Our Priority: Hosting God Suitably
April 7, 2014
“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.” (Ps. 132:3-5)
Do we have such an attitude? Do we desire to make a dwelling place for God more than we desire sleep or relaxation? Our actions will tell us if we do. If we choose to watch T.V., or shop, or eat, or surf the internet, or laze around, or do our own thing of any sort, before we go to God and spend time with Him, we sin. We neglect our duty. We neglect our most important relationship. We neglect our Captain.
How do we, now in the era of the New Covenant, find a suitable dwelling place for the Lord? As they, under the Old Covenant, did in building a temple for God’s Spirit to dwell, we also build a temple. But that temple is not a building of brick, stone, wood, or gold, but is instead our body and our spirit. Therefore we must prepare this dwelling for God by cleansing ourselves –which we do through repentance, praise, worship, service, reading the Word, and other acts of obedience. By doing this daily, we build ourselves into a holy and beautiful temple which God finds pleasing and sweet to dwell in. This is how we find a place for the Spirit of the Almighty. He wants a holy place, a clean place, an undefiled place. Consequently, we must, before attending to our own needs, attend to the King whose presence we are greatly privileged to house.
If there are not enough hours in the day to get our routine work accomplished, then it is not spending time with God that is to be pushed to the side. It is other things, and if that’s not possible, then sleeping and eating is what we should cut short. If we do this willingly, with a deep love for our Lord, we won’t be sorry, nor will we lack strength and joy. God does reward those who put Him first. He does give divine power to those who eagerly seek to honor Him in every way they can.
Ps. 119:148 says, “My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your Word.” Do we love God, His Word, His voice, and His presence more than we love sleep? We should. Job 23:12 says, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Do we spend more time preparing food and eating it than we spend meditating on God’s Word? We shouldn’t.
God wants us to love Him more than anything or anyone, including ourselves. He commands that we have no god in our heart and lives besides Him. If we are not daily maintaining the place we have invited Him to dwell in, then we are more than negligent hosts –we sin.
Surely though, we are not careless hosts. Surely we will not slumber until we have given the Lord a beautiful, clean, peaceful, holy, cheerful, and loving place in which to rest and reign.