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Archive for April, 2016

Doorkeepers

In the country where I live, every business, office, bank, and school  has at least one security guard at the door to keep out “unauthorized persons” and examine everyone’s bags for weapons. 

God’s Temple in Jerusalem also had gatekeepers and, judging from the space given to them in 1 Chronicles 26, this was an important responsibility.  They guarded the five gates plus the storehouse and the courtyard.  Their responsibilities included guarding the treasures kept inside the Temple and also keeping “unclean” things out of the Temple and its courts.  In New Testament times, this would include Gentiles, who were only allowed into the outermost court.  And even then, Jesus zealously expelled those who turned that area into a place to turn a profit.  Other examples of defilement of the Temple were when Herod the Great affixed there the Roman eagle emblem and when Antiochus Epiphanes erected a statue of Zeus in the Temple and sacrificed a pig on the altar.  Where were the temple guards at that time? 

But when I read the Bible, I want to know how it might apply to me.  Here are some thoughts:

–My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in me (I Cor. 3:16 & 6:19).  Nothing unclean should be allowed to enter, nothing unworthy of sharing that space with God. 

–The main “gates” into this temple are my eyes and ears.  What am I looking at?  Reading?  Listening to? Thinking about?  Are these things pure and worthy of the One who lives inside me?

A child’s song says “O be careful, little eyes what you see, for the Father up above is looking down in love” and “O be careful, little ears what you hear” for the same reason!  Here’s a link to that song, by the way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwOzGC8Wr8k 

I want my body to be a worthy dwelling for God.  I don’t want to grieve Him by introducing disgusting or worthless things into the place reserved for Him.

God’s Musicians

clip_image002This morning our pastor told us of a new believer he was baptizing. He asked her how she came to faith, assuming it was through his preaching.  But she said no, it was because of the music she’d  heard as she passed by and then was drawn in.  Of that she was quite insistent. 

This reinforced what I had just read in the book of 1 Chronicles.  In the midst of lists of names, I found a beautiful surprise–a whole chapter (ch. 25) about the Temple musicians and their important work!  David himself and the army commanders appointed several hundred of them to praise the Lord with music every morning and evening with their voices and skillfully crafted instruments.  Just imagine how beautiful that must have been!  Wouldn’t I love to have been one of that group! 

One day I will be—around the throne of God, joined with millions of God’s people from all tribes and languages, from all times since the beginning of the earth.  No one will be singing off key, no hoarse voices, no arguments about worship styles, no wandering minds—just pure, passionate, perfect praise to the One who so well deserves it! 

As I play my piano every day just between me and the Lord, I pray that someone passing by will be blessed.  I believe God doesn’t waste anything.  Either way,  I like to think that I’m rehearsing for my part in that heavenly concert.

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