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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Habitation of God

Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song ...
I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously:
The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
[Yah] is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation:
He is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation [praise Him];
My father's God, and I will exalt him.
(Exodus 15:1-2 KJV)

But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
(Psalms 22:3 NKJV)

For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be my people." (2 Corinthians 6:16 NKJV)

Among the varied names of the Lord are "My Love" (Isaiah 5:1), "Beloved" (Ephesians 1:6), "Lover" (Song of Solomon), "Husband" (Hosea 2:16), "Bridegroom" (John 3:29). Such intimate terms of endearment are far more than metaphors. In them lies a very literal description of His relationship with His people.

The Holy Spirit doesn't hold hands with us, but dwells within us. Amid our praises God finds his place of habitation, residence, rest, throne, glory, beauty.

The church will someday fully know her place as the bride of Christ. Until then, our pleasure, passion and privilege is fulfilled in our praise of Yah.

Hallelu-Yah! You are worthy of our most boastful, showy, even foolishly clamorous raves. We unabashedly give such praise to worldly performers and athletes. Put in us the ability to rejoice in You as fully, and know Your habitation in us.

Copyright 2008, Anne Lang Bundy

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