“Pitched Among Men” ( Apocalypse 21: 2-4, KNOX ) by Carley Evans


A holy city pitched as a tent among men and women and children. In that tent – the new Jerusalem – dwells the living God. He looks like us because we look like Him. With His own hand, he wipes away all sorrow from every heart. All come to His dwelling in perfect joy, to sit at His feet and listen to His voice, the voice that changes wilderness to paradise.

And I, John, saw in my vision that holy city which is the new Jerusalem, being sent down by God from heaven, all clothed in readiness, like a bride who has adorned herself to meet her husband. I heard, too, a voice which cried aloud from the throne, Here is God’s tabernacle pitched among men; he will dwell with them, and they will be his own people, and he will be among them, their own God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, or mourning, or cries of distress, no more sorrow; those old things have passed away. 

“Make A Joyful Noise” (Psalm 95: 1 – 2, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put Me to the test and put Me to the proof, though they had seen My work.” (Psalm 95: 7 – 9)

 

Rather than test God, we are called to “sing to the Lord,” to “make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” We may be in the midst of a wilderness, but we have seen His work.

Remember that “the Lord is a great God.” (Psalm 95: 3) Remember that “He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95: 7)

We are to “worship and bow down” before God. (Psalm 95: 6) We are “to come into His presence with thanksgiving.”

Even in the desert, we are called to “make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!” When we hear His voice and allow His power to open our hearts to His love; then, we are able to trust Him and enter His rest.

“So, then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest… Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 9 – 11, 16)

Even in the desert, if we keep our hearts soft toward the Lord, “we may receive mercy and find grace.” We are able to “rest from [our] works as God did from His.” We are able to enter the Sabbath rest of the people of God. Therefore, let us worship our God and “make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”