February 10

Psalm 50:1-6

“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.” vs. 2

For the psalmist God was anything but hidden. He believed that the Lord daily summoned the people of Israel, from the rising of the sun to its setting, to acts of worship and sacrifice. And more than that, he was convinced that Jerusalem itself, holy Zion, home to the temple of Solomon, was the dwelling place of God on earth. True worship took place there, and the light of God shone forth and enlightened the people. Now that the temple is gone, totally destroyed over two thousand years ago, some say that it’s pointless to think of God’s presence as being localized in a particular place. God is everywhere present they say, and worship can take place anywhere. Of course such a statement is true–we can worship anywhere, and at any time. But we shouldn’t be so quick to discount the value of holy places, those spots where we feel the presence of God with particular intensity. It could be on a mountain, or out in the wilderness, or maybe in the sanctuary of a church, a place dedicated to the worship of God. Some even have a special place in their homes where they take time daily to bask in the presence of the light that shines forth from God. Such worship will be an opportunity, not only to offer prayer and praise, but to listen. God has established a covenant of love with us, and in our quiet times will offer both compassion and direction. Blessed are those who hear and obey!

Thought for the Day: Where’s my holy place?

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