The word of God came to Solomon saying, “About this Temple you are building—what’s important is that you live the way I’ve set out for you and do what I tell you, following my instructions carefully and obediently. Then I’ll complete in you the promise I made to David your father. I’ll personally take up my residence among the Israelites—I won’t desert my people Israel.”
1 Kings 6:11-13, MSG* (emphasis mine)
Solomon’s Temple was a work of art—a work of worship—the best that humans could do to construct a place worthy of the Lord’s presence. It couldn’t contain God, but it was a beautiful connecting-point with Him.
For New Testament Christians, God keeps this promise to personally take up His residence among us by placing His Spirit inside us.
We’re even less worthy of His presence than the Temple building—except that Jesus has washed us and is in the process of re-creating us into His image.
And so, since we’re so richly blessed, we need to do what God said:
- live the way He sets out for us
- do what He tells us
- follow His instructions
Rigidity here would be to miss the point. We’re to live carefully and obediently. Lovingly. Trusting our Good Shepherd.
It’s about staying close to Him instead of wandering away. Believing He is strong and loving to care for us. Relying on His wisdom and guidance.
Holy and majestic God, our minds can’t comprehend how One such as You could dwell in people such as us—but You do it anyway. Thank You for making us worthy, and thank You for the gift of Your presence. Help us to know and rely on You and to live lives worthy of Your Name.
Here’s a new-to-me song from Darlene Zschech: “Show Me Your Ways.”