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I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
King James Version (KJV)
There's a wall hanging that I pass every day that has this Bible verse. It hangs on the wall of the stairway in our home, almost directly across from my writing office. If I looked, it would be one of the first things I would see as I exit my office.
For some reason this hanging particularly caught my eye the other day. I'm not sure why I stopped to looked at it and ponder the words. I suppose partly it was because the quote was from Psalms and Psalms has been the focus of this blog. That's why I chose psalmsunday as the web address for this blog.
The thing that came to my mind was that I appreciate my home. I thank God for this place that he has given me, this shelter and refuge. My wife and I have a peaceful, protective home and I thank God for that.
We often think of the building that we call church as God's house. I once saw a former church that had become a restaurant. On one occasion I attended a musical production at a theater that had formerly been a church. Does God's house ever stop being God's house?
My wife and I attend church regularly, but I am not always glad. Sometimes there are other things that I'd rather be doing. But what if I were no longer permitted to attend my church for health reasons or even political oppression. I would not be happy about that and I hope this would never happen.
I am happy in our home and thank God that we have this wonderful place to live. We have been blessed. God is always welcome in our home and I want to think of this as God's house just as much as I do our church.
Then again, they are only buildings.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own...
1 Corinthians 6:19
New International Version (NIV)