December 18, Wednesday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Yohan Lee who previously served at Remnant Church (NYC), Radiance Christian Church (SF) and Grace Covenant Church (Philadelphia), was first posted on December 19, 2013.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“What is the Holiest God Like You Doing in a Dumpy Place Like My Heart?

Psalm 132:1-18

For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, 14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it. 15 I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food. 16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy. 17 “Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. 18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”

Of all the places that the famed aviator Charles Lindbergh had journeyed during his lifetime, Maui, Hawaii may have been his favorite.  He liked this place so much that his final days were spent on this small island and was eventually buried there. Now, if you could choose one place to live for the rest of your life, where do you suppose that would be?  

This theme of a dwelling place or resting place is central to Psalm 132. (It is helpful to read the entire Psalm.)  The Psalmist recounts both David’s passion to make a dwelling place for the Lord and the Lord’s desire to rest with his people.  Of course, OT believers thought of the Temple as the Lord’s dwelling place, but after what occurred on the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of God no longer “lives in temples built by hands” (Acts 17:24b); rather, He dwells in the hearts of his people (1 Cor. 6:19).  That being said, I have always been humbled by the fact that the omnipresent Lord, who created the heavens and the earth, chooses to dwell in the hearts of guys like you and me, or as Is. 66:1 puts it, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.  Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?” My heart? Yes!

This morning, as you reflect upon Psalm 132, ask yourselves a few questions:  Are you overwhelmed and thankful by the thought that the Lord wants to dwell in your heart?  Do you have a passion, like David, to prepare for Him a resting place in your heart? Since the Lord stays there, are you willing to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to make this a suitable habitat for Him?  

It is not without reason that Paul reminded the Corinthians, “Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Cor. 7:1b).

Prayer: Dear Lord, I don’t know what to say, that You dwell in my heart.  Thank You! It is an absolute honor and privilege that You are willing to be my guest.  Of course, You are more than my guest—You are the King who came to rule over my soul. Welcome.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Luke 1


Lunch Study Break

Read Luke 10:38-42: As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Questions to Consider

  1. What were Martha’s concerns? 
  2. What was Mary’s concern?
  3. Is your service-devotion ratio proper?

Notes

  1. Martha was concerned with service and making sure that her “dwelling place” was tidy and her guests were comfortable.  Obviously, being hospitable is a good thing but it was not the best thing at the moment.  Martha was also concerned that the Lord did not appreciate her efforts, since He was saying nothing to her sister, who wasn’t doing any work except listening to the Lord.
  2. Mary was concerned only with being with Jesus and sitting at His feet.  Of course this is not the only thing we ought to do, for we are told to present our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom.12:1a), but it certainly is the most important thing.
  3. Of course, there should not be a disconnect between service and devotion, for service is part of our devotion to the Lord.  Unfortunately, at times we serve more out of obligation than love for Christ and His people, and we serve with impure motives.  Far too frequently, people serve without having spent time with God, in prayer and in His word; this typically result in anger, pride, or social gospel.  The point is simply that an unhurried time spent with God is necessary in order to remain in Christ to bear much fruit (Jn. 15:5).

Evening Reflection

An assignment given in one of my seminary classes was to sit, reflect, meditate, and simply be with the Lord for four hours.  I am sure everyone wondered, “Where will I find the time for this?” But that was the point; oftentimes we make ourselves “too busy” for God.  How has your devotional life been lately? How was it today? If you answered “stinky,” and you are reading this now, you still have time right now to reverse the trend.  Make your heart a place where the Lord can dwell and rest!

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