“Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of you holy temple.” Psalm 65:4
We have access to God! I think sometimes we get dull to that fact. Back in the day, only a special group of people, called the Levites, could even get close to the Tabernacle. Even among those few only the priest could enter into the sacred room where God’s presence resided, and even they had to tie a rope around them just in case it was too much for them.
But now, thanks to Jesus dying on the cross, the veil had been torn. And what’s even more mind blowing, is that we are the holy of holies as Christ lives in us! Does our prayer life reflect the magnitude of what that means? Do we approach the throne with reverance and awe?
When I first became a Christian, some 30 years ago, it was popular in Christian circles to say, “Jesus is my best friend.” Some even had bumperstickers on their cars, and I think I even used to use that phrase. While I do believe an intimate relationship with Him is vital, I wonder if that somehow misses the holiness of God. Many times in the Bible, when God came near, people were thrown down to the ground. Again, I am not saying that we should not be in close communion with the Lord, but what I am saying is that we should remember the magnitude of Who it is we are talking to.
It blows me away thinking that I am even “brought near.”
I love the Voice translation… “You invite us near, drawing us into Your courts–what an honor and a privilege! We feast until we’re full on the goodness of your house, your sacred temple made manifest.”
Spend some time in reverant prayer as you enter His courts. Enter His presence with praise and thanksgiving, wit reverance and awe, with humbleness and fear, with joy and gratitude. Submit all you are to Him–your mind, your body, your soul, your strength. Now feast on all the goodness of His house.