Studies In Psalms – Psa 99:1-9 “Holding The Mystery of The Faith In A Pure Conscience” (1Ti 3:9)

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Psa 99:1-9 “Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience” 1Ti 3:9

This Psalm is an exposé of the reverence which we are to have toward God as expressed in the first verse “The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.”

One way in which fear or reverence of God is formed which can move the earth (Rom 8:14) is when He reveals the order that he has put in the body of Christ, and gives us to understand that “he sitteth between the cherubims” and ordained from the foundation of the world the “gifts” (Eph 4:8) which bless us and enable us to dwell in peace and harmony as we learn of His greatness within His house/temple which we are (Ezr 1:5, Psa 127:1, 1Co 3:16).

The physical creation in the micro and the macro declares that glory and order of God and leaves us in awe and wonder when we consider the physical work of His hands which reflects the greater spiritual work being formed within our heavens (Psa 19:1, Rom 1:20). The body of Christ is raised in heavenly places for the purpose of going unto perfection (Eph 2:6), and like the physical heavens, all is unfolding decently and in order and according to the counsel of His will Who has laid the foundations and declared the end from the beginning (1Co 14:40, Eph 1:11, Psa 102:25, Ezr 3:11-12, 1Pe 1:9, 1Pe 1:13).

I want to look at the word “gifts”, the word “conscience”, the verses in “Eph 5:19-33”, and the phrases “from the beginning” and “the beginning” to hopefully help bring to life this title verse in our study, as we consider how God is laying a foundation through the lives of His people, “the cherubims” (of verse 1), who are those lively stones that are being moved and assembled by our loving Father who is the author and finisher of our faith through Christ (1Pe 2:5, Heb 12:2, Eph 2:10, Php 1:6).

Starting with the word “gifts”:

Mat 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures [type of the gifts bestowed upon Christ’s body], they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. [The three separate gifts show the process of growing in these gifts which God says we ought to covet to share with the body of Christ which is formed through judgment].

Christ’s life is formed in us through the death of the first man Adam, and the process of this death through judgment is symbolized in these three gifts which were brought to Jesus as a baby.

Mat 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? [1Co 12:31]

1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

1Co 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. [1Co 14:3]
1Co 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

1Co 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
1Co 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: [Christ is not against Christ; we are not a house divided (Mar 3:24, 1Co 1:13)] and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. [Luk 6:46, Luk 10:20]
1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? [Joh 5:30, Joh 15:5]
Heb 2:5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. [Rev 11:15, 2Co 1:24]
Heb 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Heb 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

Heb 8:3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
Heb 8:4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: [1Jn 4:17, Heb 4:16]

Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh [Type and shadow for us today to remind us that our offering is acceptable to God through Christ because we are dead to sin and alive in Christ as His two witnesses-our gift of being a living sacrifice is accepted through Christ whereas the gifts exchanged by the flesh are rejected of God (Rev 11:10)].

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

The gifts God has given us are for the perfecting of the saints’ “conscience”.

Heb 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

1Co 8:11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
1Co 8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
1Co 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

Act 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

1Ti 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
1Ti 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1Ti 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

These verses in Eph 5:19-33 that we’ll look at now help explain how the spiritual foundation is laid in the church that, when heard and followed (Rom 10:17), settles us in Christ by holding faith and a good conscience; as we move forward blessed to be “Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience”:

Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Eph 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Eph 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Eph 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. [Christ]

The next series of verses we will examine should reassure us that all the foundations which God has laid prior to Christ coming to earth [from the beginning] were type and shadow foundations of Christ the rock on which God’s love is founded:

1Jn 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery [1Ti 3:9], which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God [it’s not that it was not there, but it was hid], who created all things by Jesus Christ:

2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

1Jn 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

1Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
1Jn 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
1Jn 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
1Jn 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

1Jn 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
1Jn 2:14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

1Jn 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you [Joh 8:31], which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father [3Jn 1:4].

1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

1Jn 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

2Jn 1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

The last section we’ll look at of the list I mentioned at the start of the study is the expression “the beginning” which makes clear to us that the Lord is that foundation that God purposed for all of humanity, the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”, who is building the church today, preparing the bride of Christ (Rev 19:7, Mat 16:18), so we can be that foundational government that will rule and reign under him during the millennium (Rev 7:4, Rev 20:6, 1Co 6:3). Let us be glad and rejoice!

Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Rev 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

The decency and order spoken of in 1Co 14:40 cannot be overstated, and Psalm 99 helps us see what is at the heart and core of every healthy relationship in Christ, just as we also saw in Ephesians chapter five, which lays the foundation for us in the church.

The entire decent and orderly process of God’s counsel is leading to perfection on the third day, a process that starts with the elect (Luk 13:32). There has to be patience developed to possess our souls within that order (Luk 21:19) as we witness the increase that comes in His time and through the means which God has ordained it to happen (2Ki 19:29, Lev 19:23, Luk 13:6-9, Luk 13:32, 1Co 3:6).

