6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
One early morning last week, in the middle of an Awe inspiring move of God, at #iafconference 2017, I was reading this chapter. It is agreed by most, that David wrote the forty second Psalm. Many men have preached on it through the years.
A special message in particular, a couple of years back, from our Chairman, Pastor Denny Livingston, had spoken to my spirit and my situation. It encouraged me through a very trying time. I love revisiting sermons where valleys gave birth to vision, and apparent plateaus became the foot of a mountain pass.
Perhaps that’s why I relooked at it. God made the connection to me, of hearing my Pastor’s voice, and the first audience that the Psalmist David wrote it for. The sons of Korah.
They were the descendants of a man who gave way to jealousy against the Man Of God. Korah, allowed the enemy to manipulate his pride, and perhaps his own feelings of insignificance, to challenge God’s one appointed leader. That act of violent disobedience, that malignant cancer called rebellion, in God’s eyes, had to be cut out.
Korah allowed himself to be so infected with it, that it separated him from his family. According to Numbers 26:11, Korah’s children did not die in the fight. However, in Numbers 16, the men who stood with Korah, Dathan and Abiram, took their wives, and children down in their rebellion.
God commanded Israel to get completely away from the tent of these men. Dathan and Abiram’s entire family followed them down in their rebellion. Know for certain, that rebellion against God, and the Man Of God, will destroy you, and could bring to ruin generations.
Somehow Korah’s family was not with him. Whether they realized that what he was doing was totally wrong, or he chose it over them we do not know. What we do know is, Korah stood alone in his blind jealousy. It had to obscure his vision if it cost him his family.
Korah’s children weren’t there, they did not perish, because they chose God’s Man over their loved, but misguided relative. The result, God destroyed anyone connected to the rebellion of Korah. What does Numbers have to do with Psalms 42:6? Because they had chosen God, and the Promised Land was open to them.
The Korahites were, first alive to remember at all, much less from the land of Jordan. Mount Hermon, possibly the Mount of Transfiguration, was open to them, because of their respect for the Man Of God. Mizar is a puzzle.
Some say it’s a region in Israel. Others, that it’s a summit where David found safety. Another, that it refers to Mount Zion. Either way, we know this. They saw what they would not have seen, had they made wrong choices. Instead they chose to see it God’s way, and stand with the Man Of God. It was a place of promise, with God and His Leader, and that the Korahites were there because of loyalty and faithfulness.