On Houses and Homes

Youth Devotional Blog 05/13

Written by: Intern Sam B. Nguyen
Scripture Reading – Psalm 84
 
It’s been a while since any of us have been in a church, probably. The shelter-at-home order here in California has come to last a little over a month and a half now, with not much in the way of expectations insofar as when it’ll end. There’s a lot that I miss from “the before-time”. Afternoons reading in coffee shops. Evenings on the beach. Mornings eating brunch with friends. I think chief among the things I miss though is my time spent at church. Worship looks different now. We’ve lost that incredibly intimate time spent under the roof of our sacred place, the church. For the Christians and Hebrew people of biblical times, the temple was just as essential. Our spiritual forebears placed massive faith and value in the specific place that they believe God dwelled.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.”

Just like the writer of this passage, we feel this longing for space shared with our God. The presence of God fulfills us and renews our spirit. In this trying time, it’s something that we need, perhaps more than ever before. Today, our churches are empty and our sanctuaries are home to little more than the pews and structures that make up its physical form. Does that mean that the house of God is empty though? Has quarantine vacated the realm of God of his family?

No.

Because the house of God does not only reside under the roof of a church. It is found in the quiet prayers of worship we make in our own houses. It is found in the open air of our backyards, where we enjoy what little outdoors we can afford. It is found anywhere we are willing to carve out space for God. And that place is blessed. If we are willing to make space for God, then God will joyfully make a home of our houses.

“Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.”