“Walk with me, tonight. Walk about Zion. We are in the general assembly of the church of the firstborn. I know there are those who would like to take our shout and victory away from us. I know those who would say, “Why you don’t have anything because you don’t belong to us.” Well we do have something. I want them to know we are preaching the Apostolic doctrine.”
By Joe D. Sizemore
Text: Hebrews 12:18-24
For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
In the forty-eighth Psalm, verse twelve, is a parallel scripture to my text: Walk about Zion, and go around about her: tell the towers thereof
Now then, when I read this not long ago, I looked up all of those scriptures that were related to this beautiful expression of confidence that the psalmist was giving here when he said, “When doubt arises in your heart, when you have situations you don’t understand or can’t seem to get through, just walk about Zion, walk around and look at it.”
What we are going to do here for a little while tonight is walk about Zion. Keeping that text of Scripture in mind, let’s go to Psalm 46. He said, “God is our refuge and strength.” God is! Not will be, not waiting for you to get a hold of things, not a futuristic God. God is! He is a very present help in time of trouble. God is! That means right now. A present help in trouble. Look at the beautiful expression of confidence. I’m asking the child of God tonight, where is your confidence? The psalmist said:
“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High [God will not run out of strength or help.] God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will he exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” [Psalm 46:1-11]
God is our refuge. God is our strength. There is no reason to be discouraged. There is no reason to be forlorn. There is no reason to be singing the blues. My God is on His throne. You have been in the valley long enough. He has something special for you. You have been out in the chilling cold long enough. You’re going to have to go with me to the upper tower. You’re going to have to let the sunshine in. It is not His will that you perish. It is not His will that the enemy overtake you. But He said, “I’ve got my eye on the scene,” and when the enemy rushes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against it.
We’re going to walk about Zion tonight. Now watch what it says: Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth . . . Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. [Psalm 46:8, 10]