‘Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells. Psalm 26.8
It is wonderful to find the presence of the Lord, and when we take time to consciously seek it we are often rewarded with a sense of his peace. However, the temptation is to feel that we have to seek his presence, whereas the reality is that it is with us all the time.
In 1 Corinthians 6.19, Paul reminds us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit – places where he dwells, no matter whether or not we are aware of him. This verse takes such thinking a stage further when it talks of us being a place where his glory dwells. The implication of this is that in whatever situation we find ourselves, the glory of God is there – active, able to bring change and able to transform.
The presence of God’s glory does not depend on our awareness of it, yet it is ourawareness that is going to open our eyes to the potential of what he could do. Why not take a few minutes to let these words sink in: ‘I am a place where the glory of God dwells’. Imagine taking this truth seriously throughout the day, into all the places you will go and situations you will face. Imagine the change that God could bring through you.
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