Sunday, August 14, 2011

Psamls 27:4, and "The House of the Lord"



"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple." (See also Psalm 64:4)

I taught Elder's Quorum today and these were some thoughts that I found enjoyable and worth thinking about. The topic was Families can be Eternal.
I started with two fill in the blank questions.
1. No family becomes an eternal family without _______________
2. No one becomes part of an eternal family without _____________

We listed things to fill in the blank that made the statement a true statement. They included things like ordinances, covenants, repentance, faith, love, etc. I added one that was "difficulties". Any family that becomes eternal will get difficulties, in fact everyone gets them.

The one fill in the blank that no one really mentioned was "Coming to Christ". So we focused on that, and how to go about doing that. For because of Him, the hopes and dreams and purpose of the Gospel is possible. And how the inevitable difficulties we put as the first fill-in-the-blank can lead us to fulfill the second fill-in-the-blank which was to fully Come to Christ.
As the discussion went on we talked about the inscription above the entrance to all Latter-Day Saint temples. "Holiness to the Lord, The House of the Lord".

The word “house” we typically use to refer to the place where we park our cars, sleep, and eat dinner. But in the context of our faith, the temple, ordinances, Christ, and the scriptures, the word has a bit of a different meaning. It can mean many things, but this is the one I focused on. In previous times, the word house referred to a family line. For example “The house of Windsor, or as everyone knows "The House of Israel”. This isn’t referring solely to a physical structure. It’s a family. So the Temple reminds us what family we are invited to belong to. The “House” of the Lord. The Lords family.

We have the grand and great privilege of making covenants and learning of the "House" of the Lord in the Temple. There we can be initiated into His family through ordinance, ceremony and covenant. Our relationship to Him can change. We are invited to have a new and more intimate relationship with Him. Hopefully these are good and exciting elements to the Gospel.

In Mosiah Chapter 5, King Benjamin is teaching his people they have a wonderful spiritual experience, and we learn in the scriptures they were spiritually born of God. They become sons and daughters of Christ. Spiritually they became something new. A son or daughter of Christ as the scripture says. This gives insight into the inscription above the Temple entrance.

This is our privilege as Latter Day Saints, this and so much more.

D&C 88:119: " Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;" A "house" of people doing these things sounds like a divine family. A person's own "temple" would include these kinds of things as well (1 Corinthians 3:16). Of course the House of the Lord is also a sacred place. The Lord's words have many meanings that can surprise us.

"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple."

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