April 5 (Lent, Day 35): A Blessed Place

April 5 (Lent, Day 35): A Blessed Place

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“For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, ‘This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it. I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food. I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy. Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.’”
—Psalm 132:13-18 NIV

These verses describe the city of Zion (ancient Jerusalem), the destination of the pilgrim road.

It is described as a place of joy, abundance, justice and safety.

It is a blessed place.

And there is one key factor that differentiates it from any other location on earth: it is God’s “resting place”: where he sits enthroned.

This teaches us an important lesson: where the presence of the Lord is, there is blessing.

Now, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection God’s presence is no longer limited to the Temple in Jerusalem.

And that is our destination: not a physical location but the place where God dwells.

We don’t have to go far, for he is near to those who call on him (see Psalm 145).

And it is in God’s presence that we will find what we are looking for.

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Inhale: God,
Exhale: I want to be with you.

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