Temple Time

By David Berg

Everyone in this big central room under the dome is looking up, as if they expect something. People are rushing around out in the wings, like they're busy in the service of the King. But the people here under the central dome just stand quietly and look up, bathed in that beautiful golden glow from above, taking deep breaths of that heavenly air that comes down the pipe, getting a whiff of that fragrance now and then. Oh, Lord, for a breath of Thy heavenly air to refresh us and clear our minds, and inspire our hearts and give us visions that thrill us, that set our heads awhirl for Thee, Jesus. Praise the Lord!

It's as if the people who are so busy rushing around get tired, and they have to come into the middle room and look up and take a nice big breath and catch another vision and take another look and get filled up again. It's His temple. Help us to be like that, Jesus, and to remember we can't go on without the heavenly vision You give, a breath of heavenly fresh air, the sound of that sweet music coming down the pipe. We just can't go on without hearing Thy voice and breathing the fragrance of that wonderful incense and seeing the beautiful starry sky and getting inspired by the upward look.

Have you been in the temple today? Are you taking a look upward? Have you breathed deeply of that heavenly elixir? Have you heard those beautiful notes of heavenly music--marveled at God's starry sky, His great creation, His universe, to know that all is well, and find rest and peace to your souls before you go back to work in the wings?

You wouldn't worry and fret so and be so upset if you spent more time with the Lord, looking up through that starry dome and breathing that heavenly air and hearing that beautiful music. You'd find peace and rest unto your souls. You just cannot go on if you only hurry around all the time in the wings and you never step into the rotunda and look up through the dome, spending quiet time, seeing heavenly visions and breathing heavenly air and hearing heavenly music and voices. It just totally renews you and completely refreshes you and gives you new vision and fresh inspiration, new strength, rest and peace and joy.

"The day is come and now is that ye shall worship neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem, but they that worship the Father shall worship Him in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship Him" (John 4:21, 23). Have you been in that temple today in the spirit? Have you been in the temple today to hear His truth? Have you been in the temple today to see His vision in the sky above?

Have you been there to get a fresh breath of air from heaven? If you haven't, you've really missed something! You're going to get awfully tired and weary and upset and fearful and doubting and discouraged and worried and flurried and hurried, because you haven't been renewed in the temple of His Spirit with the voice of His truth and the heavenly vision, breathed that heavenly air, enjoyed that delightful fragrance.

You'll get out of touch if you don't--out of communication and fellowship, out of the victory. You'll run out of strength and wisdom and love and patience, and pretty soon you'll just plain run out, because you can't take it anymore. Because you've been too busy out in the wings, and you haven't come into the temple to be refreshed and renewed and re-envisioned. Re-inspired!

Are you too busy? Are you in too big a hurry? Is your work too important to stop for a few minutes of inspiration and refreshing from on high, spiritual renewal, physical rest, a little love feast with the Lord? If you've missed a trip into the temple of His Spirit today, you've really missed something. You'll not last long; you're going to wear out. You'll never make it if you don't stop for a while under the dome and look up at His starry sky and the peace and tranquility and mighty moving of the spheres, and hear their music. Up there where all is perfection, perfect order and harmony and peace.

Look and live! Stop, look, listen, and live! Praise the Lord? How many times has the Lord told us this, that you cannot live without it? You'd better take time for the temple, or you're going to find out you're running out of time. Take time for that wonderful rest in the temple. Have you had your temple time today--your quiet time in His temple?

You don't have to be in a church building or cathedral or some gorgeous temple. All you have to do is get alone with the Lord and look up at all His beauties and breathe His heavenly air and hear His heavenly music and see His heavenly visions. Ye are the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 3:16).--All these living stones. Hallelujah.

That must be why those crystals, precious stones, act like they're alive. They're always turning, moving, or rotating, and their light is always fluctuating or scintillating as if every crystal is alive. Living stones, living jewelry of God! If you don't move in here and get a little of His light, you're not going to reflect much, or refract much, or catch more of it to pass on to others.

