Today, I find myself thinking about the resting place of God. We see in Psalms 132, today’s chapter, that Solomon, David’s very wise son, reflects on how diligent his father was in finding that resting place for God.
1 O Lord, remember David and all the hardships he endured. 2 He swore an oath to the Lord and made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 “I will not enter my house or go to my bed– 4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids, 5 till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” 6 We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar: 7 “Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool– 8 arise, O Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
As you may recall from reading 1 Samuel, David set up the first tabernacle and God resided there, in the Holy of Holies. This place was sacred ground where no one but the high priest could come once a year to plead for forgiveness and blessing for his people, and then only after a through ritual of sacrifice, cleansing and purification.
When Jesus Christ gave Himself up as the sacrifice for the sins of man, the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple was ripped from top to bottom. This signifies that no longer is a high priest required to talk to God on our behalf – but now we get the new priviledge of entering God’s presence ourselves – because of what Christ did.
So now, the temple, or tabernacle, has moved inside us as believers who have accepted the gift of the Holy Spirit. He now resides in us and works through us. How much greater is that? How much more valuable is that then even being able to visit Him in some fancy temple somewhere? We don’t have to travel long distance, we don’t have to wait in line, we don’t have to bother with any of that – He is right there! In You!
Now – having said all that – think about what this chapter says about David’s toil to find a resting place for God. David is quoted as saying, “I will not enter my house or go to my bed– I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
I’m so grateful He is a God of mercy because there are times I’m so tired, I don’t even think about praying before I crash at night. The encouragement for me today is to become more reverant about this holy temple that God now chooses to reside in – my body. I feel God calling me to take better care of my body, and not run myself so ragged so that I just collapse at the end of the day with no thought of the Holy Spirit living inside me before I allow sleep to my eyes and slumber to my eyelids.
Thank You for your word, Lord.
grace & peace,