Today’s Old Testament reading tells the story of how King David offered to build a ‘house’ for the Lord. Here is part of God’s answer to him, given through the prophet Nathan: ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more”’.
In the Incarnation, God pitched His tent among us – ‘tented’ is the word used in the Prologue of St John’s Gospel. God moves with us wherever we go, His abiding among us is irrevocable.
May we trust this abiding, this appointing of a place, and may God bless you in all your following of Him this day and always.