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Pastor's Pen - June 30, 2007
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June 30, 2007

Psalms 86 - 89
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Psalms
Chapter 86
  1. (A Prayer of David.) Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
  2. Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
  3. Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
  4. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
  5. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
  6. Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
  7. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
  8. Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
  9. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
  10. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
  11. Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
  12. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
  13. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
  14. O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
  15. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
  16. O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
  17. Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.


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Psalms
Chapter 87
  1. (A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.) His foundation is in the holy mountains.
  2. The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
  3. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
  4. I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
  5. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
  6. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
  7. As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee. .


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Psalms
Chapter 88
  1. (A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.) O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
  2. Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
  3. For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
  4. I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
  5. Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
  6. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
  7. Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.
  8. Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
  9. Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
  10. Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
  11. Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?
  12. Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
  13. But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
  14. LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
  15. I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
  16. Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
  17. They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
  18. Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.


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Psalms
Chapter 89
  1. (Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.) I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
  2. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.
  3. I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
  4. Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
  5. And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
  6. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?
  7. God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
  8. O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?
  9. Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
  10. Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.
  11. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
  12. The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.
  13. Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
  14. Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
  15. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
  16. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
  17. For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.
  18. For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
  19. Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
  20. I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:
  21. With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.
  22. The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
  23. And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.
  24. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
  25. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
  26. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
  27. Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
  28. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
  29. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
  30. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;
  31. If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;
  32. Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
  33. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
  34. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
  35. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
  36. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
  37. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
  38. But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.
  39. Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
  40. Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.
  41. All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.
  42. Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
  43. Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.
  44. Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.
  45. The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.
  46. How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?
  47. Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
  48. What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
  49. Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
  50. Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
  51. Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
  52. Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.


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 Psalm 87:2-3 speaks of the Lord's relationship with a place called Zion. Zion was the the highest and southernmost mount of Jerusalem. It was a beautiful place, and Solomon's palace was erected there. It is often used in the Old Testament to refer to the city of Jerusalem, or to Israel as a whole (Psalm 48:2). The immediate context of this chapter indicates how great a love the Lord has for Jerusalem. It is a wonderful city, and will be an even greater city during the Millennium when it is the seat of Christ's government, (Jer. 3:17). As much as the Lord loves all of Israel, it appears from verse 2 that Jerusalem is a place which He values above all the rest.

 What is the relevancy of this to those of us who do not live in Israel? Hebrews 12:22 reads,

"But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels."
Here the writer of Hebrews makes it plain that Zion does not simply mean the earthly Jerusalem, but it also can have reference to the New, Heavenly Jerusalem that is spoken of in Revelation 21. Listen to what John writes there:
"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband," (2).
He defines it in verses 10-27 as
"that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;"
He adds,
"And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass," (18),
and
"I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof," (22-23).
This certainly sounds like our picture of Heaven.

 Here is the application that I take from this passage: life here on earth as servants of the Lord can have many blessings, but nothing can begin to compare with eternity in Heaven with God. As the city of Jerusalem pleases God more than the rest of His chosen land, so the Heavenly Jerusalem pleases Him more than anything that this earth could ever offer. If the Lord feels this way about Heaven, should not we as well? Hebrews 12:22 speaks of the New Jerusalem as being the city of the living God and the abode of the angels. How wonderful that must be! On this earth we get glimpses, often through the eye of faith, into the majesty of God, but there we shall know even as we are known (I Cor, 13:12). We read in the Bible about the ministries of the angelic host, but then we shall see it all for ourselves. Here we know that God is sovereign, but there we shall see Him rule and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Here we see God's creation, but we see it already having been defiled by sin, and we view it through our own sinful eyes. There we shall see a city undefiled (Rev 21:27), and we will view it through eyes that have been made new and glorified.

 How much do you and I look forward to our Heavenly home? Sometimes we get so caught up in what is going on here that we forget that what really matters is eternity. The New Jerusalem is beloved of God, and it is a place about which glorious things are spoken. I hope that you are looking forward to the Lord's return, and enthusiastically preparing for the day when you will see Zion for yourself.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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