The City Part 2: The Sidewalk

Last night,

The sidewalk was

Your House.

Your people laughed and praised

In all colors

Under the streetlight of

Your Truth.

–N.R. 8/3/19

The sky over North Philly on a night much like the one I wrote about in this poem.

Psalm 26:8 says, “I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.” Being in the Old Testament, this psalm is talking about the Israelite temple in Jerusalem, which was significant because it housed God’s literal presence on the earth (see Psalm 84 for another great example of how precious the temple was to Israel). In the New Testament, we find an even more stunning reality: God chooses to give His presence to believers now by being in us. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” Similarly, 2 Corinthians 6:16 says, “For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.'”

Every believer is a temple where God lives. Which means even a small gathering of God’s people on a random sidewalk in a big city can still experience His presence; He is right there with them–bringing light, unity, truth, and peace–amidst everything.

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