Dwell

Lord I love the house where you dwell, the place where your glory resides. Psalm 26:8

I read that verse earlier this week and, immediately, an old memory from nearly 15 years ago came to mind.  I could recall sitting in a small group leader’s living room, a guitar strumming, and a group of us singing a song together. I paused and waited for the memory to fully form. At first I could not remember the words to the song; I could only hear pieces of the melody.

I know from past experience to trust the melody when the words aren’t there to grab onto.  And, slowly, the words did come back.

How lovely is your dwelling place
Oh Lord almighty

One thing I ask
and I would seek
to see your beauty
To find You in the place
Your glory dwells

Better is one day
in your courts
Better is one day
in your house
than thousands elsewhere

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Then yesterday morning,  it was this verse that stood out to me from my devotional reading.

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory,the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

The word glory has always had a way of capturing my heart’s attention but this week the word my heart seems to be lingering on is dwell. 

I love the reminders this week that wherever His presence is, then His glory is also present.  There is never a time when the Lord and His glory aren’t a “team.” Glory is His character and His nature. We find Him… then we find His Glory, the splendor of His holiness, as well.

While out on my run yesterday morning, I thought about how the Lord, in all His glory, chose to come down to us, to walk among us, to not only make a way for us…but to be the way for us, to love us, to die for us, to make His home in us. Emmanuel…God with us.  

His mission from the very beginning was to dwell with us and to be our home.

Better is one day
in your courts
Better is one day
in your house
than thousands elsewhere

I thought about one of my favorite Psalms “You protect me with your saving shield. You support me with your right hand. You have stooped to make me great.” Psalm 18:35

The Lord, in all His glory, stoops down for us.

“For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.  I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit,  and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love,  and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

 Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3: 14-21

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:2

Lord, may they sing about what you have done,
    because your glory is great. Psalm 138:5

Shout to God for joy, everyone on earth!
     Sing about the glory of his name! Psalm 66: 1-2

“Your love is a symphony
All around me
Running through me
Your love is a melody
Underneath me
Running to me
Your love is a song”– Switchfoot

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