His presence

I Kings 8:11 “And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.” (NIV)*


God’s presence filled the temple so much so that the priests couldn’t perform their acts of service! As difficult as it is to believe, the New Testament (I Corinthians 3:16) tells us we, his children, are the temple of the Lord. His Spirit dwells in us.

Come, dear Lord,

fill this shell of a temple

that you call home–

reside here.


Repair cracked walls

replace broken windows

restore worn floors–

dwell here.


May your nearness

cause the to-do list to drop

from freed hands–

abide here.


May duty halted

glorify our God exalted

when his presence–

inhabits here.


photo and poem by Patty Perkins


I Kings 8:11 is in the June 11th reading of The One Year Bible.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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