Words from the Heart for Saturday January 21st, 2017
Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.
Psalm 15:1-2 (NKJV)
Abiding in the Tabernacle
The Spirit of the Lord is drawing us to come close to Him. Even this is a work of His amazing grace. Living in His Presence requires something of us. We must allow the Spirit of the Lord to guide us in our public actions and also in our personal, inward lives. Welcome Him into those “secret places” of your heart. Then, we can host His Presence.
In 1846, Methodists gathered on the shore of Lake Ontario in what is now Grimsby, Ontario for a ten day temperance rally. Starting in 1859, this area became the site for regular summer events. Tents and sermons became the norm until 1875 when 12.5 acres were deeded and the Ontario Methodist Camp Ground Company was started. Cottages began to populate the newly divided lots. Steamships and rail lines allowed for easy transportation and visitors started staying for the whole of the summer season. Science, politics, and arts were the subject of many lectures. Visitors could expect musical acts, theatre performances, sermons, lawn bowling and baseball. Two hotels were opened within the resort. According to the 1885 program, over 50,000 people had visited the resort in 1884. The Temple was built in 1888.
There is a longing in every human heart to have a relationship with the living God. We innately have a desire to enter into His presence and until we do, we are never at peace. The people of Israel were called by God to be His people and He manifested His presence among them. Before Solomon built the first Temple in Jerusalem, God’s presence was found in the Tabernacle. And King David expressed the longing of His people in Psalm 15:1-2 when he asks “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.” The Bible tells us that none of us are righteous. Our good works are as useless as a pile of filthy rags. That is a really unpleasant picture. But it gets the point across. We simply cannot walk uprightly, work righteousness and speak truth. Our sin prevents us from doing so. But Jesus is our righteousness and when we trust Him, He takes up residence in us and becomes the righteousness that we need. If you want a relationship with the living God, if you want to dwell in His presence, it is necessary to repent and invite Jesus to make you completely new, transformed by Him. When He does, you will experience His peace and joy, and with Him taking up residence in you, you will enter His presence with boldness and with joy.
These have been words from the heart.