4 One thing I have asked from the Lord,
that will I seek after—
for me to dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to see the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in His temple.
What about the Temple today? You see, the Temple of Jerusalem is the one place God’s people thought he was present directly. There was really no such thing as the direct presence of God anywhere else. When the Temple is destroyed by the Romans, it is a faith crisis from which the Jewish people are still reeling.
Judaism would shift to teaching rather than sacrifice as the center of faith, but Jewish people are haunted still by what should be.
Jesus took Judaism down a different path. He clearly thought of himself as the new Temple. His death is once and for all the sacrifice for the world. There is no need for sacrifice anymore. Now the presence of God goes everywhere. It is how Jesus penetrates the world. We can worship, anywhere. And worship isn’t about sacrificing animals or even praising in the Temple. Worship is a lifestyle, not an event. The way we live our lives is the new Temple. When you are following Jesus, you bring God wherever you go.
Ask yourself throughout the day, “How am I worshiping God right now?”