"Who lays the upper beams of His chambers on the waters above, who makes the clouds His chariot, who rides upon the wings of the wind" (Ps. 104:3).
In this verse, we see an amazing picture of God's supernatural activity, how He works by His Spirit together with His angels and saints. The Holy Spirit is likened to "the wind" as we see in multiple areas of Scripture, even notably in the book of Acts and in the book of John (Acts 2; John 3:8).
The Spirit came like a "mighty rushing wind" in Acts 2 and Jesus compares Him to the wind. In Psalm 104:3, we see a progressive order of "God's ways." God comes or walks on the wings of the wind of the Holy Spirit. When we yield in a place of pursuit and surrender, welcoming the Holy Spirit, God increases in our lives through His glory.
As it happens, God walks into the atmosphere in the form of the Holy Spirit like a wind. We also see that His angels are also activated to assist in ushering in the realm of God's kingdom. Heaven's activity is manifested in our midst when we welcome the winds of God's presence.
In addition, we (saints, ministers) are empowered and freshly filled with the Spirit's influence. This word "ministers" can also be translated "worshippers," which is just another reminder that our worship to God is our primary ministry. This is a very powerful progression revealed in this psalm that begins with a pursuit to catch the wind of His Spirit, where God walks. In this we are welcoming heaven on Earth where all of heaven's resources empower and assist us to see the kingdom of God manifested on Earth.
We see this passage quoted by the writer of Hebrews in the first chapter, which is also written like a Psalm. It is the only entire chapter in the New Testament that is written in this psalmist form:
"And again, when He brings the firstborn into the world, He says: 'Let all the angels of God worship Him.' Of the angels He says: 'He makes His angels spirits, and His servants a flame of fire.' But to the Son He says: 'Your throne, O God, lasts forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom'" (Heb. 1:6-7).
In this passage, we see a close relationship between the angels and the Holy Spirit, for they are both associated with the ruah, the wind or the breath of God. It says He makes His angels "winds." This is the same Hebrew word used in the Psalm where God "walks on the wind." There is both a figurative and literal application here. God works with symbolism as He communicates eternal truth in our language, but at the same time it is very real and literal as He is a supernatural God. We see these symbolic similarities in the Song of Songs.
"Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits" (Song 4:16).
We should welcome the winds of God's presence to blow upon us. The effect of the winds of God's Spirit blowing on our lives are that "sweet odors," the fragrance of heaven, would be released through our lives. There also is a wonderful picture of the Bridegroom in this verse, "my Beloved" (Jesus), being welcomed into the garden as well to partake of the fruits of "His" garden. A notable shift here as it switches from "my" garden to "His" garden. In this we see a picture of our surrender to God. Everything we are and have is His. Many songs use this phrase, which is a reflection out of this passage of Scripture saying, "I am His and He is mine."
Welcome the winds of God's presence into your life so He might come in tangible ways, releasing His fragrance and supernatural activity through this most intimate communion with His Spirit.
John Belt helps people discover abundant life in God's presence through intimacy and breakthrough. He is co-founder, along with his wife, Brandi, of Overflow Global Ministries and travels itinerantly through speaking and worship in the U.S. and abroad. John has produced over 30 instrumental and worship albums that create an atmosphere for encounters with heaven and can be found around the world in places such as Bethel Redding, 24/7 Burns, Catch the Fire Toronto, XPMedia, International Houses of Prayer and people's living rooms. He the author of Overflowing in His Presence, to be released later this year.
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