Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Building sanctuary for the LORD and YOU…
When life got difficult and overwhelming King David knew what to do and where he needed to be. King David knew he needed to be alone with his LORD! You don’t need to be King David for life to be overwhelming but you can do as he did. “Lord, remember David and all that he suffered. He made a solemn promise to the Lord. He vowed to the Mighty One of Israel, “I will not go home; I will not let myself rest. I will not let my eyes sleep nor close my eyelids in slumber until I find a place to build a house for the Lord, a sanctuary for the Mighty One of Israel.”” (Psalm 132:1–5, NLT)
Rebecca Van Noord in Connect the Testaments writes. “When life is difficult, we often take refuge in knowing there’s a life to come—one in which we’ll be free from pain and the worries of this world. The thought brings us comfort. During the difficult times, the life to come might even be more appealing than the present.”**
Like King David YOU need to find a place to build a house for the Lord, a sanctuary where you and God can build and strengthen a relationship. Because the Psalmist refers to building a sanctuary you may be asking, “What is it I need to build?” but remember God told King David he’d never build the temple. This may sound strange but the “place” we need to “build a house, a sanctuary” is our hearts and the truth is we shouldn’t build it at all we need only provide the place and let God do the building because, “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted…” (Psalm 127:1, NLT)
The church I attend has a beautiful sanctuary but I’ve been alone with the LORD sitting at the food court of the Birchwood Mall, in our local park, at the St. Clair River, in my chair at home, or visiting an old church in Cades Cove. Wherever you and the LORD, in your heart build sanctuary it not only needs to be a place of worship but a place where you can and do experience HOPE as well. Rebecca Van Noord puts what take place in your heart this way, “When we long for relief, we might be yearning for a renewed sense of God’s presence among us. We long for His presence because it is free from difficulty and filled with His incredible love.”**
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.” (Isaiah 43:19)
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**Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.