Prayer Focus: China, Taiwan

Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-10, 1 Chronicles 11, 1 Chronicles 22, Psalm 133

Scripture

Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 22:19 ESV

Observation

David, with his mighty men, and the armies of Israel had brought peace to the nation by fighting off all of their enemies.  Originally, David wanted to build the Temple, but God wouldn’t let him.  Instead, Solomon was going to build the Temple.

Application

I’m probably shifting tracks here and going way off on a tangent, but this struck me.  It’s tempting to equate the Temple to the Church.  After all, God is worshiped in both places and both are referred to as the House of the Lord.  But in the era of the Resurrected Lord the church building is just that; a building.  The Temple was where God lived, it’s where the holy artifacts were kept, it’s where the priest offered the national sacrifice to the Lord.  The priest, and only the priest, could go inside the Temple.

Today God doesn’t live in the church building; it’s not His house.  Sure, since we gather there to worship we give it more respect than some other places, but the incredible truth is that we, Christians, are the Temple of God.  God’s Spirit dwells in us when He save us.  There is no priest in between and no ceremony to follow to the letter.  God is always with us and we don’t have to wait for someone else to build it because God comes to us.

If we’re legalistic we’ll see that as a relief because we don’t have to worry about the rituals.  If we’re sincere in our faith we’ll realize how much greater the responsibility is to have the Holy Spirit within you.  It means that everything we say and do, the Lord is right there with us.  He shares in our joys, triumphs, weak moments, and failures. He laughs with us, he cries with us, and yes, he disciplines us.  Always for our good and His glory.

Knowing that you, Christian, are the Temple of the Living God – let that inspire you and make you bold to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Lord, how amazing it is and what a privilege it is to be your child and for you to dwell in me.  You have promised to never leave me, or forsake me.  You have promised to provide me with all that I need.  Thank you, Lord.

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