How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! – Psalm 84:1
Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. – Matthew 18:20
Diane and I recently enjoyed a visit to the Moody Mansion in Galveston. From their website:
Restored to its turn of the century splendor, the 28,000 square-foot, four-story structure was completed in 1895. Today, our guests visit 20 rooms on a tour that depicts the home life of a powerful Texas family.
I had no idea of how successful and wealthy Moody was, but his house which he purchased after the 1900 hurricane – and at the same price he had negotiated immediately before the hurricane hit Galveston – is truly beautiful. It gave evidence to a lifestyle few people of his day enjoyed. People in our day would find it quaint but think it likely boring. No TV. No Internet. No Computers. No air conditioning.
But Moody was quite a family man. He loved his wife and children. When they would travel to cooler climates during the summer he would write expressing his love, and his wife would express her desire to be with him even in the hot humidity of Galveston. While the home is beautiful, stately, and elegant, the real charm was no doubt Moody himself and his family and friends.
So it is with the dwelling of God. There is nothing more glorious, beautiful, elegant, majestic, luxurious, and splendid than the eternal home of God. Earthly temples have tried to imitate that. St. Peters, The National Cathedral. St. Paul’s in London, Thorncrown Chapel all attempt to reflect the glory of God’s dwelling.
But the true glory of God’s dwelling is God himself. Jesus promises that where two or three are together he is present with them. That is a glorious experience. To think that he is willing to dwell within the hearts of believers ought to elevate our own appreciation of our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. To think that Jesus is willing to be with us anytime we call on his name is a blessing – far more glorious and wonderful even than lovely.