Over the course of his nearly 70 years of ministry, Witness Lee conducted three in depth studies of the book of Psalms. His first study took place in 1954, he came back to the book again in 1969, and his final study, this life study, that he gave near the end of his life, in 1993. Although all three studies bear similarity for certain each got progressively deeper and higher, unveiling more of God’s central line, His eternal economy. As we come to the final program in the life study of the Psalms, I thought it is appropriate to quote a short portion from his second study of the Psalms called “Christ and the Church revealed and typified in the Psalms” – more…
Psalms (Program #41) – The Expressions of the Saints Before Jehovah in Different Directions and Final Prayers of David
As we had been carefully considering the book of Psalms for these past 40 programs it has become very clear that the Psalms are difficult to categorize. Though they are all poetic, and most often lofty in their language. The thoughts and sentiment expressed are widely varied. At times they express the most common of human concepts, at other times they touched the height of God’s divine thought and frequently they revealed Christ in type, in shadow, and in prophecy with striking details and clarity. But at the end what we find are not dramatic revelations or high points but rather the earnest and heart felt prayers of men who bored once striking characteristics and that was their nearness and closeness to God and their deep love and care for the things of God.
Psalms (Program #40) -The Preciousness of Zion and Jerusalem in the Experiences and Praises of the Saints (2)
They are 15 Psalms that are referred to as the Psalms of the Ascent, from 120 to 134. These Psalms typified the ascending or raising up of God’s people, from a low suffering place to a place in the high peaks. These high places refer to as Zion in the scripture and it represents many things. Its’ from Zion that God first blesses His people and from Zion He deals with those who persecute and hate His people, is also from Zion that He bring His people into the light to realize their own fallen sinful condition so that they may repent and to receive His forgiveness. Making them humble where they had formally being proud and haughty. Once humbled God brings His people up to and intoZion where they can dwell in Him in oneness and where He can find His rest and His abode in them. This is Zion, this is the place to which we all must ascend for our ultimate destiny or destination in the Christian walk, is the heavenly Zion, the New Jerusalem where God and man will find their mutual habitation and full satisfaction.
Psalms (Program #39) – The Preciousness of Zion and Jerusalem in the Experiences and Praises of the Saints (1)
15 Psalms from Psalms 120 to 134 comprised a section known as the Psalms of ascent. They are all very short and very sweet. Lord will we will see they bring us to the high peaks.
Psalms 120:1 ” In my distress I called out to Jehovah, And He answered me.”
That tells you a lot right there. The whole thing starts with distress and up until Psalms 119 is full of the law and they loved the law but they can’t keep the law, eventually the children of Israel don’t follow the law. And eventually start to serve idols. So, the result is they go to captivity and they are in distress. These Psalms of ascent started out with distress. If you do not have the distress where you go down you can never come up. So there is a lot of appreciation. more…
Psalms (Program #38) – Christ—The Reality of the Law as the Testimony and the Word of God
consider for a moment an interesting observation. Suppose the ruler of a country were to pass a law legalizing corruption, what will that tell you of the character of that ruler? It will likely tell you that this person, this one making such law was also corrupt himself. You see, laws are actually a kind of portrait of the law-giver. So when we come to the laws of God we shall realize that they are a portrait of the Person that gave them. In another word, the laws given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai is a portrait of the Person of God, a portrait of Jesus Christ. So when we come to a passage of Scripture such as the 119th Psalm with its 176 verses many speaking of the law, we should have the impression that what we are seeing is not God’s demands upon you and me but rather we are seeing Christ as God’s expression and also the one to whom we are coming that He may supply us with Himself in order that we as His members could live Him out fully meeting even surpassing God’s every demand.
Psalms (Program #37) – The Praise of God’s Elect Consummating in the Particular Position of Christ
The four gospels give us a four-fold record of what Christ is and what He has done. However, the gospel did not reveal Christ as much as the Psalms do. Psalms 118:22 says “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the head of the corner.” The head of the corner, that is the corner stone. Christ as the corner stone is the hardest point to understand in the entire Bible.
Psalms (Program #36) - The Highest Revelation of Christ
OK, here is a Bible question for you. There is one verse in the Old Testament that is quoted directly at least twenty times in the New Testament and is referred to indirectly at least another twenty times. What Old Testament verse could possibly command this much attention in the New Testament? Well, here is a clue: it’s a verse from the Psalms. In fact, it’s from a Psalms that Martin Luther said it’s the highest revelation of Christ in all the Psalms. Give up? It is Psalms 110:1 “Jehovah declares to my Lord, Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies Your footstool.” That’s our topic today.
Psalms (Program #35) – The Earth Turning to the Lord Through Zion
For all their beautiful and poetic expressions, the Psalms in great details and richness reveal Christ in many aspects. At time, He is revealed in prophetic passages but at other times, Christ is directly spoken of by the Psalmists. Take for example, the passages in Psalms 102, verses 25-27 “Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You endure; Indeed all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them, And they will be changed….. ” Well, apparently these are the words of the Psalmists in His affliction as He pours out His heart and anguish directly to God concerning the devastation of God’s house and God’s city. But is this passage is quoted in Hebrews concerning Christ, we have to conclude that the Psalmist’s speaking in this Psalms is really his revelation of Christ Himself. What is this realization opens to us in our life study of this marvelous book?
Psalms (Program #34) – God’s Recovery of His Title and Right Over the Whole Earth Through the Reign of Christ
Often times when we are visiting a new country or a region we are not familiar with, our appreciation of that place will depend on the guide that is showing us around. Without a knowledgeable and experienced guide we likely will not perceive much of the hidden beauty nor appreciate the richness of all that we are seeing. Actually this could also describe our understanding of the Scriptures. Of course, we need to read and read again and re-read again in a prayerful way, the Bible to allow the Lord to reveal His Word to us. But in addition to our personal reading, we need a guide. Just as the Ethiopian eunuch did in Acts chapter 8, more…
Psalms (Program #33) – The Saints’ Deeper Experience of God in the Identification with Christ
The book of Psalms actually a collection of 150 Psalms of poetry, prophecies and hymns show us many aspects of the Christian walk by ways of types and symbols. Aspects of Christ in His suffering for example, in His death on the cross, His resurrection, ascension and even enthronement are seen in rich details in the Psalms. But there is another aspect, perhaps the deepest experience of God that is also revealed yet seldom spoken of from this book and that is that Christ took God the Father as His very habitation. What does this mean? More specifically, what does it mean for us? We will fellowship the matter of God’s habitation today.