Enough!"
Is this Psalm still true? Yes, it is true, for God looked beyond the human frailty of the nation of Israel and did give them an eternal king who was humanly descended from David: the Lord Jesus Christ. And, of the kingdom of Christ, there shall be no end!
So, indeed, the horn of David has budded, a Lamp has been ordained for God's Anointed. Though the time has not yet come when all of the enemies of God have been defeated, it will. What of Israel? Miraculously, Israel, after thousands of years is again a nation. Those of natural Jewish descent who turn to the Lord will be a further fulfillment of this Psalm. Those of us who are not of Jewish descent, but who have come to Christ have been grafted in to God's Holy Kingdom.
What, then, are we, who are God's chosen, doing to advance God's kingdom on this earth? How are our lives different than those of the people of this world? The people of this world live for their own vanity, heaping their lives full of things, and seeking to bring honor and glory to their name. What of the people of God? Our desire is no longer for our own glory, but we seek to glorify God in our thoughts, in our words, and in our deeds.
As a believer, does that describe you? It is true that we saw Zion chosen above all peoples of this earth, but we must remember that, as believers, we, too, even if we are not of Jewish descent, are also members of Zion. Let us then shake off the apathy and indifference of this world and turn our hearts, our minds, and our souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is Him we serve; it is through Him that we have a God-ordained purpose to fulfill while on this earth.
Let us then be busy about the things of the Lord. Let us set our hearts and minds upon Christ, and prepare ourselves for a lifetime of service for Him. By His grace may we immerse ourselves in God's Word, learning to be more and more like Christ as He is revealed to us in God's Word.
Let us go forth as the chosen of Zion living for, and praising God in all areas of our lives. That is where we will find peace, joy, and happiness, and that is where we will experience perfect rest!
God Bless You,