That's one thing that comes down that shaft: heavenly light to fill your soul and set every crystal on fire with beautiful light. Hallelujah. Thank You Jesus! If you don't catch the light, you're not going to be able to pass it on to others. Can you see it? It's a temple made of moving, living, turning, brilliant stones. There's no place on earth like that, only in the temple of His Spirit!

Now that's how the Lord sees it and how He sees you, but you're too busy to stop and give Him time. Look up and live. You're too busy to get refreshed and catch new visions and be strengthened. Too busy to even stop and take a breath.

How much time have you spent in the temple today? There doesn't have to be any set time. You can look up through the dome any time of day, wherever you are, whatever you're doing. Just a few quiet moments with the Lord. Anytime, anywhere, you can come swiftly out of the wings and enter the temple in spirit and in truth.

You just can't do it very much in the midst of confusion, with other voices and clatter going on out in the wings. They are part of the temple and necessary to the service of the temple, but you have to get quiet somewhere, sometime. I've found that those hours in the morning when I can't sleep are a wonderful time, and the view is so beautiful. The night is so quiet and so still. Don't just lie there. Do something. Pray. Look and live. Look up. Make a temple of your heart. See what God can do in that beautiful realm of the Spirit.

Sometimes you wonder what is the truth out there in the wings, you get so far out of touch, and you have to come back into the rotunda where you get your batteries recharged. Lord Jesus, give these dear ones rest. Help them to spend some time, as often as they can, in Thy temple in that quiet place of rest before Thy throne.

You can't do it without Him, beloved. You'll never make it without His power. Little tape recorders will run for a while on batteries, but how long will they run? You'll run for a while, but then you'll have to come back and get hooked up to the current again, or you'll run slower and slower till you have nothing left and are just plumb flat.

Thank You Jesus for Thy temple, the temple of Thy Spirit, where we can have truth and rest unto our souls. Isn't He wonderful? Then why don't you spend more time with Him, alone with Him? If you love Him so much, why don't you act like it?

Everything God shows you always works out. But how do you know where He's leading unless you follow Him? He knows where the green pastures are, and where the mountain passes are, and where the cool waters flow. He knows where the falls are, where you'll be safe and secure. He also knows the woods in which the wolves hide, and He knows the danger spots, and you'd better stay close to Him, for I'm telling you, you don't know much at all! Otherwise you're going to be in trouble. All we have to do is follow--stick up your little antenna and get the signals and follow. Amen?

Are you on God's channel or are you so downhearted that you keep looking down? If you're downhearted and downcast, it's because you're looking down too much at the waves. You've got your antenna pointed down toward hell instead of up toward heaven--or outside at all the people and confusion instead of toward the Chief Shepherd. Are the only signals you're receiving just a bunch of confusion and babble, or have you got your antenna straight up toward heaven, where you can't get anything but the Lord?

It all depends on which way you point your antenna. If you point it the wrong way, you'll get the wrong station, or you won't get the signals clear. You'll get nothing but confusion or static from the Devil. If you get your antenna straight up, you can't even get these other channels. All you'll get is God's channel.

It's downright hard work out in the wings, feeding and sacrificing and working, ministering to the multitudes. But you'll never have the strength or the vision or the inspiration that you need to do it unless you come back in under the dome and look up in the spirit for His truth.

He can solve all your problems in one little glimpse. He can refresh your whole spirit with one deep breath. He can clarify all your thoughts with just one sweet strain of heavenly music. Hallelujah. And He can wipe away all your fears and tears with just one little restful moment in that perfect peace He gives when your mind is stayed on Him and Him alone because you trust in Him. Amen? Praise the Lord?

"Thou shall keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee" (Isaiah 26:3). "Come to Me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29).

It just takes one little glimpse of Jesus to make it worth it all!--And to help you to be able to do it all. Is it worth the time it takes in the temple? Take time in the temple.

Psalm 84:10: For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Psalm 23:6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Revelation 3:12: Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God; and I will write upon him my new name.

Revelation 5:8: And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.