"Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I'll be a living sanctuary for you."
We sang that sweet song together for the last time today, as the Senior Girls of 2012. For a year of Sundays we ended each and every class by singing this song. We all come from different places, with unique backgrounds and our own circumstances. Yet we were brought together by a pair of sweet ladies and bound by this song.
Let us dissect those words.
"Lord prepare me." In that simple phrase, we come before the Lord, asking him to ready us for His will.With open hearts, minds, and bodies, we ought to come before the Lord.
"To be a sanctuary" A sanctuary is a holy, treasured temple of God. As Christians, we are a living, breathing sanctuary of God. It is our job to take care of the temple that God has given us.
"Pure and holy" Our temple is to be pure and holy. None of us are perfect, and God does not ask for us to be perfect. He asks that we come to Him in everything- with our praises, our shortcomings, our prayer requests, our everything. Only in Christ can we strive to be pure in our thoughts, words, actions, minds, souls, and spirits.
"Tried and true" Think about how many people enter a sanctuary every week. How many broken people walk in. How many people walk out with fresh hope. Life is never an easy feat. God never said it would be. He allows us to be placed in fires as to test our faith in Him- will we grow stronger throught the pain or will we let the fire burn us into smithereens?
"With thanksgiving" Self explanatory, no? In all we do, we need to remember to praise God in the good, the bad, and the ugly.
"I'll be a living sanctuary" See dissected section #2 :)
"For you." For God. We are living sanctuaries, not for ourselves, but for and through our Savior.
With love, BLV