Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Psalm 132,THE TEMPLE BUILDER

 Psalm 132,THE TEMPLE BUILDER


THE TEMPLE BUILDER


Reflect on


2 Samuel 7:4 But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:

5  Go and tell my servant David, ?This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.



11 The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me ; your throne will be established forever.


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THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


Again an unknown author - but can be seen as being in the time of rebuilding after the return from exile and the rebuilding of the second temple Ezra 5:11 .

The first temple built by Solomon also can be seen here and there is a link to Solomon being the author of this Psalm.

Which ever is seen or whatever theory / theology/ this Psalm can be said to be  by King Solomon and being  written in the second or third person/on behalf of/ intervention of/ intercession for.

It can be said to be a dedication Psalm written by Solomon and this seems to be confirmed to me by this ongoing study.

Notice the difficculty encountered in 2 Samuel 7:4-16 where God moves from person to person in His Tabernacling/tent to tent/ dwelling to dwelling/.

Also notice the human paradox in 11 The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom

And again with 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong/iniquity/sins/, I will punish him [today Judgement/word/] with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.

These verses begin with Solomon [remembering David his Father and the Oath /Promise/ made between the two and the son of David building the first Temple instead of King David [who dwelt in a palace and felt that God should have a better more fitting dwelling place]

Now we  continue on in the line to Jesus Himself and so you see the conflict here unless you break the metaphor and see that God [The Holy Spirit] now goes to the Son of God "who does not  and can not sin" and therefore is not punishied for His iniquity - but rather for others [Like David and Solomon] this is the breaking of a picture/metaphor /image/in scripture / as God moves through time/tabernacles/ as we leap to 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me ; your throne will be established forever.


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THE EAGLE


Isaiah 40:31 They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk ... for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles....


I keep seeing over and over again an eagle  - but this time this is a different eagle, this Eagle is a very vivid picture and she is soaring through the sky and circling around.

She is circling overhead and her eyes can see for miles around [indeed their is nothing she cannot see]

I see a nest which has been built and she is returning to this nest, which is her home, it is well built and I see a nest that is well made and attended too.

She has protected her brood and they have been born - she has brooded over her infants and has seen them come alive, she has sheltered them under Her wings and lifted them up/ raised them up in times of trouble, she has led them through the wilderness with such care and attention, She has raised up over and over again.

Now this Eagle is circling around and I see Him/Her/ looking down from a great height and she is ascending and descending in the ruach winds ... wow what freedom and what liberty although there is no emotion here.

I keep getting glimpses of Her/His nest and then down below as The Eagle circles, I see a dark building, a dwelling place, a building, a place built by man and by God and I ask "what is this ? as I see a dark place " it is not a real building.....

The reply is "It is a shadow - you see a shadow of something that was"

I begin to realise that this is a Temple built once upon a time - but is no more and it is a shadow- something that is yet to come - but has been  and will be and was.




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SONG OF DEDICATION


Pray with me

Lord I dedicate myself to You now in Jesus Name, I allow You to have your way in me,be Lord of my life today.

Fill this tabernacle and rest in me - that I might find rest in You.

Lord - Sovereign Lord be soveriegn in me and abide in this Temple - in Jesus Nmae Amen


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So here King Solomon is dedicating the Temple in Psalm 132  and how pious for King David to build a temple for God to dwell in  2 Samuel 7:5 - but now see :  Exodus 25:8 - now look at Isaiah 66:1 

Indeed how can man build a place for God to dwell in ?

Indeed - a persons best works are like filthy wags before God.....

So why does chose to dwell in human beings ? who are sinful and disobedient...

Why would God chose to be obedient to those who are disobedient !

Compare these two scriptures at different  times in history..

2 Chronicles 6:41 Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

Psalm 132:8 Arise, LORD, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your godly ones sing for joy.


menuchah is the hebrew rest here ....

Although God never rests -  He continues to work in His people in all the days of their lives.

He does not take a rest [if he did'nt then we are in trouble as He would no longer be omnipresent nor omniscient ]

Here in Psalm 132 God is being asked  to dwell /tabernacle/make His home/"in a dark place" to tabernacle and make His home in us.

That we might be clothed with His salvation..


King David wanted in his pious state [living in a palace] to build a house because he he felt that God should have a better  place to live in - rather than an ark/tabernacle/tent/ - King Solomon [his son] was to one to build the dwelling place of God [the shadow]

Now the Temple that solomon built is gone  - a shadow...

