FOLLOWING THE ARK

Ps.80:1,2 – God-Enthroned, be revealed in splendor as you ride upon the cherubim! How perfectly you lead us, a people set free. Loving shepherd of Israel—listen to our hearts’ cry! Shine forth from your throne of dazzling light. In the sight of Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh, stir up your mighty power in full display before our eyes. Break through and reveal yourself by coming to our rescue.

I have been pondering the seraphim/cherubim lately. In this passage David describes God as seated on His throne, being carried by the cherubim. These creatures are described by Isaiah and Ezekiel as the burning ones. They have been blessed to have been in God’s immediate presence since the moment they were created. They are worshipping the Lord and beckoning creation to join in the heavenly worship. In this passage David describes the entourage following the ark, caught up in the supernatural worship. He mentions Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh as being part of the heavenly entourage. Here is how Brian Simmons describes this event.

“The Hebrew text includes the names Ephraim (“doubly fruitful”), Benjamin (“son of my right hand”), and Manasseh, “you made me forget”). These three sons of Rachel marched together behind the ark of glory (Num. 2:17-24) and became representatives of all who follow the glory of God. They will be “doubly fruitful,” “sons of his right hand,” and those who have “forgotten” their lives in Adam.”

These names speak to us about the inheritance of worshippers. Ephraim speaks to us about the blessing of God. We are doubly blessed and enter into a life of blessing upon blessing as we follow the ark in worship. Benjamin reminds us of the right hand of God. This is the place of Jesus, the Son of God. We too are seated with Him at the Father’s right hand. We become useful to the work of God as we press on in this heavenly procession. Then there is Manasseh, son of Joseph. Joseph forgot his troubles as he followed after the Lord. In Christ, all the troubles of our former life are no longer part of who we are. God has caused us all to forget our troubled past.

Let’s join the worshippers as they dance and sing as they follow the ark. We too begin to experience the double blessing, usefulness in His kingdom, and the blessing of forgetting the troubles of our past.

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