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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jim Vining
Psalms 27:4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.
This should be the passion of the heart of every born-again believer – the Psalmist referred to the place God had commanded He would meet with and instruct the nation of Israel. The presence of God dwelt upon the Mercy Seat of the Arc of His covenant. This was simply a cry to live in God’s presence – we have been provided the unmerited privilege of having our Lord’s presence dwell within us. Under the Mosaic Covenant God’s favor was secured through obedience to the Law – we have been offered a more intimate and personal relationship by humbly accepting what Christ has done to bring us into His eternal promise. The benefit of access is not to endorse our lives – it is opportunity to transform us into the living vessels fit for our master’s use. Our Lord has given us the right to experience His fullness through our re-birth into His Kingdom. Our eternal thankfulness comes from the devotion, desire and discipline we exercise to humbly listen, learn and obey what God has commanded. To dwell in His presence and behold His beauty requires a passion for His written Word and continual inquiry to self-examine and humbly submit our heart and soul to the Holy Spirit. It is one thing to desire these things from our Lord – it is entirely different to seek them. We have become the temple of our Lord and Savior to declare and exhibit His eternal purpose and love to this world.
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 30/ Luke 5:17-39; Judg. 9,10

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