You are His Sanctuary

dr judy bauer tuesday devotional Jun 20, 2023

"...a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." "...longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul." (Proverbs 13:12 & 19)


"O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.


I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory." (Psalms 63:1-2)


When we thirst for God a longing rises up from within. Nothing quenches a parched soul except His presence. As we drink deeply of Him, it is a tree of life to us. It is sweet to the soul and we are made whole spirit, soul and body.


David spoke of experiencing God's presence in the sanctuary. Today it's often thought that this sanctuary is the local church building. Not so!


Jesus didn't die for buildings. He gave His life blood to redeem fallen man. Once born again, we are His sanctuary, a temple made without human hands. A place for Him to dwell. (John 3; Acts 7:48; 17:24-25)


The sanctuary David referred to isn't a man-made structure. It's the very heart of Father God. The holiest of all holy places whereby we, His children, may enter freely, by faith. (Eph. 3:12; Hebrews 4:16)


Nothing satisfies the longing within except entering into His very presence. Thankfully, God is available 24/7. He is present when we cry out to Him from our innermost being.


God has also graciously given us His Spirit to help us enter into His sanctuary, His heart. (Romans 8) Whether praying with our understanding, or praying with our prayer language in the Holy Spirit, our heart's urgency for Him ushers us into His presence where we find refuge.


Today, stop what you are doing, find a place to be alone. Cry out to God. Experience His power and His glory. He's waiting for you...step into His sanctuary. The door is open...


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