Issue #610 ~ May 4, 2020

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I Love Your House
"I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells."
Psalm 26:8
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Verse 8: "I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells."

Here David is talking about the tabernacle - the place of public worship.

Eugene Peterson's paraphrase is beautiful: "God, I love living with you; your house glows with your glory."

Fenelon said: "Those who know the Lord well cannot resist turning to Him in every available moment." ( The Seeking Heart , 117)

Don Wyrtzen says: "In praising the Lord and expressing love for His house, David clearly identified himself with Yahweh. He proved this by his actions: He offered acknowledgement to His Lord. Like David, I want to continually praise the Lord with my imagination, animation, and with everything I have. Above all, I want to avoid boredom in God's house. With words and music I want to bring excitement about the Lord to His dwelling place."

Wyrtzen then prays: "Lord, as I identify with You and with Your house, help me find my own personal identity.

Steven Lawson says: "His greatest delight in worshiping God was proclaiming aloud God's praise in the place where the Lord's glory dwells. God's glory was the revelation of his divine attributes and perfections to these worshipers."

In my mind this morning as I worship, I am humming that great old hymn "The Church's One Foundation": "The Church's one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord; She is His new creation, By water and the word; From heav'n He came and sought her to be His holy bride; With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.
Yet she on earth hath union With God, the Three in One, And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won: O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we, Like them, the meek and lowly, On high may dwell with Thee.

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:  Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places; Isaiah 32:18 (NASB)
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2.   Pray:  In Thy lovingkindness Thou hast led the people whom Thou hast redeemed; In Thy strength Thou hast guided them to Thy holy habitation.
Exodus 15:13 (NASB)
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3.   Praise:  Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Exodus 40:34 (NIV)
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4.   Praise:  Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.
1 Chronicles 16:10, 11 (NIV)
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5.   Praise: Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from You; You are the ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:11 - 13 (NIV)

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6.   Praise:  As 1 Chronicles 29 states "This is the Lord's kingdom and He is exalted as head over all." Everything is in His hands. We praise You, Oh Lord.

Please join me in a hymn of acknowledgement and a prayer. Let's sing that hymn "More Love to Thee" :
More love to Thee, O Christ, More love to Thee!
Hear Thou the pray'r I make On bended knee;
This is my earnest plea:

Once earthly joy I craved, Sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, Give what is best;
This all my pray'r shall be:

Then shall my latest breath Whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry My heart shall raise;
This still its pray'r shall be:

Refrain
More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee,
More love to Thee!
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  

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