Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Verse of the Week

from Keith Beauchemin, via JFarese

Psalm 84:1,2

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD:
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Do you long for the presence of the LORD?  Do you cry out for the true and living God with your heart and body?

In the Old Testament there was only one place in the whole world where God promised His special presence.  First it was the tabernacle, then the temple in Jerusalem.  Now we have the privilege to enter into His special presence anywhere His people meet to worship Him.  We often forget what a privilege and blessing we have.  Maybe that's why we don't long for His presence like the psalmist.  When we go to church each week we are not just going to church for our benefit, but we are going to worship the holy, almighty God.  This holy God allows us to come into His presence through the sacrifice of the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

The privilege to come into the presence of the LORD came at a high price.  So, let us long for it and never take it for granted or neglect it.

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