Scripture Note.

p. 138.

Psalm 132 - 134.

The order of these psalms is both interesting and instructive. In Psalm 132 a place is found for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty One of Jacob; and, as led of the Spirit, the invocation is uttered, "Arise, O Lord, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength," etc. (vv. 8-10.) The answer, transcending all the psalmist's thoughts, is vouchsafed, "This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish." (vv. 14-18.) The house of Jehovah is built, and Jehovah has taken possession of it, and, together with this, the provisions of His. grace, the blessing of His people, and the execution of His purposes, as touching His Anointed, are pledged and guaranteed. (Compare Acts 2:38-39.) In the next psalm (and, may we not say? as a consequence) we have the beauteous spectacle of brethren dwelling together in unity, a spectacle fragrant (comparable as it is to "the precious ointment") alike to God and to men; and inasmuch as "the precious ointment" is a figure of the anointing by the Holy Ghost, the secret and the power of this unity are declared. It is precisely the same in the Acts. Immediately on the saints being built together as an habitation of God through the Spirit, we read that they continued daily with one accord in the temple (Acts 2:46), and that the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul. (Acts 4:32.) Another consequence follows in Psalm 134. - viz., perpetual praise" Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary [or in holiness], and bless the Lord." The allusion is to the provision made by David for the constant worship of Jehovah in the temple, in the appointment of the chief of the fathers of the Levites as singers, who should be employed in that work day and night. (1 Chr. 9:33.) The instruction for us is, that when brethren are dwelling in unity in the power of an ungrieved Spirit, praise can flow out unhinderedly. This was the case also at Pentecost. (See Acts 2:46-47.) There is yet another thing. Following upon the exhortation to incessant praise, the petition ascends, "The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion." (v. 3.) For when the people of God glorify God with one mind and with one mouth, He is able to bless them according to the thoughts of His own heart. We thus read that, at the dedication of the temple, "As the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God." (2 Chr. 5:13-14.) Precisely the same order is seen in the displayed blessing at Pentecost; for immediately after the spirit of praise that characterized the saints is noted, we read, "The Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved." The blessing of the Lord was exhibited upon them, and through their instrumentality. (Compare Acts 4:31-33.) May we be enabled to apprehend the lesson! E. Dennett.