Daily Bible Reading – June 14, 2021

Jun 14 (2 Chronicles 6-7; Psalm 136) To complete our comparison of the temple to our bodies as a dwelling place for God, we look at Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the temple that he built: “…that Your eye will be open toward this house day and night, toward the place of which You have said that You would put Your name there, to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place” (2 Ch. 6:20). God lives in us, which means He has put His name above our own on the mailbox! And we can talk (pray) to Him anytime, all the time, since we are His house. He is always at home—never absent!

“And the glory of the LORD filled the house” (2 Ch. 7:1). In this experience of being God’s house and being filled with His glory, prayer is a dialogue. We talk to God, and He talks to us, as He did to Solomon: “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Ch. 7:14). We can count on God’s promise of forgiveness and healing because He said: “My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place … My eyes and My heart will be there always” (2 Ch. 7:15-16). The amazing truth of our being God’s house is that our relationship to Him is extremely personal! He sees us; He hears us; He knows our hearts!

All of this is made clear by His love for us. Every one of the 26 verses in Psalm 136 end with the declaration: “For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Lovingkindness is the word “chesed” in Hebrew, which is rendered also mercy, or faithfulness; it never ends!

– Al Gary





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