Psalm 84:1 A Wonderful Place To Be

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How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! Psalm 84:1 

Traveling around the world there are lots of beautiful places to go and see. Each person finds different places as the best place for different reasons. Some love to be in the mountains, others deep in a forest, or on a beach, while others love being on a lake or river.

Those are people who love the outdoors. Yet, others love being inside. Some love museums, cities, in the home, or some other place.

Nothing is wrong with any of these places. Each one can hold its own beauty in its own way for whoever likes them. However, all of these places are temporary and the ones in nature point to God. The man-made ones often point to man, while some may strive to point to God.

The writer starts out this psalm stating how lovely the dwelling place of God is. He finds the best place to be is in God’s dwelling place, where God is.

While it is true that God is everywhere, man is not always in His presence spiritually even though man is in His presence physically. People have to choose to see and hear God. They have to choose to be in His presence where He is at.

Until a person is a believer in Jesus, he cannot see or know God and His presence. God is calling him to follow Jesus, but man does not always listen. Once he does, however, he can always be in God’s presence.

There is no better place than to be where God is. In His place there is peace, love, forgiveness, joy, protection, mercy, grace, direction, and more. This covers absolutely everything that a person may ever need and more. Without forgiveness, without love no one has anything of any lasting value.

As you go through your days on this earth, each day you can be in God’s presence. You can know His presence in your life each day.

Open your heart up to seeing God with your spiritual eyes and knowing His presence. Know that as you put your trust in Him and follow Jesus, God is right there and you are right there with Him. You will be in His dwelling place doing what He wants.

When you are in God’s dwelling place, you will know the peace and love that God has for you in a way that will overwhelm you.

Where are you today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God with your life; that you will dwell in God’s dwelling place; and that you will live for God each day.

1 Chronicles 13:10 Respecting God’s Place

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The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God. 1 Chronicles 13:10 

Respect for people or things is something that is not very common to see. People often take others lightly and treat them just like a buddy, who they can take or leave. Some will joke around all the time, even in times to be serious.

Things and places are often just looked at as just another place, like their own home. Trash is allowed to build up, things are allowed to break down and be left, or things are damaged. This especially happens when it does not belong to the person directly. He does not care about it or have respect for the item or person.

As David was bringing the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem, the cart started to tip, bringing the ark with it. Uzzah quickly reached out a hand to steady it. Immediately God killed him on the spot for his disrespect for the ark.

The ark was the holy place of God’s dwelling among the Jews. It was not to be touched by human hands at all. Human hands were full of sin and would defile it. Yet, Uzzah touched it.

God has made the heart of man His new dwelling place. It is a place that by the blood of Jesus He has made most holy. It has been cleansed of all sin.

People allow the heart to be touched by unclean hands and become defiled. They begin to look at things they shouldn’t, speak things that shouldn’t be said, say things that shouldn’t be said, and turn to sin. All sin must be put to death.

When a temptation to sin arises to steady the heart on a rocky, uneven ground, it must be put to death. The only one that should touch the heart is God.

Your heart belongs to God. It is where He lives, once you accept what Jesus did for you. It is now a holy dwelling place for God.

Do not allow anything to defile your heart. Bring into captivity every thought and action. Destroy anything that defiles your heart and leads you into sin.

Jesus died to cleanse your heart. Do not disrespect what He has done. He has cleansed you and made you holy unto Him for a dwelling place for eternity. Keep it holy and clean.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will keep your heart clean from all sin; that you will live for God everyday; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.