Psalms 61:4 In God’s House Always

Psalms 61:4 (KJV)
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Some Bible preachers make great distinctions between the Tabernacle, the court of the Temple and the Temple, assigning to each one a particular place in the New Testament Christian experience 

  • The court is the church in their teaching
  • The Temple is our individual soul
  • The tabernacle I suppose they would assign to our physical bodies

Such teaching stretches what is allowed in typology a bit too far for my liking. I see each of the three as synonymous and as a type of the New Testament house of God, the local church. 

With that in mind notice that The Psalmist, David, said he would abide in God’s tabernacle forever. I have no difficulty seeing this as his confidence in eternal life. I also believe it represents his heart’s dwelling while alive on earth. Though it cannot be said he never left the place of worship physically, it may be said he never left it in spirit.

Now learn a lesson. Even as David could not have lived never leaving the place of worship neither can we. We have to work; we have to provide for our families. We have to reach out in Christian love for the lost. But, while our bodies necessarily must remove from God’s house from time to time, our spirit, our heart, our love need never.[1] This is true in every earthly scenario when we hold church services at scheduled times. It is equally true today when government entities and world opinion request that we do not assemble. 

Our bodies may not freely assemble. That need never prevent our spirits. 


[1] 1 Corinthians 5:3 (KJV)
For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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