July 5, Psalms 132, A Dwelling Place for God

1Remember, O Lord, on David’s behalf,

All his affliction;

2How he swore to the Lord

And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,

3″Surely I will not enter my house,

Nor lie on my bed;

4I will not give sleep to my eyes

Or slumber to my eyelids,

5Until I find a place for the Lord,

A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

6Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah,

We found it in the field of Jaar.

7Let us go into His dwelling place;

Let us worship at His footstool.

8Arise, O Lord, to Your resting place,

You and the ark of Your strength.

9Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness,

And let Your godly ones sing for joy.

10For the sake of David Your servant,

Do not turn away the face of Your anointed.

11The Lord has sworn to David

A truth from which He will not turn back:

“Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne.

12″If your sons will keep My covenant

And My testimony which I will teach them,

Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever.”

13For the Lord has chosen Zion;

He has desired it for His habitation.

14″This is My resting place forever;

Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

15″I will abundantly bless her provision;

I will satisfy her needy with bread.

16″Her priests also I will clothe with salvation,

And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy.

17″There I will cause the horn of David to spring forth;

I have prepared a lamp for Mine anointed.

18″His enemies I will clothe with shame,

But upon himself his crown shall shine.”

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

 

Action: How does God dwell in you?

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!