Saturday, August 19, 2006

A Place Near the Altars of God

Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young —
Even Your altars, O LORD of Hosts.
(Psalm 84:3)
Even the smallest and most helpless of creatures has access to the refuge of the Lord, to experience the closeness of His presence. The nest speaks of a place of nurturing the next generation. For “children are a heritage of the Lord,” and ”the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3).

Children are an inheritance we receive from the Lord, but they are also the inheritance we leave behind in this world. And God has prepared a place for us to nurture this inheritance — the altars of His house.

The altar is the place of commitment and sacrifice. It is where the offering is poured out and abandoned to God. It is the place where things are made right with God.

Jesus is the sacrifice given on our behalf to make us right with God. His blood was poured out on the altar of the cross. Everything we need has now been provided for us in Him. Even the most helpless may come and find complete help in Him. It is in this place where we may nurture the inheritance of God in our children and leave a legacy that changes the world.

God has a place for you close to Him, a place prepared by the Lord Jesus Christ, a place where you may nurture your children and pass on a wonderful spiritual inheritance to the next generation.