S (Scripture): Psalm 27:4 I have asked the Lord for one thing – this is what I desire! I want to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord and contemplate in his temple.
O (Observation): Not a bad way to go out. Dwelling in the house of the Lord, that is. King David, proposed author of the psalms, saw quite a bit of adversity in his days. Chased, starved, under duress…he needed some reprieve.
So he calls out that his desire is to stay in the Lord’s house forever.
And one might take this as staying literally in that place, or living everyday as if one is the Lord’s house – in that protection and awesome splendor.
Either way…a nice way to live.
A (Application): As a child of God, I hope for the same thing as King David. Yet I don’t feel called to be huddled up inside of a building. These last few days of winter weather in Nashville have us cooped up inside and we’re starting to go a bit stir crazy.
I hope to find a way to live every day as if in the protection of The Lord. The Lord’s temple is the space in which God’s presence is most fully known.
In these days, God has come to us through His Son. In Jesus’ resurrection, God’s Spirit bursts forth, thereby giving us all full access to God’s presence.
With that presence, you and I are called to live and play and pray fiercely and fearlessly. God is with us.
In this season of Lent, my family and I are seeking ways to be reminded of God’s presence in our everyday lives. I will keep a food log, being reminded that my body is a temple of the Lord. My wife is wearing a cross pendant for Lent. Our son will read Scripture 5 minutes per day. Our middle daughter will make a bracelet with the word “God” out of beads.
These are some of the ways we will be reminded that God is with us, and that we can be bold, brave believers for the Lord.
P (Prayer): Lord, guide us through these 40 days of Lent. Remind us that you are with us every day. Amen.