These monthly perfecting fellowships were given to the saints in the downtown area of the church in Los Angeles to address particular local needs. While we hope that all the saints in LA would be edified by the speaking, the applicability and implementation may vary from place to place. In The Speciality, Generality, and Practicality of the Church Life, Brother Lee says, “We should not say that a certain way is the best way to practice the church life or that a certain way is the best way to have a local church….[We] are open to the Lord. We do not know how far the Lord will go on. We all have to admit that there is still a big field for us to explore. It may be that after two years something new will be discovered. We should not be so definite, so set” (p. 30). May we be open to the Lord for His leading in our local situations.

Psalms of Ascents: The Preciousness of Zion and Jerusalem


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"Those who trust in Jehovah are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved but abides forever." (Psalm 125:1)
"For Jehovah has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. This is My resting place forever; Here will I dwell, for I have desired it." (Psalm 132:13-14)

The Psalms or Songs of Ascents reveal the people's love and appreciation of God's house on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. In the New Testament, the real Jerusalem is the church, and the real Zion is the overcoming believers in the church. These psalms portray the overcomers as people who trust in the Lord, are one with the Lord in His work to build the house of God, are humble in heart, and partake in the Lord's blessing of Zion with the bread of life, clothing of salvation, victory over the enemies, and a crown.

Psalm 119: God’s Law as His Living Word


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"With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments." (Psalm 199:10)
"Deal bountifully with Your servant that I may live And keep Your word.Open my eyes that I may behold Wondrous things out of Your law." (Psalm 199:17-18)

Psalm 119 is full of the psalmist's feeling toward God and His law (vv. 10-11). The psalmist was a loving seeker of God, considering the law to be God's living word. The reality of God's law is Christ who is the Word, the embodiment of God (Col. 2:9). As we come to the Bible as the Word of God, we can touch and express Christ!

Psalm 118: Christ as the Cornerstone


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"The stone which the builders rejected Has become the head of the corner." (Psalm 118:22)
"Coming to Him, a living stone, rejected by men but with God chosen and precious, you yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. " (1 Peter 2:4-5)

Psalm 118 reveals Christ as the cornerstone for God's building. Verses 22-24 are quoted by the Lord Jesus in Matt 21 in reference to Himself. He is the stone who was rejected by men, but who joins us together with fellow members of His Body to make us God's corporate testimony. As such a One, he is precious to God.

Psalm 110: The Highest Revelation of Christ


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"Jehovah declares to my Lord, Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies Your footstool." (Psalm 110:1)
"Your people will offer themselves willingly In the day of Your warfare, In the splendor of their consecration. Your young men will be to You Like the dew from the womb of the dawn." (Psalm 110:3)

Psalm 110 reveals the ascended Christ as the King, the Priest, the Warrior, and the Victor. This psalm also presents how we can cooperate with Christ in this day of spiritual warfare: by offering ourselves willingly to Him in consecration as "dew" for His refreshment and supply.

Psalm 102: Christ’s Eternal and Unchanging Existence in His Resurrection


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"I watch, and I am like A lone sparrow on a housetop." (Psalm 102:7)
"They will perish, but You endure; Indeed all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years are without end." (Psalm 102:26-27)

Psalm 102 reveals the relationship between the death and resurrection of Christ and Zion, a type of the church. Through His death and resurrection, Christ produced the church as His Body and deposited the very resurrection power in the church. When we live according to the resurrection life, the church becomes the real built-up Zion, causing all the nations to turn to the Lord and serve Him.

Psalms 90-92: The Highest and Fullest Experience of God


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"O Lord, You have been our dwelling place In all generations." (Psalm 90:1)
"For You have made me rejoice, O Jehovah, because of what You have done; Because of the works of Your hands I will shout for joy." (Psalm 92:4)

Psalm 90:1, which was written by Moses, says, "O Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations." Have you ever considered that God can be your dwelling place? This is the thought in Psalms 90-92 and is the highest and fullest experience of God! May we all enter into this experience and living of taking God as our habitation, our eternal dwelling place, in our daily lives.

Psalm 87: God’s Desire for Zion with Christ


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"Jehovah loves the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob." (Psalm 87:2)
"Jehovah will count When He records the peoples: This One was born there." (Psalm 87:6)

The Psalms show us that God's heart is set on Zion, the city of God, with Christ within it (87:2-3). This city has Christ as its foundation (v. 1, 1 Cor. 3:11), and has gates for fellowship (v. 2). As believers, we were born in Zion with Christ (vv. 6-7; Rom. 8:29). May God's desire for Zion become our desire!

Psalm 84: A Secret Revelation Centered on the House of God


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"How lovely are Your tabernacles, O Jehovah of hosts!" (Psalm 84:1)
"Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion." (Psalm 84:5)

Psalm 84 brings us to a special, secret revelation of the enjoyment of Christ as the incarnated God. The center of this revelation is the house of God. Today the house of God is Christ (John 1:1, 14) and also the church (1 Tim. 3:15). Psalm 84 reveals the loveliness of God's house, the longing for God's house, the highways to God's house, and the blessings received when dwelling in God's house. May the Lord keep us on the highways to His house all the days of our life!

Psalms 73 and 80: God’s Restoring Work By Our Exalting Christ


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"Whom do I have in heaven but You? And besides You there is nothing I desire on earth." (Psalm 73:25)
"Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You have strengthened for Yourself; then we will not turn back from You. Revive us, and we will call upon Your name." (Psalm 80:17-18)

Psalm 73 concerns the desolation of the house of God. The reason for the desolation of God's house was that Christ was not properly appreciated and exalted by God's people. Psalm 80 reveals that restoration comes by exalting Christ (Psalm 80:17-18). The more we exalt Christ, giving Him the preeminence in everything, the more we will be revived and restored!

Psalm 72: Christ Recovering the Earth by Watering


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"He will drop like rain upon mown grass." (Psalm 72:6)
"And He will have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River unto the ends of the earth." (Psalm 72:8)

Psalm 72 reveals the reigning Christ recovering the earth by watering.  The whole earth is a dry and barren wilderness, and many evil things spring forth from this drought and dryness. The Lord Jesus will be the King, not merely by exercising power to subdue others but mainly by supplying living water to satisfy the thirsty ones (Rev. 22:17).