Apostles Corner > Behold, There is a Place by Me
May 17, 2016
And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend...Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight...And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken:for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face:for there shall no man see me, and live.
And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts:but my face shall not be seen. (Exodus 33: 11; 13;17-23)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.(Psalm 91:1-2)
Thou Hast Found Grace In My Sight
There is a secret place of the most High in which we can dwell. That should be terrific news for everyone, but this blessing is only promised to believers who live in close fellowship with God. Such believers have found grace in the sight of The Lord, even as Moses did.
Every believer has the promise of constant and continual access to the inner sanctuary we call the presence of God. Yet, amazingly enough, many believers fail to avail themselves of that opportunity.
In fact, most believers choose not to dwell in the most holy place; but rather to reserve the right only to run to it during times of distress. This is curious indeed; almost as curious perhaps as an inheritor turning down billions in exchange for the promise of free Big Mac's for life.
I Know Thee By Name
Those of us, who have been blessed to obtain grace, also share a continuing opportunity to commune with Christ, which is a rare and special benefit unavailable to those who detach themselves and stand off at a distance forfeiting their most precious resource.
Those of us, who have been blessed to obtain grace, have also been invited to sit together with Christ in heavenly places and are privileged to participate in heavenly conversations. Such special grace, not only is a privilege, it is also accompanied by other particular privileges. One such privilege is knowing that Jesus knows us by name.
I Will Make All My Goodness Pass Before Thee
Outer court worshippers have very little knowledge of what occurs in the inner sanctuary. If they had such knowledge, they surely would vigorously press beyond the veil to obtain the inheritance of a special grace.
Instead they opt to behave as guests, who shall never feel the pleasure of understanding the goodness of The Lord. They will never partake of the salt of a true covenant with God. They will never have the exhilaration of standing awestruck as God makes His goodness to pass before them.
Those of us who willingly venture beyond the veil, into the inner court, experience the thrill of being washed in the blood of Jesus, which is the goodness of God. The blood of Jesus is God's pledge of protection over the lives of those who stand in His presence in the inner court. It is the pledge of God's continual goodness.
I Will Proclaim the Name of the Lord Before Thee
Our omnipotent God shields all those who dwell with him and continually remain in a His presence and under his care. Those who commune with God are safe with Him, no evil can reach them, for the outstretched wings of his power and love cover them from all harm. His protection is constant and those who proclaim His name abide under it.
The proclamation of the name of The Lord can only occur as He speaks through us to make His name great. No one is able to adequately proclaim God's name, but God Himself. When we praise Him it is really God who provides the praise through and by His Spirit.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress. Such praise us our shelter and great refuge. It us our high tower. There is no other comparable shelter to the shadow of the Almighty God. Our praise is His shadow. That is why any praise issued apart from Him would be inadequate for Him and insufficient for us.
I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious
God is much more than a security blanket. He is an impregnable fortress and a repose for our souls. Not only had He never failed us, but He has been exceedingly gracious unto us. He has shown us mercy by rebuilding our degenerate lives into something of value; and then He has shown us grace to value us so highly that Satan cannot possibly afford us. He has shown us mercy to forgive us of our sins; and He has shown us grace to save our souls and grant us the privilege of being sons of God by the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He chose us well before we chose Him.
Behold, There is a Place by Me
The Lord has designated a secret place for us to dwell under His shadow...under the shadow of the Almighty. He has designed a place for us, which cannot be inhabited by anyone else. Many have forfeited their place, but still no one can "re-place" them. In my opinion, the key word in this sentence is "behold". To behold means, "to look with awareness", "to see as if for the first time", or "to gaze in bewilderment or wonder".
So maybe we can take the liberty of re-wording this sentence just a bit...
"Look with awareness, in bewilderment and wonder, as if seeing for the first time that there is a place for you, which is by me."
Instead of taking it for granted, look upon what has been done for you with tremendous awe and reverence. A place has been prepared for you, by me.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14: 1-3)
Thou shalt stand upon a rock
The place upon which we stand securely is the place at which we must desire to stand continually. This is why staying in the outer court is absolutely unacceptable. The outer court is unstable, while the inner court is a rock. Jesus is that inner court and the Most Holy Place is the spot upon which He places our feet.
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence:and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 9: 33)
And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink:for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:and that Rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10: 3-4)
Our refuge and our fortress, Our God in whom we trust, is Jesus Christ. He is the One who carefully prepared a place for us, by Him, upon which we can stand upon a rock.
I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand
Jesus has prepared a place for us, with the same safety that would be afforded by a cleft in a rock, which only has one opening. And He will cover that opening with His hand. Another such refuge or fortress has never been established.