daily reading plan
May 28, 2020 by Steven Lulich
I will not enter my house or get into my bed,
I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
Until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.
I have a friend who grew up in a powerful Muslim family in the Middle
East and came to Christ in college. We
lived just a few doors apart in our small residence hall, and I had a front-row
seat for all of the events that led to her conversion, as well as the dramatic aftermath.
I don’t recall how it was that she first came to be such good friends with so
many Christians – maybe it was just because she was very outgoing, and,
frankly, was friends with everyone. In
any event, there came a time when she suddenly needed to come to terms with the
competing claims of Islam and Christianity.
It was a very intense time for her, and for those of us who formed her
closest circle of friends. She started
asking a lot of questions, reading the Bible, comparing it with the Koran,
asking more questions. She had grabbed
hold of something (she didn’t know what) and wasn’t about to let go until she
had put the matter to rest.
In this way, my friend was like King David, who, according to the
Psalmist, “swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, I will not enter my house or get into my
bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a
place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob” (Ps.
132:2-5). In its immediate context, David
was speaking of the temple, which he wanted to build for God in Jerusalem. But God “does not live in temples made by
man” (Acts 17:24); rather, “If anyone loves me [Jesus], he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with
him” (John 14:23). At its root, David’s
vow is about giving place to Jesus Christ within our hearts.
I will not rest until… My friend didn’t realize at the time that the
end of this sentence for her would be until
I find a place for the Lord. She
couldn’t know the outcome ahead of time, she only knew the feeling of urgency,
and the need to resolve her inner conflict.
And so she kept at it, just as David vowed to do. Ironically, God told David “It is not you who
will build me a house to dwell in” (1 Chr. 17:4). In fact, God told David that “the Lord will
build you a house” – a complete inversion!
As a matter of fact, it was not simply my friend who had grabbed hold
of something (she knew not what), but it was God Himself who had taken hold of
her (compare Paul’s comments in Philippians 3:8-12, especially v. 12). We, her close Christian friends, saw where
her seeking was leading, and we hoped and prayed. My friend’s experience was like the
Psalmist’s (with minor edits): “Behold, we heard of [Jesus Christ] in [our
homeland], we found [Him] in the fields of [college]. Let us go to his dwelling
place; let us worship at his footstool!” (Ps. 132:6-7). Our experience as her friends was similar:
“Arise, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your
might. Let [our friend] be clothed with
righteousness, and let [us] shout for joy!” (Ps. 132:8-9). We were not disappointed, and this friend has
been a beloved sister in Christ for 20 years now!
Have you ever found yourself in a similar state of urgency? Maybe that was the day when you yourself came
to Christ. Or maybe you decided you were
too busy to deal with it at that time.
Let that time be now! Or, perhaps
you are the friend of someone who is experiencing this urgency. Enter into that urgency with them! Whether for yourself or for your friend, vow
with David, “I will not enter my house or
get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of
And remember this hope: “He who calls you is faithful; He will surely
do it” (1 Thess. 5:24).