“Lord, remember David And all his afflictions; How he swore to the Lord, And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob: “Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house, Or go up to the comfort of 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.””
Psalms 132:1-5 NKJV
A place for my God
I remember the early days of my walk of faith, when I was but a baby Christian, taking the first unsteady steps of many to follow, in what would be a new life with Jesus. I can tell you the truth, I was gloriously saved, for the Lord flipped my world upside down, for I was bound by many gross sins. As the Lord demolished each stronghold, I desired all the more to serve Him, almost recklessly, for I set no limits.
Reading Psalm one hundred thirty two this morning, I was reminded of those early days, when I was relentless in making a place for the Lord in my life, often to the degree that I would be “out of balance,” forsaking even the most mundane life necessities, for time in the Scriptures and prayer.
Over time, life began to invade, as is often the case, as work requirements, life activities, and the concerns of this mortal life, began to crowd in, taking attention from the Lord, and becoming unwelcome roommates of the Lord the house of my heart. This went on for few years. I was aware of the slippage in my devotion, and I sought the Lord to help me return to my first love.
I might add here that one must be careful of the things one may ask of the Lord. He will honor those requests that are according to HIs will, and He will do so according to His purpose and desire.
As one becomes preoccupied with the things of this life and this word, there is inevitably a void that is created where sin can abound.
“Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalms 51:6-10 NKJV
“Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.”
Psalms 42:7-8 NKJV
The waves and billows came over me.
What followed was the intervention of a loving and honorable God, who answered the prayer of His wayward child. A multitude of health issues transformed my life, taking me to the end of myself, and to the beginning of a wondrous journey with the Lord.
He had evicted the unwanted roommates from my life, and renewed the desire of David: that I not even give sleep to my eyes before I have found a place for my God.
Brothers and sisters, it is so easy to become busy, preoccupied with all the things of the life and this world. But I tell you, there is great joy in making time for the Lord, for making that special place that is only for Him. He is not a leach that sucks up your resources rent free, but He is a giving God who returns peace for let, and brings transformation and provision.
He can heal the broken hearted, bring comfort in mourning, for our time straying from Him brings much sorrow.
“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.””
Isaiah 61:3 NKJV
Many are the struggles of the human in this world, and they are exacerbated all the more for those who belong to the Lord. But there is great comfort and peace in Jesus, for He came, He died to take on our sins, nailing them to cross. He was buried and rose again.
And, He is making a place for us.
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”
Revelation 21:9-14 NKJV
Let us make a place for the Lord, an enclave in our lives where we can get alone with Him, that He may have the opportunity to work in us such a great salvation, or sanctification, that we reflect his glory. We have been placed on mission to tell the world about Jesus and share the Good News.
There are many who are preaching false Christs, telling others of His love without cautioning them of His justice, or overwhelmingly telling of justice, without telling of His grace and love.
Those of us who are born again and know Him have been given true knowledge of Him, through the word and Spirit.
Let us be relentless in sharing in these last days, for coming of the Lord is soon at hand.
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