About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
David's Desire - Our Desire
Psalm 27:4 reads:
"One thing I ask
from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may
dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of
my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and
to seek him in his temple."
David's heartfelt desire
was to dwell in the house of the Lord all of the days of his life.
Understanding the meaning of "the house of the Lord' in New
Testament terms makes David's desire relevant today.
In David's day the house
of the Lord was the family, or the community, of people belonging to God,
which was the Jews. When the
Jewish community existed as God intended it to be, it was the place where all the
necessities of one's material and spiritual life were met.
It was central to one's existence.
It was where David beheld God's beauty, heard from Him, and was
instructed by Him, especially when he
gathered with the community at the temple.
The New Testament house
of the Lord is the community of people belonging to the Lord Jesus.
It is where the believer has been placed alongside of other
believers in supportive relationships to form one unified community.
When the Community of Christ, the church, exists as Jesus intended
it to exist,
the believer finds all that is necessary for life.
It is central to his existence.
Psalm 27:4 became
impactful to me in 1972 when I began to understand and experience what
living in Christian community was all about.
It was then that Jesus placed me alongside a few brothers in the
Lord. Some were my age.
Others were older, even twice my age.
Age did not matter. Cultural
or religious background did not matter.
What mattered was that Jesus had placed us together as best friends
to function with one another in serving Him.
Christian community has
always been one of the biggest joys in my life.
Being properly fitted into the lives of those to whom Jesus has
placed me alongside in His present-day house is where I want to dwell.
It is there I can see Jesus at work, behold His beauty, seek Him,
and learn from Him.
I pray that David's
desire is our desire. I pray
that we will view the house of the Lord, not as an organization we have
joined or a building in which we gather, but the very dwelling-place of
the Spirit of Jesus. Only when
the church exists as a co-operative community of believers belonging to
Jesus and to each other will our secular culture behold the beauty of
Jesus and be instructed in the ways of our Lord.