Today’s reading is Psalm 27.
Bible trivia: I asked the Lord to let me see His face. He set me on the rock. He covered me. I saw his goodness. I asked the Lord not to abandon me, but to go with me. Who am I?
That’s right! I’m Moses. We can read about this in Exodus 33-34. Israel had sinned with the golden calf and the Lord was threatening to abandon them. Moses interceded and asked to see the Lord’s glory. God explained no one could see His face and live, so He placed Moses in the cleft of the rock, covered him, then passed by and let him see His goodness. Finally, He agreed that he would go with Moses and Israel. Now, here’s the really cool part. God demonstrated His presence in Exodus 40 by having His glory fill the tent of meeting. By day it was a pillar of smoke, by night a pillar of fire.
But wait! Psalm 27 shows that it is David too. David is channeling Moses in this psalm. Why was David so completely confident in his Psalm 27 prayer? Because he knew what kind of God he served. He knew how the Lord had worked with Moses, he was certain God still worked that same way. He knew the Lord would let him see His goodness. He knew the Lord would set him on the rock and cover him with protection. He knew the Lord would not forsake and abandon him but bestow His presence and favor. It’s what God does. It’s what God has always done. It’s what He still does. Praise the Lord!!!
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 27.
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Today’s reading is Psalm 27.
David is surrounded by enemies and violent false accusers. He is facing war. An enemy army is encamped around him. What is his #1 goal? Defeating the enemy? Saving his skin? Prolonging his life? Proving his own manliness, strength, and military might? Returning to kick back in the palace and be served by the masses? Nope! Being in the house of the Lord. Gazing on the beauty of the Lord. Seeing the face of the Lord. Immerse yourself in this picture. The commanding king is on the battlefield and what most upsets him about having to face this battle is not really his own personal danger. The most upsetting part for David is this battle keeps him away from the Lord’s house. Remember Psalm 23:6? David wanted to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. But today, an enemy army stands between him and that house. Peter tells us we can cast all our anxieties upon the Lord because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:6-7). My prayer is that I will grow to the point where I understand that the real issue with every other anxiety, every other attack, every other struggle is that they are distracting me from the beauty of the Lord and drawing me out of the house of the Lord. I pray I will grow to the point that my #1 concern, my #1 goal is to be in the Lord’s house, gazing upon His beauty and favor, glorying in the sight of His face.
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 27.
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Today’s reading is Psalm 26.
Have you ever walked into a friend’s house for the first time and just been blown away? It’s layout is cool. The décor is fabulous. It’s cozy. You just love it. You wish it was yours, and you start mentally jotting down ideas about how to improve your house. Psalm 26 is all about that. Except it isn’t simply a friend’s house, it is the Lord’s house. “O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.” For David, this referred to the tabernacle. After Solomon, it spoke of the temple. But for us, it is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:19-22 demonstrates that the collection of all Christians whether Jews or Gentiles is the temple of the Lord. Ephesians 3:19 is the prayer that this modern temple will be filled with the fullness of God, that is, being filled with His glory. While this refers to the universal church, the sum collection of all disciples of all places and of all times, we mostly interact with this temple at a congregational level. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying each congregation is a temple of the Lord, but our interaction with the temple (the universal church) is on that congregational level (the local church). This entire psalm is about “going to church.” No, it isn’t about going to a church’s building. Rather, it is about gathering with the church, the assembly, the brothers and sisters. It is about gathering to worship the Lord God with our spiritual family. Whether we are gathering to pray, sing, read Scripture, break the Bread of Life, or break the bread of communion, or a combination of these things, David demonstrates the attitude we should have. Do you look forward to Sunday? Do you look forward to congregational gatherings, classes, worship, singings, prayings just because it is time with God’s church, time in God’s house, time in the midst of God’s glory? Or is it a checklist item you want to mark off as quickly as possible and get out of the way so you can get on with all the other things you think are more important? No doubt. It’s a growth process. But may we all get to where we can say, “I love Your house, Lord!”
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Today’s reading is Acts 20.
When Paul was in Ephesus, he taught publicly and from house to house. Back in Acts 19:8-10, we see Paul preaching and teaching in the synagogues and then in the hall of Tyrranus. We know in other towns, and probably can assume in Ephesus he did the same thing, that he would go to the marketplace and reason among the other teachers and philosophers. This would account for the public teaching. But I really want to home in on teaching from house to house. Have you ever thought about what made that possible? Paul didn’t break into people’s homes and start teaching. He was able to teach from house to house because people invited him into their homes. I think about Peter’s opportunity with Cornelius back in Acts 10. When he got to Cornelius’s house, Cornelius had invited family and friends over to hear the message. Have you ever wondered why God has let you purchase or rent a home? It isn’t so you can save up a retirement nest egg in equity. It’s so you can use it to His glory and in service of others. If we are going to walk in Paul’s footsteps today, letting the gospel be preached in public and from house to house, some of us need to open up our houses and invite people in to hear the message.
Tomorrow’s reading is Acts 20.
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Today’s reading is Mark 11.
“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations,” Jesus quoted from Isaiah 56:7. This isn’t actually about the Jerusalem temple. This is about the Lord’s holy house, His church. It’s about us. Today, I’m just asking myself this question. If a Martian traveled to earth and spent time in God’s house, that is among His church, would he think, “Now this, this is a house of prayer”? If a Martian traveled to earth and spent time in my congregation, which is to be a picture of God’s house in microcosm, would he think, “Now this, this is a house of prayer”? If a Martian traveled to earth and spent time in my home, which is to be the place where the practices of God’s house are to be practically applied, would he think, “Now this, this is a house of prayer”? Pardon me, I need to let you get back to whatever it was you were doing, I need to go pray.
Tomorrow’s reading is Mark 12.
P.S. No, I don’t believe there are actually Martians.
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