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Time to do some decorating.

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I ran into a wonderful concept this morning as I was doing some homework on our retreat. I came across this verse:

The LORD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father's God, and I will exalt him. - Exodus 15:2 ESV

We were given a number of verse to read, and as I was looking at this one, I wondered about the root for the word ‘praise,’ as I know there are many Hebrew words translated as such.

I first noticed that the KJV translates it

The LORD is my strength and song,
and he is become my salvation:
he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation;
my father's God, and I will exalt him. - Exodus 15:2 KJV

It turns out this word ,transliterated ‘navah,’ is defined as follows:

I - to beautify

(Hiphil) to beautify, adorn

II - to dwell

(Qal) to dwell, abide, keep at home

III - (Hophal) rest ~ Blue Letter Bible 

So then the call of this verse is to make your heart a beautiful place for the Lord to dwell, by lifting His name and His glorious works in praise.

Lord, I pray you give me the words, thoughts and intentions that would invite and even entice your presence in my life today!.

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

See you again soon.


13 thoughts on “Time to do some decorating.

  1. Heidi Viars

    Being such a visual person, I can wrap my heart around that! What a beautiful concept and thought worth carrying along today 🙂
    Blessings to you, as you do life with Him in your heart-home and praise Him!

  2. joseph elon lillie

    I love this Ben! That praise is part of the process through which the Lord sanctifies us and makes us a fit habitation for His Spirit is an awesome thought! May I reblog this?
    P.S. I miss your tweetable posts.

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  4. mrzhindz09

    That's a great breakdown of scripture. It makes me reflect on the content of my heart. Sometimes we feel so close to God an other times far away. Yet, we have not fallen out of love for him. However, our hearts may not be a place of beauty for Christ to dwell.


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