Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 6 Scripture Selection: Psalm 121-122
Food for Thought: Ps. 122:1
Originally, the “House of the Lord” was the temple found in Jerusalem, though a building made by human hands cannot truly house Him. (“Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? (Is. 66:1)” Then, not long after the ascension of Jesus to heaven, the temple was destroyed, which was not mere coincidence.
Now, His temple is the Church, the believers, also known as His Body (Eph. 5:23-27). Ephesians 2:20-22 explains, “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” This is an amazing, powerful, glorious structure built by the Lord on the foundation of the Word of God, in which we have the tremendous privilege of being a part, not just when we congregate, but also as we go through our daily life, bearing the Holy Spirit, as His members.
However, when believers come together in love to glorify God and edify each other, regardless of the type of structure of the building, some very good, important things take place. That is why the writer of Hebrews 10:24-25 exhorts us, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Just as the psalmist wrote, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord,’” we too, should be very glad to get together with other members of the Temple. It is another opportunity for the Lord to shine in and through us for His glory and for the benefit of ourselves and other believers. Time worshiping the Lord together is precious beyond measure.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):