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Christ desires our gathering together as a place “for his dwelling.”
May 13, 2012, 8:20 pm
Filed under: 1A - Spiritual Notes

In our gathering together today the thought of Christ’s desire for His people to live together in unity, the precious oil pouring down the body of Christ from the head, His desire for a place where He dwells were thoughts that came to mind and were most edifying. Here are some passages that came to mind:

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”

God’s people are to live together, they live life together, this life is God’s life, only His life brings unity. This is what is good and pleasant! The pictures illustrate further how this is accomplished. It is only accomplished because of the life of Christ, the Spirit described as oil and dew, flowing in and to and through His body, His Mount Zion, from Christ Himself, when He is the Head from which the oil flows, the Source from which the water flows. His blessing is nothing more than His very life!

In the previous psalm the psalmist wrote:

“For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, ‘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 I will satisfy with food. I will cloth her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.'”

God’s people, His body, is Mount Zion! He desires us for His dwelling! When we gather together He desires it to be a place of rest but only when He sits enthroned! How He desires this! When He sits enthroned as Head of our gatherings, when we faithfully and humbly receive Him, we are satisfied and clothed with His life, a life full of love, grace and truth. And oh the joy that is ours, the joy that springs up to singing to our Lord!

I am reminded of what Jesus said in the gospel of Luke:

“When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.'”

I believe this is comes from the same Spirit of Christ who inspired the psalmist to write what he wrote in the earlier passages. God has a desire! It is a desire to live His intimate life in a people! He desires to live in and to and through us, to the overflowing! He desires to dwell in us, He desires to find a resting place in us, He desires to sit enthroned in us! He desires to gather together with us and eat with us!

God’s desire is to live in and to and through His people. If we have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ we know this desire. It is of Christ, He desires to be expressed in and to and through His people. He desires that we eat together with Him. Paul tells us of this spiritual desire that he had to gather with His people in his first letter to the Thessalonians:

“But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you…Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”

May God have the desire of His heart! Only when He is enthroned, Head of our gatherings, in freedom each mutually expressing His overflowing life of love together, will He have His hearts desire. Only then will He find a resting place and His people satisfied.

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