“I did call unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy mountain...salvation belongeth unto the Lord, and Thy blessing is upon Thy people” (Psalm 3:4,8, Geneva Bible).
This is the morning of the gathering of the Church; meditate on the picture of God’s gathering His people to Himself: “His holy mountain.”
As He gathers us to Himself as His people in Christ, we see His King, the only Lord Jesus. “I have set My King upon Zion Mine holy mountain” (2:6).
As He gathers us to Himself as His people in Christ, it is conformity to His perfect reflection of the Father’s glory to which we are predestined. “Lord, who shall dwell in Thy Tabernacle? Who shall rest in Thine holy Mountain? He that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that slandereth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor, nor receiveth a false report against his neighbor. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned, but he honoreth them that fear the Lord: he that sweareth to his own hindrance and changeth not. He that giveth not his money unto usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent: he that doeth these things, shall never be moved” (15:1-5). “Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? Even he that hath innocent hands, and a pure heart; which hath not lifted up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek Him, of them that seek Thy face, this is Jacob” (24:3-6).
As He gathers us to Himself as His people in Christ, it is by “light” and “truth,” found only in the God the Son, unto the fruit of God the Holy Spirit, joy and thankfulness: “Send Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me: let them bring me unto Thine holy Mountain, and to Thy Tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto Thee, O God my God” (43:3,4).
As He gathers us to Himself as His people in Christ, we find by faith joy and refuge not to be found anywhere else in the world: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the City of our God, even upon His holy Mountain.
, lying Northward, is
fair in situation: it is the joy of the whole earth, and the City of the great
king. In the palaces thereof God is known for a refuge” (48:1-3). Mount
As He gathers us to Himself as His people in Christ, we are reminded of His love for us and how glorious that makes the gathering: “God laid His foundations among the holy mountains. The Lord loveth the gates of
above all the habitations of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city
of Zion ”
As He gathers us to Himself as His people in Christ, we are humbled, repentant, and more aware of our need for grace before His holiness: “Exalt the Lord our God and fall down before His holy Mountain: for the Lord our God is holy” (99:1).
“I did call unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy mountain...salvation belongeth unto the Lord, and Thy blessing is upon Thy people” (3:4,8). Calling upon Him as His people and seeing His holiness in Christ (which is His decree for us, Ephesians 1:4) is to realize only He can save, and He has chosen His people in Christ to receive the fullness of His blessings forever (Ephesians 1:3; 2:4-10). May the gathering of His people in Christ reflect above all on His holiness, out of the light of which we see His love, justice, righteousness, wrath, mercy, and grace in the Son. May we be brought to His knees at the revealing of His holiness in the gathering through the Word and the Table today to His eternal glory and our saving confession.