Heaven's Tableland (5 of 6) by Jerry Vines

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Heaven's Tableland (5 of 6)
Psalm 23
Jerry Vines
Psalm 23:5
1/20/2002

This is our fifth in a series of six messages from
Psalm 23. Of all of the messages and series of
messages I have delivered in recent days, I have had
more response from the 23rd Psalm than anything I have
ever done. I think maybe it is because it is familiar
to us and there is so much here-so much truth for
daily living for us.

One of the things we do in our children's area is to
teach our boys and girls the great hymns of the faith.
I think it would be a tragedy for boys and girls to be
brought up in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ and
not have the advantage of knowing these great hymns
which God has given to the Christian church through
all of these centuries. So much of the truth of the
Bible is taught by means of the hymns the music of the
church is extremely important because in the music you
share with the congregation, in music form, the great
truths and the great doctrines of the faith.

Bro. Brooks has given us this morning for our welcome
hymn, one of those old hymns that has been such a
blessing to me personally and to God's people through
the years. It is the hymn Higher Ground. On the
refrain we have some words which go like this: "Lord,
lift me up and let me stand, by faith on heaven's
tableland. A higher plane than I have found. Lord,
plant my feet on higher ground."

That refrain is not about going to heaven when we die.
Rather it is a refrain which tells us about a level of
Christian living which is available to all believers.
Every Christian can have this level of higher
Christian experience. "Lord, life me up and let me
stand by faith on heaven's tableland."

When I looked at that particular line and that
statement, heaven's tableland, I think beyond question
that the writer of that hymn must have had in mind the
5th verse of psalm 23 when he wrote it. There it says,
"Thou preparest a table bef ...


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