“God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great. His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.” Psalm 76:1-3
God’s tent is in Salem, another name for Jerusalem. His dwelling place is in Zion, another name for Jerusalem.
When Solomon had the Temple built in the heart of Jerusalem, and then dedicated it, he asked a very important question. In 2 Chronicles 6:18 we read, “But will God really dwell on earth with humans?”
And the answer then was, “Yes!” The very presence of God came to fill up the Temple. At first His Shekinah Glory was so great that the priests couldn’t even walk into the Temple.
And then, of course, there is the even bigger answer, because Jesus, Almighty God, Prince of peace, Immanuel, came wrapped in a human body to dwell with mankind.
However, that doesn’t mean that God was confined to that small space. Neither the tabernacle nor the Temple could keep God in something as tiny as a building. The Psalmist tells us that the earth is God’s footstool. Our very big planet is where God Almighty can rest His feet. But what it does show us is that God can inhabit small places, as small as our hearts, and that He truly does desire to dwell with us.
Psalm 76 begins with God’s dwelling in Jerusalem and for that we can rejoice. But God can also dwell within our hearts, and for that we will rejoice eternally.
Lord God Almighty, today I praise You that You choose to dwell with us.