Saturday, November 20, 2010

Temples in the desert

Psalm 63:1-2 (King James Version)

 1O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
 2To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

I've always read these passages as separate phrases.  Only last night did I realize they're all part of one sentence (see that period at the end of verse 2?  There's your evidence.  That's what a master's in English taught me.  Just like this parenthetical statement is still a part of one sentence, even though there have been multiple punctuation marks in the midst of it).  So what do we know of David from this passage?

1. He's crying out to God
2. His flesh longs for God
3. He's in a "dry and thirsty (some translations say weary) land, where no water is," aka a desert.
4. He says, "Early will I seek thee..to see thy power and thy glory," meaning he has a purpose for seeking: to see God's power, just like Moses wanted to see the Lord's face.
5. He wants to see God just like he has seen Him "in the sanctuary," the Lord's tabernacle, His holy place (remember: the temple wasn't built until Solomon).

So often I get caught up on whether or not I can get to church in the next week or so.  As much as I want to call this a thing religious people do, I know Zechariah does it too, probably just as bad or worse.  Father, don't let us get caught up in this religion.  Yes, I do have to miss Sunday morning about once a month, which means two weeks between visits -- and sometimes that two weeks can feel like a month.

But there's more to the story.  He wants me in the rest of the time, too.  Even during the weeks when I make consecutive Sundays, He wants me all of the days in between.  No, I need to seek Him when I'm in the desert just as I would when I'm in His holy place; He's there just as real, and just as He did with David, my God will show Himself to you and me in the desert just as powerfully.

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