Time For God: Day 27

Written by Paul Beckingham

Focus: Psalm 132:7:
Let us go into His tabernacle; let us worship at His footstool.

He built a house for God, a sanctuary where he worshipped. In Nairobi, the owner of the car repair shop invited me to join in prayer. He led me up the steep stairs to a small room. I didn’t know what I’d find. It intrigued me. The Tabernacle, it was not.

On the walls hung several small, wooden structures. Each one was about the size of a birds’ nesting box. Flowers and candles, seeds and unwrapped candies decorated the boxes. He had carefully placed his offerings to the Hindu gods within.

Seeing my look of consternation he raised a gentle smile. “Don’t worry,” he said, “I have made one for Jesus. You can worship him here.” Putting God in a box took on new meaning for me in that moment. The Living God’s tight cage seemed to be restrictively small. I was curious. Can small coops ever cramp the Lord of Creation?
The psalmist picks up King David’s story. David plans to build a house for God (2 Samuel 7). On a grand scale he offers to build Israel its first Temple. God refuses his ambitious plan. God gives that honour to a non-warrior—Solomon, David’s son.

Meantime, God calls worshippers to meet Him in the Tabernacle. The ark of God dwells inside tent curtains (7:2). A desert tent hardly compares to the glory of King David’s cedar-panelled palace. Yet, God reveals He is present in even lowly places. The Spirit of God moves freely where He will; He leads His Pilgrim people forward.

What about that bird-box built for Jesus? The Saviour of the World is not a hostage in a Nairobi auto-shop. Nothing will restrict His redeeming love for a broken world. His Spirit freely leads you forward on your journey of faith; follow where He leads.

Let us go into His tabernacle; let us worship at His footstool. Your world is God’s footstall. Bow before Him where you are. God is not confined; His Spirit freely finds you. Make your heart His home; open the door—invite Him in. Nothing separates you from His relentless love. The Lord of Life is with you. Welcome Him, today.

How have your ideas of what God should be doing for you limited your view of who He truly is? When has God broken through a bird-box size theology to embrace you with His infinite love? Who might step into your story if you share with them, today?

Limitless God, King of Love, wooer of my soul, I praise You. You reside not within the limited scope of my plans, projects and perceptions. Open my eyes to the majesty of Your Sovereign glory. I fall before the splendor of Your Holy Presence. I worship You in spirit and in truth. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Visit me again. Amen and Amen.

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