Be still before the Lord. In the heavenly city, the gates will never be shut and the glory of the Lord will shine within it with Jesus providing its light. Today we recognize the desire God has to dwell with us and in us as his people. Shout and be glad, people of God!
Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.” While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord , ‘and I will be its glory within.’
“Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord . “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. Be still before the Lord , all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”
Zechariah 2:1-5, 10-13
Be still before the Lord.
When the man goes to measure Jerusalem, the angel tells him that Jerusalem will be a city without walls. It will overflowing with a great number of people and rather than walls, the Lord will guard it with walls of fire and be its glory within.
This is heavenly talk. In Revelation 21 we see the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven: its gates will never be shut and the glory of the Lord will shine within it. There will be no need for light because Jesus, the lamb of God, will be its light.
We see that many nations will be joined together and the Lord will live among them. The people will know at this time that the Lord Almighty has sent him (the Lord) to the people. If this seems circular and like the Lord is speaking of himself in the third person, it is because Jesus is the Lord who lived among us and was sent by the Father to us and for us.
We will become his people as he lives among us. This is what happened in the incarnation of Jesus and will be fulfilled again in the New Jerusalem when it descends from heaven. In the meantime we have the Spirit of God dwelling within us. Be still before the Lord, all mankind, God says, be still before the Lord.
Recognize the love God has for us and recognize the desire God has to dwell with us and in us as his people. We are his possession and he will live through us as our holy God. We ought to fall on our faces at the hearing of these words, yet I fear that we sometimes forget or treat God’s desire for us as routine or normal.
We are talking about the God who made the universe and commands the sea and stars. And he sent his Son Jesus to live among us and die for us. This God dwells within us today!
Be still before the Lord…