God’s Desire

In your times alone with God, have you ever thought of asking Him, “What is the one thing that would make You happy? Is there one thing that is on Your heart?”

In Psalm 87 we find what is at the very center of God’s heart: Zion. Verses 2 and 3 state, “Jehovah loves the gates of Zion,/ More than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you,/ O city of God.”

From the previous messages, and the previous psalms we find that the desire in the heart of the psalmist, and we must agree very often the desire in our own heart, is to be released from sufferings and trails. We desire salvation and restoration. We have seen already that to gain these we must give Christ the preeminence and exalt Him in every aspect of our lives. But are the release from sufferings, salvation, and restoration ends in themselves, or are they accomplished with a purpose?

THERE IS A PURPOSE! Salvation has a purpose, restoration has a purpose, our experiencing our tears turning into springs of water has a purpose, and this purpose is Zion with Christ within it. This is God’s heart and this too should take center stage in our heart and being.

What is Zion? In the Old Testament, Zion was the city of David (2Sam. 5:7), the center of the city of Jerusalem as God’s dwelling place on earth. It was the highest peak in the city and as such it typifies the body of overcomers, the perfected and matured God-men, within the church as the heavenly Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22; Rev. 14:1-5).

Overcomers. Supermen right? WRONG. An Overcomer is a normal Christian. Overcomers are those who take the highways to Zion, who practice to come into the Holy of holies and take the lead to remain there. Overcomers are those who love the Lord with the first and best love, who enjoy Him, who eat Him, receive Him, contact Him in a daily, moment-by-moment way. Overcomers are those who are absolutely open to the Lord and absolutely possessed by Him.

So, how do we become this high peak, this center, this uplifting, this strengthening, this enriching, this beauty, this reality of the church which is Zion, the overcomers? We, like King David, need to become men after God’s heart. In Ephesians chapter 3 verses 14 to 19 we have the answer in Paul’s tremendous prayer:

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, Of whom every family in the heavens and on earth is named, That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.

As we open to the Lord, praying that Christ would make His home in our hearts, the Lord’s heart and desire are infused into our being until our heart becomes a duplication of His heart. Eventually, we are no longer running after our own things, we are no longer caring only for the dwellings of Jacob but instead with “singing as well as dancing [we] will say all my springs are in you” (Ps. 87:7).

When we care for Zion, for God’s desire, all our own needs are met and we are a people full of joy, full of praising. Eventually, in the New Jerusalem, the eternal Mount Zion, we will drink of many springs and enjoy many different waters; for eternity we will be able to declare, “All my springs are in you.”

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  1. the desire of God’s heart is set on Zion with Christ – will you be an overcomer? | A normal believer in Christ

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