Presence in God’s Temple
Synopsis Psalms 44:27-46:9 10/5/2021
On the occasion of a royal wedding, the priests sang a song. This song addressed both the king-groom and the princess-bride.
For the king, the priest’s song celebrates his beauty and his stateliness. In the midst of this, the priests acknowledge God’s desire for justice. And then they celebrate the king’s commitment to justice. In this way, they anticipate the success of the king’s reign and his family legacy.
Similarly, the priest’s song encourages the princess-bride to separate from every affection other service to the king. In this way, she is reminded to remain faithful so that both she and the king will find ultimate success. Together, they will assure their legacy as their children rule in their place.
In another song, the priests appealed to God for protection and success for the nation. In this song, they remember how the streams of water that enter into Jerusalem bring joy to the to its inhabitants. This metaphor describes the faithfulness of God’s ever presence in the lives of His chosen people.
Enduring Presence of God in Temple
Water coming into the city meant that no one had to leave the city in order to have their essential needs met. From the perspective of Temple Priests, this metaphor grasps the exact situation of God’s enduring presence. The temple in Jerusalem meant that all Israelites always had access to relationship with the God of all Creation.
Enduring Presence of God
Since the time of Christ, God has instituted the sacraments. And these graces have performed even more perfectly the role of the historic Jerusalem Temple. They have assured access to God for the people of God.
The sacraments are like a river inside the city that continuously provide every essential need.
“…but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14