Now is the time for rebuilding . = a body that God builds and continues to "how pious to believe - that God will dwell in a dark tabernacle - that He never built and only depending on  Him being the indweller. [how pious for me to believe that God might dwell in me and make His home in me...... [what can I do to deserve such an eterrnal promise ?]


So now lets allow God to  destroy the old Temple and allow Him to rebuilt a new Temple and this is the reason why so many people decide not to take this step - because they do not want to allow God to destroy who they are...


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NOW WORD


I want to share a word with you now - which was given to me  [now today]

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Don't dwell in the town,
 place yourself in my rest.

I cover you with my feathers,
 and  you will fly from my nest.

Listen to me and don't despair
Come into my sanctuary
 and not your  groundly affairs.

I uphold and I resolve.
My love makes you tender
 and my love makes you bold.
I give you fish(life and pertaining to life)
 and not a bone.(death and pertaining to death)
If you make my sanctuary your place of rest
and your garden ,
and your home.

Dont worry about your cares, burdens  and  your strife
For I give you eternity,
and an abundant life,
and the very best,
And all the rest.

From me at my request,
on my test.

Silly birds circularing  around ( all directions)
upwards downwards , light and  profound.

East and west, put to the test,( the sign of the cross)

Backwards forwards , come to me to rest.( God rocking you like a baby)

Rest in me, rest in me
 in my sanctuary.

Rest in me ,rest in me,
for I'm more peaceful than the hammock in the trees,
And more creative than the birds and the bees.

Is that you Lord talking  with me, or is that just me.
If its me I'm just silly see,
but will be resting in the Lord with glee.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Psalm 131,As a Child Weaned.


 AS A CHILD WEANED



Now we come back to David as he looks up to the hills/Lord/ humbling himself before God as a child weaned.

Here  David is being pursued by King Saul - here David is speaking to God alone and not before men [although the Holy Spirit chose to reveal this prayer in scripture.]

And so we begin another story/fact with only 19 Psalms to go we are running short of time and Psalms  

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Here we have three verses to work on

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THE TWO KINGS


Lets  lay some groundwork here and get the background scene to this as David is persecuted and his life is threatened  by the King he continued to see as "anointed"

Now after "the small David had killed the Philistine giant.there came the day when the women sang   "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands"


King Saul was enraged by this and became jealous of David, the very next day King Saul saw the Holy Spirit depart from him and an evil spirit allowed by God "take over"

Here even though Saul continues to be seen by David as anointed 1 Samuel 24:10  -Saul see's him as a threat to his Throne. 1 Samuel 16:14 - 1 Samuel 18:10 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
Now King Saul seeks to kill David and continues to hunt him down and this takes us to the cave of Adullam in 1 Samuel 22:1

David is a man on the run as King Saul plots against him  1 Samuel 23:9   but God was Davids Guardian and fortress

Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.


Indeed David spared King Saul's life twice and let him go twice  - yet the lord had departed frm King Saul 1 Samuel 28:16 so King Saul was an enemy of God.

And so King Saul took his own life and died by his own sword.

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THE THREE HEARTS


David now becomes Kings Saul's son inlaw - now compare this to the family troubles within King David's family and Solomons family - where son's seek to take their thrones away from their fathers. [the difference here was that God saw that David's heart was not trying to take the Throne [become his own god] we saw in previous studies that "man son's and daughters sought power and fame - to raise themselves up [as eagles]  but here David sought after God's heart [both Saul and David were anointed [had God's Spirit] but one lost it.

Here King Saul was plotting against David and manipulation and betrayal was the order of the day [as it happens Michal adulterated with another man named Phalti and became his wife.

After David had become King she goes back to David even though she despised him  2 Samuel 6:16  now Michal was as one divorced 2 Samuel 6:16

Here you have two hearts and I believe this is where and what  the torch is focussing on here in this study.

The difference between two hearts - the one purposed towards God and the other pursuing it's own end

The heart of David and the heart of King Saul  [both anointed by God]  - the heart of David and the heart of Michal [King Saul's youngest daughter - the first wife of David]

Here we have the Two Kingdoms...

I am reminded of "a kingdom divided aginst itself will fall" well no- here - [the now King David restores michal as the first wife] even though she betrayed him 2 Samuel 3:13

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THE HEART OF MICHAL


Here the difference was  in Michal's heart that sought influence and power - that did not want to follow the fugitive, small man, without money ... living in caves and on the run.... [from her father - being used as an instrument by her father to defeat David  - who wanted nothing of a man after God's heart] who continued to despise King David after he became King and spat at him as He danced before God.

