Jehovah’s Commanded Blessing

There were fifteen steps leading up to Mt Zion. It was while ascending these fifteen steps that the children of Israel sang the songs of ascent. One step, one Psalm, all the way up to the top. From this beautiful picture we can see four things that need to become our experience as believers.

  1. Our experience is always a corporate experience.
  2. Our experience is an ascending, advancing experience; always going up, up, up.
  3. Our experience is an experience of love, desire, longing, and yearning for Zion. It is a love affair with God’s habitation.
  4. Our experience is a singing experience. (The Church life is a musical!)

Keeping in mind these four matters, we come to the last two songs of ascent, Psalm 133 and 134. In the first, we see a practical, visible  expression of what it is to live the Church life. In the second, we see the blessing, not just the blessing conferred upon Zion, but the blessing from Zion upon all the children of God.

As the saints are living together in oneness in the practical, day-to-day church life, there are two marvelous matters that become their practical experience. The first is the blessing of the all-inclusive, life-giving Spirit typified by the compound ointment running down upon Aaron’s head and flowing to the skirts of his garments. This Spirit is the anointing Spirit, the sealing Spirit, the pledging Spirit, the inscribing Spirit, the ministering Spirit, the liberating Spirit, the transforming Spirit, the renewing Spirit, and the fellowshipping Spirit. It is through and in and by this Spirit that we are one and are in the oneness. This compound Spirit is not for those who are individualistic; He is in and for the Body and for the priestly service that builds up the Body. The second thing is the dew of Hermon descending upon the mountains of Zion. This is the descending, refreshing, watering, and saturating grace of life, which is just the Triune God for our enjoyment. It is because of the all, super-abounding, multiplying, greater, sufficient, varied grace of God that is dispensed into us throughout the New Testament age that the consummates the New Jerusalem. When we see the Lord face to face we will be able to declare: “It was all because of grace.”

In the Church life we are daily anointed and graced; and it is through the anointing Spirit and the supply of grace that it is possible for us to live in oneness in the Church life. Eventually, we are perfected into one.

It is from this peak, from the overcomers upon Mt. Zion that the blessing proceeds to all of God’s people. This is Psalm 134.

Oh Lord. Have mercy on us, dear Lord, that we would be those living in the practical Church life all the days of our life until we reach the peak of Zion!

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  1. I was really touched in this message that the dew just IS THERE where the brothers dwell together in oneness! By having the saints living together / in the family life in the church life, the dew – the grace – is just there! We need to pray for more corporate living, more day to day church life, so that we would enjoy the commanded blessing and the descending grace…

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