Psalm 69:9

“For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.” (Psalm 69:9)

This verse immediately takes us to the New Testament and the cleansing of the temple. Jesus made a whip out of cords and drove the sellers of animals out of the temple. Then He poured the coins the money-changers had on to the temple floor and turned their tables over. John tells us (John 2:17) “His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.'”

We also understand how the reproaches made about God the Father were taken over by Jesus. Indeed, all the transgressions of humankind were taken over by Him and borne by Him. While the temple stood, Jesus defended it. He defended it because it represented the abode of God among men. Its time was limited as He hinted in verse 19, but as long as it was what it was, He would not allow it to be defamed.

Christians today should be standing up for the church, the present temple of God. Sellers and money-changers are still with us. People still use the temple of God for their own personal reasons and unless the people of that temple speak out the temple can be disdained by men.

Task for Today: Are you a Christian? How do you view the church? Do you have this zeal for the house of God? Do you attend, participate? Check out the church today and see if it has become something other than what God intended. If it has, do something about it. Be consumed by your love for the church of our Lord. Defend it against those who would misrepresent it and misuse it.

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