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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Psalm 84:2

My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the LORD.


Nothing in life is sweeter than Your presence. Nothing gives me greater peace. Nothing fulfills me more than being with You. Nowhere else do I feel truly safe. When I'm consciously with You – for, indeed, in a sense I'm always with You because You're always with me, but when I'm aware of You – I can feel my burdens being lifted, my fears subsiding, my sins losing their charm, my love for You growing.

Thank You, dear Lord, for making Yourself known to me. Thank You for the freedom I have to draw near to You. Thank You for Your Spirit, who dwells with me. Thank You for being present to me when I gather with Your people. Thank You for being my Rock, my Comfort, my Peace.


When Psalm 84 was written, "the courts of the LORD" were, quite literally, the courts of the temple in Jerusalem. Today, of course, the temple stands no more. For Christians, however, God's "temple" is with us in a variety of ways. We naturally think of heaven as God's abode. Plus, Jesus, above all, is the "temple" of God, God's presence among us, the place where God dwells, through which we find forgiveness and fellowship with God.

The "courts" of the Lord?

But in a very real sense, God's "temple" is also the community of Christians gathered, the place where the Spirit of God is present and active. In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul writes:

16   Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

So when we yearn for the courts of the Lord today, we're not just looking forward to heaven, or longing for a deeper relationship with Christ. We're also looking forward to joining with the people of God for worship, fellowship, and mutual ministry. Here, indeed, God is present in His "temple."


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