This Psalm points to the humbled and contrite heart that God forms in those who are blessed to worship him in spirit and truth in this age as they learn of that order which is formed through an obedience that He teaches us through judgment and by the things we endure through this life (1Pe 4:17, Rom 2:4, Psa 95:8, Pro 3:11, Heb 5:8).

Worshipping God in spirit and truth is formed through judgment, and although there can be order and peace and harmony and reverence in any physical relationship, it will ultimately lead to death if that relationship is not founded on obedience to Christ. There must be a cleansing of the temple before we can properly worship God in spirit and in truth (Pro 14:12, Mat 7:27, Joh 2:15, Joh 4:23).

Through Christ, however, we can receive peace that passes all understanding through judgment upon our vine [our life] that will ultimately bear much fruit in this age (Joh 15:8) if we are blessed to receive His mercy which will enable us to abide in Christ (Rom 11:17-20, Joh 8:32). He works with his people and enables us to endure unto the end (Joh 15:5, Php 2:13) as we are grafted into Christ and His body through that judgment which is shadowed in the digging about and dunging of which is spoken in Luk 13:8 that sets the stage for works/growth that God has predestined from the foundation of the world that we should walk in them (Eph 2:10, Joh 10:7-10).

God’s judgment, which comes upon all men in time, is filled with mercy and produces His righteousness, or as stated in verse four “thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob”. The fruit that is born through his judgment and righteousness working in our heavens is a new creation (2Co 5:17) that wants to exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool (vs 5).

We cannot have spiritual order in our life until we are judged by the Lord and brought to see our need for it. God answers us from the cloudy pillar in verse seven because we are being reminded that we see through a glass darkly and not the other way around. God’s vision is not clouded in regard to who we are and where we are spiritually. He knows our hearts perfectly and takes vengeance on our sins, and once we are brought through the storms which He raises in our lives, we are blessed to find our safe haven in Him where we greatly desire to exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy hill. It is only after that judgment that we are brought to recognize the holiness of God, the order and the mercy and truth that are always bound about His neck for our sakes whom He loves.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Pro 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
Pro 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

1Jn 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Psa 99:1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
Psa 99:2 The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
Psa 99:3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
Psa 99:4 The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
Psa 99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
Psa 99:6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
Psa 99:7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
Psa 99:8 Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.
Psa 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

Psa 99:1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

When we are blessed to see that “The LORD reigneth” and is completely sovereign (Eph 1:11), we will tremble at His word, for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Lord (Isa 66:2, Heb 10:31, Jas 2:19).

The words “sitteth the cherubims” is a witness to us of His great power working in the church today as that Godly fear working within us works to move our heaven and earth (Php 2:13, Rom 8:14) that He is establishing or making new (Rev 21:1, Jer 22:29) as He “sittethH3427 the cherubims” (Heb 12:27-29).

H3427 yâshab yaw-shab’
A primitive root; properly to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry: – (make to) abide (-ing), continue, (cause to, make to) dwell (-ing), ease self, endure, establish, X fail, habitation, haunt, (make to) inhabit (-ant), make to keep [house], lurking, X marry (-ing), (bring again to) place, remain, return, seat, set (-tle), (down-) sit (-down, still, -ting down, -ting [place] -uate), take, tarry.

Psa 99:2 The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.

This second verse saying “The LORD is great in Zion” witnesses to the first verse stating “he sitteth between the cherubims”, knowing that Zion represents the elect, just as the cherubims do (Oba 1:21, Eze 10:14, Rev 4:7-8).

Christ is above all the people or all the powers and principalities that work in people (Eph 6:12), and He has preeminence (Eph 1:21, Col 1:17-18). There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Act 4:12, Luk 10:20).

With Christ in us, we are high above all the Adamic world around us, raised in heavenly places; we, the least in the kingdom, are told we are greater than John (Mat 11:11).

Psa 99:3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

We see the word “holy” being used to praise God in Isa 6:3 and Rev 4:8, as we praise Him for the wonderful works which He is doing within our heavens (Psa 107:31), that are being sanctified and made holy through the washing of the word (Joh 17:17, Eph 5:26).

The three words “holy, holy, holy” in Isa 6:3 and Rev 4:8 remind us that it is through the process of judgment that we can be made holy and accepted of our Father through Christ.

Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Rom 15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Next week, Lord willing, we’ll look at part two of our study entitled “Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience” and the growing appreciation expressed in the scriptures of how God is preparing His kings and priests through judgment to not only have a conscience that is undefiled, but also a believing heart that believes all things and does the works that God has predestined for us. We exalt the Lord and worship Him with humility, acknowledging that He is the one who is taking away our stoney heart and giving us a fleshly one as he does those works within us.

1Ti 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Eze 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

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