Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! Ps 84:1

What a wondrous place: to be in the presence of Almighty God! This place so near to our blessed Lord is not a place of contention and strife. It is not a place of bitter envying, and evil surmisings; but rather a place of pleasantness, and peacefulness. Oh, to dwell in the place where Gods presence is real. Often times we have a supposed presence, but not the real thing. When there are strifes, and carnality at work we can be sure that this is not where the true presence of Almighty God is to be found. When brethren dwell together in unity there is a peace that is there, and then we can expect for our Lord to show up. Often times we read "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Mt 18:20" but we fail to understand that we must be gathered together in His name. It truly is sad when we see those who will come to Church, not to worship the Lord; but to cause problems. There have been good services despite these peoples presence, but we must remember that the tabernacle (dwelling place) of the Lord of hosts is amiable! The Psalmist (likely Obed- Edom) had learned to love and bask in the tabernacle of God. He loved it because it was a place of peace and rest. It was a place where he could go, and escape all the problems of this life. He could go there and not have to hear an unkind word being harshly spoken. He could go there and see all of the wonderful types of Christ being portrayed before his eyes. Should we not today be able to experience the same ecstasy when we enter into the Church of the Living God? We may not see all of the types, as did the Psalmist, but we can go and hear about the work that was finished on the Cross for us, thus removing the types, and replacing them with the real image! What a wonderful place to be, what an awesome privilege to be there, let us not forsake it as we see the day approaching.

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