“Arise, O Lord, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Arise, O Lord, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.” – Psalm 132:8

Readings

Deuteronomy 32:1-12 · John 4:1-14 · Psalm 132

Sermon

David longed to “find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.” The temple in Jerusalem was, however, built by his son Solomon. And we read further on in the Psalm, “The Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest forever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.”

The dwelling place of the Lord was considered the same as that of the ark, wherein were kept the two tables of stone on which were written the ten commandments. The ark went before the Israelites on their journeys through the wilderness. Spiritually it is the ark which we must follow on our journey, in which we go up from the Egypt of worldly knowledge to our spiritual homes. That is to say, the commandments are a summary of our duty to the Lord and to our fellow men, and are a sure guide to eternal happiness. Moreover, they are a covenant, a bond of union between the Lord and mankind. Obedience to them is obedience to the Lord. In keeping them we hearken to the Lord’s voice, shunning the evils that they forbid, not from fear of punishment but because they are sins against God. The commandments are a covenant, an essential part of the relationship between us and our Heavenly Father. The sincerity of our worship is measured by our keeping of these laws.

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