(By Derrick & Kim)
It has been a beautiful learning time as the youth group of our church has been meditating and sharing on Psalms daily. As we were on Psalms 24, here is what we heard in our spirits.
Such is the generation
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place? (Psalm 24:3)
The Psalm is fascinating because it seems at the outset that it is talking about who can ascend the hill of the Lord and then lists several requirements to be met. Example: He that hath clean hands, a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul into vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
However as we go deeper we understand that these are actually not prerequisites to behold the Lord but rather characteristics of a generation that seeks after Him. ( verse 6). This generation like Jacob is wrestling for God’s presence and is not willing to let go – in prayer, in Word, in meditation, in hunger, in thirst, in love, in holiness and in righteousness.
In contrast, there are others who are part of a generation that Jesus speaks about in Mathew 11:16-17.
To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
“‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’
Unlike the Jacob generation, this generation is caught up in actions towards man rather than God.
They easily let go.
They forget God’s Word but remember man’s words.
They seek man’s praise rather than Gods’
They speak to each other but rarely to God
They complain about their needs but fail to seek the only true and living God.
The Jacob generation holds the key to cities
Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in. ( Psalms 24:7-10).
Gates had great significance in the Old Testament times. They were the key to the entrance of a city and these were also the place for transacting business, reading the law and administering order and justice.
In these last days we believe God is going to swing the gates ( read: cities) open for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus needs to take centre place in every sphere of influence be it politics, business, education, arts, media, sports, music etc.
And this will happen when we as children of God, know our rightful place and authority in Christ and start manifesting His Kingdom. The church of God is to be blamed for the mess that the world is in. The church is waiting for God, whereas God has already given all authority to His body.
But watch out, there is arising a generation (read: us) that seeks God like Jacob and God will use them (us) to declare His Word and presence over the cities and nations. He is raising up servant leaders who carry His mind and heart and through their position in the world, they will be able to influence many.
It’s time we move out of the four walls of the church and start spilling His love around.
He who has ears, let him listen…rise up church of God, cities are waiting.