At the Revive Israel facilities we have a special room we call, "Mishkan Elohi," (the dwelling of my God). We have set aside this special place because we believe that one of God's deepest yearnings is to dwell with His people. We too yearn for Him to dwell among us; for "there is only one thing that we desire, one thing that we seek: that we may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives and gaze on the beauty of the Lord." (Psalm 27:4)
Despite our limited manpower and resources we are engaging the Lord in our "Mishkan Elohi" with at least 12 hours of prayer a day. We expect the Lord will send us more living stones to build this house of prayer. Our desire is to have prayer arising before our beloved God day and night, giving Him no rest "until Jerusalem is a praise in the Earth" and God is dwelling with man again. (Isaiah 62:6-7)
Psalm 132:13-14 says, "For the LORD has chosen Zion. He has desired it for His dwelling place: 'This is My resting place forever. Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.'" Through the ages there has been a yearning, a passionate desire in the heart of God to have a dwelling place in Zion, in Israel. He will dwell in Zion because He desires it. God is sovereign, therefore He will have what He wants. Israel is His Hephzibah, His desire and delight, and He longs to dwell with her.
Ever since the great separation at the Garden of Eden He has been groaning and longing to become one with us and live with us again. His purpose in creating us was, is, and always will be to dwell with us for all eternity. Colossians 1:16, "All things were created through Him and FOR Him." We were created to be His.
Throughout the writings of our forefathers and the prophets we read the same message concerning the cry of God's heart, "Return to Me and I will be your God and you will be My people." Hosea and the Song of Songs express His desire for reunion. This overarching message culminates in the book of Revelation where, finally, His purposes are fulfilled - God is now dwelling with man again, as He did in the Garden of Eden ... but with even greater intimacy. "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God." (Revelation 21:3)
Also in this issue of the newsletter:
|Daniel Juster: Discipline: The Proof of Love|
|Redemption on the 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht|
|Marty Shoub: Magnificent Ballet Magnificat|
|Asher Intrater: John 17 Prayer|