O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.
Psalm 26:8 (ESV)
David loved being in the house of the Lord. In Psalm 84, he said that one day in God’s courts is better than a thousand spent anywhere else. David is onto something here because there really is something special about the place where God’s glory dwells. In David’s day, it was the Temple, in our day, we call it the Church. Typically, when we think of the Church, we think of a building. If I asked where you go to church, you’d tell me the name of your local church and maybe some landmarks or street names to guide me there.
A location was on David’s mind too when he wrote Psalm 26. He loved going to the place — the physical location — where God’s glory dwelt. But something shifted when Jesus came, died, resurrected, and ascended. His departure ushered in a new era where the Holy Spirit came, indwelling everyone who surrendered their lives to Christ.
Paul wrote about this new era when he said, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” 1 Corinthians 6:19 (ESV).
We have what David longed for: moment by moment proximity to the presence of God. He had to go to a new location to be with God. As Christians, God lives in us and is always with us!
Your body may not resemble the body of a Greek god or goddess, but according to Scripture, you are a temple! Rejoice in this truth today, knowing that everywhere you are, God is there too.
He’s never left and never will!
He’s with us, for us, and lives inside us!
He’s forgiven us, redeemed us, and is transforming us!