THE ALTAR OF GOD
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.