Psalms - practical details of the God-man living
Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
I beseech you therefore, I, the prisoner in the Lord, to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing one another in love, 3 Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace:
For the equiping of the saints unto the work of ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ, 13 Until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 That we may be no longer little children tossed by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching in the sleight of men, in craftiness with a view to a system of error, 15 But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ, 16 Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.
11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall by no means be hurt of the second death.
17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give of the hidden manna, and to him I will give a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knows except he who receives it.
26 And he who overcomes and he who keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; 27 And he will shepherd them with an iron rod, as vessels of pottery are broken in pieces, as I also have received from My Father; 28 And to him I will give the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
3:5 He who overcomes will be clothed thus, in white garments, and I shall by no means erase his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
11 I come quickly; hold fast what you have that no one take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out anymore, and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
17 Because you say, I am wealthy and have become rich and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be manifested, and eyesalve to anoint your eyes that you may see. 19 As many as I love I rebuke and discipline; be zealous therefore and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. 21 He who overcomes, to him I will give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father on His throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they loved not their soul-life even unto death.
14:1 And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harp-singers playing on their harps. 3 And they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been purchased from the earth. 4 These are they who have not been defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He may go. These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth no lie was found; they are without blemish.
21:7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be God to him, and he will be a son to Me.
Do not be incensed because of evil-doers. Neither envy unrighteous workers.
2 For like the grass, they will soon be cut down, and like the herb, they will wither away.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good.
Stay in the land, and feed on faith,
4 and delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the requests of your heart.
5 Roll your way upon the Lord, and trust in Him and He will act,
6 and He shall bring forth Your righteousness as li-i-ight and your judgment as the noonday.
And Jehovah will go forth and fight with those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
5 And ye shall flee [to] the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, [and] all the saints with thee.
Rev 17:14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and they who are with Him, the called and chosen and faithful, will also overcome them.
19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sits on it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 And His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written which no one knows but Himself. 13 And He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, that with it He might smite the nations; and He will shepherd them with an iron rod; and He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 And He has on His garment and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war with Him who sits on the horse and with His army.
But Christ was faithful as a Son over His house, whose house we are if indeed we hold fast the boldness and the boast of hope firm to the end.
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with judgment and with righteousness, from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this.
Isa 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.
Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them
33:14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this [is the name] wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness. 17 For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
Ezek 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, [even] my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. 24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken [it].
37:24 And David my servant [shall be] king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their prince for ever.
Hos 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
Psalms to Constitute the Overcomer
Brother Witness Lee said that one of the requirements for the Lord to come back is a great revival in which many saints live the life of the God-man Jesus. (Rev. 19:7
Where do we see the God-man living in the Bible? In the gospels there is the perfect model, the life of Jesus, impossible to imitate. In the epistles we see a little of the life of Paul, the apostle, but we all are not apostles. I especially love Acts 27, where we see Paul as a prisoner on a shipwreck-bound ship. Here Paul is not a great apostle, but a normal Christian, bringing everyone on the ship before the Lord and practically caring for them. We can be the same at our jobs and in our neighborhoods.
The most details of the God-man living through imperfect men is in the Psalms. The more I enjoy the Psalms, the more I see the Lord's life on earth was one with the Psalms.
Brothers Watchman Nee and Witness Lee also said that, in order for the Lord to return, a part of the church must fulfill Ephesians chapter 4, especially 4:12-16
: the whole Body of Christ functioning to build up the Body. Ephesians 4 begins
with Paul begging us to walk worthily of the Lord in all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love. This is a prerequisite to the realize the rest of Ephesians 4.
But how can you be lowly and meek? The details are in the Psalms. If you are a religiously proud person like me, then getting the Psalms into you by memorizing and singing them will deal with your pride. The Psalms are full of lowliness, meekness, thankfulness, judgment, and the appreciation of mercy. We need to be balanced. Memorize the high revelation of the New Testament, such as Ephesians, Hebrews, John 14-16, and also memorize the Psalms. I am over 50 now, and it is harder for me to memorize verses than before, and those that I memorize now I don't retain. I am glad that when I was young I memorized a lot of the New Testament. Now that I am older, it is a joy to memorize the Psalms because I can sing them.
In the last days before His return, the Lord is calling us to be different from the rest of the church in a positive way to be overcomers who follow the Lord in everything. (Rev. 2:7,11,17, 26: 3:5, 12, 21; 12:11; 14:4; 21:7
) The Psalms give us details how to overcome all kinds of problems by trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 37:1-5
). There are even 55 Psalms which are written "to the overcomer", (i.e. Psalms 4-6). (The Hebrew word, which KJV translates as "Chief Musician" is translated by the Septuagint with the same Greek word as "overcome" in Revelation 2-3. Jubilee 2000 Bible translates this word as "overcomer" in the Psalms' title. )
Finally, here is a verse that the Lord gave me when some brothers from Detroit and I were giving a very small conference on Psalms 25, 27 & 37 in Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada:
Zec 12:8 In that day will Jehovah defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that stumbleth among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David as God, as the Angel of Jehovah before them.
When the Lord returns with the raptured overcoming saints (Rev. 17:14; 19:14; Zech. 14:5
) to defend the Jewish people from the nations, he that stumbles among these overcomers, that is each overcomer individually, will be like David, the main author of the Psalms. They stumble, but they stumble as David stumbled, not covering it up, but confessing the failure to the Lord and going on. They overcame the accuser by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony (Rev12:11
). And the overcomers together corporately will be called the "the house of David" (Hebrews 3:6
), and will be just like their Leader, Christ. How shall the overcomers become like David if they are not living out the Psalms? (Note: There are 2 houses of David in Zech. 12-13. One is the physical Jewish descendants of David as in 12:10
, and the other is the spiritual brothers of Christ, the house of Christ, Who is of the house of David, and is the greater David. (Isa 9:7; 16:5; Jer. 23:5; 30:9; 33:15; Ezek. 34:23-24; 37:24-25; Hos. 3:5
). I hope to be able to write up my thoughts on Zech 12-14 in the near future.)