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Day 5 – “God’s Dwelling Place”

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Psalm 84

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
LORD Almighty!

2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.

3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

7 They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

8 Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty;
listen to me, God of Jacob.

9 Look on our shield, O God;
look with favor on your anointed one.

10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

12 LORD Almighty,
blessed are those who trust in you.

Reflection:

Because the chocolate factory had been closed and off-limits for many long years, the only thing that poor Charlie could do was to imagine what it would be like to be inside that special factory.  But with an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Charlie is invited into the magical chocolate factory.  Imagine the joyful exuberance at that privileged invitation!  Now, imagine the joyful exuberance that the blind, lame, and all those cut off from God’s presence experienced when they saw the ancient doors wide open for them and the King of Glory inviting them in.  No longer outsiders looking in, they were invited into the Lord’s dwelling place, to receive His healing salvation and to call Him “my God.”  With joy and gladness, they too can live in the holy of holies, and declare that one day there is better than thousands elsewhere. And for us, we don’t have to imagine.  No longer as outsiders looking in, we have received the privileged invitation into His dwelling place and into an eternal relationship with the King of Glory.

Responding to the Transmitted Message:

As you face challenges throughout the day, remember that we were once outside His house of prayer, but that God poured out His compassion and love on us and brought us in through Christ. He is our sun and our shield.  Let’s pray and seek His presence more each day.  Let’s ask God that we may be His House of Prayer as He intended, that others may come in.

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