Psalm 84 is so full of the wonder of God—reading it can only encourage anyone. Linger in the beauty. Rest in it. This is a love song to God. When was the last time you were so much in love with someone that you couldn’t wait to see them—that you thought about them all the time—that everything you did or saw reminded you of them? That is how much the writer of this love song loves Almighty God. Read it again and live in the love.
Ezra 6:1-16 is a marvelous testimony to the power of God—the King of Babylon, Darius, found a scroll from King Cyrus outlining how the Temple of the Hebrews should be constructed; and not only that, but how the workers should be paid and how it should be conducted! Think of it! A foreign king who cares about a small religious sect enough to dictate instructions for its care and keeping?! At this time, the King of Babylon was probably the most powerful ruler in the world, and doing the work of God.
And now when we read Mark 11:15-19, we see how far God’s people have wandered from God’s heart. From its beginnings as a house where Love and Worship were expressed, God’s Temple has now become a place where the religious leaders can manipulate God’s people for their own profit. How tragic. Far from being the thing of beauty as expressed in Psalm 84, God’s House has now become a shopping mall where vendors disguised as worship leaders exploit the people.
Prayer: Oh God remove anything from my heart that is hurtful to you. Help me to never see the place of worship as a place of business. As a place of busyness. Restore my vision so that I see the beauty of your dwelling place. Beautiful because You dwell there. As the Psalmist prays, let me pray, also. I love you Lord. Amen.
Contributed by Rev. Denise Burns