Whatsoever is Lovely
“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!” Psalm 84:1
Pleasant, delightful, agreeable. Whether in English, Greek or Hebrew, the word lovely shares a similar definition. The psalmist declares in verse one of Psalm 81, that the dwelling places of the Lord are lovely.
Old Testament temples the psalmist speaks of were lovely not because of the structures or decorations. The Lord’s Dwelling Places are beautiful because that is where God’s people worshipped Him. And where God is worshipped, His presence is there also. It is God’s presence that makes a dwelling place lovely.
As New Testament believers we are God’s Temple. His Spirit dwells within us and that IS lovely. No longer do we need a priest to enter the holy place on our behalf. Through Jesus, the ultimate High Priest and His sacrifice on the cross, God’s people have direct access to God and we are now the temple.
When we hear the word lovely, we think of many things. We often attribute it to something or someone based on an appearance. But I challenge us to look inward and delight in the fact that the Spirit of God dwells within us. Can you agree that His continued presence is better than any edifice constructed.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the indwelling of your Spirit. I pray that You always find me as a lovely dwelling place.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own“ 1 Corinthians 6:19