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Excerpt from Pastor Parsons' article: May I Dwell in the House of the LORD Forever

 

May I Dwell in the House of the LORD Forever

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my
life—of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies
and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though
war break out against me, even then I will be confident. 4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I
seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:1-4)

What a great promise we receive in this message! In all things, in every situation, at all times, God is
our light, our salvation, and our stronghold. Nothing an no one can stand against us and prevail. Yes, our enemies are many, our earthly enemies who stand against God and our faith, as well as our spiritual enemies, Satan and his demons.

Our greatest enemy, the devil, has been working tirelessly to destroy our faith, to cause fear, to cause
doubt, and above all, to lose sight of God’s love for us. On top of all our regular daily struggles and temptations, he is now working through extra-ordinary events surrounding Coronavirus to work against our hearts.

These times have been difficult in their own right, and there has been the added stress on the faith of believers. At times, we feel strong, trusting entirely that God is more powerful than anything, that he rules overall. And he is; he does. Praise God when we run to him for shelter in this storm! But there are other times when we feel a burden on our faith because we aren’t sure what to do, how to react, with everything that is going on. We feel uncertain. We fear what’s happening. We’ve had enough and are ready to move on. There’s a wide range of what we are all experiencing, and at each step, we are tempted to despair.

Though our faith is attacked on many fronts, even seemingly from within, God’s Word is powerful
enough to sustain us in every trial, in every test of our faith. God’s Word shows us the light of his grace that has brought about salvation in Christ Jesus. Our foes, earthly and spiritual, cannot overcome us when we find refuge in our Lord, who is our stronghold.

This leads us to the prayer in verse 4: One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell
in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his
temple. Not only do we offer praise and thanks to God for bringing us to know the forgiveness he has won for us in Christ, but the Spirit moves us to seek continued refuge in the Lord, that we may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of our lives. With this prayer, we are asking for God’s continued protection against our great enemies that we may remain forever in saving faith.

Stand firm; take heart, and in every situation, praise God! Remember the great things he has done and is still doing for you. When you are tempted to despair, that is the best time to delve deeper into God’s Word. There, and only there, can you be strengthened. There, you can find ref-uge from every attack. May God hold you firmly in your faith. Amen

In Christian love,
Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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