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Monday, June 17, 2013

Lovely

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Stopped
Reading in Psalm 84 this morning, did not get much further than verse 1.  It is a good idea when you are struck by a verse in your reading to stop and wonder why; that is what I did this morning.

Looked
I ran a search in my Bible program, Logos, on “dwelling AND (God OR Lord)”.  That gave me this list:
  • Zechariah 2:10 – 11; 8:3
  • Romans 8:9
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16
  • 2 Corinthians 6:15f
  • Ephesians 2:22
Do you find all of God's people lovely?  Thoughts at DTTB.
There were actually more but these dealt with God dwelling with His people.  (You can do the same thing on Bible gateway by doing two searches using “dwell, Lord” and “dwell, God;” make sure you tell the program to match both words.  I could not figure out how to do a similar search on YouVersion.)

Challenged
When I read through those passages I am struck and challenged by this syllogism:
  • Where God dwells is lovely
  • God dwells with His people
  • God’s people are lovely

That is not my consistent response to all of God’s people.  I am working through that today.  My suspicion is that my response when not aligned with this, is telling me more about me than it is whatever or whoever it is I am seeing as unlovely.

Sometimes I really do not like what I find in the Word.

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