By Michael Zaucha
“Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following”(Ps. 48:12-13).
The manner of the kingdom of God and of His Christ for all His followers is one of increase (Isa. 9:7), particularly in the knowledge of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ (Tit. 2:13), that we all would grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him (Eph. 1:7), that none of us would neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Pet. 1:8).
The Psalmist likened this pursuit of knowing the Only True God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent as walking about Zion - doing so as to becoming more familiar with Him. And it is through the gospel that we know he was not speaking about an earth geographical familiarity, but rather of the One whom the Psalmist was truly testifying of and directing us to - the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 19:10).
Tell the Towers Thereof. It is surely reasonable that the Psalmist was speaking of something greater and far more effective than earthly towers for what benefit are such to the people of God today? Can such truly be a place of refuge for us in times of need, or a place where troubles are hasted away?
By the grace of God, there is such a provision for the people of God, as He promised there would be: “a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind and a covert from the tempest” (Isa. 32:2). And that man is the Lord from heaven, our Lord Jesus Christ: "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer. The God of my rock, in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower and my refuge, my Savior" (II Sam. 22:2-3).
Jesus truly is such a high tower and this truth of Him is being made manifest by the church - even today - as they continue to abide in Him having this testimony of God's Christ and our High Tower: "The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth unto it and is safe" (Prov. 18:10). Jesus is a strong tower yesterday, today and for ever.
Consider the Palaces. The first and foremost consideration of the palaces is that they are the dwelling place of the king, and concerning the King of Heaven, of Jesus alone is it declared: "For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the God Head bodily" (Col. 2:9). Everything - absolutely everything that is God is resident or dwells in the man Christ Jesus. Each and every divine quality and characteristic of God, and everything that comes from God abides and continues in Him.
This is a most powerful and glorious revelation to the believer in Christ Jesus - and must continue to be preached unto them unto their edification, exhortation and comfort - for in the man Christ Jesus, God has made all the benefits, all the blessings and all the promises accessible to the saints - in Him, in Christ Jesus our Lord! (Ps. 68:19; II Cor. 1:20; Eph. 1:3). And these provisions are of an exceeding great and everlasting magnitude.
The palaces are the place where the treasures and the riches of the king kept. And God, in putting them in the man Christ Jesus, reveals that they are not there to be viewed as museum pieces - only to be observed, but rather to be partaken of to the salvation of their souls: the riches of His goodness and forebearance and longsuffering (Rom. 2:4); the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Rom. 11:33); the riches of His grace (Eph. 1:7); the riches of His glory (Eph. 3:16); the riches of the full assurance of understanding (Col. 2:2).
Through Christ Jesus we do partake of these riches according to God's eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus: "For God IS making known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy which He had afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles" (Rom. 9:23-24).
Mark Ye Well the Bulwarks. The exhortation is to each of the people of God concerning the bulwarks of the faith: mark them well. Inscribe them deeply into your hearts and minds. Assist one another in this glorious ministry among God's people in rehearsing them one to another. Remind them of their strength and solidity and unchangeableness before the Holy, Holy, Holy God.
The bulwarks are sure and stedfast because God Himself has laid them in place: “thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation” (Isa. 28:16). It was the Apostle Peter who revealed that God was speaking of His Christ when the Apostle, quoting the prophet Isaiah, opened up this text of Scripture concerning Jesus: “ and he that believeth on Him (Jesus) shall not be confounded” (I Pet. 2:6).
Mark these bulwarks well: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (I Cor. 15:3). A most powerful enabler of God’s people by which they draw nigh unto God. Even though Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 5:6, 13:8), there is no sign of aging or deterioration upon this mighty bulwark. There are no cracks, no breeches at all, no, not even the smallest of beginnings upon it.
And next to it is laid another: “now once in the end of the world hath He (Jesus) appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26), and another, “to the praise and glory of His grace, wherein He (God) hath made us accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6), and still another “and ye are complete in Him” (Col. 2:10).
Let your faith take hold of the many strong and sure bulwarks of Zion revealed in the Scripture, for you will soon become aware that you are compassed about by them all, to the glory of God and His Christ, and to obtainment of your salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory (II Tim. 2:10). Continue to consider them in your good fight of faith knowing – as the song writer penned – speaking of God and His Christ, “a bulwark never failing” (Martin Luther). Amen.