“Out There in a Tent”

“When King David was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all the surrounding enemies, the king summoned Nathan the prophet. ‘Look,’ David said, ‘I am living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!’”

2 Samuel 7:1-2

God had given David all kinds of blessings and yet his heart was troubled. It did not seem fair that he enjoyed peace from his enemies and the comfort of a beautiful palace, while the Ark of GOD’s presence was out there in a tent!


That phrase makes me wonder about God’s presence is in my own life. He has given me endless victories and blessing beyond measure, but do I honor Him in my life, or do I keep God out there in a tent? Is He part of my daily activities or do I keep Him in a place where I don’t have to confront Him often?


Without realizing, it’s possible to set up tents that keep God at a distance. What about my job, my busy activities, or certain relationships? What about my comfortable home or a lifestyle of leisure games and movies? Instead of enjoying the benefits of God’s presence, those tents could be housing Him somewhere out there!


David wanted to build a Temple for his God and move Him from the tent out there to a place of daily worship and honor. May I do the same—set my life in order to honor God, and then move Him from the tent out there to HIS temple in my heart.


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