Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20
The children of Israel … celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. (Ezra 6:16)
This wasn’t a typical housewarming party, mainly because it wasn’t a typical home! After decades in exile, a dramatic return to their homeland, and years of hard work, the Israelites finished rebuilding the house of God—the Temple in Jerusalem. Finally, they had a place to worship the Lord again!
To celebrate this accomplishment, the people gathered to honor and welcome the Homeowner into his new residence. With joyful hearts, they dedicated the Temple to him with songs and worship and sacrifices the likes of which they had not seen in years.
What about you? Whether you live in a spacious residence, a tiny apartment, a monastic cell, or even a prison cell, your home can be a place where God can dwell. If you welcome him as Lord of your home, he can fill it with a spirit of joy, freedom, and dignity that befits a true temple of the Lord. So have you dedicated your home to the Lord recently?
One way to do this dedication is by inviting a priest to come and bless your home. Ask him to pray with you and to sprinkle holy water on your home, consecrating it to the Lord. Of course, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of, every day, saying a prayer of blessing and dedication for your home and those who live within it. In the Lord’s authority, you can cleanse your environment of evil spiritual influences and welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Going a little further, another idea is to consecrate your home to God with a celebration. Get creative; involve other people. You could have a special meal prepared, Scripture readings, or a little ceremony where you walk through the perimeter of your home, praying as you go. Everyone in your home could even have a role in dedicating a favorite room or area to the Lord.
Of course, the specifics of how you do this are up to you. What really matters is that you dedicate your home to the Lord and invite him to come dwell with you.
“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”~WAU