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What of the heart of King Saul ? he was told by Samuel to wait 7 days .


1 Samuel 13:8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

Here King Saul could not wait until the end of the seventh day and became impatient and therefore took it upon himself to make sacrifices. 1 Samuel 13:9 So he said, ?Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.? And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.

And so the commandment here was not a written word [what you see as a bilbical command - but a word given by God "a now word"

1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which he commanded you: for now would the LORD have established your kingdom on Israel for ever.



Now King Saul later goes against his own decrees and sought to summon up Samuel from the dead ...
1 Samuel 28:3 Meanwhile, Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him. He was buried in Ramah, his hometown. And Saul had banned from the land of Israel all mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead.

4 The Philistines set up their camp at Shunem, and Saul gathered all the army of Israel and camped at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the vast Philistine army, he became frantic with fear. 6 He asked the Lord what he should do, but the Lord refused to answer him, either by dreams or by [color=blue]sacred lots [/color]or by the prophets. 7 Saul then said to his advisers, ?Find a woman who is a medium, so I can go and ask her what to do.

This is the Witch of Endor - a medium - King Saul here sought another source of power and did not wait or ask God - and God refused to answer or give a word to him.




Like a child or teenager who has selective hearing and only answers or speaks when they want to [and even then with limited mouth movement] King Saul would not seek God and so God did not seek Saul .

Not because God did not want to or that Saul's responses to Him made God love him any less - but simply because God could not respond Jeremiah 5:21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear they indeed have unhumbled hearts..

The Divine to human element and metaphor may fail here [as a parent may not see their child as Christian or a child of God - but God may] or the other way around.

Indeed although your own children may not be mentioned by name in scripture - this neither means they are or are not God's .

Indeed there responses to you may be quite different to their responses to God and so this is an unknown .

On the other hand responses can be purely to please parents and not God and responses alone - do not equal eternal life.

As good does not equal God's goodness - neither do good works enable me to be good in God's eyes.

This is where the human response and metaphor may fail.

However - David here was lifted up [in this life] to be the King . [even though he had done dreadful things before God] Hebrews 10:31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. and so David lost out in 2 Samuel 12:18



 I often wonder what this child had done to deserve this .... however we do not know what happened to this this child "who had never lived" I wonder how somebody with no ability can respond / can be saved" and how somebody who has never had the chance to live can be "born again"

Here in this afterlife [which was never non life [ and can only be called "non existence" we must assume that "eternal llife" is only through Jesus and not bound by response or heart" maybe a different  rule is writtren here.. [who knows] here all our theology and learning falls down before God.

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And so David is persecuted for years by many including Saul and his armies.

Remember this is the song of degrees, the Psalms of ascent as each in Saul's /Davids and Solomons family attempt to find a higher rank and we have found that each gets lowered.

In this study we have glimpsed at Michal, David and King Saul where we find Michal being lowered, Saul being lowered and David being brought to a higher place / another step.

David this says Psalm 131:1 My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me

Now this is where this prayer is coming from as David runs and hides and dodges and seeks to follow God.

I get the impression of foundations here and a Door and a person walking through it -  I have Revelation 3:7 - Job 12:14 - Isaiah 22:22 - here Jesus holds the keys.

David never sought Kingship 1 Samuel 16:11 - but was being prepared for it. he was being weaned as a child  in the Lord .

This study simply shows where David is coming from [in these three verses]

This is Davids reply "while being sought, persecuted and misled"

His only concern was to follow God and seek God's heart.

This is the overiding theme in Davids life. [I lift my eyes to the hills - was also a psalm of "the now King David as he battled with his own son "absalom" in Psalm 121 and this is where absalom also dies by his own sword.[again trying to take Kingship by his own steps/ascent/degrees/]


We now begin to see how these psalms are put together with an underlying theme and we view the power struggles [whether in families or between nations or within nations] here nations battle with God as well as people [individuals] and hearts against hearts.

But it is only God who opens doors and shuts doors and this was spoken of King Cyrus [an eagle] in Isaiah 45:1 "This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut.

Now King Cyrus releases God's people to rebuild the ancient walls - allowing Nehemiah [being raised up] to take the lead.


This is not human will - but God's Sovereign Will - declaring the future days of His reign over the people -as here God declares who will be raised up and who will not.

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Lord God in Jesus name even though things may not go my way - I thankyou that you may be raising me up for greater things even though many come up against me - this is only for a season - or be it many years,

Thankyou Lord of my life - that you have a purpose and a meaning - a reason and a future for my life - In Jesus Name Amen.





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