“I’ll [God will] shower blessings on the pilgrims who come here, and give supper to those who arrive hungry.” Psalm 132.15
There is one place I worship, where I always know I will be welcome and fed. The confidence is a result of months on consistent experience. The association of assurance is so strong that certain songs from this place of worship trigger the memories and emotions even when I hear them in new surroundings. I wish I knew how to can or bottle this experience and give it to you.
God promises to do this for every seeker. When the words first came out the focus was on God’s temple located in Jerusalem. As God fulfilled His promises, He established a new temple in each one of our lives. When I think about these things, several questions come up to the front.
Do I really believe that I am God’s temple in the present? Do I want to accept His presence in my life? Do I have any idea what could and will happen when I come into God’s presence? Am I willing to go hungry in order to get a real meal? How do my relationships change when I realize that the person I am angry, frustrated, excited about, or am in love with is a temple of God’s?
God invites you and I into His presence. He cares about what is going on in the corners of our lives. He wonders how we feel about Him, is there a place for Him in our goals and dreams. God promises to be the ideal guest in our lives in the hope we will offer Him permanent residence.
Being a temple of God’s brings carries an awesome power, challenge, and reality if I open my eyes to the facts. Being open and accessible to God is an important value I cherish. Letting God take on the challenge of cleaning up my house, with my support, is an awesome gift. To this and everything else that I cannot yet imagine, all I can say is Welcome!