“I lifted my eyes and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand! I said, ‘Where are you going?’ And he said to me, ‘To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.’ And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him and said to him, ‘Run, say to that young man, “Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.”’
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord. Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst… And the Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.
“Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.” Zechariah 2:1-5,10-13
“The Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, (which being interpreted is, ‘God with us’).” Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23
We measure and hem in our lives, taking and tucking matters under our control. Indeed, margins are important, and borders wise, but when the Lord is in our midst, possibilities are endless. Wherever we are and whatever we are called to do, our security is in Him, not manmade walls and carefully-constructed protections. He is the shield round about us whether we can see His edges or not. He is our strength, the One who rides the ancient skies to our ever-present aid. His glory is the radiance by which we see and understand ourselves and all else. (Deuteronomy 33:26; Psalm 3:3; 68:33)
He is also the One to determine how the cities of our lives are to be inhabited. He has chosen us and encamped among us, and intends to fill our hearts with His bounty and days with His multitude. He grants purpose to hours, fire to passions, inclinations to our wills, and direction for action. The measure of our times will be on God’s divine scale, our moments with infinite meaning and fulfillment. (1 Chronicles 4:10; Psalm 74:17; 147:14)
Are we silent enough to be aware of His holy presence in our midst? What tightly held expectations and self-imposed limitations need we let go to welcome His limitless Spirit? Do we trust Him as our portion, even as He extends our borders?
“Jesus, I am resting, resting
in the joy of what thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
of thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon thee,
as thy beauty fills my soul,
for by thy transforming power,
thou hast made me whole.
O how great thy lovingkindness,
vaster, broader than the sea!
O how marvelous thy goodness
lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in thee, Beloved,
know what wealth of grace is thine,
know thy certainty of promise
and have made it mine.” ~Jean Sophia Pigott (1845-1882)
Father, open me wide to receive all You have for me, and as the glory in my midst, shine through me to the farthest borders of this needy world.