God’s pavilion for his people is Jesus Christ. Christ is the rock that is higher than us. Christ is the secret cleft in whom the believer’s life is hid with God. Christ is the tabernacle of God with men. He is Emmanuel, God with us. Christ is a refuge for his people as their savior and deliverer. He is their head and their mediator. He is their shepherd and their guide. In his hand he keeps his people, and no man shall pluck them out. By his blood he redeemed his people, and no man shall dispossess them. By his righteousness he justified his people, and no man shall condemn them. By his love he gathered his people, and nothing shall separate them from his love.
God’s pavilion is his gospel and his truth. The gospel of salvation is a bulwark for God’s people from their accusers. The truth of Jesus Christ crucified and risen is the defense of God’s people from lying lips and deceitful tongues. Though all the world screams the rightness and the goodness of man’s will, God is true, and every man is a liar.
In the gospel of Jesus Christ, God’s people have safety and rest. Being justified by faith they have peace with God through Jesus Christ. Their comfort in life and in death is that they belong to their faithful savior, Jesus Christ. Hidden in the secret of God’s tabernacle, they do not hear the clamor of man. Set up upon a rock above every enemy, they do not fear. Hidden in God’s pavilion, they rest.