Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Psalms 93:5 Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O LORD.
I am not much of an interior decorator. When you walk into our house and notice the décor, it’s all because of Denise. Except, of course, for the family room in the basement where the head mount of a buck hangs next to a large pheasant, a turkey fan, and another rack of antlers. I’ll gladly add to the décor of that room.
Last week I spent three hours helping Denise redecorate our dining room. For several years there has been a stenciled Bible verse on the wall surrounded by a painted frame. Denise had a fabulous idea to create a grandchild clock on the wall. We have 11 grandchildren, so with a picture of Grandma and Grandpa for the 12, we have a huge clock on the wall signifying the birth order of the grandkids. It really looks great.
The problem was, Denise didn’t want to lose the Bible verse. So in comes Mr. “I love to do fine detail work” husband. I carefully peeled every individual letter off the wall and transferred them to a new location above the four dining room windows, making sure they were perfectly level and evenly spaced. It turned out rather well, if I get a vote.
It is important to us to have a house that reflects our love for Jesus Christ. Knowing that first impressions are important, we wanted visitors to our home to quickly notice that this was a sacred place where God dwelt.
But to just have a home decorated so that it looks like a spiritual place isn’t sufficient. Our verse for today from Psalm 93 reminds us that holiness adorns the house of the Lord forever. In this verse, the house of the Lord can refer to both the holy temple of heaven and the temple in Jerusalem. But I want to point out a significant application of the truth of God’s holiness adorning two other temples.
First, the church is called the temple of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 3:16, which says, Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
Paul is speaking here to the body of believers called the church, and, as a whole, the church is the dwelling place of God. Therefore, our churches are to adorn the holiness of God. Our churches are to be a place where people’s first impression is that the Spirit of God is present and powerfully active, producing the sacred fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).
Second, each one of us individually is called a temple of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 6:19 Paul says, Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.
Holiness should adorn our lives.
So let’s talk about first impressions again. When people meet you for the first time, what do they quickly notice about you? What is your décor? What adorns your life?
I think for most of us, we would have to humbly admit that we have chosen very worldly and materialistic things to adorn our lives. We wear football jerseys to announce to everyone what team we are on. We polish our possessions so they shine with the pride of our status. We even display our obedience to God’s law as a mark of spiritual superiority.
Maybe it is time to consider the following questions and evaluate the décor of our house of life.
- Do people see you primarily as the dwelling place of God, or the dwelling place of self?
- Does the holiness of the Lord shine through in your actions and your speech from the moment they meet you?
- What have you chosen to be in the prominent place of visibility in your life that will dictate how the rest of your house is decorated?
- When people meet you, do they have to work their way through all of the hallways and rooms of your house filled with sports, job success, or family issues before they finally find the place where God is obvious? Or are they able to see Him clearly displayed in every part of your life beginning with the entrance point?
The décor of our homes is the reflection of who we are and what we love. Our lives and lifestyles are to be no different: they are to be the reflection of who God is.
Maybe it’s time to do a little redecorating.