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June 13, 2011
This entry is part 819 of 3099 in the series Daily Words for the Christian Life
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Lord, remember David
And all his afflictions;
How he swore to the Lord,
And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,
Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
I will not give sleep to my eyes
Or slumber to my eyelids,
Until I find a place for the Lord,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
— Psalm 132:1-5

If the psalmist realizes that his house and God’s house are the same, then why can’t he be restful? Why must he be so desperate? A house should be a place of rest. We might tell the psalmist, “Not only do you have a house, but your house is God’s house. Now you can rest. There is no need to be so desperate.” But the psalmist would tell us, “No! In God’s house I will not go up to my bed! I cannot have any rest! I will not even give sleep to my eyes!”

Adapted from The Journey of Life, page 101.

Tomorrow: “Desperate for God’s House (2)”

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