Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

What an amazing passage of scripture, David is praying for light and truth and instantly the answer comes from his own mouth. What is the hidden mystery of the ages? What is this light and truth that he is speaking of? Of course Christ is the Light of the world and the ultimate truth, but when David speaks of the altar of God we begin to glimpse the greatest of all mysteries. What is the altar of God, of course it is the place we call Golgotha. The most precious place on earth, the place where Christ Himself was offered as the sacrifice for man’s sin. J.M. Neale has some wonderful thoughts about this verse, listen to his insight into the altar of God.
“Never, surely, more glorious and comforting verse than this. To see the Man of Sorrows, now His warfare almost accomplished, now the sin He bare for us almost pardoned, approaching the great altar of the evening sacrifice of the world. And yet, drawing near to offer Himself to the Father, that Father is the God of His joy and gladness.”
This is where David’s cry for light and truth is met, at the place of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Actually, this is the place of all revelation, God has revealed Himself to the world through the death of His Son. Today, all of us are crying out for the reality or truth of God. We might not verbalize it as such, but all of mankind has a longing in his soul for the unveiling of the mysteries of life that are hidden away in Christ. When we come to the crucified, resurrected, and glorified Savior, we finally catch a glimpse of what life is all about. In His Presence, we discover this joy, this exceeding joy, that characterized David’s life. Today, all of us have access to this incredible life found only in Christ. How can I tap into this life, by coming to the altar of God, the place of His accepted sacrifice, by calling on the Lord in humility. Before long, you will join in with David before God’s altar dancing with all your might, lost in the joy of the Lord.

2 Replies to “THE ALTAR”

  1. I enjoy those times when its just me and the lord ever had a time like that?? it is so good to enter into the presence of his love times have been really great his whole being being right there, to enter in and really enjoy him is so great i have had times that were so good it makes all the hard times worth it to be able to enjoy the lord just who he is

  2. ” by calling on the Lord in humility’- Thank you Pastor Bailey. David’s verse reminds me of a most personal applicable scripture on humility- Matt.18:1-4. In answering the disciples question as who is the greatest in heaven he humbles their inquiring, prideful minds with the answer: all that convert to Him, such as little children in humility and faith, shall see heaven. Neither are the billionaire Christian philanthropists nor the world’s most renown religious leaders any greater in heaven then a murderer who has come to the Altar of God and in complete humility repents of his sins and seeks the Lord as his Savior everyday thereafter.The equality in rebirth in Christ has no grades or rank. When you are truly repentant and humble before Him in rebirth you are in Him, with Him and through Him and such complete conversion is a completed journey to Salvation in Christ. The equality of Eternal Salvation in Christ is a common thread in the New Testament. From the landowner’s payment of field workers regardless of time worked, to those called to the wedding feast who had not been formally invited but replaced those formally invited but failed to attend, to the repentant thief on the cross minutes before his death;Christ’s message is the same ‘ Come unto me ALL yea who are weary and I will give you rest .’ We have come to the Altar and received new life through Christ so let us dance and sing Praises in unending Joy as David did. And with His Spirit within let us go out and spread this Joy of rebirth throughout the world.In His Light and Love, dan frisard.

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