Shadows of New Jerusalem in Psalms 29-46

New JerusalemMany verses in Psalms speak about
Christ, house, city, earth and thus imply New Jerusalem as God’s eternal house and city on new earth with Christ as its center. Here are another group of examples.

Psalm 29:9b, 10b, “In His temple all say, Glory!…Jehovah sits as King forever.” He is the King and we proclaim His glory. Ephesians 3:21, “To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.”

Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that Jehovah is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Now we are hidden in Christ (Col. 3:3) and in God’s house; here we taste that He is good; even more in New Jerusalem.

Psalm 36:7-9, “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Thus the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They are saturated with the fatness of Your house, and You cause them to drink of the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.”

Psalm 46:4a, “There is a river whose streams gladden the city of God.”

Psalms 36 and 46 are a clear parallel to the river of water of life flowing through New Jerusalem (Rev. 22:1). To drink of this river fills us with joy and saturates us with the fatness of God’s house. At present we are partakers of the root of the fatness of God’s olive tree (a picture in Rom. 11:17, 24 of Christ with all of us as branches). Our partaking will be even richer in New Jerusalem.

 

New Jerusalem Radiates God’s Excellence

Multiple times in recent months I have considered the song Pray to Fellowship with Jesus by Witness Lee (music). The last two lines remind me of New Jerusalem:

Saturated with His beauty,
Radiate His excellence.

“He [an angel] carried me [John] away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God” (Rev. 21:10-11a).

New JerusalemNew Jerusalem has, possesses, the glory of God because it is saturated with God’s life and nature, thereby becoming God’s expression. This saturation and expression are identical to the two lines of the song.

The song has much guidance and encouragement for being before His face for His shining into us in our Christian life today, a relationship which will continue into New Jerusalem. Among the Bible verses alluded to in this song, to me 2 Corinthians 3:18 stands out:

We all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.

Our unveiling is not a once-for-all matter in our Christian life. Rather it is a continual turning of our heart to the Lord (v. 16). Whenever we turn to Him to have fellowship with Him in our spirit (v. 17), we are beholding Him and reflecting Him.

Unlike an earthly mirror which is unchanged by what it reflects, our beholding and reflecting the Lord causes us to be transformed into His image “from glory to glory.” This glory gradually saturates us, transforming us to the radiating glory of New Jerusalem.

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