Posted: May 18,2009
We have been musing from Psalm 48, which is the
scene of Jehoshaphats battle. Today we look at verses 12-14 which says,
Walk about Zion, and go round about her:
tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her
palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following. For this God
is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
These verses tell us of one who is going around looking at the results
of the battle. The church down through the ages has been in multiple
battles. It would do us good to examine the toll these battles have
taken on our landscapes. We have already looked at three areas of study
prior to battle (Vs. 1-3), presence in the battle (Vs. 4-8), and
pondering after the battle (Vs. 9-11).
In these verses let us muse upon the Power
Through The Battle In verse 12 I notice there is Power In
Walking About. We are told in our text to walk about her. The her
refers to the church or the bride of Christ. We are asked to examine her
The towers are the foundation posts that
hold up the structure. Have some of these towers crumbled because of the
battle shots from the enemies? Let us examine the Tower Of Doctrine.
From time to time I hear folks make statements that lead me to think
that doctrine is not of great importance to them. The word doctrine
means the basis of what one believes about God. I feel we need to
emphasize in these days the great doctrines of the Puritans and
Reformers. The belief that God is sovereign and man is impotent. God has
all the choices and man has none. God is the only deity and man is only
depraved and dead. There is also the Tower Of Deity. One must
look to see what the church believes about Jesus. Do they believe He is
the God man? There is also the Tower Of Declaration. Is the
preaching of the Word of God being lifted above all other church
There is also Power In Marking On.
In verse 13 we are told to mark the bulwarks and consider the palaces.
The bulwark speaks of God as our refuge and strength. May the
church examine their relationship to our Lord as a hiding place in a
time of storms. Have we taught the new ships how to hide in the refuge
of our Lord? The word palace speaks of our homes or dwelling
place. A church is only as strong as our homes. May we reach to see that
we have men who are the spiritual leaders of our homes. Why is there
power in this marking? So much is lost because we do not pass it on.
There is also Power In Telling
About It. Much of our doctrine has been lost because it was not
passed on. It is only as we read the old writers that we see how far we
have moved off true Biblical doctrine.
I see in verse 14 there is Power In
Lifting Him Up. Those in the battle claim the God of the Bible to
be their God. My, what a claim to be had. To say the Elohim of the Old
Testament is our God. The one who made all from nothing. The one who
must be in the plural because He manifests Himself in three persons. He
is my God. How long do you hope to have Him as your God some might ask?
The text tells the time limit is forever and ever. That, my
friend includes all of time and beyond. What is to be gained power wise
from having Him as your God? We are told He will guide us all the way
even into death. Once we are absent from the body, we will be present
with the one we have looked to by faith. What power Jehoshaphat found by
looking to his God in time of battle. Our God is the same God that he
looked to. May our cry be, I have no might of my own and I know not what
to do, but my eyes are upon you.