History points to a certain future. Walking in the present history tells us we do not walk alone and sets our hope on the sure things above.
“If ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
1 & 2 Samuel
Introduces us to a shepherd who becomes a king. He points us to the Good Shepherd and the King of kings.
“And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep…1Sam. 16: 11; And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep…1Sam. 17:34a.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
“Now the God of peace,
that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight,
through Jesus Christ;
to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”
“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
“He shall see of the travail of his soul,
and shall be satisfied:
by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;
for he shall bear their iniquities…Isa. 53:11;
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,
so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
“Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me:”
For consider him
that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself,
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin…
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…
THE LORD IS MY HELPER,
AND I WILL NOT FEAR WHAT MAN SHALL DO UNTO ME.”
Hebrews 12:2-4; 13:5-6
“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
“Who in the days of his flesh,
when he had offered up prayers and supplications
with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death,
and was heard in that he feared;
Though he were a Son,
yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
And being made perfect,
he became the author of eternal salvation
unto all them that obey him;”
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over.”
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;
because the LORD hath anointed me to
preach good tiding unto the meek;
he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all that mourn…Isa. 61:1,2;
I am he that liveth, and was dead;
and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;
and have the keys of hell and of death.”
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,
behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,
and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,
and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
Can you say, with David, the Lord is my shepherd? Or are you in want?
In 1 & 2 Kings & Chronicles:
The glory of Jerusalem, of all Israel, surrounded Solomon’s temple.
“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.” 1Kings 8:10-11.
The shekinah glory of God filled the house giving Israel a glimpse of the glory that was to come. Jesus referring to Himself said,
“But I say unto you,
That in this place is one greater than the temple.”
And when an angel invited John in Revelation to come see the bride of Christ, he saw,
“that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. Having the glory of God…
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.”
History declares the glory of the Lord in part but its revelation will one day be complete.
- Does your temple house the glory of God?
- What will your response be when you come face to face with the Lord of glory?
As the song says, “I Can Only Imagine.”