Psalm 68:5

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy dwelling.

I’ve read this verse a million times it seems, but something about reading it through yet another time caught my attention in a new way. You see, I absolutely love the way the Bible talks about God’s heart for adoption and for those who are hurting. We see over and over again the character of God revealed through his love for those whom others have deemed “unlovable”. It’s absolutely incredible when we think about the depths (depth?) of God’s love.

However, reading this verse again, it wasn’t the father and protector characteristics in the first half of the verse that stood out to me. The second half, “is God in his holy dwelling,” leaped out at me like never before. God, in his holy dwelling, cares for the hopeless and the hurting. It’s who He is! Usually, when I think about God’s holy dwelling, my mind wanders to the holiness of his heavenly home.

However, heaven is not His only holy dwelling. You are! I am! We are! For those of you who have received the gift of the Holy Spirit (been born again?), you are God’s holy dwelling! When we think about that reality, it is no wonder God wants us to take care of the orphans and widows. James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Pure religion, in God’s eyes, is when we allow God to simply be himself when he is hanging out with us. He wants to live out His character through us, His holy dwelling!

Think about your best friend that you can totally be yourself around. There is something so great about being around them, right? That’s how God should feel when he is with you. He should be fully free to be Himself in and through you in all that you do. Let yourself reflect His character.

QUESTION 1. What areas of your life reflect the character of God? How do they do so?
QUESTION 2. What areas of your life do not reflect the character of God? Why not?
CHALLENGE: Align your life with God’s character so that God can fully be himself through you in all you do.
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