The Lord is my light and my salvation -- so why should I be afraid? The Lord protects me from danger -- so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1)
The one thing I ask of the Lord -- the thing I seek most -- is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord's perfections and meditating in his Temple (Psalm 27:4)
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior (Philippians 3:20)
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14)
As the winter winds blow and the snow continues to pile up in drifts, the warmth of our homes should be very welcoming. Nestling up to a warm, toasty fireplace with the crackling of the flames may drown out the howling of the fierce winds. The softness of your sofa, couch, or other seating relaxes your muscles and you sink in for the night.
It can be said that our homes are our sanctuaries. A place where we can go to find peace, serenity, and an opportunity to unwind. Of course, if you have kids of any age -- from infant to teenager -- the serenity and quiet may not always be the case. Nonetheless, you are surrounded by those whom you love -- family. Hopefully, it is a space where you feel safe and secure.
The desire to be safe and secure has always been a part of the human nature. From the very beginning, as God's creation, we were placed in a space that was safe and secure. Looking around today, safety and security are more desirable than ever -- but at times challenging. For so many outlets can easily open us to dangers or harm. Who and what to trust is not as simple.
Thankfully, God's word continues to remind us of a true sanctuary. As the Psalmist shares in Psalm 27 -- The Lord is my light and my salvation...The Lord protects me from danger...The thing I seek most is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Our creator God still delights in us and desires for us to be safe and secure. While the world tries to lure us to things that may be "temporary" sanctuaries, God reminds us of an eternal sanctuary. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives (Phil. 3:20) declares the Apostle Paul.
We are here on earth for a segment of time. In various ways, God continues to reveal himself to us. God provides for us glimpses of the fuller sanctuary he has planned for us. It isn't always going to smooth. It may not be danger free. However, we can trust that God is with us. Through Christ's death and resurrection, redemption from the power of sin and death became our gift. Furthermore, we receive forgiveness, grace, and mercy. Through our dark times and uncertain moments, we can seek the words of the Psalmist, including a call to Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Lord prepare me
To be a Sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I'll be a living
Sanctuary, for you
Pastor Arlyn ><>