The House of the LORD

Many of the Psalms speak of the 'House of the LORD.' These passages speak of the glorious experiences of revival that took place at David's Tabernacle, after King David established worship around the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem (see 1 Chronicles 15& 16).

These notes will look at 5 of these passages and examine the experience of God's people, while considering that the Apostle James said (Acts 15:12-21) that these experiences also are to belong to those of us who follow Jesus.

1. It’s a place for completion.
-Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

*As David went through the ups and downs of life he came to realize that there was nothing more precious than the presence of God. His greatest desire became seeking God in the beauty of his holiness.
Illustration: AGING - As I go through life I learn that the things in life that were once important to me now carry much less significance. What matters most in experiencing God and his glory.

2. It’s a house of satisfaction.
-Psalm 36:5-8
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love!Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights

*David found satisfaction in the LORD as he came to know God as the Sovereign, the Sustainer, the One who is faithful and loving and righteous in all his ways.

3. It’s a house of offerings.
-Psalm 66:13
I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
and fulfill my vows to you- 14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
when I was in trouble. 15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
and an offering of rams; I will offer bulls and goats.

*David speaks of a peace offering and a sin offering being fully burned up on the alter. He wanted his offerings fully consumed by fire, ascending to the LORD in heaven.

Illustration - TIGER WOODS - As I watched Tiger Woods apologize for his sexcapades I saw a man who has been humbled, doing everything he knew how to recognize the pain he had caused and the battle of addiction that he faces. His words were carefully chosen, as needed to be. His expressed desire was to apologize to those whom he hurt and find healing for his inner pain. There are many who have been quick to criticize Tiger, but having worked with many through the process of overcoming addiction, I recognized a genuineness in his desire. My prayer for Tiger is that he would come to know Jesus -- the one whom God has sacrificed for the forgiveness of sin -- and that he would experience the forgiveness, peace and love that only Christ can give.

4. It’s a place of growth.
-Psalm 92:12
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the LORD,
they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, "The LORD is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.

5. It’s a house of praise.
Praise the LORD.
Praise the name of the LORD;
praise him, you servants of the LORD, 2 you who minister in the house of the LORD,
in the courts of the house of our God. 3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.

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