"And to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may always have a lamp before Me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there."
A Special Place
My responsibilities in ministry require that I travel a lot, so I have been to many beautiful and exotic places. But there's one place that's extra special. No matter where I go, this place is not far from my heart or mind--it's called home. No other place can match it. Where else can I enjoy my family, visit with my friends and just put my feet up and relax? That's what makes it so special.
God also has a special place--it's called Jerusalem. David conquered this city, originally occupied by the Jebusites, soon after he was anointed king over all of Israel (2 Sam. 5:1-10). Here, David built his palace and governed the nation. And here, Solomon built God's house. The Ark of the Covenant (the symbol of God's presence) was placed in the Holy of Holies, and thousands flocked to worship God in His holy temple. And through all the centuries since, Jerusalem has remained a special city to Jews, Christians, Muslims and, most of all, to God, who chose to put His name there.
When Christ died on the cross, however, God established another special place'not of stone and mortar, but the heart of anyone who believes in Him. What was promised in the Old Testament (Ezek. 11:19-20) was fulfilled through Christ (1 Cor. 3:16). God has literally placed His name upon us, and we are called "Christians."
Have you made your heart a special place to God? You can, by inviting Jesus Christ to be your Savior. Sincerely surrender your life to Him, accept His forgiveness for your sins, and let Him put His name upon you. The Lord has set aside a special people, and you can be one of them.
God has a special place in the heart of His special people.