2 Chronicles 5:13-14 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he isgood; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.”
On Sundays, churches all around the world are filled with people who come for many varied reasons. Some out of duty; others out of routine. Some have grown up in church; it is all they’ve known. Some have found it to be that haven of rest. Still others are searching for the presence of God and His Holy Spirit.
Truly, only God knows what is in the heart of every one who attends your church. To try to discern the hearts of those in attendance would place us in a very precarious place. We run the risk of hypocrisy and scorn when we take up in our hearts to look past the outward veneer.
I can only know me and my heart. Only me and God are privy to the inner sanctum of who I really am. He is with me every moment of every hour. He is with me at the breaking of day until the going down of the sun. He watches over me day and night.
Psalm 121:4 “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
He hears every idle word that passes through my mind. He knows every word before it is spoken.
Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
Psalms 139:4 “For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.”
But when I read of Solomon’s dedication of the temple and at the end of their worship, it says;
“…for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.”
Each of us who are saved, are a living, breathing temple of God. As the Holy Spirit of God dwells in every believer, I am representative of His house; His temple; His dwelling place.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
God spoke and asked, ‘Paul, what are you full of right now?’
He has every right to ask that question of me. Just as a landlord would look after his property, or a banker their investment; God looks after me with a holy jealousy because I am His purchased possession. God’s concern for me is not for control – if He had wanted that, He never would have given us free will.
The evidence of my gratitude; the ability and opportunity for me to be thankful for the price that was paid for my soul is placed in my hands.
Matthew 12:34-35 “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”
One day, the over-abundance of anger is going to spill out. The wound that we keep so carefully hidden will begin to ooze forth into our speech. One day, the perverseness we keep as our pet, becomes our master and reveals itself at the most inopportune times.
The jealousy we hide, the envy of our hearts, the disdain for another will all come spewing forth one day if we do not attend to what it is that fills us.
God has a legitimate right to ask us:
“What are you full of right now?”
Late nights spent binge-watching series. Earphones plugged into music that incites anything and everything – except something spiritual. Car rides that fill the void of silence with negative talk that incites emotions unnecessarily. Hours spent on mindless activity that dulls our spirit and drains any and all that was given to us at church.
Some of us are filled with guilt and shame over our past. Others cannot let go of the wounds that have been made by another. Marriages are rocked by each spouse keeping their running tally on the things they dislike about one another until one incident brings out the scorecard and we unload the dumptruck of offenses on each other.
Church members hold grudges against one another. Secret meetings are formed to share what it is we hate about our pastor. The nursery conversation becomes a gossip session when a juicy tidbit spills out about another woman in the church.
We will talk about that which we fills us. For some of us, that should scare us. It should worry us that should our hearts be revealed, we would lose the respect of those we’ve fooled into believing we are more than we really seem.
But thanks be to God that you and I do not have to remain that way!
We can, with the cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, be washed of all the evil that lurks inside of us; confession and repentance of those things we would be ashamed if others found out about us.
When you and I are filled with the power and presence of God, hatred, anger, shame and guilt cannot abide. To want anything but God to fill us is to reject peace, love and joy.
So, when God asks that question:
“What are you full of right now?”
A right heart would ask:
“Father, would You put Your finger on anything that displeases you and I will be rid of it. Whatever You decide needs to depart, I am willing to repent.”
Psalms 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
May we open our whole heart and soul to His scrutiny. May we truly release the control of our soul to Him who knows far better how to keep it.