How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! -Psalm 84:1 (NIV)
It’s easy to imagine God in heaven, on a glorious throne, in a beautifully serene environment. We read how the Bible depicts the temples and particularly the tabernacle constructed with the finest things. We may even witness God dwelling amongst us in a breathtaking sunrise, a powerful thunderstorm, or the silver beams of moonlight. But how often do we view our bodies as His dwelling place? How often do we care for it as such?
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? -1 Corinthians 3:16 (NASB)
I’m not specifically talking about exercise, though that could be included in the balanced care of our bodies. More pointedly, the things we put in and on our bodies, the things we allow to happen to our bodies, and the things we say about our bodies… are they worthy?
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? -1 Corinthians 6:19 (NASB)
Holy Spirit, I know you dwell within me. Forgive me for not treating myself as the holy temple it is. Help me carry this awareness with me, to make choices fit for your dwelling place. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.