The psalmist recounts the sense of God that the ark of the covenant gave to the people of Israel, and the cry for that same reality rises in his song. When the ark went before the Israelites in battle, it was understood that God Himself was engaged in leading them, and something crucial was effected in the community that only the presence of God can bring.
The psalmists cry was really the groan of God Himself, for He desires to dwell in the midst of His people, and for the ark of His might to have its rightful place in the lives of the saints.
The mark of God’s presence among His people is seen in the lives of the priests themselves. It is not seen in the loudness of worship music, in the style of preaching, or in the architecture of church buildings. When God’s people are “clothed with righteousness” and singing and living with “joy,” you can be assured that the “ark of His might” has found it’s resting place.
The Spirit of God is the great administrator of His might for overcoming sin and walking in joy, and He has been made intensely accessible through the blood of the Lamb. In times past the Lord spoke primarily through prophets and patriarchs, but “in these last days” He has spoken to us through His Son.
Everything is summed up in the Son of God, and it is the Holy Spirit who reveals and glorifies Him. If we ask the Lord to arise, He will come upon us with great might, and give us power over sin and transcendent joy, even in the darkest of places.
Arise, oh Lord! In our nation, in our homes, in our hearts…