In God’s House

Lord, I love the house where you live,
    the place where your glory dwells.
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
    my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
in whose hands are wicked schemes,
    whose right hands are full of bribes.
I lead a blameless life;
    deliver me and be merciful to me.
My feet stand on level ground;
    in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.

  • Psalm 26:8-12

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.

  • Psalm 27:4-5

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.  He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.  Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.  For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.  “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future.  But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

  • Hebrews 3:1-6

“When it comes to resting your soul, there is no place like the Great House of God.  ‘I ask only one thing from the Lord,’ [David] wrote, ‘This is what I want; Let me live in the Lord’s house all my life.  Let me see the Lord’s beauty and look with my own eyes at his Temple’ (Psalm 27:4).
“If you could ask God for one thing, what would you request?  David tells us what he would ask.  He longs to live in the house of God.  I emphasize the word live, because it deserves to be emphasized.  David doesn’t want to chat.  He doesn’t desire a cup of coffee on the back porch.  He doesn’t ask for a meal or to spend an evening in God’ house.  He wants to move in with him … forever.  He’s asking for his own room … permanently.  He doesn’t want to be stationed in God’s house, he longs to retire there.  He doesn’t seek a temporary assignment, but rather lifelong residence.”

  • Max Lucado, The Great House of God

What do we ask God for?  We often ask God for things of this world: a special vacation trip, because the walls seem to be closing in around us or a new house or a new bathroom in our old house. 

We don’t have to ask for those things.  God knows our needs.  He will meet them.  He knows our desires and He longs for us to desire more lasting things.

While writing the previous sentence, I stopped to make a phone call.  The person that I talked to told me of a relative of theirs who just bought a dog for thousands of dollars.  It is a puppy that is not trained.  It arrived sick and had to immediately go to the veterinarian for several hundred dollars of treatments.  My friend who I called asked why they didn’t buy a rescue dog.  The reply was, “This dog has papers.”

Sure, and they’ll use those papers long before the dog has been fully trained.

My son in Tennessee bought a dog for his three children.  He paid $50, which ensured him that the dog was in good health and was current on all her shots.  She came fully trained and, over all, behaves better than the three children, most of the time.  She has this thing about the living room sofa, thinking that it is her private room, but mostly she’s well behaved.  Sure, she’s a mutt, but she is a regal breed.  In exchange for giving her a home, she showers the family with love.  Her name is Anna.

And isn’t that the point here?  We are all mutts.  Buying a dog for thousands of dollars, that needs to go to the Vet, tries to cover up for our own mutt-ness.  We do not deserve to have a room in God’s house, but God wants those in His house who realize that.  Anna loves her new family, because she knows where she came from.  Do you know where you come from?

Before we can accept Jesus as our Savior, we must realize how desperate we are in our sin for someone to save us.  This entire culture today that screams that we should never bring up sin, because it will hurt people’s feelings and destroy their self-worth…  They’ve just fallen for Satan’s lies.  When we realize that we are not worthy of God’s house, that’s when we are ready for God’s house.  And God washes away our sins when we repent and call on Him.

“In my Father’s house there are many, many rooms
In my Father’s house there are many, many rooms
And I’m going up there now to prepare a place for you
That where I am, there you may also be
If I go prepare a place for you, I will come back again
If I go prepare a place for you, I will come back again
And you know I am the Way, the Truth, the Life, keep my command
That where I am, there you may also be”

  • Rich Mullins, That Where I am, There You May Also Be

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”

  • John 14:1-4

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. Wonderful post 😊😊😊😊😊💐💐

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  2. Never heard this song before thanks!

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