The hearts where Yahweh lives are beautiful.

David had wanted to build a temple for God for many years, a sacred place where Israel could worship God. He desired for his people to intimately experience Yahweh. God promised David that his son would build the temple. David died leaving the nation in peace for his son’s reign, and Yahweh marked this new era with Solomon building the temple.

Solomon built the temple to display God’s glory. He wanted the nations to see the incomparability of the Israelites’ God, a place where Israel could worship, pray, and meet Yahweh. The beauty of the temple would be beyond description, with a glory only Yahweh, who lives among his people, could deserve. That was the big idea.

The most important thing for Yahweh, though, is the hearts that build the temple. As the text tells us, the word of the Lord came to Solomon: “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, observe my laws and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel (1 Kings 6:11-13).” The temple could be built, but all its beauty would mean nothing if Yahweh was not being worshiped in Israel’s heart.

Have you built a beautiful temple for Yahweh? Yahweh wants your heart to be His temple. We can bring forth His glory in our lives. Like the temple, people could wonder at God’s radiance in our life. We can pray, cry, and worship Yahweh wherever we are. He is with us. We are God’s temple, where there is love, peace, joy, and kindness. May we live today as God’s holy sanctuary.