“Send forth your light and your truth,
let them guide me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.”
So what is this light and truth that will be sent to guide us? Here are some verses to help connect the dots…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ~John 1:1
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” ~1 John 1:5
“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.”
Now we know what the “light” is, but what is the “truth”? John 17:17
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
God’s word, the light and truth contained in His word, is what will lead and guide us. But where are we supposed to be led to? Psalm 43:3 tells us that if we follow God’s light and truth, they will bring us to His holy mountain, the place where He dwells (how awesome is that?). But what and where is this holy mountain and dwelling place of God?
“In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains;
it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”
The Lord’s temple (the one place where God dwells – like he dwelt in the Tabernacle and then the Temple in the Old Testament) will become chief among the mountains. Even though there are other mountains, there is only one where God dwells, where the word of the Lord goes out from, and that is Mount Zion (v.3).
In Revelation 14:1-3 we see the 144,000, who are singing the new song, are before God’s throne (v.3), and Jesus is with them (v.1). Where are they?…at Mount Zion.
“Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. […] And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.” ~Rv 14:1,3
The throne room of heaven, described in Revelation 4, is now seen in Rv 14 on Mt Zion, complete with the throne, the 4 living creatures, and 24 elders. If a mountain is figuratively used to describe a temple (modern-day church), and the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be raised above the hills and be established as chief among the mountains, then this is where God’s word of truth and light must lead us. To Mount Zion. The place where God dwells. Heaven.
Have you ever gone mountain climbing?