Prepare His Temple

Life is so full, isn’t it? As the days go by, I find myself constantly wishing for more hours in a day. Why are there only 24 hours in a day? I mean, think about how productive AND rested we could be if we had even just a few more hours in a day!

But then wisdom and reality reel me back in with this simple question: Would we really be all that more productive? Would we really be all that more rested? Probably not. Because if we were given more hours, we would only find more ways to fill them with stuff. 

Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor, all the hardships he endured, how he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, “I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.” | Psalm 132:1-5

As I read these words this morning, they struck my heart so heavily. Obviously, David’s intentions here are very specific to building a physical place, a temple, for the Lord to dwell in. But oh, how these words are true for us today – truer, even!

David had such a sweet and godly desire to build a temple for the Lord. He considered the luxuries surrounding him as he sat enthroned over Israel and came to an incredible conclusion: God the Almighty sits enthroned over all of Creation and dwells in a temporary tabernacle while he, a king over men, dwells in luxury.

It seems like an outdated, Old Testament occurrence, but in fact, it’s not. As people bought by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been brought nigh to the Father and our relationship with Him has been made right because of Christ’s sacrifice. As such, we have been indwelled by the Holy Spirit – we ourselves are walking temples for the Lord as His Spirit resides with us!

So how can David’s words in Psalm 132 simply be an archaic reference to a different type of God-Man interaction than what we know?

Oh, how true it is that the Word of God is living and active! It doesn’t change; it remains ever true. What is truly amazing is that though time “happens,” culture changes, and societal norms fluctuate, the Word of God is just as relevant and applicable as ever before.

David’s words clearly portray his zeal and determination to serve the Lord first, to honor Him first, to choose Him first. The same must be true for us today. In these days of busyness, in these days of hardships, in these days of exhaustion, we must resolve to say – to boldly declare, “I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

If I have not prepared my heart each day to be a worthy dwelling place for my God, I have failed. If I have chosen simply living, simply doing over intentionally clearing out, building up, and remodeling the temple of my heart for my King as I spend time with Him and grow in His knowledge, I have failed.

There will never be enough hours in a day. Life will always be busy and messy and hard and exhausting. But our God deserves more than a temporary, run-down, unattended place to dwell in. He deserves to dwell in a holy and beautiful temple, set apart for Him alone. A temple that will obviously crack and crumble with time and the happenings of life (we are human, after all), but a temple that will be rebuilt as often as it is needed, a temple that will carefully and lovingly be attended to, a temple that will grow more beautiful, more spacious, more glorious with time.

May we resolve to follow in David’s example. May we zealously seek to provide a worthy dwelling place for our awesome and mighty God within our hearts. And may we be ever so humbled at the mere realization that He who is so far above us desires to dwell within us, making our hearts, as corrupt and ugly as they are, His humble home.

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